Warning: Don’t Burn the American Flag in Front of DEMOCRAT Senator Joe Manchin

Joe Manchin

Sounding much more like an American and freedom-loving conservative, Democrat Senator Joe Manchin responded to Donald Trump’s tweet about flag-burners on Tuesday, stating that while burning the American flag may be a First Amendment right, if anyone does it in front of him they’re going to have hell to pay.

“It’s a First Amendment right,” Manchin, who many have speculated may switch parties, said, according to Roll Call reporter Bridget Bowman. “But you do it in front of me, I’m going to beat the hell out of you,” he threatened.

On Tuesday morning, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that those who burn the American flag should either be jailed for one year or perhaps lose their American citizenship.

While burning the American flag is despicable and should be condemned and ridiculed, neither Trump or Manchin have it right. The answer to flag-burners isn’t violence or policies or anti-First Amendment rights policies that would make Fidel Castro proud.

The proper answer to disrespect of the American flag is more free speech, not less, as illustrated by the 1,000 veterans who gathered at Hampshire College in Amherst after students burned an American flag in protest of Donald Trump’s election victory.

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“They took down my flag, they have a right to that, I’m here to defend their right to do that but I want them to understand how bad that hurts me,” veteran Jerry Maguire told WWLP-TV.

This is how it’s done:

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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