Sunday, February 28, 2010

National Pride
Am I the only who's noticed?

I’ve been watching, or listening to, a lot of the winter Olympics. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s not the amateur contest it was originally intended to be, but I still like the competition, the triumph of the spirit over insurmountable odds, and the wide variety of sports. Heck, I even figured out what curling is all about and realized there is a lot to it. (Not to mention that women’s curling was easy on the eyes.)

Canada has won a number of gold medals and got to hear their national anthem, O Canada, as the flags of the three medal countries were raised. Now, granted, as the host country the Canadians have a special pride in their victories, but have you noticed that they all seem to be singing their anthem? Even the gold medalist! (You rarely see an American gold medalist doing so.)

Call me old-fashioned, but I think I live in the best country on earth and often get a lump in my throat or even a little misty-eyed when I hear, and sing, the Star Spangled Banner. But, sadly, very often I am the only one singing in the stands around me at sporting events.

When I was a kid I attended many major league baseball games. Nearly everyone sang the National Anthem – and no one had to be told to take off their hat. Okay, I’m a baby boomer so all the adults had lived through a World War and us kids were the children of those veterans of our armed forces or the home front that built the tanks, ships, and planes.

I think there’s another reason for the minimal number of Americans who actually sing the National Anthem. I think it’s because of the liberals and former hippies who have taken over America’s teaching establishment. They have taught two generations that America is not Number 1, but just one among many nations and usually responsible for everything that’s wrong in the world. (Not unlike the Roman Protestant spawn of Vatican 2.) They have made patriotism (love of country) political incorrect. Consequently, they don’t even teach, yes, TEACH, as in memorization, the National Anthem in grade schools.

So, if you don’t the words of the Star Spangled Banner, it’s time to learn, or relearn, them. Then you need to live in the “home of the brave” by being brave enough to sing it out loud, even if you’re the only one.

Long may she wave!


Blogger Al said...

Altar Boy, some of us do still sing the National Anthem, but you are right, it isn't song & it used to be. & I don't think it has anything to do with the difficulty of it. But a lot to do with what you said.

3:48 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

The national pride of your people has been undermined from within, a necessary step by the Marxists to prepare the American people to accept the changes they wish to implement.

It worked in Russia, and it worked in Germany and now it is happening in the USA.

Obama is the fuhrer who is going to make Americans able to be proud of America again just as Hitler did for the Germans(Americans were even saying that very thing after the election if you think back).

But it won't be America any more once he gets done with his change.

Our Lady warned us the errors of Russia would spread throughput the world, and so it has come to pass, those errors came via Germany with the dissemination of Nazism, which is merely a form of Marxism, after the second world war to all corners of the globe.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Cam said...

It is sad...

I had one great teacher in second grade who had us say the pledge of allegiance and then sing either the national anthem or America the Beautiful or America ("my country 'tis of thee) every morning at the start of class. It was wonderful!

Unfortunately after that year I don't think we even said the pledge again in class.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Joe ( said...

Singing? SURE, gREAT, AWESOMe... but I would take, standing, not talking, hats off, hand over the heart... you know, the simple stuff!

Singing? heh...

1:00 PM  
Blogger StarbucksMom... said...

I am very happy to report that at least ONE American school, my boys grade school, has a song of the month, and that song is ALWAYS a Patriotic one!!!
My 3 and 4 year old know most of the words to the National Anthem, and they are both developmentally disabled!

12:29 AM  

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