Okay, I’ll admit it: Both of these versions of our lousy national anthem are kinda charming. And I would say that even if the singers hadn’t driven the wingnuts into barking frenzies. Thank you, commentors!
In the spirit of the holiday, Spousal Unit got an email with the header “Happy National Watch-Colorful-Explosives-in-the-Hands-of-Drunken-Idiots-You-Wouldn’t-Trust-Sober-with-A-Glow-Stick Day”.
Finally, Ed Kilgore in the Washington Monthly on “American Revolutionaries“:
… Gallup just published an Independence Day survey that registered high levels of patriotism across every age, party and ideological spectrum. But when asked if they think the signers of the Declaration of Independence would be “pleased or disappointed by how the United States has turned out,” an interesting gap appears: conservatives answer “disappointed” by a remarkable 83-15 margin; while liberals are much more balanced (41% say “pleased,” 54% “disappointed”).
Now given the lofty values expressed in the Declaration, it’s not surprising a majority of people across the spectrum don’t think America has lived up to its founding principles for one reason or another (and some may even realize the Founders’ own limitations might make them disappointed at good things which have transpired since 1776). And you might argue that belief in the downward trajectory of human events is inherent to conservatism.
But I suspect something else may be going on: the recent tendency of U.S. conservatives—particularly those who call themselves “constitutional conservatives”—to read a special meaning into the Declaration, and use it to import such principles as Judeo-Christian religion, “natural rights,” absolute private property rights, state sovereignty, fetal personhood, and a perpetual right to revolution against Big Government, into the Founders’ Design for America…