HJR 30: Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting desecration of the Flag of the United States.
00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 30 01 Relating to an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting 02 desecration of the Flag of the United States. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS certain actions, although arguably related to one person's free expression, 05 nevertheless raise issues concerning public decency, public peace, and the rights of expression 06 and sacred values of others; and 07 WHEREAS there are symbols of our national soul, such as the Washington 08 Monument, the United States Capitol Building, and memorials to our greatest leaders, that are 09 the property of every American and are therefore worthy of protection from desecration and 10 dishonor; and 11 WHEREAS the American Flag was most nobly born in the struggle for independence 12 that began with "The Shot Heard Round the World" on a bridge in Concord, Massachusetts; 13 and 14 WHEREAS, in the War of 1812, the American Flag stood boldly against foreign 15 invasion, symbolized the stand of a young and brave nation against the mighty world power 16 of that day and, in its courageous resilience, inspired our national anthem; and
01 WHEREAS, in the Second World War, the American Flag was the banner that led the 02 American battle against fascist imperialism from the depths of Pearl Harbor to the 03 mountaintop on Iwo Jima, and from defeat in North Africa's Kasserine Pass to victory in the 04 streets of Hitler's Germany; and 05 WHEREAS Alaska's star was woven into the fabric of the Flag in 1959, and that 49th 06 star has become an integral part of the Union; and 07 WHEREAS the American Flag symbolizes the ideals that good and decent people 08 fought for in Vietnam, often at the expense of their lives or at the cost of cruel condemnation 09 upon their return home; and 10 WHEREAS the American Flag symbolizes the sacred values for which loyal 11 Americans risked and often lost their lives in securing civil rights for all Americans, 12 regardless of race, sex, or creed; and 13 WHEREAS the American Flag was carried to the moon as a banner of goodwill, 14 vision, and triumph on behalf of all mankind; and 15 WHEREAS the American Flag was raised by New York City fire fighters atop the 16 rubble of the World Trade Center and became the symbol of a nation challenged as it had 17 never been before; and 18 WHEREAS the American Flag to this day is a most honorable and worthy banner of a 19 nation that is thankful for its strengths and committed to curing its faults and remains the 20 destination of millions of immigrants attracted by the universal power of the American ideal; 21 and 22 WHEREAS the law as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court no longer 23 accords to the Stars and Stripes that reverence, respect, and dignity befitting the banner of that 24 most noble experiment of a nation-state; and 25 WHEREAS House Joint Resolution 36, which passed the United States House of 26 Representatives and has been referred to the United States Senate, proposes an amendment to 27 the United States Constitution stating, "The Congress shall have power to prohibit the 28 physical desecration of the flag of the United States"; and 29 WHEREAS Senate Joint Resolution 7, introduced in the United States Senate, 30 proposes an amendment to the United States Constitution stating, "The Congress shall have 31 power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States"; and
01 WHEREAS it is only fitting that people everywhere should lend their voices to a 02 forceful call for restoration to the Stars and Stripes of a proper station under law and decency; 03 BE IT RESOLVED by the Alaska State Legislature that the Congress of the United 04 States is requested to pass House Joint Resolution 36 or Senate Joint Resolution 7, or 05 comparable legislation, and present to the legislatures of the several states an amendment to 06 the Constitution of the United States that would specifically provide the Congress power to 07 prohibit the physical desecration of the Flag of the United States; this request does not 08 constitute a call for a constitutional convention; and be it 09 FURTHER RESOLVED that the legislatures of the several states are invited to join 10 with Alaska to secure ratification of the proposed amendment. 11 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Richard B. Cheney, Vice- 12 President of the United States and President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Thomas 13 Daschle, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the 14 U.S. House of Representatives; the governors of each of the several states; the presiding 15 officers of each house of the legislatures of the several states; and to the Honorable Ted 16 Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, United States Senators, and the Honorable Don 17 Young, United States Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.