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Is the Star-Spangled Banner an 'Abomination'?

By Ken Blackwell · Jun. 12, 2012

Talk show host, Bill Press, doesn't like the Star-Spangled Banner. Imagine: a liberal talk show that's not on NPR! His radio show is simulcast on Current TV. Bill Press likes provoking conservatives, but I'm not sure we should be provoked by his outburst against the National Anthem. Bill Press seems to be testing the old philosopher's question: If a tree falls in the forest and there's no one there to hear it, does it make a noise? If you say something on Current TV, does anyone hear it?

Press adds: “It is a major crusade of mine to get rid of the Star-Spangled Banner. Now I know you're going to say I am not a true American, I'm not patriotic. I don't think patriotism has anything to do with it. The National Anthem is just absolutely monumentally un-singable. I mean there's so much wrong with it. I don't know where to start. It's an abomination.”

With Flag Day approaching, Bill Press sure chose a bad time to express his disdain for a cherished national institution. He couldn't top Roseanne Barr, of course, who infamously scratched her crotch while “O Saying.”

Still, it's worth asking: What is it with liberals that they are forever saying and doing things that lead  people to question their patriotism – and then they howl in rage when folks question their patriotism?

Consider Barack Obama, the most liberal president in history. In 2007, then-Sen.  Obama was campaigning in the Heartland. At the famous Iowa State Fair, he raised eyebrows when he failed to place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. The photograph has been verified. It's curious. Hillary knew what to do. So did Gov. Bill Richardson and Sen. Tom Harkin's missus. Liberals all, they nonetheless knew that folks expect their leaders to show respect for the flag.

Last year, the Internet exploded with condemnation for our First Lady and the President. Conservative bloggers charged that Mrs. Obama had said: “All this for a d____d flag!” But to determine this, viewers relied on lip reading.

It seems to me that the last time we tried to read a president's lips, it didn't turn out so well. “Read My Lips,” was Bush 41's most memorable quote, and his most unfortunate one. I'd give them the First Couple the benefit of the doubt on that one.

Much harder to excuse was President Obama's bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia.

The King runs a country where there is little freedom. Converts from Islam are beheaded. Jews cannot live there. Christians cannot wear crosses there, or carry Bibles. And women cannot even drive out of that country.

Then, there was the matter of the “Open Mic” gaffe with outgoing Russian President Dmitri Medvedev. Mr. Obama was caught telling the Russian stand-in to let his puppet master in the Kremlin know that the U.S. would be more “flexible” after Obama's re-election. Surely this was the most shocking instance of collusion at the highest levels in American history.

The man Obama was signaling is Vladimir Putin, the ex-KGB agent who has reinstated Joe Stalin's Soviet-era anthem and who has replaced in police headquarters a bust of “Iron Felix Dzerzhinsky,” the father of the dreaded Soviet secret police.

For Mr. Obama, this is part of a lifelong pattern. As a teen, he willingly associated himself with  Frank Marshall Davis.  As Grove City College professor, Paul Kengor, Ph.D., has shown in his book-length treatment, Frank Marshall Davis (a Communist) was a strong influence on the young Barack Obama, an influence that Obama himself acknowledged in his first memoir, Dreams from My Father.

Scholar Stanley Kurtz documents the fact that Mr. Obama's early friendship with his Davis was no youthful excess. Obama himself notes that he sought out the most radical professors and students at Occidental College and at Columbia University. At Columbia, Obama admits he attended socialist conferences, but buries that concession in the middle of plays, museums, Central Park, and other Big Apple cultural attractions. Funny, he never mentions Yankee Stadium or the Statue of Liberty.

Only in an Obama Nation could the lyrics of our National Anthem be “an abomination.” The Star-Spangled Banner calls us “the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.”

Those words inspire us all to action – to keep this Home of Freedom free.


Dioneikes in Colorado said:

I can only hope that they would open season on liberals. It would be called "Civil War" but there wouldn't be anything civil about it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 8:28 AM

John Ramsey in California said:

I think he misspelled that word "Obamanation" Typical liberal response.
If it's difficult....let's get rid of it. Crossing the Delaware was difficult for Washington and his Patriots. The Civil War was difficult for Lincoln. Life is difficult and one of the hardest things in life is listening to liberals selling out our country.

