It’s as if Dr. Pavlov had a Twitter account:
Things are getting heated after Donald Trump’s message to flag burners.
First amendment advocates are taking part in a Flag Burning Challenge in response to Trump’s tweet on Tuesday that people who set U.S. flags on fire should be punished.
“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences, perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
His stance, which goes against a 1989 U.S. Supreme court decision, prompted some activists to call for the Flag Burning Challenge.
Activists stood in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City in a video posted on Wednesday night to burn two U.S. flags.
“Just burned US flag at Trump Hotel NYC. We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America! Now your turn: #FlagBurningChallenge,” Sunsara Taylor tweeted.
The video features several members from the NYC Revolution Club, which announced the protest on Twitter ahead of the event.
“We burn this flag for the people of the world,” said an activist in the video.
Several other users also took to social media to share footage burning flags with the #FlagBurningChallenge hashtag.
“I’m so here for this #FlagBurningChallenge,” tweeted one user.
Leftists love to burn American flags. It’s like they have been trained to do it reflexively.
In 1904, Ivan Pavlov won a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on classical conditioning.
The concept for which Pavlov is famous is the “conditioned reflex” (or in his own words the conditional reflex) he developed jointly with his assistant Ivan Filippovitch Tolochinov in 1901. He had come to learn this concept of conditioned reflex when examining the rates of salivations among dogs. Pavlov had learned that when a buzzer or metronome was sounded in subsequent time with food being presented to the dog in consecutive sequences, the dog would initially salivate when the food was presented. The dog would later come to associate the sound with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the presentation of that stimulus. Tolochinov, whose own term for the phenomenon had been “reflex at a distance”, communicated the results at the Congress of Natural Sciences in Helsinki in 1903. Later the same year Pavlov more fully explained the findings, at the 14th International Medical Congress in Madrid, where he read a paper titled The Experimental Psychology and Psychopathology of Animals.
A common Hollywood plot device is people being conditioned to commit acts of murder or sabotage after hearing certain sounds or phrases. I guess tweets work too.
It should be pointed out that Donald Trump hasn’t actually done anything to make flag burning illegal. He just threw that idea out there. It’s not even an original idea – Hillary sponsored a bill to outlaw flag burning a decade ago. And yet here we are on Day 3 of the Flag Burning Crisis.
Most Americans would agree that burning an American flag is protected by the First Amendment. Most Americans also hate to see anyone burn an American flag. If your group starts burning American flags don’t expect to win the hearts and minds of the voters. You will be perceived as unamerican. (OWS and BLM burned flags.)
If Donald Trump tried to outlaw flag burning he would run into both political opposition and constitutional challenges. But tweeting is free.
The funniest part is all the idiots burning flags think they are winning.