Have you heard about this? Goshen College, a small liberal-arts college in Indiana has banned the Star-Spangled Banner from sporting events held on campus. Officials at the school told The Chronicle of Higher Education, they’d prefer a song “that fits with sports tradition, that honors country, and that resonates with Goshen College’s core values and respects the views of diverse constituencies.”
The Mennonite liberal-arts college, which has traditionally been strongly pacifist, had allowed an instrumental version of the National Anthem to be played at events, but decided to ban the song altogether after outcry from those who believe the Anthem glorifies war.
Now, before hearing this story, my only real problem with the Star-Spangled Banner is that it’s just one major run-on sentence. Like, for serious, what gives? No wonder kids today can’t spell or write anything. Our National Anthem is a grammatical nightmare! (OK, Grandma rant over.)
After reading this story, I don’t really have an opinion about Goshen’s reasons for banning the anthem, but it did get me thinking- what other song should be our National Anthem? I mean, the Star -Spangled Banner is about a battle, and not our country as it is today- complete, and with tons of natural beauty. So, just for funsies, I’m gonna suggest a couple new National Anthems!
My Country Tis of Thee
Because, you know, it’s about the country and stuff. My one rule is that this hat must be worn when this song is sung:
America the Beautiful
I love this song! It’s so pretty; it says “America” in it, like, 50 times; and it can be jazzed up or down. Clear winner!
Independent Woman Pt. 1
If you think about it, what song better defines the US of A? in 1776, she fully gave Britain “the hand” and told those Redcoats to fall back! Plus, this song celebrates our spirit of entrepreneurship! (No? Fine. . . it’s just a hot song and I wanted to hear it today, OK?)
What do you think our next National Anthem should be? Tell me your suggestions- and your thoughts on Goshen College- in the comments! And, Happy Birthday, America! You look pretty good for 235! xx