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2020-06-25 12:52:18 PM  
Lift Every Voice.
 
2020-06-25 1:01:11 PM  
I thought JJ Abrams took care of this already?

Seriously, just start using America the Beautiful.  Not martial, free of archaic terminology so the words make sense in any era
 
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2020-06-25 1:34:24 PM  
ESPN "SportsCenter" Original Theme Music
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2020-06-25 1:37:37 PM  
Something musically interesting?
 
2020-06-25 1:38:10 PM  
Sad Theme of Team America
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This is the correct anthem for 2020.
 
2020-06-25 1:38:34 PM  
Let's go with "This Land Is Your Land" and yell at MAGAs who kneel in protest during it.
 
2020-06-25 1:38:48 PM  
Have to admire the bold "all in" approach that is currently being implemented.
 
2020-06-25 1:39:25 PM  
"Short People"?

/s
//rednecks might be a more fitting Newman song
///https://youtu.be/hTLHxpUQ_B8
 
2020-06-25 1:39:38 PM  
Time to get rid of the following as well:

Bill of Rights (some slavers took part in the creation)
US Constitution (some slavers took part in the creation)
 
2020-06-25 1:40:31 PM  
Anthem for a nation of huge asses:
Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
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2020-06-25 1:40:39 PM  

CarnySaur: Let's go with "This Land Is Your Land" and yell at MAGAs who kneel in protest during it.


This is racist against Native Americans. It was their land...then stolen by the White man.
 
2020-06-25 1:41:48 PM  
Ok with me.  I recommend America the Beautiful or This Land is Your Land.
 
2020-06-25 1:42:03 PM  
nwa fuck the police hq
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2020-06-25 1:42:10 PM  
I have been thinking that 'One Nation Under a Groove' would be a dope national anthem.
 
2020-06-25 1:42:12 PM  
I'm all for it.
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From what I understand, he's a lousy person, but he was always cool with The Junkyard Dog.
 
2020-06-25 1:42:21 PM  

RecoveringLibertarian: "Short People"?

/s
//rednecks might be a more fitting Newman song
///https://youtu.be/hTLHxpUQ_B8


The fallout from singing that one at sporting events would make soccer riots look tame
 
2020-06-25 1:42:34 PM  
Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
 
2020-06-25 1:43:03 PM  
I predict that this thread will come to feature a reasonable debate about a complex issue, with each side crediting the validity of the other side's position, while respectfully disagreeing about it.
 
2020-06-25 1:43:12 PM  
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2020-06-25 1:43:17 PM  
My biggest issue is calling Andrew Jackson the Donald Trump of his time. Jackson wasn't a cowardly little shiat.
 
2020-06-25 1:43:45 PM  

BeotchPudding: CarnySaur: Let's go with "This Land Is Your Land" and yell at MAGAs who kneel in protest during it.

This is racist against Native Americans. It was their land...then stolen by the White man.


I think they would fit in the "this land belongs to you and me" part.   Early versions of the song said, "This land belongs to you and me, except for the Indians.  They're right out." but Woody couldn't get it to fit in either meter or rhyme.
 
2020-06-25 1:43:46 PM  
Digital Underground - The Humpty Dance (Official Music Video)
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2020-06-25 1:43:53 PM  
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2020-06-25 1:43:53 PM  
I would like to propose that we ditch the current national anthem and that the country uses George Carlin's universal sports cheer as our anthem. It is thing of beauty to hear and would work just as well as a national anthem as it does a cheer.

Warning: Not Safe For Work language (it is George Carlin, after all!)


George Carlin- Greatest Cheer Ever!
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2020-06-25 1:44:24 PM  

Mad_Radhu: [YouTube video: Sad Theme of Team America]

This is the correct anthem for 2020.


Not intense enough for the USA

This versions better

AMERICA F*#K YEAH! MUSIC VIDEO - Team America World Police THEME SONG
Youtube U1mlCPMYtPk
 
2020-06-25 1:44:43 PM  
The first one to suggest God Bless the USA dies.

I mean it.
 
2020-06-25 1:44:46 PM  
In Canada we changed the anthem last year from "in all thy sons' command" to "in all of us command".

I honestly thought it was going to be a bigger deal, but nobody really cared.
 
2020-06-25 1:44:50 PM  
It's a poem about foreign armies shooting at each other on a distant continent, that was set to the tune of a British drinking song. It's not like it's a sacred hymn or anything.
 
2020-06-25 1:44:50 PM  
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2020-06-25 1:45:01 PM  

Warthog: I predict that this thread will come to feature a reasonable debate about a complex issue, with each side crediting the validity of the other side's position, while respectfully disagreeing about it.


Can I have some of what you are smoking?
 
2020-06-25 1:45:29 PM  
Beck - Loser
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2020-06-25 1:46:12 PM  
There is no song ever written that embodies the American spirit more than Choctaw Bingo.

Uncle Slayton should run for office.

James McMurtry "Choctaw Bingo"
Youtube AWEJPqJtZsk
 
2020-06-25 1:47:21 PM  

rjakobi: The first one to suggest God Bless the USA dies.

I mean it.


That reminds me.

