This flag burning amendment legislation gets a whole bunch of floor time starting today courtesy of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), a possible 2008 presidential candidate.
Frist is getting it from the right and left for tying up the chamber on symbolic legislation. Even a bunch of blue chip conservatives--who support the resolution--hit Frist recently for making a priority of flag burning instead of pushing to confirm conservative judges.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who thinks the measure is a waste of time, said Sunday on ABC's ``This Week'' it is within one vote of passage.
DURBIN; We don't need to amend the Bill of Rights for the first time in our history. Thomas Jefferson did a pretty good job. And I think it's, kind of, bold of some of our colleagues to think they can rewrite it for an issue that, frankly, is not a national problem.
There are scarcely any instances across America where people are burning the flag. And yet, now we want to set aside the important business of the Senate, health care and energy policy and education and debate for an entire week this concept of amending our Bill of Rights for the first time in our history. I think that's a mistake.