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Weekly History News Roundup

Lincoln’s legacy under attack at Wisconsin-Madison… Student group protests statue to the Great Emancipator- millennial iconoclasm knows no bounds.

 

Trump’s Chief of Staff calls Robert E. Lee “honorable”… Thought police refuse to tolerate differing historical interpretations

 

More JFK assassination files released13,000 additional documents made public this week

 

NAACP calls for abolishing National AnthemCalifornia chapter believes the song to be racist

 

Ground finally broken on Eisenhower memorial… funding approved on controversial memorial, which will undoubtedly be protested when finished 

 

Lincoln: Defender of the Union or genocidal maniac?

 

 

 

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Stop Being So Literal

Desperate to legitimize the rudderless “Black Lives Matter” movement…  and further the destructive hubris found in attacking our Founding and early history;  left-leaning, Howard Zinn inspired agitators have turned their attention to our National Anthem.

Dawn's early light

Dawn’s early light

Backup Quarterback extraordinaire, Colin Kaepernick… chose not to stand during the Anthem at a recent preseason football game, citing the oppressive history of our government.  Social media erupted with appropriate criticism, citing his luxurious lifestyle and modest upbringing.  His defenders were few in number, but immediately championed his cause by attacking the context, rather than the substance of his protest.  The Star Spangled Banner is racist, moreover, it advocates the KILLING of slaves!! 

 

An obvious and poor attempt at being provocative…  the author of this nonsense should have consulted an historian before publishing such a foolish error.  Francis Scott Key’s third verse uses the image of slavery in a rhetorical flourish to remind the country of the impositions the British had pressed upon us(literally at sea.)  In the verse he proclaims that we avoided the fate of hirelings and slaves- sudden and unjust death.  Our bravery had repulsed the invader and his cowardly minions(Federalists, mercenaries etc..)

Between their loved homes and the war's desolation

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation

This is the state of historical study today… even a grammatical reference to slavery in a poem written 202 years ago deserves our righteous scorn.  This is just the latest example of the hubris that will be our undoing.  Mr. Kaepernick is entitled to make his deliberately provocative gestures, but he is not excused from the criticism.  Take responsibility, sir…. and get used to the bench.

 

 

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

Pride

Pride

Patriotism

Patriotism

John Legend and other armchair activists attack… the Banner rather than explore the limp protests against it.  Legend’s claim that our National Anthem lacked merit ignores the evidence- athletes, veterans, ordinary people moved to tears by the power of patriotism through song.  Mr. Legend should shut up, and sing….

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Stop Being So Literal

Desperate to legitimize the rudderless “Black Lives Matter” movement…  and further the destructive hubris found in attacking our Founding and early history;  left-leaning, Howard Zinn inspired agitators have turned their attention to our National Anthem.

Dawn's early light

Dawn’s early light

Backup Quarterback extraordinaire, Colin Kaepernick… chose not to stand during the Anthem at a recent preseason football game, citing the oppressive history of our government.  Social media erupted with appropriate criticism, citing his luxurious lifestyle and modest upbringing.  His defenders were few in number, but immediately championed his cause by attacking the context, rather than the substance of his protest.  The Star Spangled Banner is racist, moreover, it advocates the KILLING of slaves!! 

 

An obvious and poor attempt at being provocative…  the author of this nonsense should have consulted an historian before publishing such a foolish error.  Francis Scott Key’s third verse uses the image of slavery in a rhetorical flourish to remind the country of the impositions the British had pressed upon us(literally at sea.)  In the verse he proclaims that we avoided the fate of hirelings and slaves- sudden and unjust death.  Our bravery had repulsed the invader and his cowardly minions(Federalists, mercenaries etc..)

Between their loved homes and the war's desolation

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation

This is the state of historical study today… even a grammatical reference to slavery in a poem written 202 years ago deserves our righteous scorn.  This is just the latest example of the hubris that will be our undoing.  Mr. Kaepernick is entitled to make his deliberately provocative gestures, but he is not excused from the criticism.  Take responsibility, sir…. and get used to the bench.

 

 

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

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Gallantly Streaming

The United States needed a national anthem…. since the War of 1812, the de facto anthem had been “My Country, Tis of Thee” – or as it is better known, “God Save the Queen” – The British national anthem.   A brief history of the “Star Spangled Banner”

  • September 17, 1814– Francis Scott Key’s poem, “The Defense of Fort McHenry” is first published in Baltimore, MD.
  • October 19, 1814- Key’s poem is first performed in public to the tune of “Anacreon in Heaven” – the British melody Key had in mind as he penned the words
  • 1861-1865- “Star Spangled Banner” becomes one of the most popular Union songs during the Civil War
  • July 27, 1889- The US Navy orders the “Star Spangled Banner” to be played at all flag raising ceremonies
  • 1897- “The Star Spangled Banner” is first performed at a professional baseball game
  • July 4, 1915- Woodrow Wilson issues Executive Order for the “Banner” to be played at all government ceremonies
  • January, 1931- John Phillip Sousa writes President Herbert Hoover endorsing the “Banner” as the national anthem
  • March 3, 1931- Herbert Hoover signs a bill into law making the “Star Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States

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The Perfect Song

O'er the land of the free

O’er the land of the free

The “Star Spangled Banner” is the only…. song worthy to be our national anthem.  National anthems are bland airs that do not typically inspire and rarely capture the essence of the country they represent.  Written in conflict, inspired by perseverance, the “Star Spangled Banner” stands the test of history because it truly symbolizes the spirit of our nation.  The flag survived the bombardment- our country survived the perils of war.

Critics cite the difficult vocal demands… and  lyrics inspired by war as reason to find a new national anthem.  Despite popular myth, the melody of the “Banner” is not a British drinking song and the lyrics do not condone war.  Singers are tortured by the song because too many of them try to do too much with it.  Improvisation has become a subtle form of protest amongst popular artists.  Far too many singers try to leave their mark on the song for the sake of vanity.  Francis Scott Key’s lyrics capture a defining moment in our history; a time when the American experiment was in peril, yet our determination won the day.  Yes, the lyrics were written during a war, but this republic was worth fighting for- Key’s poem effectively recounts the struggle.

Gave proof through the night

Gave proof through the night

Our national anthem stands alone… in its ability to capture the American spirit.  Disillusioned disciples of the New Left can argue against this spirit in biased college classrooms, but it only takes a few bars of the “Banner” to relegate these petty assertions to the fringe where they belong.  Perseverance, bravery, and patriotism stand as the virtues preserved by the timeless words and inspirational melody – the “Star Spangled Banner”

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