I recently heard this on NPR and I found myself moved by both the story and song. Therefore, you can only imagine my surprise upon hearing that many were outraged by Rene Marie’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.
I guess I just don’t get it…at all.
What in this is outrage worthy?
I ask you, what is there to be outraged over in the words she so eloquently sang?
I am proud to be an American, and extremely proud of the ability that we all have in our freedom of speech that our Constitution upholds for us!
I will leave you with the youtube video of Ms. Marie singing along with the annual tradition that NPR has of reading the Declaration of Independence.
Have a safe and blessed fourth!
Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.