Saturday, April 29, 2006

Nuestro Himno (fka "The Star Spangled Banner")

Juan asked that I write a little about the "Spanish National Anthem," so, I think I will. To quote Mr. Horse from Ren & Stimpy, "No sir, I don't like it!"

There are a few things that cause some problem for me about a Spanish national anthem. First among them is the fact that no other country would want their anthem translated to another language. Would the French accept people singing the La Marseillaise in English as a sign of French patriotism? Of course not. What about any other county? Would the Ruskies be happy to hear their anthem in English? The Chinese? The Japanese? Canadians? Oh, wait...

Another problem is that these people (immigrants) come from far places to become American. Part of that process, in my opinion, is learning the language and indoctrinating yourself with the history of the United States. If you insist upon singing your own anthem, they you truly are not an American. I'm afraid that people who don't want to become American are simply using our country as a job market.

Supposedly immigrants from all over the country will walk out on Monday in support of immigrant rights. If I'm an employer for an immigrant (legal) who walks out, well, that immigrant would be looking for a job. And, if they walk out, expect a continued backlash against immigrants. The fact is, every protest and every stunt (like a Spanish National Anthem) draws more and more ire from the American public. Before long, there will be a wall between the US and Mexico because of these demands for rights.

Last thought on the Anthem, if you thought it was good now, wait until June. A remix to be released in June will contain several lines in English that condemn U.S. immigration laws. Among them: "These kids have no parents, cause all of these mean laws ... let's not start a war with all these hard workers, they can't help where they were born." I don't know about you, but I have been waiting a long time for someone to rap over the anthem.

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