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National Anthem is an "Abomination"

BillSamuel Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 9:36 AM
The anthem does not appear to me to be a bravery comparison, altho I can see it might be considered by some to be implied. That's never been an issue for me. I know of no research which would show that Americans are more brave than people of other countries, but does the anthem state they are? My main beef with the anthem is that it glorifies war. Should the prime thing we be proud of be our proclivity to warring? I don't think so (I actually think it's the primary thing we need to change). And the War of 1812? The reasons and objectives were a very mixed bag. There were some legitimate grievances, but one must note (and this point was made in the official film when I visited Fort McHenry decades ago) that it also was a war of aggression.
Mike4603 Wrote: Jun 07, 2012 4:44 PM
The war was primarely fought over the British habit of stopping American ships on the high seas and kidnapping American seamen to fill out the rosters of their ships, and the British support of Indian agression against outposts on the American frontier. The invasions of Canada was to divert British troops from actions in the states

Liberal talk radio host Bill Press has a bone to pick...with the Star Spangled Banner. Press said recently on his radio show that his main goal is to get rid of it. At first, Press tries to play off his issue with the National Anthem as being because the song is difficult to sing, but quickly expresses his true feelings about the song:

"It's an abomination."

"Are we the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think."

"I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed...