I am from The US of A. I think our national anthem is out-dated, and we need to find a new one. The current, Star-Spangled Banner is about our flag flying over the bombs and dead bodies of war. And I think our mindset of “war is fucking glorious and righteous” has destroyed this country for long enough. Maybe the Revolutionary War was a halfway decent idea, as was (maybe) our Civil War. But we’ve seemed to have our hands in one conflict or another, constantly, for at least the entire 20th centure and the first 10% of this new century.
Here’s the thing though. War fucking sucks. And regarding people who fight in wars, they’re not heroes. They are murderers. MURDERERS! Ha. It’s true though, no? Yep, “just following orders” is something they say a lot, or “we are protecting your freedoms” or something similar but it’s all overly-patriotic bullshit, isn’t it? When was the last time America had a war that was neccessary or like… made a little sense?
I know, I know. I sound idealistic and naive. And yes, I probably am extremely idealistic and naive. But. I’ve never blown up any towns and I’ve never accidentally shot the innocent wife of an innocent civilian man. I sleep at night, with no worries about my past transgressions catching up with me (okay, not true. but my transgressions never involve blood or brain matter).
Anyhow. Yes. I’d like to hear about the sentiments behind other countries’ national anthems. Are they war songs? Freedom songs? “Our produce is the freshest in the world” songs? What? Who wants a new Anthem for America? I personally love Canada’s, which is sort of about standing up for themselves… but they never have to really do that… maybe because they don’t spend their time having a World’s Biggest Penis Contest with everyone else? Who knows.