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Is the Star Spangled Banner An "Abomination"?

mistermilo Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:04 AM
The anthem is, to my limited ability to sing, a very difficult tune. The range of voice required eliminates ,many people from singing it-well. Some singers know its difficulty and sing it anyway. That is exactly what our anthem is about--building America is not and was not easy. I sing it at NFL games. You would have to be standing very close to me to hear me, but I sing it. You would have to look at me very closely to see how choked up while it is being played. If you were to ask me why my eyes looked a bit teary, I would tell you that every time I hear our national anthem sung, I cannot stop my memories from coming. I think of all the effort of all the people that made this America. And I am so grateful that I was born here!
DrBarbara Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 10:03 AM
Mistermilo, I got teary just reading your comment and thinking about our flag waving over Iwo Jimo, over Ground Zero, covering the caskets of fallen soldiers. We (husband and myself) instilled that patriotic fervor in our children and they passed it their children. Doesn't matter if you can sing a lick-- it's not about singing, it's about praising our God for this country. It's about showing allegiance to the sum that is larger than the parts. It's about God, family, country. If Mr. Press doesn't like it, I will help him pack and send him wherever he thinks is a better place. I know America would be a better place if he left.
JaneM Wrote: Jun 12, 2012 9:32 AM
Ditto-I sing loud and offtune at NFL games. I get po'd when I see men who do not remove their hats. I get choked up and teary eyed. And all for the same reasons you give.
We have many Canadians at our games and they even stand, take hats off and cheer. Sad that some Americans find it difficult to do the same.

Talk show host, Bill Press, doesn’t like the Star-Spangled Banner. Imagine: a liberal talk show that’s not on NPR! His radio show is simulcast on Current TV. Bill Press likes provoking conservatives, but I’m not sure we should be provoked by his outburst against the National Anthem. Bill Press seems to be testing the old philosopher’s question: If a tree falls in the forest and there’s no one there to hear it, does it make a noise? If you say something on Current TV, does anyone hear it?

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