Someone sent me a link to a YouTube video, and as much as I don’t object to the message contained therein (it’s the one where the Iraq vet with the artificial leg lays out why he will vote for McCain), my brain goes into automatic Mental Nausea mode whenever I hear that craptastic Lee Greenwood song, “God Bless the USA.”
Allow me to recycle a prior post that delineates just what exactly I find objectionable about that song:
The lyrics are not only ham-fisted, but they’re also completely off the mark in terms of accuracy and literacy.
Let’s examine a few snippets, shall we?
“And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free…”
Does he mean that he knows very little except for the fact that he’s free, or does he mean that being free is the only source of his pride? It’s also poor English, with mismatched noun/adverb pairing.
“…and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”
Which right is that–the right to be free? That’s not “given” to us by anyone, that’s our inherent inalienable right as humans, as noted by the Founding Fathers. This is questionable Constitutional scholarship. Our armed citizen soldiers may defend our freedom, but they’re not the source of it.
I won’t get into the rest of the song, but suffice it to say that I flinch every time I hear that pathos-laden hymn. But hey, Lee Greenwood is laughing all the way to the bank, which shows you that few people ever go broke selling bumper-sticker sing-along pseudo-patriotism. Be proud of our country all you want, but at least know why you’re proud of it, and don’t just sing along to someone else’s semi-literate ditty and go, “Yeah! What he said!”