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They can't just tell everybody else to ignore all the other meanings that it's accrued.. Edward L. Ayers
I hereby declare him an American. Meriwether Lewis
What we fly today is not an enduring symbol of our heritage, but the fighting flag of those who wanted to preserve a segregated South. Zell Miller
It’s a little strange, this obsession with the flag. It’s incomprehensible to someone who comes from a country where the flag has, so to speak, disappeared, where any nostalgia and concern for it is a sign of an attachment to the past… Bernard-Henri Levy
I don’t like to see our flag torn down and trampled upon anywhere in the world and I think most Americans agree with me on that. I don’t like to see American citizens pushed around and there’s no good reason for letting it happen Barry Goldwater
Ireland Forever. Irish Brigade
For generations the shamrock was banned as a national emblem of Ireland, but in her extremity England uses the shamrock as a means for exciting in foolish Irishmen loyalty to England. For centuries the green flag of Ireland was a thing accurst and hated by the English garrison in Ireland, as it is still in their inmost hearts. But in India, in Egypt, in Flanders, in Gallipoli, the green flag is used by our rulers to encourage Irish soldiers of England to give up their lives for the power that denies their country the right of nationhood. James Connolly
The Congress and the States shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. Anonymous
You see, dear, the Americans have no king or queen. Their flag is the only permanent symbol of their government. Anonymous
We are ready to defend Baltimore against the enemy except that we have no ensign … George Armstead
I despise any flag, not just the American flag. It's a symbol of a piece of land that's considered more important than the human lives on it. Joan Baez
And, as the last vessel spread her canvas to the wind, the Americans hoisted a most superb and splendid ensign on their battery. Robert J. Barrett
A flag should unite those over whom it flies. David Beasley
[The American flag] ... means the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny, to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world has ever known, or has since known—the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. Henry Ward Beecher
The Republic never retreats. Its flag is the only flag that has never known defeat. Where that flag leads we follow, for we know that the hand that bears it onward is the unseen hand of God. Albert J. Beveridge
The way to preserve the flag's special role is not to punish those who feel differently about these matters. It is to persuade them that they are wrong.... Our decision is a reaffirmation of the principles of freedom and inclusiveness that the flag best reflects, and of the conviction that our toleration of such criticism [flag-burning] is a sign and source of our strength. William J. Brennan, Jr.
We can imagine no more appropriate response to burning a flag than to waving one's own, no better way to counter a flag-burner's message than by saluting the flag that burns, no surer means of preserving the dignity even of the flag that burned than by, as one witness here did, according its remains a respectful burial. William J. Brennan, Jr.
We do not consecrate the flag by punishing its desecration, for in doing so we dilute the freedom that this cherished emblem represents. William J. Brennan, Jr.
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. George W. Bush
Respect for the flag transcends political party. George W. Bush
If it [the American flag] is not defended, it is defamed. We can't forget the importance of the flag to the ideals of liberty and honor and freedom. To burn the flag, to dishonor it, is simply wrong. George W. Bush
Back under Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale, times were tough. [American] Flags weren't selling that well. [During the Reagan-Bush years] Flag slaes have taken off. George W. Bush
Your banner's constellation types White freedom with its stars, But what is the meaning of the stripes? They mean your Negroes' scars. Thomas Campbell
The flag is the guarantor and symbol of equality. Andrew Carnegie
I done but do my duty boys. The flag never touched the ground. William. H. Carney
The American flag must not be fired upon …. There is considerable American capital invested in Santo Domingo. Chicago Tribune
As long as the waving symbol of another American’s pride is the shameful symbol of another American’s pain, we have bridges to cross in this country and we better get across them. Bill Clinton
RESOLVED: That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation. Continental Congress
Who personally has ever witnessed a flag burning? Philip M. Crane
Here's to the red of it, There's not a thread of it, No, not a shred of it, In all the spread of it, From foot to head, But heroes bled for it, Faced steel and lead for it, Precious blood shed for it, Bathing in red. John Augustin Daly
This flag does not belong to the right wing of the Republican party. It belongs to all of us. Howard Dean
If anyone attempts to haul down the American flag, shoot him on the spot. John Adams Dix
I think he could defend it at a bar association meeting, but not before real people. Bob Dole
Folks, wear flags on your lapels. Put them on your hats. Get the expensive sticker put on the side of the camper, on the side of your Cadillac Eldorado. Robert Dornan
I name thee Old Glory. William Driver
It is the correct view, but it is such a loser. Don Edwards
We cannot allow the American flag to be shot at anywhere on earth if we are to retain our respect and prestige. Barry Goldwater
It's your flag and my flag. Joseph S. Frelinghuysen
Show me the race or nation without a flag, and I will show you a people without any pride. Marcus Garvey
With a flag you can lead people wherever you want. Theodor Herzl
I have seen the glories of art and architecture, and mountain and river; I have seen the sunset on the Jungfrau, and the full moon rise over Mt. Blanc, but the fairest vision on which these eyes ever looked was the flag of my country in a foreign land. George Frisbie Hoar
Battle Hymn of the Republic Julia Ward Howe
