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9 Responses to “We hold these truths to be self-evident. …”
That’s the thing about tradition. Right or wrong, once it gains a foothold , it’s darn near impossible to get rid of.
Like playing the national anthem before sports events. Makes no sense. Why not before a movie, then? One could even argue that it diminishes the anthem by using it so casually. But suggest that we stop singing it, and you’re a commie.
I’d vote ATB #1, This Land Is Our Land #2, and FSK’s poem (sung to the tune of a drinking song) #3 or lower.
To my mind, the most beautiful song about America was written by Phil Ochs. Singing it here in 1974, two years before his death:
And the lyrics:
The Power and the Glory
Come and take a walk with me thru this green and growing land
Walk thru the meadows and the mountains and the sand
Walk thru the valleys and the rivers and the plains
Walk thru the sun and walk thru the rain
Here is a land full of power and glory
Beauty that words cannot recall
Oh her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom
Her glory shall rest on us all
From Colorado, Kansas, and the Carolinas too
Virginia and Alaska, from the old to the new
Texas and Ohio and the California shore
Tell me, who could ask for more?
Yet she’s only as rich as the poorest of her poor
Only as free as a padlocked prison door
Only as strong as our love for this land
Only as tall as we stand