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Amendment Kabuki?

The flag-burning-amendment dance is a tiring one, but am I missing something or is the amendment scarily close to passing the Senate?

USA Today tells us:

The American Legion, which supports the amendment, and the American Civil Liberties Union, which opposes it, both say there are 66 votes to pass it.

Whether advocates can find the 67th vote to send the flag amendment to the states for ratification remains unclear. A Senate vote is set for the week of June 26.

Now, some of those 'yes' votes might evaporate if this ludicrous idea suddenly looks like it might become a reality (plenty of senators, one must guess, support the amendment based on the premise that it won't pass), but it's still too close for comfort.

Especially when all 50 states have non-binding resolutions supporting such an amendment.

Maybe I'm way out of the conservative mainstream on this one (it wouldn't be the first time, and I'll work actively to make sure it's not the last), but do that many Americans really lack a working understanding of the concept of freedom of speech? I mean, we know Congress and the Supreme Court and the president lack such an understanding. After all, McCain-Feingold became law. But it's hard to believe the American people are that threatened by political dissent.