From this post and others like it elsewhere, it would seem that British soldiers have the same relaxed attitude to the national flag as that expressed by @GyroMagician (and, in my experience, by British people generally).
Fuck with the regimental colours, though, and you’re taking your teeth home in your hat.
Is kneeling really the right symbol to use when confronting this problem? Kneeling is subservient. I would much prefer the “Standing Power Fist” as a way of saying “stand up” or “resist” or whatever the exact message is that kneeling is supposed to send. I get why it was done initially, but it just seems like the wrong message at the wrong time.
It could even be interpreted as kneeling before your master, Emperor Trump. The more Trump protests the more people kneel - playing right into his hands!? Stand up for your rights!
Yeah, I think you’re right about the legal penalties described in that section. Similar language occurs further down the USC (ie, use in merchandising, apparel, etc.), but doesn’t seem to carry the penalty. I guess that’s because DC is a federal zone there are special restrictions.
I think you’re on to something here. The Stars and Stripes, like the French Tricolore, is held to represent the people (the nation, in its old sense) and their fight for freedom. The Union Jack, on the other hand, is (I believe) still technically the Queen’s personal heraldic badge, rather than a national flag per se. (A heraldic badge was a device traditionally used to identify a great nobleman’s followers and possessions, the coat of arms being reserved for the nobleman himself.)
There’s probably also a sense that the Union Jack is a bit of a hodge-podge, a not terribly elegant compromise: Wales isn’t on there, but Ireland still is, represented by a flag that I don’t think anyone in Ireland has ever actually flown.
The flags of the individual home countries do seem to attract more popular sentiment. I have a feeling that if a bunch of English burned a saltire in front of a bunch of Scots, there’d be a good chance of a ruckus, especially in the wake of an England/Scotland football match.