We all find flag burning repugnant. We find burning crosses repugnant. But they have been burning crosses longer than they have been burning flags and there has been no rush for a constitutional amendment to stop the burning of crosses. Jesse Jackson
When I look at his gallant services, finding him first in the military school of the United States, educated at the expense of his country—taught to love the principles of the Constitution; afterwards entering its service fighting beneath the Stars and Stripes, ... I cannot understand how he can be willing to hail another banner, and turn from that of his country; .... If I could not unsheathe my sword in vindication of the flag of my country, ... I would return the sword to its scabbard; I would never sheathe it in the bosom of my mother. Never! Never! Never! Andrew Johnson
The Supreme Court decision [Texas v. Johnson, 1989] does not in any way indicate the government is backing off from forcing the flag on people. They just don't want to look too dictatorial in the way they do it. Gregory Johnson
It is an unmistakable statement of contempt for a government to burn its flag. Gregory Johnson
... of oppression, international murder and plunder ... [of a] sick and dying empire. Gregory Johnson
We will take a meaningless vote so that some campaign operatives can try to bludgeon senators who are willing to stand up for the Bill of Rights and vote against this amendment. Howard Metzenbaum
I am unable to agree that the benefits that may accrue to society from the compulsory flag-salute are sufficiently definite and tangible to justify the invasion of freedom and privacy that is entailed ... Frank Murphy
American labor, whenever it gathers, does so with love for its flag and country and loyalty to its government. Fiorello H. La Guardia
I have loved but one flag and cannot share that affection with the mongrel banner designed for the League [of Nations.] Henry Cabot Lodge
I can assure you that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana. John F. Kennedy
Offensive or not, those who burn the flag to express their views are exercising a right that our founding generation fought a revolution to secure. Arthur J. Kropp
The United States Military did not adopt the Stars and Stripes for a flag to fight under till 1850. The first war in which the Stars and Stripes was flown unofficially by some troops was during the Mexican War. Marc Leepson
Let cannon and bell at high noon call the people from sport or study or toil, to reflection on that great life so nobly lived. Let the universal display from tenement to State House of the flag of the United States of America remind the people that our country is the United States because of Abraham Lincoln. Curis Guild Jr.
Poland has not yet perished. Jozef Wybicki
The [English] national anthem belongs to the eighteenth century. In it you find us ordering God about to do our political dirty work. George Bernard Shaw
If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it. Norman Thomas
A moth-eaten rag on a worm-eaten pole, It does not look likely to stir a man's soul. 'Tis the deeds that were done 'neath the moth-eaten rag, When the pole was a staff, and the rag was a flag. Edward Bruce Hamley
Up rose old Barbara Frietchie then, Bowed with her fourscore years and ten; Bravest of all in Frederick town, She took up the flag the men hauled down; In her attic-window the staff she set, To show that one heart was loyal yet. Up the street came the rebel tread, Stonewall Jackson riding ahead. Under his slouched hat left and right He glanced: the old flag met his sight. "Halt!"—the dust-brown ranks stood fast. "Fire!"—out blazed the rifle-blast.  It shivered the window, pane and sash; It rent the banner with seam and gash. Quick, as it fell, from the broken staff Dame Barbara snatched the silken scarf; She leaned far out on the window-sill, And shook it forth with a royal will. "Shoot, if you must, this old gray head, But spare your country's flag," she said. John Greenleaf Whittier
Velvet and gilding do not make a throne, nor gold and jewels a scepter. It is a throne because the most exalted one sits there,—and a scepter because the most mighty one wields it. Anthony Trollope
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea; With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me; As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free;  While God is marching on. Julia Ward Howe
Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead. Arundhati Roy
When Freedom from her mountain height Unfurled her standard to the air, She tore the azure robe of night, And set the stars of glory there. She mingled with its gorgeous dyes The milky baldric of the skies, And striped its pure, celestial white With streakings of the morning light. Joseph Rodman Drake
Take away that fool's bauble, the Mace. Oliver Cromwell
No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave. Francis Scott Key
Legalizing the Basque flag will be done over my dead body Manuel Fraga Iribarne
Now we are proud that the government has moved from the class of the exploiters to the class of the people who were being exploited. And in the great name of the same class, I raise this nation's flag which is a strong symbol of this transfer. Nur Muhammad Taraki
God save Ireland, said the heroes God save Ireland said they all. Whether on the scaffold high, Or the battle field we die O’ what matter when for Ireland dear we fall. Timothy Daniel Sullivan
There is no indication - either in the text of the Constitution or in our cases interpreting it - that a separate judicial category exists for the American flag alone. ... We decline ... therefore to create for the flag an exception to the … principles protected by the First Amendment. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The Confederate Flag is just a symbol of states’ rights and the Swastika is just a Tibetan good luck charm. Robin Williams
When you commit the flag, you commit it to win. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Ukraine has not perished, nor her glory, nor her freedom. Ukraine
Poland has not yet perished, so long as we are alive. Poland
In this sign you will conquer. Constantine I
A flag burning Constitutional amendment would rip the fabric of the Constitution at its very center. Mitch McConnell