Jose, Can You See?


You have to love the current non-crisis spreading like wildfire among the right-wingers. The Star Spangled Banner has been translated into Spanish! Even President Bush has weighed in on the issue:

When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: “I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English.”

I have no comment except the following facts:
1) The Star-Spangled Banner was translated into Spanish in 1919 by the US Bureau of Education. Let me repeat- in 1919 by the US Bureau of Education.

2) It has been translated into German in 1861, Yiddish, French by Acadians of Louisiana.

3) It has even been translated into Samoan. Please sing along with me.

O Roketi mumu fa’aafi, o pomu ma fana ma aloi afi E fa’amaonia i le po atoa, le fu’a o lo’o tu maninoa Aue! ia tumau le fe’ilafi mai, ma agiagia pea I eleele o Sa’olotoga, ma Nofoaga o le au totoa

4) The melody for the Star Spangled Banner is an 18th century English drinking song.

5) According to a recent Harris Poll

Nearly two in three Americans (61%) don’t know all of the words to the Star Spangled Banner Of those who claim to know all the words, only 39 percent know what follows “whose broad stripes and bright stars” (answer:”through the perilous fight” ) 34 percent answered “were so gallantly streaming” 19 percent answered “gave proof through the night” + Interestingly, of those who answered correctly, 58 percent had received at least five years of music in schools growing up

Warning- heavy irony ahead! Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a Senate resolution Monday “giving senators an opportunity to remind the country why we sing our national anthem in English.” Noting that America is a nation of immigrants, Alexander said, “We are proud of the countries we have come from, but we are prouder to be Americans.” Of course, Alexander is the former Secretary of Education (originally known as the US Bureau of Education who, in 1919, translated the Star Spangled Banner into Spanish!!)
Update II:
It just keeps getting better! According to Kevin Phillips, in his book American Dynasty, during his first campaign, Bush would occasionally sing the Star Spangled Banner in Spanish! Read the quote here.
Update III:
O.K. the man has taken stupidity and incompetence to a new level. It now turns out that the National Anthem was sung in Spanish at his first inaugural! Read and laugh/weep here.


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