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 (b. 1937) American military leader, Secretary of State
Letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (18 May 1999)

On a proposed flag-burning amendment. Full text.
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 1-Feb-04
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