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Bill Press Hates Our National Anthem, With Its 'Military Jargon' and 'Home of the Brave' Stuff
Newsbusters ^ | 06/06/2012 | By Tim Graham

Posted on 06/07/2012 4:27:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

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If it wasn’t odd enough for MSNBC weekend talker Chris Hayes to feel great discomfort at the idea of calling our war veterans “heroes” because it was too warlike, on Tuesday’s Full Court Press on Current TV, lefty Bill Press said he finds “The Star-Spangled Banner” is just embarrassing because of the “military jargon” in it and the idea that somehow we live in the “land of the brave,” as if nobody else is grave.

Not only is it apparently “absolutely, monumentally unsingable,” Press proclaimed, “But it’s an abomination. First it ranges two octaves most people can only do kind of one octave. I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air rockets red glare it’s all kinds of, you know, a lot of national anthems are that way all kinds of military jargon." (Video from Current TV below)

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The rant continued: "And the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know...Are we (Americans) the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed every time, I’m embarrassed every time we hear it."

The musical complaint came first: "It is a major crusade of mine a major cause of mine and that is to get rid of the Star Spangled Banner. Now I know you’re going to say I am not a true American I’m not patriotic. I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The National Anthem is just absolutely monumentally un-singable. I mean it’s – there’s so much wrong with it. I don’t know where to start."

Press brought up the subject because the CBS folks at 60 Minutes and Vanity Fair magazine decided to take a poll asking who should write a new national anthem -- as if there was a demand for such a thing. (It would be a better idea to ask if the CBS Evening News should get a new theme song to get them out of third place.)

It should be said that Press doesn't hate other patriotic songs. He said the "words are perfect” in My Country, Tis of Thee. And "I really love God Bless America, nobody belted it out better than Kate Smith." And Ray Charles singing America the Beautiful  "still gives me goosebumps.”       

But our Anthem? “It’s time to junk it,” he said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billpress; nationalanthem
If my memory serves me right... I believe he did say in the past that he preferred "American the Beautiful" except for the "God" stuff...
1 posted on 06/07/2012 4:27:55 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Nothing much seems to please Bill Press, now does it?

The doors are always open, he can leave this benighted land and relocate elsewhere, in some venue that meets his personal preferences.

Say, Viet Nam. After all, didn’t they beat the United States?


2 posted on 06/07/2012 4:32:56 AM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I will be the first of many ti say it so here goes....Move to Mexico Bill!


3 posted on 06/07/2012 4:34:44 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: alloysteel

RE: Nothing much seems to please Bill Press, now does it?

If I read him correctly, I think he wants the STAR SPANGLED BANNER replaced by another anthem.

By what, he doesn’t say, but he seems to favor a few already popular ones.


4 posted on 06/07/2012 4:35:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: mosaicwolf

Don’t let the door hit you on the butt as you go..........


5 posted on 06/07/2012 4:36:12 AM PDT by basil
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll say again what I've said already about this: FOUR WORDS to that Communist puke Bill Press,

GET THE F*CK OUT (of America)


And consider this: that sorry sounuvabitch used to work for the CIA, that's just ONE reason our intelligence operations are probably screwed up today!
6 posted on 06/07/2012 4:44:32 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: alloysteel
Say, Viet Nam. After all, didn’t they beat the United States?

Uhhh NO they did not. Better brush up on your history there pal.
7 posted on 06/07/2012 4:46:01 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He would prefer the Russian anthem as well as their constitution.

Pray for America


8 posted on 06/07/2012 5:08:54 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: mkjessup; alloysteel

Actually in Vietnam we simply GAVE UP. IOW, We defeated ourselves. It was a loss of will, and the Democrats in control of Congress then made sure that happened.

Also, the fact that Walter Cronkite would spin a huge defeat for the Vietcongs in the Tet Offensive to a victory for them didn’t help either.


