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Right to display the American flag?
I'm thinking backwards today, so I'll explain how I got here in reverse

Today I learned that the Federal Marriage Amendment was voted down. Curious about the numbers involved I Googled the stats. I had to do some math before I could see how much of a margin it was voted down by. It did not seem that big a gap but it has been since pointed out to me that's still 18%.

As I read the list of those who voted for it I realized that one of the representatives was from *my* state. Sometimes I forget that I live in one of the few truly metropolitan parts of MD and that most of MD is redneck country.

So I decided to Google the MD representative who voted for it Roscoe Bartlett and found that among his claims to fame, that he authored a bill to ensure a citizen's right to display the American flag on their residential property! (scroll to the bottom of this page to see that)

Since when don't American citizens have the right to fly the flag? To be fair I suppose there are community associations who do ban mounting the flag on the fronts small condo community homes, as they might shade neighboring flower beds, and if so, I'd side with the gardener who wishes their share of the sunlight. I'd say, "Your right to hang your flag ends where my daisies begin".

As far as I knew the only laws regarding the flag regarded how to fly it in such a manner as not to abuse it.


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ravensun From: ravensun Date: July 18th, 2006 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html <-- This is the whole of U.S. flag law as I understand it. :)
dcseain From: dcseain Date: July 18th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep, that matches my underastanding of it, too.
wouldyoueva From: wouldyoueva Date: July 19th, 2006 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Roscoe also was behind a law to ban the selling of PLAYBOY at Army PXs. No matter about the high unemployment in the western reaches of his district--they can fly the flag!
liandriel From: liandriel Date: July 19th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC) (Link)
This may refer to the stupid restrictions imposed by some Homeowners Associations.
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