Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016
I’m not aware of a circumstance where loss of citizenship is the penalty for a crime. Maybe one exists, but I’m not aware of it. It’s extremely difficult to give up one’s citizenship. Not that I ever checked on it when Shrub got elected the second time…
Antonin Goddamned Scalia said this about flag burning:
“If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” Scalia said. “But I am not king.”
That’s the lusory attitude I talked about the other day: “I have my strong feelings about this, but I have to work within the system.” Scalia was saying there that he understood and accepted his role in the system. Bush v Gore showed he was perfectly willing the put his thumb on the scales when it was his turn to do so, but he colored inside the lines.
For all you “wait and see” types. He just told you his ends. He’s bigger than the game. He wants what he wants and that’s what’s important.
What do you suppose he’s going to do when he has the means?
And who’s going to stop him?