9 posted on 06/07/2012 5:10:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
So which other countries send their youth into battle to defend and protect citizens of other countries? Which country rose up in earnest to free citizenry of other countries subjugated by Hitler's 3rd Reich? And as far as it being difficult to sing? Give me a break. Even I can sing it and sing it well. As far as those who cant carry a tune without a tone thingamajig... well they shouldn't be asked to sing it in public anyway. Maybe Press just wants a rap version of a National Anthem. He's just a busybody wanting us all to forget what we learned growing up. So many of my beliefs and mores are being challenged and rejected today I just want to take these idiots out to the outhouse and shove them in!
10 posted on 06/07/2012 5:13:56 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OxBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: SeekAndFind
Actually in Vietnam we simply GAVE UP. IOW, We defeated ourselves. It was a loss of will, and the Democrats in control of Congress then made sure that happened.

"We" as in political leadership, you bet. "We" as in our military establishment? They NEVER 'gave up'. And let's not forget the lack of will from Gerald Ford who confined his efforts to evacuating our people and as many refugees as could climb on board those choppers.

Nixon later said that he would have used tactical nukes to stop the North Vietnamese invasion and violation of those so-called 'Paris Peace Accords' to prevent the fall of the South.
11 posted on 06/07/2012 5:18:55 AM PDT by mkjessup (Eternal Vigilance (aka FReeper Tom Hoefling) has my vote for President in 2012.)
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To: SeekAndFind

He is nothing more than a Godless commie.


12 posted on 06/07/2012 5:22:56 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I ,for one, am EMBARRASSED by Bill Press.If he is so unhappy
with our history Let him go somewhere —like Germany—or the USSR where his politics would be more comforted/less embarrassed by their history and national identity.


13 posted on 06/07/2012 5:23:04 AM PDT by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: mkjessup

The Congress at the time would not give any money for weapons to the South Vietnamese. Once the “Watergate Congress” was in in 1974 there was never going to be any help from us for the South Vietnamese.

“America the Beautiful” would make a much better anthem than the current one.


14 posted on 06/07/2012 5:24:56 AM PDT by AceMineral (Will work for money.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'll gladly donate to him a one-way to Zimbabwe. I understand the exchange rate is terrific. He's guaranteed to love it there.


15 posted on 06/07/2012 5:33:13 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe he would prefer this song

Stalin, Friend and Comrade--Ernst Busch, 1949

16 posted on 06/07/2012 5:47:12 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: SeekAndFind

He must really not like the third verse...

O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry 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![12]


17 posted on 06/07/2012 5:48:23 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: AceMineral
“America the Beautiful” would make a much better anthem than the current one.

No, it wouldn't.

18 posted on 06/07/2012 5:50:39 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: mkjessup
Nixon later said that he would have used tactical nukes to stop the North Vietnamese invasion and violation of those so-called 'Paris Peace Accords' to prevent the fall of the South.

I have never heard this quote. We wouldn't have needed to use tactical nukes--maybe some B-52 strikes on the massed North Vietnamese troops would have been effective, but if Congress hadn't allowed the South Vietnamese to run out of ammo, theur country might have been saved.

I believe that if President Nixon had managed to stay in office, he would likely have ordered B-52 strikes on the North Vietnamese when they launched their final offensive 1975.

19 posted on 06/07/2012 5:59:39 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: alloysteel
Say, Viet Nam. After all, didn’t they beat the United States?

No, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry defeated the United States.

20 posted on 06/07/2012 6:14:30 AM PDT by Hacksaw (If I had a son, he'd look like George Zimmerman.)
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To: Vision
Actually, that's the fourth verse. The third verse is as follows:
And where is that band that so vauntingly swore
In 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 nore 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.
As I have mentioned in other posts, this verse contains a Bible reference: "...like the slave longing for the evening shadows and the hireling waiting for his wages..." Job 7:2
21 posted on 06/07/2012 6:16:37 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: Hacksaw; SeekAndFind; mkjessup

The Viet Nam victors had strong allies in Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Walter Cronkite and most of the US media of the time.

