i just studied a piece of art, and it touched me. this was before and in fact was the reason why the american flag cannot touch the ground.
a flag was laid on the ground. the short end was flush with the wall and above it laying on a shelf was a blank book. in this blank book, viewers were to write what they thought the flag should be treated like. in order to write in the book, you had to step on the flag. it caused huge controversy and obviously led to many court battles.
the question is what would YOU have done? stepped on the flag to write down your opinions, disgracing the flag? or not stepped on the flag foregoing your right to be heard? it comes down to the choice: freedom of speech or pride in ones own country? which is greater?