Monday, May 01, 2006

Nuestro Himno

The latest tempest in the conservative teapot is the outrage over the Spanish-language version of "The Star Spangled Banner".

It's right in line with what they usually do--- There's a midterm this year, and their most effective means of rallying their base is complaining about one minority or another so their constituents have someone to feel superior to.

They've done blacks and gays enough, so it's Latinos' turns this year.

If you don't believe it's a form of red meat, then by all means, check out Kibitzer's post on Pesky Fly--- It's right wing enough that everyone's favorite DINO Harold Ford is behind it. And this year, he's not doing anything that will keep him off of Fox News.

Anyway, the lyrics to the new version are well worth checking out. I think they might well have made some improvements to it.

Here's an English translation of the new Spanish lyrics, courtesy of NPR. Read these lyrics--- Then tell me how Hispanics are disrespecting this nation by singing it. We should all be grateful to have our nation honored by a song such as this one--- Particularly since it's being sung by a demographic that half of our people look for reasons to resent, and sung in a language that we treat like a disease.

Verse 1
It's sunrise. Do you see by the light of the dawn
What we proudly hailed last nightfall?
Its stars, its stripes
yesterday streamed
above fierce combat
a symbol of victory
the glory of battle, the march toward liberty.
Throughout the night, they proclaimed: "We will defend it!"

Chorus
Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?

Verse 2
Its stars, its stripes,
liberty, we are equals.
We are brothers in our anthem.
In fierce combat, a symbol of victory
the glory of battle,
(My people fight on)
the march toward liberty.
(The time has come to break the chains.)
Throughout the night they proclaimed: "We will defend it!"
Tell me! Does its starry beauty still wave
above the land of the free,
the sacred flag?

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