Next week is the week Lee Greenwood makes his income for the entire year.
 
2020-06-25 1:47:40 PM  
Whatever they change it to, can it just not be played/performed before sporting events? Well, that is if those are ever a thing again.
 
2020-06-25 1:48:10 PM  

Naido: RecoveringLibertarian: "Short People"?

/s
//rednecks might be a more fitting Newman song
///https://youtu.be/hTLHxpUQ_B8

The fallout from singing that one at sporting events would make soccer riots look tame


Ha yeah probably, at least it takes a swipe at northerners too. Just being silly anyway.

I saw an interview the other day of Bruce Arena, and he said something I agreed with(for the first time probably). Namely, why do we still play the national anthem at club sporting events? It was started in MLB in the 40s to honor the players that served, but why now? You don't hear "God Save the Queen" before a EPL game. Before a national team game, it totally makes sense, but playing it at a club sporting event by definition brings politics into sports.
 
2020-06-25 1:48:51 PM  

BeotchPudding: Time to get rid of the following as well:

Bill of Rights (some slavers took part in the creation)
US Constitution (some slavers took part in the creation)


What a great idea to revisit documents that are clearly in need of an update. First things first, let's get rid of the electoral college so slave states so votes are counted equally no matter what state the voter is from.
 
2020-06-25 1:49:02 PM  
Moreover, mocking the mercenaries and freed slaves who fought for the British in the war isn't the only big, honking, huge problem with the later verses of The Star Spangled Banner:

"O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation.
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!"


To recap: "We survived, ergo God favors us, which means we are just and righteous, therefore we should expand militarily because God is on our side."

It's straight-up "Deus Vult" crusader logic.
 
2020-06-25 1:49:07 PM  
We should change the anthem periodically to reflect the state of the nation.
So 2020 marks the beginning of the Yakety Sax era.  Very symbolic with no words to memorize
 
2020-06-25 1:49:37 PM  

rjakobi: The first one to suggest God Bless the USA dies.

I mean it.


How about Born in the USA? I mean, who listens to the ENTIRE song. It's only the chorus that matters.
 
2020-06-25 1:49:55 PM  
Actually, I wanna make the south sing this before every SEC game.

The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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2020-06-25 1:50:06 PM  
Sesame Street: Bert Dances To Doin' The Pigeon
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2020-06-25 1:50:14 PM  
Just get Weird Al to do a parody of the current one.
 
2020-06-25 1:50:20 PM  
I'm just going to keep pitching "Rock you like a hurricane"

I know they're German. I don't care.
 
2020-06-25 1:50:53 PM  
If Trump gets re-elected, I think they should just shift the National Anthem to the third verse of Key's poem:

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.


For those who can't parse old-timey, Key was threatening runaway slaves who joined the British in exchange for the promise of freedom.  Nothing would be able save them from American reprisals, and they'll live the rest of their lives in the terror of flight until the gloom of the grave.  And then, the Star Spangled Banner will wave in triumph.

It's not a hopeful message for America. . . . But perhaps a fitting one.
 
2020-06-25 1:51:33 PM  

Rent Party: BeotchPudding: CarnySaur: Let's go with "This Land Is Your Land" and yell at MAGAs who kneel in protest during it.

This is racist against Native Americans. It was their land...then stolen by the White man.

I think they would fit in the "this land belongs to you and me" part.   Early versions of the song said, "This land belongs to you and me, except for the Indians.  They're right out." but Woody couldn't get it to fit in either meter or rhyme.


That damn reactionary Guthrie!
 
2020-06-25 1:53:03 PM  
This third stanza, I don't think it means what you think it means...

"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."

They think this is about hunting and murdering hirelings and slaves? With the punctuation of those last 2 lines?

It clearly implies that the land of the free and the home of the brave is that refuge.

Talk about Russian propaganda. Remember who bought yahoo.
 
2020-06-25 1:53:47 PM  
Just have the national anthem be the star spangled banner reimagined by the great Jimi Hendricks.
No words, so no one needs to sing it anymore
.
 
2020-06-25 1:54:23 PM  
How about we just don't have a national anthem?  America is the multiculture, we don't need and can't have one song to represent us all, same as we don't actually have a national language.

Personally I prefer the battle hymn of the republic as a patriotic American song, I understand that southerners would feel differently.  Perhaps we meet halfway on When Johnny comes marching home?

Also, frankly, as a proud freedom loving American... the Star Spangled Banner is just a bad poem, written by a lawyer and set to a mediocre waltz about a minor battle in one of the most ridiculous wars in our history... about a god damn piece of cloth.

The irony of demanding reverence to a supposed symbol of freedom seems to be lost on a lot of Americans these days.
 
2020-06-25 1:57:33 PM  
Let's keep the national anthem the way it is, but before we sing it we recite a disclaimer about how the other verses we aren't singing are representative of the time in which they were written. And instead of standing or kneeling, we'll all just do a sort of half crouch thing with our right hands hovering 10-14 inches in front of our midsections. See? We can compromise.
 
2020-06-25 1:58:16 PM  
Cancel the star-spangled banner, cancel the founding fathers, cancel the constitution. Is there anything liberals do like about this county?
 
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