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SIMMONS: Idea to replace national anthem just plain wrong
Question of the Day
No. 6: The American Civil Liberties Union will seek equal treatment for a non-R&B song by Pitbull.
No. 5: Jerry Seinfeld will push a government-funded Hebrew translation to the lyrics of “Ignition.”
No. 3: Geico’s gecko sings “Ignition” at the Super Bowl.
Mr. Kelly claiming violation of due process.
No. 1: U.S. Olympians who win gold aren’t allowed to bounce, bump or grind during medal ceremonies.
Silly, isn’t it?
And that’s precisely the point.
“Ignition,” penned in 2003, is just a song to which most people do not know the words, and, oh, so many more have never heard of — a far cry from Mr. Kelly’s rendition of the inspirational “I Believe I Can Fly.”
Indeed, more people remember the vile charges against R. Kelly (raps he later beat) than the titles of his songs.
Americans recognize “The Star Spangled Banner” as our song, whether we know all the words or can hit the high notes or not.
It isn’t groovy, but it’s our anthem and we should stick with it.
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Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...
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