Happy Independence Day to all those in the United States and elsewhere who celebrate it.
Let's all remember, this is a nation of immigrants, formed through dissent, under the premise that everyone has a right to speak their mind, worship (or not) at their discretion, and associate with wheomever they choose. The flag has no meaning as a symbol unless its desecration as a form of protest is permitted, and permitting that desecration is not the same as approving of it. Those who would deny that right, and fly flags as big as football fields in all weather, night or day, might take a minute to read up the proper treatment of the flag. There's more to desecration than burning.
As it says above, dissent is not disloyalty, and I will always prefer a man who burn the flag and wraps himself in the Constitution to one who burns the Constitution and wraps himself in the flag.
May God bless America, but, more important, may we deserve that blessing.