• uh...NO!
  • No thanks. I like things just the way they are.
  • I think its a pretty shitty idea =/
  • H*ll no!
  • I think it's pointless but i would not exactly riot if it happened. We have much bigger fish to fry.
  • Clearly, you're speaking about a national anthem for the United States. Ok .. my thoughts: The "Star Spangled Banner" ... some factoids .. as pulled out from longer writeup at Wikipedia. (url at end of my list here ...) -- poem written in 1814 -- put to music that was actually the tune to an English drinking song -- "The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the Navy in 1889 and the President in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover." So the US had "Hail Columbia" in 1700s and 1800s. then moved to "My Country, Tis of Thee". Then as seen .. late 1800s into 1930s to move to current anthem. So it's not always been cast in stone! Personally, I'd like to see one that easier to sing, but that's just me. "This Land is Your Land"??? More inclusive and certainly easier to sing .. just not sure it's .. well .. "stately" enough. Maybe we should get a mondern composer and lyricist working on some options. Would take a couple of decades to move on it anyway!! :) The url I used for above factual tidbits:
  • absolutey not. Star Spangled Banner is an awesome tribute.
  • I'd love for our national anthem to be something other than a war anthem set to the tune of a drinking song. It's just TOO "typical American" - beer and battle.
  • I like America The Beautiful much better.
  • I think it might be a good idea.The lyrics in the song are much more peaceful.I do NOT care at all for the lyrics "the rockets red glare,bombs bursting in air" as part of a song that represents a country.If the star spangled banner remains at least cut out the violent lyrics.
  • Neehhh ... Our National Anthem is absolutely breath taking. I would not change anything.
  • No No NO NO Heck NO.
  • The Star Spangled Banner is about what it took to keep our country free from Brittish oppression. Lest we forget and relax our vigil and our freedom!
  • GREAT idea. MUCH lovelier song.
  • I like The Star Spangled Banner just fine, and I doubt that it has ever encouraged anyone to make war on anyone (it's definitely more along the lines of stalwartness in the face of danger). But the main reason I'd be against a change would be to resist the people who want to nice-ify everything and install a suffocating Nanny State where everybody is expected and required by law to sit around the campfire and sing Kumbaya and get in touch with each others' feelings.
  • I'd prefer to keep what we have but 'America the Beautiful' would be acceptable to me. A lot of old songs had their melodies taken from drinking songs and hymns and 'My Country 'Tis of Thee' was the British National Anthem 'God Save the Queen'. Personally I lean towards tradition and we've had the 'Star Spangled Banner' for quite awhile.
  • it's another way to forget the past and unify us into the pansy nation. open the borders while you're at it and take the people who fought for this country and kick them out. all the rest of the world says the United States is a bad nation and we should keep out of there business, but look at all the illegals trying to sneak in to this bad country.
  • I would ask why? Several answers here complain about the "violence" of some of the lyrics in our anthem which describes a battle. Here is a copy paste translation of the French anthem, check them out! "Arise, children of the Fatherland Our day of glory has arrived Against us the bloody flag of tyranny is raised; the bloody flag is raised. Do you hear, in the countryside The roar of those ferocious soldiers? They’re coming right into your arms To cut the throats of your sons, your comrades! To arms, citizens! Form your battalions Let’s march, let’s march That their impure blood Should water our fields."
  • That is ideal! "America the Beautiful" is easier to sing

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