In recent weeks, the increasingly dangerous left has asserted just about every criminal-encouraging, America-hating action one could think of. Demands for defunding the police and providing veritable quadrillions (not trillions, quadrillions) in reparations. Calls for destruction of national parks and statues considered “offensive” or “racist.” Justification for murderous riots as people needing “bread” for their family.
These violent demands are delightfully combined with complete radio silence on the numerous innocent people who have died since riots have all but taken over large swathes of America. One of the most tragic recent examples of this mob hatred includes a young mother killed merely for stating, “all lives matter.”
In its almost terrifying predictability, the left has launched a new assault on another crucial aspect of American heritage and culture: The national anthem. Yes, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the anthem that reminds all Americans of the great fortune they have to be living in the Land of the Free, is now under assault.
Trouble started when demands for a “Black national anthem” kept increasing, and the increasingly spineless NFL has now agreed to playing the black national anthem, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” before “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Ted Cruz harshly criticized this decision, noting its clearly divisive nature.
“How many national anthems do we have?? Is there an Hispanic national anthem? An Asian-American national anthem? This is asinine. We are ONE America. E Pluribus Unum.” [Source: Twitter]
Of course, calling for unity these days is ironically the greatest “counter-culture” movement of all.
And also of course, the left is hardly satisfied with the national black anthem being played before the national anthem at the NFL, just like they aren’t satisfied with merely renaming Confederate bases.
Now, the leftists are demanding for “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be removed as the United States’ national anthem in favor of “Lean on Me.” Why? Because “The Star-Spangled Banner” is “racist.” Scant explanation has been given to justify this outrageous claim, but the left is generally repellant to facts and even more repellant to reason.
Furthermore, when contrasting the lyrics of both songs, it is nearly impossible to not be horrified by the left’s latest lame-brained idea. While “Lean on Me” is certainly an encouraging, uplifting song, it is also totally devoid of any specific references to the United States, much less any sense of national pride, including infinite gratitude towards one’s homeland.
In fact, some of the lyrics are suggestive of a socialist future, before transforming into full-blown communism.
“You just call on me brother, when you need a hand,
We all need somebody to lean on,
I just might have a problem that you’ll understand,
We all need somebody to lean on …” [Source: YouTube]
As long as listeners are leaning on the leftists for everything, most of all how to think and how to act, it is little wonder that they want this song to replace the far more robust, individual-oriented “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which calls for “standing,” rather than leaning.
“O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto – “In God is our trust,”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” [Source: The Smithsonian]
“The Star-Spangled Banner,” in other words, explicitly recognizes the unique phenomenon of the United States, and it encourages courage and bravery. “Lean on Me” offers no references to the United States whatsoever, and it’s main suggestion is to lean on other people for help.
This debate is especially disturbing given the well-known influence music has over individuals.
Music has a powerful impact on both memory and emotions. For this reason, the irreplaceable national anthem of the United States, “The Star-Spangled Banner” continues to draw tears and gratitude from Americans’ eyes, reminding them yet again of their great fortune to live in the greatest country this world has ever witnessed.
Francis Scott Key began drafting the lyrics to this phenomenal national anthem while watching the American flag flying high over Fort McHenry the morning after a massive bombardment. Viewing the flag flying defiantly over the carnage deeply inspired Key, as he recognized the flag as the ultimate symbol of American courage and perseverance, increasingly rare attributes.
Fast forward two centuries later, and the left has now dismissed Key’s masterpiece as yet another supposed example of white privilege, with one particularly extreme commentator snarling that the national anthem is “one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon.” [Source: Daily Caller]
Oh, and the national anthem should also be changed because it is “a song with words few people understand, which fewer can sing …” [Source: Daily Caller]
In other words, the left not only wants the national anthem changed because it’s “racist,” they also want it changed since they can’t understand the words in it.
Perhaps the left should start focusing more on improving the educational system it’s hijacked rather that continuing to attack virtually anything associated with the American past, all in an effort to completely control the future.