While their constitutional rights were so vital that they felt compelled to fight a reasonable school policy, they aren’t so important that the students will take a public stand, proving, if nothing else, that at least they’re consistent on the issue of standing. On such character the future of our nation rests.
Meanwhile, Rome burns.
Fighting for the right to stay seated during a constitutionally permissible expression of patriotism seems like a cause without a purpose, but the U.S. Supreme Court long ago decided that it’s un-American to require Americans to love America. (Just try to stay seated when a federal judge enters a courtroom and see what happens.)
Once again, though, we’re confronted with a community’s loss of its right to create and enforce certain standards that reflect the sensibilities of the people who live there, even within the confines of its public schools.
So, congrats, ACLU, on another victory for constitutionally protected free speech and on helping to further erode our American character. But don’t be surprised if the kids look back someday and wish you hadn’t been quite so helpful.