Monday, May 01, 2006

This Man Once Ran for President. Even Republicans Didn't Vote for Him

Reuters reports:

Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican, said singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a foreign language could be divisive in a nation of immigrants united by a common language.

"English is part of who we are as Americans. It's part of what unites us," he said. "That's why we should always sing it in our common language, English."

Alexander's support for an "English only" rendering of the anthem came in a non-binding measure introduced as hundreds of thousands of people rallied across the United States in support of legal rights for millions of illegal immigrants.

"Non-binding means even I know this is election year bullshit," Alexander the Not-So-Great went on to say. "But frankly I just got tired of the 'the Dems are for gay marriage and will take your guns and fetuses away while burning the flag and not praying in school' lines. It seemed like it was time for something new. Indeed, I move that we switch the fourth verse with the first so those lousy liberals have to sing that couplet, 'Then conquer we must, when our cause, it is just,/And this be our motto: In God is our trust.' You see, even Francis Scott Key believed in preemptive war. Besides, don't those Mexican-non-Americans have a song like 'La Bamba' or "The Mexican Hat Dance' that they can sing in their own language?"


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