A sad/happy day in America

madisonThe presidential debate took center stage tonight. There was nothing said that anyone who has been listening to the Democratic and Republican candidates for the last year couldn’t have quoted from a primary speech. They both just vomited up the same old puke. To quote Billy Madison“What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it…God have mercy on your soul.” Continue reading

United We Stand, Divided We Fall: National Anthem

padres-national-anthemI was at the Padres / Giants game yesterday and as always I stood for the singing of the National Anthem. I stand because I believe that in spite of all our imperfections as a nation we can be united.

Given time we can pick anything apart.  The National Anthem is not perfect. The melody is borrowed from an old British drinking song – To Anacreon in Heaven. The lyrics, a poem written by Francis Scott Key, are not inclusive of all Americans at the time of its writing. Until recently verses two through four were mostly forgotten (I never knew they existed). In the purest of intentions, the anthem is meant to unite us in song and to that aim it is perfect. No other song sends chills up my spine like the National Anthem.

 

Is my pride in this country and my reverence for the National Anthem misplaced because we have issues? I think not. Continue reading