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We’ve seen this movie: would-be-military groups who “parade to incite terror & claim to be sole voices of a greater power.” Those who fail to study history have to repeat the class & drag the rest of us along. The evils don’t recur all at once & some have an illusion of time-outs. 1/6

For example, public school students were required to salute the flag, by extending the right arm, palm upward, and declare: "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands; one Nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." 2/6

SCOTUS held this violated the 1st and 14th Amendments. Bd of Ed’n v. Barnette, 319 U.S. 624 (1943). Objections to the salute as "being too much like Hitler's" were raised by the PTA, Boy & Girl Scouts, the Red Cross & the Fed’n of Women's Clubs. 319 U.S. 627-29. 3/6

One party is dominated by a person who wants to be a dictator. His followers carry flags, but not like flags in the late 1800s campaigns of candidates, esp for POTUS. They used the U.S. flag & that led to trademarking the flag. (1905). In 1947 flag desecration was outlawed and is: 4/6

placing any word, figure of any nature upon the flag. 4 U.S.C. § 3. Indiana bans: “knowingly or intentionally mutilates, defaces, burns, or tramples any United States flag” except disposal of a flag in accordance w/4 U.S.C. 8(k): “in a dignified way, preferably by burning.” 5/6

This date, 10/11/22, a practical application of First Amendment free expression & the flag shall air on civildiscoursenow. I’m Mark Small: pro-choice, pro-separation of church & State, GOP nominee for Indiana House Distr 86. I approve of this blog. Hell, I wrote it. 6/6

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