The flag is a national treasure and deserves to be protected. We are merely advocating the restoration of the people's right to restrict desecration of our nation's most important symbol.
The first flag protection laws were enacted in the 1880s and for more than 100 years the flag enjoyed legal protection.
No other symbol so readily and clearly says "America." We are a nation of diversity. The one unifying symbol of America in war and peace is the United States Flag.
The U.S. Flag has led troops into battle since the Revolutionary War; it has inspired men and women to great deeds; it flies above our places of business as a testimony to the free enterprise system; it is displayed in our houses of worship as testimony to our freedom to worship God as our conscience dictates; it flies over our government buildings because it symbolizes our form of government; it is displayed in our schools as testimony to the importance of universal education and our desire for an educated populace; it is proudly flown from our front porches because we are proud to be Americans and we are proud of the contributions our nation has made.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress resolved: "That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation." It's interesting to note that the United States Flag predates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution by 12 years. It's been a part of America longer than our most revered legal document.