Excuse me for being more logical than emotional, but I’ve always had a greater affection for the U.S. Constitution than the American flag.
Don’t get me wrong. I respect the flag, and I think everyone should. But the flag doesn’t give us the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The Constitution does.
So, why are we supposed to treat the flag with almost religious reverence, but nobody’s going to get upset if I carelessly throw a copy of the Constitution in the garbage?
The answer, I think, is that the flag is about emotion, while the Constitution is about complicated concepts.
The flag is great for raising goosebumps at patriotic parades, but it’s the Constitution that gives us the right to speak our minds, to embrace the religions of our choice, to be tried in courts of law by juries of our peers, and to enjoy our many other hard-won freedoms.
That’s why I think it’s wrong to say American warriors have fought and died for the flag. I’d rather think that they fought and died for the principles embodied in the Constitution.
Every nation has a flag. Only America has the U.S. Constitution.
Where can I get one of those Constitution lapel pins?