The US House of Representatives has passed a Constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning, and many analysts think that the Senate will also pass the amendment later this Summer.
Jon Stewart may have said it best: "[flag burning] is a dickish, juvenile act... but this almost makes me want to go out and burn one." Or something like that.
While, superficially, this is nothing more than some cheap politics, a diversion from our actual problems, there is a very disconcerting side to the story: the significance attached to the symbols of a nation-state are directly related to its slide into fascism. It's symbol over substance, as I discussed in Love Your Nation-State. Attaching meaning to the symbol itself is only necessary if the substantive freedoms or principles supposedly attached to that symbol are under attack.
As Nietzsche said, we have Symbols "in order not to perish of Truth." See John Zerzan's "The Case Against Art" for a primitivist critique of symbols.