Stupid Politician Tricks: Let’s Fine People For Singing The National Anthem Incorrectly
Sometimes politics is nothing more than a jobs program for the stupid.
The bill, introduced by Indiana senator Vaneta Becker [a Republican], would apply only to singers at public school and university-sponsored events, and would be dictated by guidelines instituted and enforced by the State Department of Education and the Commission for Higher Education.
Performers would be required to sign a performance contract agreeing to the department’s specifications, and schools would be required to keep recordings of all renditions for two years for their review if complaints are filed.
Becker drafted the bill in response to a constituent’s complaint about a non-traditional performance of the anthem at a local school, but stressed the bill is targeted at performers who take deliberate liberties with the song’s lyrics or musical interpretation, explaining to The Indianapolis Star that it should be sung “the way that we normally have it sung or heard throughout most of our state and our country.”
Well that’s not at all vague or you know, UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Call me crazy but I think politicians messing with the First Amendment by allowing government bureaucrats to pass legal judgement on artistic merit is a bit more of a problem than people freelancing with the anthem at high school football games.
Personally, I think the Star Spangled Banner should only be played by military bands, preferably The US Marine Corps (or The Coldstream Guards) but if you think the following should be illegal, I don’t want to know you.
An argument for another time…the national anthem should be changed to either God Bless America or America the Beautiful.