Well, I’m downright relieved that the ban did not pass. The flag is a mere symbol, just like the crucifix, the peace sign or any other symbol. People that get upset about flag burning need to get a grip on their emotions. They suffer the same delusions that Moses warned his people about when they put idols between themselves and God.
I think it’s fine for a flag to “represent” something, just as burning a flag also “represents” something, but symbolism should never be mistaken for the “essence” of something. The essence of our nation are the living, breathing people that make it, not the symbols that represent it.
The fact that congress came so close to passing the ban is a tribute to the fact that as a nation of people we are obscuring our view of what matters with inanimate idols and fetishes.