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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings, syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde andIzvestia. He has published ten books of cartoons and a novel about the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam as a linguist and intelligence officer, earning a Bronze Star and the Air Medal. Born in New York City, he now lives in Manhattan and Vermont. A video of the artist at work can be viewed here.

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16 responses to “Cartoon: Those Flag Burners”

  1. tomtype says:

    A year in jail for anyone burning a flag. Better up enlistments because by far and away the biggest flag burner in the world is the US military. By law that is the only respectful way of disposing of old, worn, damaged, or soiled flags. Which was exactly the point of the first flag burning. A bunch of radicals got together to respectfully burn the flag because as they reasoned, it had been soiled by the unpatriotic actions of government officials. It is another example of killing the messenger because you don’t like the message.

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  2. itsfun says:

    It may be a right to burn the flag, but that doesn’t make it right.

    • tomtype says:

      When is exercising a right, especially in a democracy ever not right? Besides burning the flag is the only correct way to correct anything that dishonors the flag, damaging it or soiling it in any way. It is entirely legal and right, which is the very essence.

      • itsfun says:

        Burning the symbol that thousand have fought and died for is a insult to every one of the dead. You just go ahead and burn what you want, but I would advise you to not burn the flag in front of me. I do have a concealed weapon permit and I will not tolerate that kind of treasonous behavior you want or like.

        • tomtype says:

          Better start start with the military. Every day they burn more flags than the demonstrators have in all time. Do you consider the army is insulting all those military dead? Are you headed out to the closest base to start shooting? And how many dead would such thoughtless actions honor? By the way most of those dead died to uphold and preserve those right you so lightly dismiss. Sounds to me like your attitude is a fundamental rejection of the sacrifices and deaths and the very things they stood and even died for.

          • itsfun says:

            Are you that dense? When flags are tattered and damaged the military doesn’t throw them in a waste basket, it is the proper way to dispose of damaged flags.

          • JPHALL says:

            He is not dense, you are! You assume that you making a simple assumption validates your position. I guess you are beginning to see how hard it is to be an ideologue when faced with the truth.

          • tomtype says:

            Exactly. And that is the whole point of the demonstration. But you insist that you would shoot anyone burning a flag. So which is it? Burning a flag is the only respectful way to treat a soiled, worn, or damaged flag or it is disrespectful. Can’t have it both ways.
            So are you off to defend those flags or their burners?

          • itsfun says:

            Burning the flag in a respectful and honorable way and burning a flag in a riot to dishonor this nation are two different worlds. If you can’t see the difference, then you are a lost cause.

          • tomtype says:

            Google the first flag burning. See a group of business suits with overcoats and fedoras respectfully burning the flag. It is killing the messenger because you don’t like the message. So when do you start on shooting troops?

        • ps0rjl says:

          You’re such a tough guy! Stop you’re scaring me. You sound like the perfect reason for not allowing most people to carry a weapon either concealed or open carry. And if I am there I will stop you from even drawing your weapon. I served in the Marines during Vietnam to give these people the right to burn the flag. And the Supreme Court gives them the right to do it, Did you serve or are just another loud-mouth chickenhawk?

  3. bobnstuff says:

    Burning the flag in protest is as American as flying it. The first amendment protects the act. It is no more evil the the disrespecting of the President that the right seems to have no problem with. If the flag is the symbol of our nation how much more a symbol is the office of the president.

    • dpaano says:

      Agreed! I have never in my many years seen a president as disrespected as President Obama, which is amazing considering what a great president he has been and will go down in history as being! I sincerely doubt that Trump will have as much respect when he leaves office!

  4. dpaano says:

    It’s interesting since burning an American flag is the ONLY way that you can dispose of a flag that his torn or no longer flyable. I know when I was a member of the Army Reserve, we used to take old, torn flags to the American Legion to burn on certain days. We provided a group to honor the flag as it was thrown into the fire. It had NOTHING to do with a protest, although I DO see where some idiots think burning the flag is a great way to protest!

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