Bill Press has really gone off the deep end. On Tuesday he officially declared war on the Star Spangled Banner, a song that has been a part of our country's heritage since it was established as the National Anthem in 1916. Here's what he had to say:
It is a major crusade of mine a major cause of mine and that is to get rid of the Star-Spangled Banner. Now I know you’re going to say I am not a true American I’m not patriotic. I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The National Anthem is just absolutely monumentally un-singable. I mean there’s so much wrong with it. I don’t know where to start.
First of all, yes I am going to call you un-patriotic. Just because you can't sing it, doesn't mean it isn't an appropriate anthem. And just because some looney pop star won't take the time to learn how to sing it properly doesn't make it inappropriate to represent our Nation.
...But it’s an abomination. First it ranges two octaves most people can only do kind of one octave. I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air rocket’s red glare it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know.
An abomination? Really? He complains about the military jargon, like it was written by some snot-nosed 1st Lieutenant fresh out of West Point looking to score points with his supervisors. It was written by a man who was witnessing a military battle first hand. You remember that Bill? The War of 1812? Ring any bells?
Are we [Americans] the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.
This is a clear example of the progressive mindset of being against American Exceptionalism. You are embarrassed by the profession that America is the home of the brave? I'm embarrassed that you are embarrassed.
Maybe it's because he was never allowed to play with G.I Joes when he was a child. Or maybe his mom never made apple pie. Or maybe his dad didn't take him to a single sporting event while he was growing up. Whatever the case may be this just goes to show that if it's American, the progressives have a problem with it.
I have performed the National Anthem on many an occasion, and have witnessed it performed countless times. I have heard it done well, and I have heard it done…well…not so well. I have heard professional singers and musicians perform it, and I have heard high school kids and bands perform it. And not one single solitary time did I not become emotional when I heard it.
When I hear the Anthem, I heard freedom. I hear sacrifice. I hear honor, and I hear commitment.
It's only when the Anthem ends and I hear people complaining about it does that feeling go away.