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The Two Greatest Renditions of the National Anthem of My Lifetime

The Two Greatest Renditions of the National Anthem of My Lifetime
We've all been through a lot; a helluva lot lately. And there is a whole lot more adversity ahead of us, no doubt. However, today, Inauguration Day, is the first step towards the way forward. It's morning in America, to quote the famous Ronald Reagan campaign ad, reprised by the Lincoln Project in 2021. From darkness to light, and it all started at noon eastern today. Documentarian Ken Burns say we're in our fourth major crisis as a nation right now. The Civil War was one, the Great Depression the second and WWII the third. And now our fourth...you don't know which one, off the top of your head do you? That is the point exactly...

Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Star Spangled Banner Should be for International Sporting Events Only

Political Marketing was my favorite class when I was in graduate school, and many lessons learned from that course stick with me to this day. I selected jingoism, extremist patriotism and all things marketing of the red, white and blue as my term paper topic for this specific course.

Although I penned that paper back during the Bush 43 administration, insights reached back then have as much relevance today as ever. In studying the Star Spangled Banner as well as everyone who takes the national anthem way too seriously, I saw that the plot to Francis Scott Key's tune was lost a long time ago. We really don't need it to be played anymore at every single sporting event. It really needs to be reserved for just international competitions at this point.

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