Frankly I’ve never understood the push to have an amendment protecting the flag from being burned. I’m all for honoring the symbols of our country, but ultimately freedom of expression trumps a symbol. Just because you have attacked a symbol doesn’t mean you have harmed the ideal, belief, government or person the symbol represents. You have expressed you opinion of what that symbol stands for. The only real harm you have done is burn a piece of cloth.
Ed Stenger links to a short but interesting post about the amendment’s failure to pass. It highlights the inability of proponents of the amendment to understand that freedom of expression in America encompasses both the views you agree with and the ones you do not.
"Flag burning is a form of expression that is spiteful or vengeful," the five-term senator said. "It is designed to hurt. It is not designed to persuade." – Senator Arlen SpecterGreat grasp of the Bill of Rights there Senator.