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bobtheblob
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brownbear04
Con (against)

The Star-Spangled Banner does not represent the things for which we, as Americans, stand.

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Started: 5/31/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 7 months ago Status: Debating Period
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bobtheblob

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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.
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Posted by Jonbonbon 7 months ago
Jonbonbon
You should learn the circumstances under which the national anthem was written. It's not supposed to be a song that encompasses our values. It's a song that expresses the greatest optimism that no matter what our values will prevail. Do you know how and why the national anthem was written?
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