Although they reject the principles of our Founders, scoff at traditional American values, and constantly criticize our country, liberals like to claim they don’t hate America. Rather, they are just trying to re-mold it to fit their “enlightened” progressive agenda. However, even the most casual observer knows this claim is not true. This point is proven every now and then when, in an unguarded moment, a liberal steps out from behind his carefully constructed façade of patriotism to show what he really thinks of America.
Such was the case recently when liberal radio talk show host Bill Press unleashed his vitriol on America’s National Anthem. His words, as reported at PatriotUpdate.com, confirm what people who are paying attention already know about the radical left: they hate America. On the subject of our National Anthem, Press said: “It is a major crusade of mine to get rid of the Star Spangled Banner.” Knowing he was wandering into dangerous territory, Press at first tried to hedge his bets by claiming that his disdain for our revered anthem is based on the fact that it is hard to sing. But his animus could not be contained, and his true feelings soon spilled out. Press demonstrated what he really thinks when he questioned the truthfulness of the lyrics of our National Anthem and called the song “an abomination.”
A little background might be helpful at this point. During the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key was a prisoner of the British aboard a ship sailing near America’s Fort McHenry. As he watched the American’s in Fort McHenry do battle with the mighty British fleet, he penned a poem titled “Defense of Fort McHenry.” His poem was later put to music, modified slightly, and renamed The Star Spangled Banner. The song was adopted by Congress as America’s National Anthem in 1931. The anthem has four verses, but only the first is widely known and sung. It goes like this:
Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight.
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
As you can see there are four sentences comprising eight lines in the first verse of our Anthem. The first three sentences are statements of fact as observed by Francis Scott Key. Bill Press could hardly object to or challenge these three sentences as being false since Key was recording what he actually saw and Press, of course, was not present. Consequently, his objection must be to Key’s depiction of America as the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” This depiction of America must be what press believes is an “abomination.”
If Bill Press thinks America is less than free, perhaps he should become a conservative and help wrest our country from the freedom-choking policies of his liberal counterparts in Congress and the White House. If he thinks America is not the home of the brave, he should study American history books written before the age of leftwing historical revisionism. These more accurate books contain countless stories of brave men and women who fought, suffered, and died so that even ingrates like Bill Press would be free to speak their minds, no matter how ill-informed and misguided.
Sorry Bill. You have chosen the wrong cause or, in your words, “crusade.” The Star Spangled Banner will still be America’s National Anthem long after your ill-advised and disrespectful crusade has bit the dust, and I for one will gladly stand at attention with my hand over my heart every time I hear the revered anthem played or sung. Further, as for our Anthem being difficult to sing, so what. It does not bother me one bit that I cannot hit the high notes when singing our National Anthem. Like many Americans who proudly sing our National Anthem, I compensate for my lack of musical talent with enthusiasm and pride.