If you can't speak English....if it's too difficult to learn....let's just grade you on your use of ebonics. If there's an award to be given out for excellence, let's also give some kind of award to all the dummies. We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings.

Anyway, I need a few thousand more pages. Sorry,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Rod in USA said:

Some things do not need changing. I feel like some of this is more smoke and mirrors to distract us from the President's dismal failure of a record. In corporate America, by any measure, the Board would have fired him before now.

@ John Ramsey: Nice. My thought on immigration and speaking English is that we need to fix it. Limit immigration. For those immigrants already here, I am not going to apologize to you nor make things easier for you: You chose to come to America, meaning you chose to join America. I am OK with "letting you" join America. But join you will. I am not allowing you to come to America and ask me to join you and your culture. You want to be here, then get assimilated! Be part of America, don't expect America to become part of you or your country. That is just plain rude. If I were invited over to a friend's house, I expect the friend to make me feel welcome, not to change his lifestyle and decor and so forth"

OK, end of rant. ;--)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:27 AM

John Ramsey in California replied:

Hi Rod,

Here's my take on Illegal Immigration.

You're not immigrants, you're illegal. When I do something illegal and I get caught......I'm punished. I'm a loyal American patriot. I'm here legally yet if I get pulled over for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign, it will cost me $500. Why do we treat these people, whose very presence here is illegal, with kid gloves. How about UFC rules instead of a slap on the wrist?

My house is MY home. This country is MY country. If I want to leave my front door open 24 hours a day, this doesn't give YOU the right to enter without my permission.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Jean in Wisconsin replied:


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Pepin the Short in G-Vegas said:

We've got to stop talking about this 'Star Spangled Banner' nonsense.

You see, every time I hear about this yokel and whatever stupidity he spouted on his no-name show, I find myself drawn insatiably to my recording of Rachmaninov playing 'The Star Spangled Banner' on the piano.

It's beautiful, short though it is, but I'm sure my roommates are tired of hearing it.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

COS911 in Colorado said:

Given that the melody for the Star-Spangled Banner was from a popular drinking song (one of the things I love about our Anthem), how can it be "Hard to sing"? Perhaps it's because the people singing it don't know its true tempo, nor do the pop-stars who are often called upon to sing it actually have any singing talent. Just like a liberal to want change just so the incompentent can have an easier time drifting through life (under the control of their betters, of course).

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 6:17 PM

midfielder in St. Charles, MO replied:

COS911, I think you nailed it. We just heard a young man sing it at the World Cup Qualifier last week and it was perfect, he didn't try anything fancy and it was beautiful. It's not hard to sing, the singers make it hard.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Marie in Roseville, CA said:


Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Jeanette inder in Slaton, TX 79364 said:

I agree with
most of the remarks. If they here& at one time we were fro another country. Our forefathers had to change,which they did so this could become America. We want to keep that way now and it the future.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Tex Horn in Texas said:

The abomination is the Obamanation.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Richard Ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

I have been a singer all my life and I love the Star Spangled Banner. The hair stands up on the back of my neck and I tear up each time I hear it well done.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 1:52 PM

midfielder in St. Charles, MO said:

I never herd of this joker, probably because the only people who watch current tv are Al and Tipper Gore and she's looking to buy a second tv set so she can watch the paint-dry channel instead.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Peterill in New York, NY said:

Ken is correct to a point, but then it must confilct the teapartiers to death. Scream and scream about something Bill Press said, but wait, according to you, nobody listens to Bill Press, so it should not make any difference what he said. (Sorry folks, slipped something called "logic" into the comment section.) The Star Spangled Banner is not a horrible song, but a better anthem would be America the Beautiful. You teabaggers could even like that one! It has GOD in the very first verse!!! Even Battle Hymn of the Rebuplic (although a bit depressing prior to a sporting event) - heck you teabaggers!!! That one even specifies LORD - not just some generic GOD from what you believe to be phony religions (Jews, Muslims). And no.......none of any of the content of those songs were sung by your JEEEZUS, or located in the Bible. Man made songs, so don't get so emotional (stop crying there Righty!) when someone suggests that the current anthem does not serve us well.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM