Friday, April 28, 2006

National Anthem in Spanish

A British record producer has put out a Spanish version of the "Star Spangled Banner". The Spanish version changes some of the words, I suppose to make it flow better in Spanish. I have heard the Spanish version on the radio. Some of it sounds good to me, but hearing the national anthem of our English speaking nation being sung in Spanish is jarring. Still, I have heard worse versions of the national anthem sung in English at sporting events.

The official version is in English because the U.S. is and has always been an English speaking country. Good taste at official functions should continue to require the singing of the English version.

Immigrants, both legal an illegal, who want to be accepted in the U.S. are well advised to sing the official English version of the national anthem. Singing the Spanish version of the national anthem will set Hispanics apart and will mark them as people who do not want to assimilate into America.

This is a free country. People can sing what they want any way they want. We have many far more important matters with which to concern ourselves.

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