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In defense of the National Anthem

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“The Star-Spangled Banner” is notoriously difficult to sing, but when it’s done right, chills.

Check out Whitney Houston at the 1991 Super Bowl or (my favorite) Marvin Gaye at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game. “I’ve never been part of an anthem where everybody’s just in unison and lost control and just started moving. It was a beautiful moment,” the superstar hoops player Isiah Thomas recalled later. We have the song to thank for the dear position held in our collective consciousness by the words, “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

As with just about everything else in America, though — statues! Old movies! Math! — our National Anthem stands endangered by the woke mob. What the British couldn’t do to Old Glory in the perilous night, grievance-mongers are trying to do by claiming to be offended by words no one has even heard.


© New York Post

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