The National Anthem has been in place for a very long time.
But as the country continues to reevaluate certain standards and traditions, the Star Spangled Banner could be the next leftist target.
After protesters went after certain monuments, statues and memorials, they’re now setting their sights on the country’s most patriotic song.
And a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times thinks it needs to be replaced.
He isn’t the first to consider this, as the Banner’s author – Francis Scott Key – was a slaveholder.
But this writer is probably the first to suggest a peculiar option as a possible replacement…
He wants Bill Withers’ 1972 hit “Lean On Me” to become the new National Anthem.
To defend his proposal, the author first claims that the Star Spangled Banner isn’t “an especially American song.”
Then he gets into the structure and style of the song by saying:
Its lyrics are ornate and Anglophile, with syntax that frustrates the efforts of normal human Americans to follow along — to deduce who or what, exactly, is gleaming and streaming.
He adds that it’s “charmless and difficult to sing” and it “defeats 99% of the vocalists who attempt it.”
This will likely grab the attention of certain critics, specifically, those of our established “participation award” culture and the apparent dumbing down of society.
To them, this complaint simply translates to, “It’s difficult, so let’s not do it anymore.”
But the article doesn’t end there; it continues into the political and societal aspects of the Star Spangled Banner, and how it evidently doesn’t fit in modern-day America.
It also explains why other options won’t work. For example:
‘God Bless America’ — its uncomplicated patriotism … doesn’t wash in 2020.
Instead, the author believes “Lean On Me” is more indicative of the times, and better encapsulates what America is all about.
From certain perspectives, that could also mean we’re continuing to devalue individual achievement.
Furthermore, erasing the National Anthem at this time could cause more division and strife, when what we need most is solidarity and unity.
But it’ll be interesting to hear what both sides of the aisle think…
- A contributing LA Times writer wants to change our National Anthem.
- He has proposed replacing it with the Bill Withers hit, “Lean On Me.”
- The idea will inevitably rile those who believe patriotism and unity are of paramount importance right now.
Source: LA Times