The rest of the United States could not overcome this coalition.


22 posted on 06/07/2012 6:51:10 AM PDT by alloysteel (Fear and intimidation work. At least on the short term.)
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To: SeekAndFind; MinuteGal; mcmuffin; gonzo; seekthetruth; sheikdetailfeather

Here’s the National Anthem Bill Press would be most “comfortable with:

The Obama National Anthem
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l46t_nrySg4

BTTT


23 posted on 06/07/2012 6:51:10 AM PDT by Matchett-PI ("There is no limit to the depravity of the liberal mind" ~ Rush Limbaugh 5/23/12)
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To: SeekAndFind

The thing I like about Bill Press is that he is always wrong.


24 posted on 06/07/2012 6:54:24 AM PDT by pallis
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To: AceMineral

RE: “America the Beautiful” would make a much better anthem than the current one.

__________________________

Since Bill Press hates ‘Military Jargon’ and ‘Home of the Brave’ Stuff, how would he feel about this stanza in the song you just mentioned?

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!


25 posted on 06/07/2012 7:06:52 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
I consider myself to be a Southerner, but from a purely musical point of view, I would be okay with The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
26 posted on 06/07/2012 8:47:33 AM PDT by Hiddigeigei ("Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish," said Dionysus - Euripides)
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To: Hiddigeigei

Many people do not know this...

But for the first over 150 years of this nation’s history — WE DID NOT HAVE A NATIONAL ANTHEM.

On November 3, 1929, Robert Ripley drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, saying “Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem”.

In 1931, John Philip Sousa published his opinion in favor of the Star Spangled Banner, stating that “it is the spirit of the music that inspires” as much as it is Francis Scott Key’s “soul-stirring” words.

On March 3, 1931, on a law signed by President Herbert Hoover, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.


27 posted on 06/07/2012 8:52:20 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is no way I can believe that he didn’t expect to catch hell for this. His talk show must not be doing so well so he thought he’d throw something obnoxious out there to get some attention. I also heard that someone said, and I can’t remember who it was, that Bruce Sprintsteen should write a new national anthem. I can’t understand how anyone isn’t filled with a sense of pride and doesn’t get goosebumps when the Star Spangled Banner begins to play.


28 posted on 06/07/2012 8:52:26 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Fiji Hill; AceMineral; Vision

Many people do not know this...

But for the first over 150 years of this nation’s history — WE DID NOT HAVE A NATIONAL ANTHEM.

On November 3, 1929, Robert Ripley drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon, Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, saying “Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem”.

In 1931, John Philip Sousa published his opinion in favor of the Star Spangled Banner, stating that “it is the spirit of the music that inspires” as much as it is Francis Scott Key’s “soul-stirring” words.

On March 3, 1931, on a law signed by President Herbert Hoover, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.


29 posted on 06/07/2012 8:54:32 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who the hell is Bill press? He must be important.


30 posted on 06/07/2012 8:59:46 AM PDT by yank in the UK ( A liberal mocking Christianity. I asked "why don't you mock Islam?" he replied "Muslims are violent)
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To: yank in the UK

RE: Who the hell is Bill press?

For those who don’t know who Bill Press is ....

William “Bill” Press (born 1940) is a US talk radio host, political commentator and author. He was chair of the California Democratic Party from 1993 to 1996.

He started his broadcasting career in Los Angeles for TV stations KABC-TV and KCOP-TV. He has worked as a political commentator for CNN and MSNBC. He is best known for co-hosting CNN’s Spin Room opposite Tucker Carlson, and Crossfire and MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press.


31 posted on 06/07/2012 9:09:18 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: yank in the UK
And this is how he looks like ....


32 posted on 06/07/2012 9:10:57 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
his opinion AND five bucks will get him a cup of coffee too...
33 posted on 06/07/2012 2:44:31 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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