In the case of Snider vs City of Cape Girardeau Missouri, the District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, Southeastern Division has found, by the law, that Frank L. Snider is protected via the 1st Amendment from violation resulting from his shredding of an American flag.
By the law of unintended consequences, Frank L. Snider III has been found guilty of being Anti-American, an idiot and a hypocrite.
First, the law.
Back in 1989, the United States Supreme Court found that burning an American flag was protected as free speech. Previous to that decision, the state of Missouri, in 1980, passed a law making it a misdemeanor to desecrate an American flag but, after the 1989 Supreme Court ruling, Missouri failed to remove their desecration law from the books.
On October 20th, 2009, Snider, who at the time lived at 901 S. Benton St. in Cape Girardeau tried, in his front yard, to burn an American flag. Snider was inept enough to fail in that attempt and decided instead, to slice the flag to bits and throw its remains about his yard and into the street.
One of Snider’s neighbors was appalled and called the police. Officer Matthew Peters arrived and wrote Snider a ticket for littering. 3 days later, Snider was arrested on the charge of desecration of an American flag and held for 8 hours.
2 years later, the ACLU took up Sniders case and on his behalf, filed a lawsuit claiming that Snider’s 1st Amendment rights had been violated.
Last Wednesday, a Federal District Court Judge, Carol E. Jackson, ruled that the entire statute was invalid because it prohibits a substantial amount of protected speech.
So be it.
Desecrating a flag is perfectly legal and Frank L. Snider III is off the hook. Off the hook for desecrating a flag but nonetheless guilty in the court of unintended consequences.
Frank L. Snider III is guilty of being Anti American.
This is not an opinion but a fact and to prove it one need look no further than Snider’s own stated reason for doing what he did on October 20th 2009.
According to Cape Girardeau Missouri Police Office, Matthew Peters, who was on the scene back in October of 2009, Snider said he had torn the flag up and thrown it in the road after failing in an attempt to burn it. “Snider continued to say that he hated the United States because it was the country’s fault that he could not find a job.” That is exactly what Officer Peters wrote in a sworn statement that accompanied the charges.
He HATED the United States.
Of course, 2 years later, the ACLU put forth a different claim.
But the ACLU wasn’t about to dismiss the ORIGINAL claim either.
So, because the United States either would not provide him with disability benefits OR because the United States wouldn’t provide him employment, Frank L. Snider III hated the United States and that, my patriotic friends, is Anti-American.
Frank L. Snider III is guilty of being an idiot.
By attempting and failing to burn an American flag and consequently being successful in shredding it before scattering the bits and pieces about his yard and street because of his hatred FOR the United States, Frank L. Snider is an idiot.
That flag, which in his hatred Snider desecrated, stands for freedom and liberty. In expressing his 1st Amendment protected right to free speech by shredding the flag, Snider literally shredded the very symbol which protects him.
Syria? China? Iran? North Korea? The list could go on and on but what does Frank L. Snider believe would be the outcome had he attempted and succeeded to desecrate the flag of any one of numerous nations within those nations?
Desecrating the flag, because you’re pissed at your country, is butt stupid and this case PROVES it. This bumbling moron tried to burn, then shredded a flag because he was mad at the very country which allows him the right to burn or shred its flag.
Frank L. Snider III is guilty of being a hypocrite.
By allowing the ACLU to literally make a Federal case out of his Anti-American act of idiocy, Frank L. Snider proved himself a hypocrite.
The very laws of the country Snider SO hates, protected his sad and sorry ass. One of the bedrocks of the founding of this great nation, the 1st Amendment, defined his protection. Were it NOT for the United States, Snider would have been found guilty of desecration of an American flag.
He relied UPON the country he HATES to protect him and THAT, my patriotic friends, is the very definition of hypocrisy.
While the law of the land has set Frank L. Snider III of Cape Girardeau Missouri free, the law of unintended consequences has sentenced him to the life-long stigma of being an Anti-American, an idiot and a hypocrite.
There is an old adage with which one can suspect, Snider was completely unfamiliar. It’s is not known for sure, who coined the adage as it has been variously attributed to Abraham Lincoln, George Eliot, Groucho Marx, Albert Einstein, and some fellow by the name of, Silvan Engel. I first became acquainted with it via Mark Twain.
Thankfully, the truth of the adage hinges not upon who may first have uttered it. It is as true coming from Groucho as from Abe or Einstein, Eliot, Twain or whoever Engle may have been. It rings true through the ages as it most likely, in its later forms, was derived from the Bible.
Proverbs 17:28 – “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.”
That is the popular version of: “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”
While Frank L. Snider III celebrates by wallowing about in a cesspool of hatred of his own making, he is not alone. Occupiers, the ACLU, liberals too numerous to count and others join him there, splashing gleefully and cheering their “victory.”
We conservative PATRIOTS will take the high ground, upwind of their stench.