« Crushing on Madeleine Albright | Main | Secret Service White House Visitor Logs Due Today »

Senate Resolution On National Anthem in English

So, while the do-nothing Republican congress is all bollocked up and seemingly dead in the water, the US Senate somehow found the time to pass a resolution, by unanimous consent, stating that , "statements or songs that symbolize the unity of the Nation, including the National Anthem, the Oath of Allegiance sworn by new United States citizens, and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States, should be recited or sung in English." Why does this smell like Freedom Fries to me?

Advertisement

The resolution, submitted by "Mr. ALEXANDER (for himself, Mr. FRIST, Mr. MCCONNELL, Mr. STEVENS, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. SHELBY, Mr. BUNNING, Mr. SANTORUM, and Mr. TALENT)" is such a weak attempt at pandering to the dwindling conservative base that I'm surprised it wasn't printed on a bumper sticker (made in Taiwan) that rednecks could slap on the back of their pick-ups. But doesn't this smack of Rovean wedgery?

The authors cite the fact that Francis Scott Key wrote the words to "The Star Spangled Banner" in English while Fort McHenry was under attack from foreign forces. Those forces, of course were ENGLISH. Oddly, it says nothing about the two other verses that nobody outside of the Daughters of the American Revolution knows or has likely even heard. I guess the integrity of the song's message is tied specifically to the language, and not the words.

"Whereas the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States, written in English, was first specified in law by Congress in 1942 (section 4 of title 4, United States Code)..."

No comment on the Under God addition from 1958. Odd.

But my favorite passage of the resolution is this rich bit of irony:
"Whereas the original national motto of the United States, `E Pluribus Unum', meaning `from many, one', signifies the coming together of people from many foreign countries to form one Nation, was incorporated into the Great Seal of the United States in 1776, is printed on currency of the United States, and inscribed on the wall of the Senate chamber"

They note the LATIN motto on our money in their argument to require English declarations of national unity.

What's Spanish for Shitheads?

Get GLONO merch!