A debate on a Flag Burning Amendment. Fortunately, Dana Milbank gives this issue the respect it deserves:
The Citizens Flag Alliance, a group pushing for the Senate this week to pass a flag-burning amendment to the Constitution, just reported an alarming, 33 percent increase in the number of flag-desecration incidents this year.
The number has increased to four, from three.
The naive among us may have trouble appreciating how four flag-burning episodes would constitute a constitutional crisis. But the men and women of the Senate, ever alert to emerging threats, are on the case.
“I think of the flag as a symbol of what veterans fought for,” Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said as he opened the debate yesterday, “what they sustained wounds for, what they sustained loss of limbs for and what they sustained loss of life for.”***
Fortunately, the Senate will have plenty of time to discuss that matter. The chamber has scheduled up to four days of debate on the flag-burning amendment this week. If that formula — one day of Senate debate for each incident of flag burning this year — were to be applied to other matters, the Senate would need to schedule 12 days of debate to contemplate the number of years before Medicare goes broke, 335 days of debate for each service member killed in Iraq this year and 11 million days of debate on the estimated number of illegal immigrants in the country.
Remember this the next time you think the House and the Senate are underpaid. I sure will.
Read the whole column, btw.