Monday, July 18, 2011

Oh Say Can You See - Your Land the Beautiful

"Is It Time for A New National Anthem?" is the title of a July 3 edition of Parade magazine. The article states that "The Star Spangled Banner" has not actually been the anthem very long, as it did not become the national anthem until 1931. It's difficult for even the best singers to sing, and that it would be better to sing about the beauty of our country instead of a long-forgotten battle in the War of 1812.

In Clueless at the Top, we also propose that our country needs a new national anthem. On pages 90, 97 and 303 we suggest we "change the country's national anthem to a song that does not glorify bombs and rockets, ramparts and fights." Other countries praise native flowers in their national anthem, and maybe it's time we stop acting proud of our national agenda of military build-up and military response to conflict, with the United States on top of an expensive and draining world hierarchy we can no longer afford to build.

In their 2011 Fourth of July celebration edition, the Parade article suggested "America the Beautiful" as out new national anthem. Not a bad song at all, but we like "This Land is Your Land."