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Does America Need a New National Anthem? [Poll]

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The list of people who can sing the Star-Spangled Banner well isn’t very long. Simply typing “messes up National Anthem” into the YouTube search bar brings up hundreds of clips of everyone from Steven Tyler to Christina Aguilera doing their best not to draw attention to a missed octave or a mixed-up sentence.  Earlier this week, the former chairman of the California Democratic Party, Bill Press made a strong argument for getting rid of the “un-singable” Star-Spangled Banner. “It’s an abominations,” says Press who argues that “it ranges two octaves and most people can only do one octave,” is stuffed with “all kinds of military jargon” and that the line “home of the brave” doesn’t make much sense when America isn’t the only country in the world with brave people.


Press isn’t alone in wanting to exchange our National Anthem. Last year, Indiana’s Goshen College ceased playing the song because it was too militaristic. Goshen is a Christian school with firm Mennonite ties (Mennonites are strong supporters of pacifism).

As far as I’m concerned, the best argument agains the Star-Spangled Banner has to be Rossanne Barr’s 1990 performance before a Padres game.

If you need an antidote to that last performance, try this.

A few have argued that America the Beautiful or God Bless America should take over the National Anthem’s spot, but we want to know what you think.

Don’t do something for nothing, go to our V.I.P. page to get points for filling out the poll.

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