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No Room at the Rally for Our National Anthem
Modern Conservative ^ | October 18, 2008 | Gina L. Diorio

Posted on 10/20/2008 1:18:48 PM PDT by thinkingIsPresuppositional

by Gina L. Diorio

Zach Bencal was supposed to sing the National Anthem at an Obama campaign rally in Londonderry, NH on Thursday. Instead, he received a message from the campaign that his services would no longer be needed – not because another singer had been selected but because the campaign had scratched the Anthem from the program to make room for another speaker.

Obama’s Manchester campaign office communications director Sandra Abrevaya noted, “We regret the miscommunication with Zach about today’s event but we are pleased that several other New Hampshire residents were able to speak at today’s event, where thousands of voters in both parties gathered to hear Sen. Obama discuss his plan to bring the change we need to Washington.”

First of all, let’s get one thing straight. This was no “miscommunication.” Ms. Abrevaya confirmed the decision had been a last-minute one. A miscommunication is a failure to communicate clearly (and if you don’t believe me, just ask Merriam-Webster). The Obama campaign clearly communicated an invitation to sing then changed its mind and clearly communicated a revocation of that invitation.

But beyond that, what was it the Obama campaign really rejected – was it only a song? I beg to say no.

Nearly 200 years ago, America was at war. An often-forgotten war, the War of 1812 was actually labeled by many as the Second American War for Independence. After more than two years of fighting, the British burned Washington, DC, forcing President Madison to flee the White House. In short, American victory was hardly certain.

Strategically situated approximately 40 miles northeast of Washington in Baltimore Harbor, Ft. McHenry was a prime target for the British, and American forces knew an attack was not a matter of “if” but “when.” In preparation for the battle, the fort’s Commanding Officer, Major George Armistead, wanted “a flag so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance.” So, in June of 1813, Armistead commissioned Mary Pickersgill, a Baltimore flagmaker, to make two flags for the fort. The smaller flag, which measured 17 feet by 25 feet, was known as the “storm flag,” while the larger, which, at 30 feet by 42 feet would become the largest battle flag ever flown, was the “Great Garrison Flag.”

Now, as the British forces left Washington, they took as prisoner one Dr. William Beanes, an elderly Maryland physician who also was a close friend of Francis Scott Key, a Georgetown attorney. Residents of Dr. Beanes’ hometown of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, appealed to Key for aid in securing Dr. Beanes’ release. Key agreed, and along with Colonel John Skinner, an American agent who worked in prisoner exchange, set out for Baltimore.

The British agreed to Beanes’ release with the stipulation that none of the three would be freed until after the bombardment of Ft. McHenry.

So, the three Americans were placed under guard, first on a British ship and then on an American ship behind the British fleet, and at 7:00 a.m. on September 13, 1814, the battle began. For 25 hours, the rockets flew, and then, before daybreak on the morning of September 14, all became silent.

Not knowing the meaning of the silence, Key anxiously peered through the darkness towards the fort – Whose colors would be flying?

And then, by the dawn’s early light, he saw it – the Great Garrison Flag. After the long night, after the relentless battle, catching the morning’s light, our flag was still there.

Unsuccessful in their attacks, the British had ordered a retreat.

On the deck of his ship, Key began to scribble the now famous words, “Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light what so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?” Later, in his Baltimore hotel room, he finished the four verses of the “Defence of Fort McHenry.” Instantly popular, the poem was later set to music and renamed “The Star Spangled Banner,” and in 1931, it became our nation’s National Anthem. One song, born in battle and symbolizing the courage, perseverance, and faith of a nation.

Two years of war, twenty-five hours of bombardment; one long night of uncertainty, and the man who would be our next president could not even spend two minutes to remember.

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For those of us who would like to remember, here is the complete text of our National Anthem:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave'
From the terror of flight and the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Additional resources:

The Story of the Star Spangled Banner
Francis Scott Key (from the National Park Service)
Great Garrison Flag (from the National Park Service)

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Gina L. Diorio is a full-time freelance writer. Please visit her site at www.LibertyWritingSolutions.com.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: nataionalanthem; obama

1 posted on 10/20/2008 1:18:48 PM PDT by thinkingIsPresuppositional
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

Just F....g Unbelievable.


