Constitution: Cooler Heads Win Out

Cooler Heads Win Out

The First Amendment, untouched for 198 years, is safe again. Ever since the $ Supreme Court ruled last summer that burning the flag was a form of political protest that was protected by the free-speech amendment, lawmakers have been posturing and pontificating on the issue. No one could forget that Michael Dukakis during last year's presidential campaign was outflagged by George Bush. The patriotic grandstanding was led by the President, who traveled across the Potomac to the Iwo Jima Memorial -- cameras in hot pursuit -- to denounce the ruling and demand a constitutional amendment. But when the proposal came to...

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