||Kevin Craig <Craig2002@justice.com>
||17 Jan 2002 10:27:06 PST
||Re: Letter From American Legion Department of California Adjutant
On Fri, 11 January 2002, "Seavey, Mark C." wrote:
> Attached to this email is a Candidate Questionnaire
> from the Citizens Flag
> Alliance (CFA). The American Legion, in conjunction
> with the CFA, is using
> this questionnaire to determine which congressional
> candidates support a
> constitutional amendment to protect the American
> flag from physical
> Question 1: DO YOU BELIEVE BURNING THE AMERICAN FLAG
> IS SPEECH AS DEFINED BY THE FIRST AMENDMENT?
> Question 2: DO YOU BELIEVE ELECTED OFFICIALS HAVE AN
> OBLIGATION TO CORRECT THE MISTAKES OF THE COURT?
> Question 3: DO YOU BELIEVE THE PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE
> THE RIGHT TO PROTECT THEIR FLAG IF THEY SO CHOSE?
I already have the right to protect my flag. If I make or purchase a flag, anyone trespassing or attempting to steal or destroy my flag can be prosecuted under the appropriate criminal or civil statutes.
> Question 4: IF ELECTED TO THE 108TH CONGRESS, WILL
> YOU COSPONSOR THE FLAG-PROTECTION AMENDMENT?
> Question 5: IF ELECTED TO THE 108TH CONGRESS, WILL
> YOU VOTE FOR THE FLAG-PROTECTION AMENDMENT QUOTED
> Question 6: WOULD YOU LIKE THE CFA TO SEND YOU MORE
> INFORMATION ON THE FLAG- PROTECTION AMENDMENT?
> To better understand your concerns for this issue,
> we invite you to include a position statement with
> this questionnaire.
I believe that burning or desecrating the American flag is evidence of a spirit that is ungrateful, immature, and full of pride. The act is needlessly offensive, divisive and counter-productive. But it does not endanger the life, liberty or pursuit of happiness of anyone else, and is therefore protected by the First Amendment.
The proper response to an ungrateful and unpatriotic spirit is not putting a gun to the flag-burner's head and demanding payment of a fine, or putting a gun to MY head and forcing me to pay money to the rapidly-growing prison-industry to give this immature flag-burner hot meals, color TV and exercise equipment for a term in jail. Your amendment will only increase the power of the State, but will not foster admiration for the values of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
The answer is the separation of school and state. Private schools teach patriotism, good manners, and Godly values. Ironically, government schools teach disrespect for government and country.
The Libertarian Party favors liberty and personal responsibility.
Candidate’s name: Kevin Craig
Address: 12314 Palm Dr. #107
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
District: 41st Congressional
Office sought: U.S. House of Representatives
Desert Hot Springs, CA
Libertarian Party Candidate
41st U.S. Congressional District
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