I'm gonna vent about something that's been bothering me for awhile. The American Flag being draped over the coffin has been reserved for military members that served Honorably, Presidents and Vice Presidents..With that said, politicians (congressman, senators and others) who never served in the military should not be entitled to a draped American Flag..Military members, sacrifice their lives daily for the Country and its people, and the politicians are more interested in giving to themselves.
I'm not sure just when they started the practice of draping a flag over the coffins of politicians but it should have never been allowed. The President and Vice President are the supreme leaders of the military and rate the flag.
Civilians (that would include politicians)
People who have not served in the military may not have a flag-draped casket and they may not receive military honors. At the funeral of a civilian, the flag is displayed with the very same etiquette used during ordinary times. If the funeral is for an important federal government official, flags should be flown at half-mast in the manner dictated by 4 USC § 7 of the United States Code. The President of the United States may issue a proclamation that the U.S. flag be flown at half-mast for other days of national mourning as well. The flag should not be flown at half-mast for ordinary citizens unless the President has issued such a proclamation.