The First Amendment exists to insure that freedom of speech and expression applies not just to that with which we agree or disagree, but also that which we find outrageous. I would not amend that great shield of democracy to hammer a few miscreants. The flag will be flying proudly long after they have slunk away.

Colin Powell (1937-2021) American military leader, politician, diplomat
Letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (18 May 1999)


On a proposed flag-burning amendment. Full text.

 
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