Originally posted by Raist
Originally posted by azbowhunter
Well, I like the idea of a law like this.
I absolutely DESPISE listening to some idiot sing the Anthem of my nation like it is some friggin audition. I care less about the range of you voice -
there are other venues that are at your disposal to melodically show off.
Singing the National Anthem the way EVERY FRIGGIN PERSON has for the last 3 decades is pretty insulting to the spirit of the song, and a slap in the
face to the American Combat Veteran.
The complete irony of this post is mind boggling.
The spirit of the song is about freedom. Freedom of expression, freedom of speech, American freedom, our basic human rights that no man can take from
us. The spirit of the song is about pride in a flag that is suppose to represent the Constitution which every combat veteran has vowed to uphold.
For any veteran to be for such a law is against freedom, against the basics of what America was founded on. Sorry I would rather the song never be
sung again and tossed in the trash than to have regulation on how it should be sang. That regulation is left open to interpretation my view of good
might be different from yours. If this is the America any veteran wants then I want no part of it or them.
I always thought veterans fought for our freedoms not fought to remove our freedoms. If others feel like this post then I guess I have misjudged
veterans and been lied to throughout life.
It is a song that is supposed to express how you love you country, such legislation is why America is failing at its roots.
Is the song ever sung with pride? Are the singers ever proud Americans? Or is it more of a "Hey, look at me, and listen to what I can do with my
voice! Please buy more of my albums."
I did not enlist in the service, put my life on the line (in 3 different countries) so people could do what they do to our nation's anthem. People's
freedom to vocally destroy a song that tells a story of how our country became free and has stood the test of time was not my motivation for
enlistment. Keeping my family, friends and absolute and complete strangers that I will never meet, like yourself, safe from all of those ugly, nasty,
scary and armed things that make loud bangs in the night - so that you can be free to choose where you live, work, eat, sleep, play and of course -
criticize wherever and whenever you see fit.
Friend, I have witnessed horrible things all over this world - things that I have a hard time dealing with, even to this day. The National Anthem is a
testament to the men that fought hard, to the death for the freedom's that we have today - and our flag lay as witness.
Is it too much to ask that the song be sang with HONOR and sang correctly as a tribute to those that have fought to keep this country safe? Can the
idiots that attempt the song put aside their "It's my right to sing how I want to." rhetoric for the few moments it takes to complete it?
Jesus, and now I am getting blasted by you people because I am contradicting myself and the idea of freedom.
I'll tell ya what........
Enlist as I have enlisted.
Promise as I have promised.
Train as I have trained.
Travel to far away and unfamiliar lands as I have traveled.
Place yourself in harms way, as I have.
Kill in the name of freedom and safety for those back home, as I have.
Then, and only then, will you have earned as I have earned to criticize the way our National Anthem is performed.