Friday, April 28, 2006

"Nuestro Himno." Sing in English!!!

Admid all the other pressing matters of the world today, now add to them: "Nuestro Himno," or the national anthem in Spanish. Spanish language radio stations around the country are going to start playing Nuestro Himno today, as they build up to the big boycott of American businesses on Monday.

What message are the organizers of this movement trying to send here exactly? I get it that there's a lot of buisnesses that would come to a stand-still if they didn't have immigrants, that's all fine and good. And I think what they're trying to say by singing the anthem in Spanish is that they want to be Americans too, but that's not the way it comes off in the more narrow minded regions of the country. This could really back-fire on them.

For his part, our great white leader had not a second of hestitation saying that the national anthem should be sung in English. (He knows a home-run when he sees one.) The WaPo reports that Bush said at a press conference today:

"One of the things that's very important is, when we debate this issue, that we not lose our national soul. 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."

Yes, yes, that one God, we've all embraced; who isn't Allah or Jehovah or whoever the hell the reverned Moon worships. Yes, we're all really outraged that these people are siging our anthem in Spanish. Of course, as anyone who has ever been to an NFL game should know, when the anthem is sung they have to show the words on the jumbotron so everyone can sing along. (Take a poll this weekend at your local mall and see how many good white Americans really know the words.)

I say, if these immigrants want to sing the anthem in Spanish, let them. At least they actually care about learning the words.


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