Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is supporting new legislation to criminalize desecration of the United States flag _ though she still opposes a constitutional ban on flag attacks.
Clinton, D-N.Y., has agreed to co-sponsor a measure by Republican Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, which has been written in hopes of surviving any constitutional challenge following a 2003 Supreme Court ruling on the subject.
Let's see what this law does:
The Bennett-sponsored measure outlaws a protester intimidating any person by burning the flag, lighting someone else's flag, or desecrating the flag on federal property.
Lighting someone else's flag is probably already a crime. That's a no-brainer. "Intimidating any person" seems like unconstitutionally vague language. Meanwhile, banning the burning of a flag on federal property seems like an impermissible restriction unless there are similar bans on any kind of burning on federal property (which could be made based on safety grounds). Somehow, I doubt that's the case.
Sigh. Some shmuck burns a flag, and it's the end of the Republic to some people. As if our nation is that weak.
Update: Georgia10 blogged this earlier.