Normally we would not bother to denounce the evils of a constitutional amendment that legalizes bans on flag burning. The idea has been around for years, and Congress always seems to muster just enough votes to put this turkey back on the shelf, where it belongs.
But this time might be different. Sponsors think the explosion of patriotism ignited by Sept. 11, 2001, will sway enough votes to change the outcome. And last week's overwhelming vote in the House of Representatives