2 posted on 10/20/2008 1:20:16 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Conservatives are in an ideological, cultural/ class war with the Great Victim Entitlement Society)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

A GOOD COMMERCIAL TO RUN IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MAINE.


3 posted on 10/20/2008 1:20:49 PM PDT by jersey117
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

I’m sure the MSM will be all over this story. /s


4 posted on 10/20/2008 1:22:14 PM PDT by Pistolshot (Palin has run a state, city, and a business. NObama has only run his mouth.)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

McCain won’t question Obama’s patriotism, but I sure the heck will. Between Ayres, flag pins, paint job on planes, national anthems, 57 states, Rev. Wright....Obama has shown repeatedly, he has no respect for this country.


5 posted on 10/20/2008 1:22:17 PM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

Wish the McCain/Palin campaign would hear about this and have that young man, Zach Bencal sing the Anthem for them.


6 posted on 10/20/2008 1:22:32 PM PDT by GloriaJane (http://www.download.com/gloriajane)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional
Obama: I will not wear THAT pin on my chest anymore.
7 posted on 10/20/2008 1:22:53 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I AM JOE!)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

What ever happened to the Great Garrison Flag?


8 posted on 10/20/2008 1:23:00 PM PDT by montomike (If you didn't find this funny or amusing...have a worldwide riot.)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our trust." And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

What kind of Neocon propaganda is that? Conquer we must? In God is our trust? I'm surprised the Rovian plant who came up with that stuff didn't finish with "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED".

I'm so upset now I can hardly eat my arugula.
9 posted on 10/20/2008 1:23:04 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (GLOBAL TEST, 2008 style: "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama" -Joe Biden)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

“We regret the miscommunication with Zach about today’s event but we are pleased that several other New Hampshire residents were able to speak at today’s event, where thousands of voters in both parties gathered to hear Sen. Obama discuss his plan to bring the change we need to Washington.”

Several other speakers???? The National Anthem takes two minutes.


10 posted on 10/20/2008 1:23:58 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: GloriaJane
YES! We want Zach the singer!

Unfortunately, he was probably put up to the job by parents who are well-connected Democrats.
11 posted on 10/20/2008 1:24:17 PM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (GLOBAL TEST, 2008 style: "It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama" -Joe Biden)
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To: GloriaJane

get him to our rallies and make a point that he can sing for us as a nation.

it is the only way the public will ever find out as the media have not done their job for a year now


12 posted on 10/20/2008 1:24:25 PM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: Always Right
Obama has shown repeatedly, he has no respect for this country.

Personally, I think he hates our country just like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Osama bin Laden and the rest of those scumbags do.

13 posted on 10/20/2008 1:24:43 PM PDT by Allegra (NO giving up, NO quitting, NO doom and gloom, NO drama queens...Keep up the faith)
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To: montomike

Today the flag hangs in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institute.


14 posted on 10/20/2008 1:25:01 PM PDT by montomike (If you didn't find this funny or amusing...have a worldwide riot.)
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To: Always Right
McCain won’t question Obama’s patriotism, but I sure the heck will. Between Ayres, flag pins, paint job on planes, national anthems, 57 states, Rev. Wright....Obama has shown repeatedly, he has no respect for this country.

Don't forget his presidential like campaign seal.

Regards,

ts

15 posted on 10/20/2008 1:26:59 PM PDT by The Shrew (www.ToSetTheRecordStraight.com/www.swiftvets.com/www.wintersoldier.com-The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Always Right
McCain won’t question Obama’s patriotism, but I sure the heck will.

McCain shouldn't questions 0bama's patriotism. Neither should Sarah Palin.

That's our job.

I think Barak Hussein 0bama is very patriotic ... toward the "Nation of Islam".

16 posted on 10/20/2008 1:26:59 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional
Did they sing a song in praise to Obama instead?

