So what? If you want to live in a country where disrespect of the flag/government is a punishable offense, move to North Korea.
For me, the line is more the punishment than the offense. People are allowed to be offended by others’ speech. You don’t have to like the NFL players’ protest any more than Berkley students have to like the conservatives that come through there. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean everyone has to approve of what you say, and there can be consequences for your behavior from an employer. But yeah, if you want people to lose their jobs or be sent to the gulags because they express a nonviolent viewpoint or attend a peaceful protest you disagree with, then yeah, you’re probably in authoritarian territory, which is not a good place to be.
Exactly. Anybody who was bitching about the left suppressing their freedom of speech a few weeks ago and is now sitting behind a keyboard saying you should lose your job or be thrown in jail if you disrespect the flag is a damn hypocrite.
I have called the left out on ignoring the First Amendment plenty of times but don’t think I’m giving a pass to the right. I’ll tell you the same thing I told them: freedom of speech/expression is not limited to the speech/expression that you personally find tasteful. If you think certain nonviolent speech or behavior should not be tolerated, congratulations: you’re an authoritarian.