As you may have heard by now, Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) proposed Constitutional amendment that would outlaw the burning of the American flag failed to gather the necessary votes in the U.S. Senate, once again shuttling this limp issue away until it becomes politically convenient again. The undeterred Hatch, sounding like the co-star in some upcoming Rocky sequel, has vowed to push blindly ever onward in his quest for unprecedented tokenism. ("For the stars and stripes, I will not give up, and I will not surrender", he dramatically declared.) He also insists that a Constitutional amendment that would outlaw flag burning IS, in fact, "the most important thing the Senate could be doing." [Link to Video]
The fact that the proposal was defeated by only one vote (no thanks to California's often bewildering Democrat Diane Feinstein) is disturbing, however, and it got me thinking of comedian Bill Hicks' infamous rant about flag burning from years back. Hicks' words resonate strongly in the current political climate, and for today's review, I've remixed the classic monologue with some strident guitar jams courtesy of the one and only Government Issue, the results of which I humbly offer to you now. [Download MP3]
Further facts to depress and enlighten: Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer years ago. Buy his CDs here. Government Issue broke up even longer ago. Buy their CDs here. Orrin Hatch has been in office since 1977. Want to yell at people who like him? Move here.