Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Having Solved All of the Nations Problems, King Moves on to the National Anthem

I am reassured that since the federal deficit has been turned into a surplus, inflation is under control, our ports are fully secure, we have an energy policy in place that frees us from fossil fuels and all our other problems have been solved, King can set his sights on making sure the national anthem is sung only in english.
Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) has introduced H.RES.793 Affirming that statements of national unity, including the National Anthem, should be recited or sung in English. King is a co-sponsor and tells Newsday "Throughout our history, the English language has been the glue that binds us together as Americans. It is only proper that the National Anthem be sung in our common language, English."
This whole thing comes as a knee-jerk reaction to a recent recording of the national anthem is spanish and the faux-outrage it created. This is nothing more than another "Freedom Fries" moment for congress.
Is this really necessary? The funny part is that the Think Progess website reports that in 1919 the United States Government commissioned a spanish version of the anthem and the US government website currently has the national anthem in spanish.

Do we need this kind of legislation when there are so many more important things we have to deal with? What will the penalties be if the anthem is sung in a different language?
One has to wonder if this would have come up if the anthem had been done in German or Italian or Celtic.

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