God Bless The USA (by deleting this song from our collective memories)
Friday, November 11, 2005
First of all, I'm very much a patriot and agree that we live in the greatest country on earth.
Can't we all agree that Lee Greenwood's I'm proud to be an American needs to stop?? This was once again pounded into my skull by having to listen to a coworker play it over and over again in MIDI form. It was the backgroudn music for a powerpoint slideshow that someone sent him with crazy pictures of the war.
Shortly after 9/11, I was at a dinner theater in Delaware called 'The Three Little Bakers'. I grew up seeing shows at that place and it defintely holds a special place in my heart. At the beginning of the night, there was a special 'patriotic' moment where first God Bless America was sung by all in attendance. That was nice - I apprecited it. Then one of the performers took the stage and sang proud to be an American. On the centerpiece of our tables were small American flags on sticks. You guessed it - not only was it a peer-induced stand and sing-along, but we also all ended dup waving these little plastic American flags around. Once again, I love the flag, but c'mon now!! Does this song really represent patriotism or just makes us feel like we are somehow standing up for our country. BLAH!!