August 21, 2013
Time to say good-bye to the Star-Spangled Banner?
Has the time come to replace Francis Scott Key's "Star-Spangled Banner" as America's national anthem? Certainly the phrase "land of the free" no longer applies to this country. I'm beginning to wonder if "home of the brave" is also anachronistic. Several recent episodes - Paula Deen's travails, George Zimmerman's trial, revelations that the IRS targeted conservative organizations, news (including reports on 8/16/13) that the National Security Agency has spied on citizens' e-mails and telephone calls, and now the Missouri rodeo clown's misfortune - highlight just how crimped freedom in the U.S. has become. Don't forget the steady stream of so-called "hate crimes" legislation that has been passed in the last decade or two, and the "speech codes" enacted by dozens of colleges and universities. (These aren't the only indications that freedom in America means less and less. I won't even raise the issues of Eric Holder's...(Read Full Article)