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bobtheblob
Pro (for)
The Contender
hehey54
Con (against)

The National Anthem does not represent what Americans stand for.

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Started: 5/31/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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bobtheblob

Pro

Our national anthem is said to represent freedom, and the things for which we as a nation have fought. This national anthem states that we are proud , and that we hold our flag high. It speaks of the courage, the intensity, and the resilience we show in battle. Yet, is this what we fought for? We do not fight merely to preserve the nation, we fight to preserve that which is good about the nation. We fight to preserve and to keep the benefits of our nation. When the veterans return home and they hear a new national anthem, will they wonder what they have fought for? Will they wonder if preserving our nation was worth doing, despite the change of the national anthem which we stand under? They will not: they did not fight to preserve the war and the strength of which "The Star-Spangled Banner" talks, they fought to keep our great nation. They did not fight for the explosions and resilience in our national anthem. They fought with the explosions, persistence, and resilience to retain the beauty and greatness of America. A national anthem should unite its people, it should represent what a nation stands by and fights to keep. We do not support war for the sake of war; we support war for the sake of the union. Yet not for the union do we fight, but we fight for the values and the beauty embodied in the union. Our national anthem should display this proudly to the world, so that we might become more unified under the common cause that we share, and more proudly lift our voices in song.
I propose "America the Beautiful" as a substitute for "The Star-Spangled Banner." Instead of speaking merely of our pride and strength in war, it speaks of the beauty of America (hence the title "America the Beuatiful"). This is what we work for. This is what brings us to unite together. This is a song that does what a suitable national anthem should do.
hehey54

Con

Our national anthem states that we fought for our home of the brave and free. That means that we fight for the free and the brave's home. "Home is where your family is. Wherever you are, it's about the people you're surrounded by, not necessarily where you lay your head" according to Jenji Kohan. The Instigator stated,"This national anthem states that we are proud and that we hold our flag high. It speaks of the courage, the intensity, and the resilience we show in battle. Yet, is this what we fought for? We do not fight merely to preserve the nation, we fight to preserve that which is good about the nation." The national anthem never stated that we fought for "our pride and that we hold our flag high. It speaks of courage, the intensity, and the resilience we show in battle". Clearly, the instigator either falsified information or acquired invalid information. The first paragraph of our national anthem states,"
O say can you see, by the dawn"s early light,
What so proudly we hail"d at the twilight"s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O"er the ramparts we watch"d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket"s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O"er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"
(amhistory.is.edu, n.d.). The national anthem stated that we proudly "hail", or to acclaim, our nation at the twilight's last gleaming, or dawn. The instigator also stated, "Will they wonder if preserving our nation was worth doing, despite the change of the national anthem which we stand under?" A true nation's veteran will not regret saving their home, the home of many brave citizens. Judges, would you regret protecting your home for a script? The instigator claimed that the national anthem stated that the nation fought for the explosions and resilience. However, this is proved to be false. The full text of the national anthem states,"
O say can you see, by the dawn"s early light,
What so proudly we hail"d at the twilight"s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O"er the ramparts we watch"d were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket"s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there,
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O"er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe"s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o"er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning"s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
"Tis the star-spangled banner - O long may it wave
O"er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle"s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash"d out their foul footstep"s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O"er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Between their lov"d home and the war"s desolation!
Blest with vict"ry and peace may the heav"n rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserv"d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto - "In God is our trust,"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O"er the land of the free and the home of the brave."
(amhistory.is.edu, n.d.). Please observe the script. None of the text states that we fought for the explosions and the resilience. The instigator has also claimed that our nation did not merely fight to preserve the nation but to preserve that which is good about the nation. However, both is synonymous. A nation represents what it is good in the nation. Without the good in the nation, the nation would not be the nation, but a version of it, a darker, sadder nation.
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