(I should have got some pics. I'm only about 15 min. away from “Moonbat” Mac's apples.)

17 posted on 10/20/2008 1:27:42 PM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

I shudder to think of what will happen to all of our heritage should Obamanation be elected.


18 posted on 10/20/2008 1:32:02 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("Let 'em learn the hard way, 'cause teaching them is more trouble than they're worth,")
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

Honestly, it’s probably a wise move.
Would you trust the crowd not to boo, throw things, or turn their back?
But don’t question their patriotism!


20 posted on 10/20/2008 1:36:42 PM PDT by astyanax (If you need to wear a mask while speaking your mind, it is probably best you remain silent...)
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To: manc

I am emailing John and Sarah’s campaign headquarters about this.


21 posted on 10/20/2008 1:37:59 PM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them.)
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To: astyanax
I can picture a whole bunch of moonbats singing screaming at the top of their lungs:
"God D*mn America, Land that I Loathe..."
22 posted on 10/20/2008 1:40:35 PM PDT by astyanax (If you need to wear a mask while speaking your mind, it is probably best you remain silent...)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

ping


23 posted on 10/20/2008 1:43:54 PM PDT by bonnieblue4me (You can put lipstick on a donkey (or a dimrat), but it is still an ass!)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional
Only pure hatred of America by That 0ne wouldscrup the national anthem. Most likely he did not want to have to stand in honor with his hand over his cold heart and potentially have a pic taken. We all have seen the pic where his is cradling his own acorn nuts that the Reverend Jacksummmmm wants to surgically remove....
24 posted on 10/20/2008 1:54:46 PM PDT by Born In America (Affirmative action is no way to elect a President, now or ever....)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

Only pure hatred of America by That 0ne would scrub the natioanl anthem. Most likely he did not want to have to stand inhonor with his hand over his cold heart and potentially have a pic taken. We all have seen the pic where his is cradleing his own acron nuts that the Reverend Jacksummmmm wants to surgically remove....


25 posted on 10/20/2008 1:55:22 PM PDT by Born In America (Affirmative action is no way to elect a President, now or ever....)
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To: montomike

Also, IIRC, the storm flag is on display at Ft. McHenry.


26 posted on 10/20/2008 2:18:07 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (----{ I've voted!)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional
There's a bunch of good stuff regarding the national anthem at the "FReeper Canteen ~ It's The Star Spangled Banner's Birthday ~ 12 September 08" thread including my post giving information on its prequel, the earlier Key poem to the same tune during the first war against the Barbary pirates. That was first read in honor of Stephen Decatur, Jr. He was the greatest hero in the country at the time. I wonder if Obama even knows who he was and why he was worthy of all the honors he received. Sen. Obama SHOULD know the story as he represents a sizable city named for him. I'm confident retired naval Captain McCain could recite the story of the the still youngest ever holder of his rank.
27 posted on 10/20/2008 2:42:28 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (----{ I've voted!)
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To: thinkingIsPresuppositional

http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Obama%3A+’You+cannot+let+up’&articleId=1a7835c3-2468-4e6c-8d56-7253c033232a

Not present, or at least not singing the National Anthem at the rally was Londonderry senior Zach Bencal.

Bencal, who sings the anthem for a number of school events and is actively involved in local community theatre, had been contacted by the Obama campaign to sing the anthem. He agreed to do so, then was told later in the evening the anthem had been scratched from the program. Sandra Abrevaya, communications director for the Obama campaign’s Manchester office, confirmed the choice had simply been a last-minute scratch from the rally’s program, which included the Pledge of Allegiance.

“We regret the miscommunication with Zach about today’s event but we are pleased that several other New Hampshire residents were able to speak at today’s event, where thousands of voters in both parties gathered to hear Sen. Obama discuss his plan to bring the change we need to Washington.”

I think the Anthem to Obomber is like garlic to a Vampire.


28 posted on 10/20/2008 3:57:18 PM PDT by jessduntno (Barack - Swahili for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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