Showing ignorance of the Supreme Court's rulings in 1989 and 1990 that flag burning is a protected form of speech under the First Amendment, President-elect Donald Trump declared at 6:55 a.m. on Twitter this morning that a person who burns a flag should possibly lose their U.S. citizenship. Trump tweeted, "Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag -- if they do, there must be consequences -- perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" University of Texas Law School Steve Vladeck explains that Trump's early-morning Twitter brainfart is unconstitutional in two different ways: "In addition to ignoring the Supreme Court's clear teaching that flag burning is constitutionally protected speech, Mr. Trump's tweet also casually suggests that citizens should lose their citizenship as a 'penalty' for such acts," Vladeck said. "Even if flag burning wasn't protected, it would still be unconstitutional to deprive someone of their citizenship without some voluntary act on their part to renounce their allegiance to the United States or pledge fealty to a foreign sovereign." read more
I don't know if it was always such, but it definitely has been in my life time. The President was someone to be looked up to and emulated, someone that kids should act like. Sure, nobody's perfect, but the President always carried themselves with pride and dignity and decorum. Not anymore. Thanks to so-called "Values Voters. we will soon have a President who is a boor and quite proud of it. Who made his whole campaign on insults and put downs and derision of all who did not agree with him. I assume he'll continue to act this way. My son is grown up, but if he were a little kid, I would make sure to tell him not to act like the President. That I hope he does not grow up to be such an unpleasent person.
Penn students and staff are in an uproar after black freshmen students were added to a GroupMe group titled "------ Lynching."
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Hillary Clinton's first name was spelled "Hilliary" on 2016 election ballots printed for use in Lonoke County, Arkansas. "It is amazing that that many people missed it," said Jerry Shepard, chairman of the Lonoke County Election Commission. "We were not made aware of it until voting began." One voter perceived it as an intentional slight to Clinton. "After looking at it pretty carefully it looked like they had put in liar," the voter said.