Cancel culture is coming for all aspects of American life. From Aunt Jemima syrup to George Washington himself, any aspect of society that the mob deems offensive is subject to cancelation. Now, even the National Anthem itself is on the chopping block.
No, I am not kidding! Here is an opinion essay from Yahoo Entertainment calling for the replacement of the “Star-Spangled Banner”:
“So, is it time for this country to dispense with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and adopt a new anthem with a less troubling history and a more inclusive message? Historian and scholar Daniel E. Walker, the author of No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans and producer of the documentary How Sweet the Sound: Gospel in Los Angeles, says yes.
‘The 53-year-old in me says, we can’t change things that have existed forever. But then there are these young people who say that America needs to live up to its real creed,” Walker tells Yahoo Entertainment. “And so, I do side with the people who say that we should rethink this as the national anthem, because this is about the deep-seated legacy of slavery and white supremacy in America, where we do things over and over and over again that are a slap in the face of people of color and women. We do it first because we knew what we were doing and we wanted to be sexist and racist. And now we do it under the guise of ‘legacy.’”
What song, then, should replace the National Anthem? Why, John Lennon’s “Imagine,” of course!
Sadly, once again, I am not kidding.
The article suggests that Francis Scott Key’s composition be dropped in favor of Lennon’s “Imagine,” which Walkers says is “the most beautiful, unifying, all-people, all-backgrounds-together kind of song you could have.”
I just threw-up in my mouth a little. That song is garbage and could have been written by Karl Marx himself. Lennon himself essentially admitted as much at the time the song was written.
Here are three stanzas from the most overrated song of all-time:
“Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can.”
Where have I heard some of these sentiments before? Oh, yeah, from the Communist Manifesto.
In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote, “the Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.
The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
Working Men of All Countries, Unite!”
I wish I had something more eloquent to say in response to the cancel culture, but I can think of nothing else to say except “enough!”
The world is imperfect—America is imperfect, but it’s the freest, most prosperous country in the history of the planet. It’s time to appreciate that fact and stop trying to tear down everything we hold sacred in this country. Yes, Francis Scott Key, who wrote the National Anthem, made racist statements and, sadly, he owned slaves.
Also, true: he wrote a moving poem that transcended the time he lived in and has been turned into the National Anthem of the United States of America. If anything, the National Anthem is more powerful than when Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to his poem. At the time, he was describing seeing the American flag still standing after a long battle against the British.
A metaphorical flag of Liberty is still standing today, following two centuries where Liberty was denied to too many Americans in the minority communities. However, Americans—of all races—worked together to overcome those sins and have made this country the freest it has ever been.
America is a beautiful experiment which hasn’t always lived up to its founding creed that “All Men are Created Equal.” However, within the story of that experiment is the redemption of centuries of human bondage and the striving to remedy those evils. Instead of tearing down the past, we should be celebrating how far we have come as a nation to make this country a “more perfect union.”
Tearing down our past deprives future generations of the opportunity to be taught how good can overcome evil, how human nature can never be held in check without decentralization of power, and how sins can be overcome through faith.
America is a beautiful concept, and so is the National Anthem that so eloquently portrays the story of America: Redemption and the endurance of a self-governing society.