Condi Rice, Laura Bush support Spanish versions of National Anthem

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I was tipped off to this while I was at District Court Monday morning, and a quick Google search turned up this post over at The American Street:

In 1919, the U.S. Bureau of Education commissioned a Spanish translation of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which the evil liberal assimilationists at the Library of Congress have the temerity to display — in its entirety — on the Library of Congress web site. Where is the outrage over that? Worse, we have The National Anthem Project, chaired by none other than Laura Bush, which offers a mariachi arrangement of the anthem. Dio mio, shouldn’t they be calling for Laura’s head on a stick for this?

UPDATE: Condi joins the assimilationist conspiracy! A Spanish version of the national anthem is also posted on the State Department’s site. Does George know?

Of course, the post was ripe with sarcasm on this issue, because, as usual, the right wing of the Republican Party is taking a stand on shaky ground:

Deep murmurs of approval arose from the crowd yesterday when Bush weighed in on the matter:

I think the National Anthem ought to be sung in English. And I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English, and they ought to learn to sing the National Anthem in English.

The profound irony of this nonsense is that, according to a recent Harris Poll, two-thirds of the clamoring crowd don’t even know the English words to the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” (much less the other verses) and thus have been shouting huzzahs to Bush for suggesting that perhaps they shouldn’t even be citizens. Or maybe this rule about learning to sing the anthem in English doesn’t apply to, you know, white people.

The hypocrisy is beyond funny in the immigration debate. I’ve heard several people recently reduce the debate to the word “illegal,” while the Wednesday Morning Quarterback made a similar case yesterday:

OK, Jerry…so if you are one of those people in this country who supports actually securing the nation’s border as well as requiring all people in this country to FOLLOW THE LAW whether you are Nordic, Asian, or Hispanic, than according to you, those people are “AGAINST the more than 11 million illegal immigrants in the United states”.

The WMQB, like millions of Americans, believe that laws are laws…we either follow them and enforce them or we are nothing.

But to reduce the discussion over the legality and the enforcement of our current laws to defining people LIKE US as being “AGAINST” 11 million people is absolutely shameful…

Meanwhile, we can reduce the discussion about immigration in this country to their “illegal” status? What of the discussion regarding the employers who hire illegal immigrants? Don’t we enforce laws about the hiring of illegal immigrants? What happens to the agriculture industry, not to mention construction and hospitality, when all those illegal immigrants go home or are incarcerated? The WMQB is right: this is not a simple discussion. It should not be treated that way.

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