Written by Francis Scott Key During the War of 1812, the National Anthem is, itself, a Song of Protest and Defiance.

When  performed by certain individuals you can hear the impassioned plea for redress of grievances, and the expression of love for a country that should perpetually strive to do better for all of it's citizens :

Or, you can hear the expression of the disappoimentt, anger, and hurt when the country seems to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the pleas and cries of those who are agrieved and those who would demand that the government  of this nation rise to meet the challenges of the principles upon which the country is founded:

Maybe, it's time for a change in tune and tone:

Take knee in thanks for what we have, reverence for those who fight, and have fought, to preserve it , and to think and meditate about the responsibilities we have collectively and as individuals to pursue and secure freedom and justice for all. 

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on October 1, 2017 at 7:22am

Nope.  After reading the third verse of the National Anthem I will NEVER stand for that thing again.  

I refuse to honor a song in which the guy who wrote it is cheering on the brutal deaths of "the hireling and slave" for rebelling against the American system of indentured servitude (the "acceptable" name for white slavery) and out and out black slavery. (and please don't try to tell me that I need to stand to honor the country and especially a piece of dyed cloth that represents the genocide, slavery and "manifest destiny" that got us here...  not gonna happen).

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

So, yeah...  it is WAAAAY past time to change from that racist, hareful rant to a song like America the Beautiful that I eventual could stand for...  at least, after we stop murdering people in the name of "democracy".

Comment by Ron Powell on October 1, 2017 at 8:04am


"I refuse to honor a song in which the guy who wrote it is cheering on the brutal deaths of "the hireling and slave" for rebelling against the American system of indentured servitude (the "acceptable" name for white slavery) and out and out black slavery."

Hence the suggestion for a change in tune.

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