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"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free....... ~Ronald Reagan~

Friday, April 28, 2006

O Say, Can You......Speak English?

UPDATE: (Breitbart)
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The national anthem should be sung in English, not Spanish, President Bush declared Friday, amid growing restlessness over the millions of immigrants here illegally. "One of the things that's very important is, when we debate this issue, that we not lose our national soul," the president exclaimed. "One of the great things about America is that we've been able to take people from all walks of life bound as one nation under God. And that's the challenge ahead of us." When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English." We concur below.
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Francis Scott Key surely is rolling in his grave as British music producer Adam Kidron says when he came up with the idea of a Spanish-language version of the U.S. national anthem, he saw it as an ode to the millions of immigrants seeking a better life.
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Although many "renditions" of the U.S. national anthem have been sung, with some being an insult to music lovers everywhere. This poem turned song originated in English and is meant to be sung in English for an English speaking culture. English is the language of the United States and should be the number one requirement when attaining legal citizenship.
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The initial version of "Nuestro Himno," or "Our Anthem," comes out Friday and uses lyrics based closely on the English-language original, said Kidron, who heads the record label Urban Box Office.
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Suddenly one of our national treasures becomes a "version", directed not at all immigrants but Spanish speaking immigrants. This is code for rights for illegal immigrants, telling them the United States is their country and they have rights as non-cititzens. Illegal immigrants protesting on U.S. soil, carrying Mexican flags and now singing the U.S. national anthem in Spanish. What message does that symbolize? Forced entry into a foreign land is not a right, it's law-breaking.
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Kidron isn't finished. A remix to be released in June will contain several lines in English that condemn U.S. immigration laws. Among them: "These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws ... let's not start a war with all these hard workers, they can't help where they were born."
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Kidron chose to change America's national anthem to make a statement and to make a profit. The struggle for freedom doesn't mean breaking laws. Kidron can write any song he pleases. "Our Anthem" isn't our anthem! Illegal immigration is against the law, and immigration isn't a right, it's a privilege. For those who still dont' understand, learn it and respect it. The Star-Spangled Banner below is more than a song, it's part of the American spirit and American culture, based on freedom, liberty and rule of law.
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O say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave! 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 footsteps' 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. O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov'd home and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd 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!
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~Francis Scott Key - 1814~

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