No one can sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in English.

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May 3 2006 3:33 PM

The Irrational Anthem

Sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in English? Who's Bush kidding?

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Of course, I don't expect Congress to modernize the national anthem any more than I expect it to get rid of other anachronistic fixtures of American life—the Electoral College, the copper penny, or Donald Rumsfeld. "The Star Spangled Banner" is one of those outdated institutions that survive for reasons of habit, sentiment, and sheer inertia. I doubt that the president himself can sing it. Please don't make the pizza delivery guy try.

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