"Real" Americans revere Jesus, the American Flag, and Lee Greenwood whose ultra schlocky "God Bless the USA" has become the unofficial national anthem for true American patriots. As such, there is, according to Fox & Friends, "outrage" over the decision of a school in evil librul, gay loving Massachusettsto change the last words of Greenwood's sacred song to "we love the USA" rather than "God bless the USA." Thanks to Fox's resident Christian culture clubber Todd Starnes, this egregious action is now the great, big lede story on Fox Nation, a secondary lede on the Fox News website, and a topic on the God's very own morning program, Fox & Friends who have never seen a wedge issue that they didn't love.
This morning, Fox & Friends, once again took a local issue and gave it a national exposure. According to Todd Starnes and the curvy couch potato heads, Lee Greenwood's song, "God Bless the USA" won't be included in a student concert after parents complained that the school substituted the official American deity for the word "we." Good Christian Steve Doocy shrieked when he described how they "took GOD BLESS OUT, IT's GODLESS.
OH, the HORROR, the HORROR.
Ace Christian Gretchen Carlson invoked a standard Fox & Friends & Christian right meme: "Here we go with PC again." She put on her requisite Gretchen pouty face when she said that "instead of putting the song back to what it actually is, now they're not going to sing any song." Naturally, nobody mentioned that some parents were bothered by this at all such as one who said that "I don’t think there’s anything wrong with changing the song. It’s a public school. If you want to have the word God in the song, go to a private school." (Can't cut the propaganda buzz!)
As she spoke, video of Greenwood, singing his American hymn, was shown. Doocy snarked that "this is a very offensive song." The agitprop chyron: "Omission Outrage." Kilmeade read a statement, from a very pissed off Lee Greenwood, regarding the issue: The most important word in the whole piece of music is the word God, which is also in the title ‘God Bless The USA. We cannot take God out of the song, we can't take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance, we can't take God off of the American currency." (Uh, Lee we put them in so we can take them out but we won't because it would "outrage" Christians like you and the Fox fiends friends.) Doocy retorted "In God we trust on the dough." (The guy in the sky was added to some coin currency in 1864 and paper money in 1957.)
Hopefully, those who trust in God, Fox News, and Lee Greenwood won't be harassing and threatening those at the school because as suggested by the headline of the article on Glenn Beck's website, "The Blaze," which sourced from Todd Starnes, "God is under attack." IMHO, if there is a "God," she probably has more important things to think about than the inananity of her Fox fans.
The point that these fucking morons don’t get is that changing a few words in any song (however moronic that song may be!) may not be intended as an insult to anyone or deity….it’s called poetic license, used to express one’s feelings. Did they charge money for this performance? Have they marketed this performance in order to gain profit? Or have they just expressed their appreciation for their country…in terms of their own beliefs?
I’m really beginning to tire of the stupidity and outright ideological lunacy of Fox. Whatever will they become after November?
‘merca ain’t proud ‘n’ free if it don’t haf no God keepin’ us in a straight ‘n’ narrow life-line. God loves ’merica ’cuz God Loves Profits!
Of course, this is a song that is NOT protected by Congressional or Federal action (unlike the motto on the currency or the Pledge of Allegiance*—as an aside, it was a Federal action that inserted God into the Pledge; the original Pledge makes NO mention of any deity). And even if it were protected by some type of Federal or even state protection, it wouldn’t prevent the song’s being altered for performances. Singers and musicians have been altering songs for decades (take a look at George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord”—many Christian singers have omitted either the entire “Halleluja/hare Krishna” chorus or simply the “hare Krishnas”; Billy Preston, who actually recorded the song first, did the latter—the backing chorus simply sings “Hallelujah”) and radio stations have been editing songs or forcing edits for various reasons (Naughty by Nature’s “Humpty Dance” lost the reference to Burger King; George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex” was edited for some stations changing the word “sex” to “love”; Peter Frampton’s “Do You Feel Like We Do,” released as a single from his “Frampton Comes Alive” album was cut from the album’s 14-minute long version to a 7-minute long version single version—and even that was subject to cuts by AM radio stations). Hell, I remember when radio stations might have a couple of minutes to fill before they went to their news breaks so, rather than playing a song with vocals and cutting off in mid-play, they just put on an instrumental song as filler (none of this fitting the news to the available time or starting early or a bit late; the news came on 5 minutes before the hour, regardless of the song, and instrumentals were less likely to receive calls from listeners upset that their “favorite song” had been cut off).