Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Bush supports Spanish Star-Spangled Banner... and doesn't.

Okay, remember the other day when President George W. Bush popped off about the Star-Spangled Banner, declaring that "it should be sung in English"? Perhaps this bit of xenophobia went past you unnoticed. A thoughtless clod makes a thoughtless remark designed to exclude a group of people based on something as superficial as their native languageā€”nothing terribly strange about that.

However, on the U.S. Government information site, there are four different Spanish-language versions of the Star-Spangled Banner listed, and they've been there since last October.

Now don't get me wrong: I have no problem with people singing The Star-Spangled Banner in Spanish or in any other language. I'm an American; I'm all for free speech. But what galls me here is that George W. Bush has been caught pandering to the white trash wing of the Republican Party while his own government site has been actively promoting the very foreign-language versions of the anthem that he's railing against. Sure, it's entirely possible that Bush had no idea what was going on; I mean, it wouldn't be the first time. But he's having it both ways, and we've got to call him on it. If we had a liberal media, he'd be up to his eyeballs in it over this. Lucky for him that we don't.

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