25 February 2009

More On Maryland's State Song

Here's a well-reasoned and insightful post by a citizen of Maryland regarding the pc efforts to change Maryland's state song. Notice its void of emotionalism and simply states the historical facts behind the song and why it should remain.

An excerpt:

"But this is a cultural issue and provides a teaching moment for both the failure of our public schools to properly teach the history of this state and to demonstrate the indoctrination of public school children led by the close knit cooperation of teacher's unions and liberal politicians."

*Update: Tom Clemens makes an excellent point on Kevin Levin's blog with these comments:

"As a Marylander I am really ambivalent about the song. I don’t like messing with a tradition because it doesn’t fit today’s agenda, although I also understand that tradition and “official endorsement” are different things. I suppose in deference to our Hispanic citizens we should eliminate the stanza recalling the American heroes of the Mexican War. After all, celebrating American imperialism might be as offensive as venerating a no-longer acceptable political viewpoint. And of course Kentucky should prepare to get rid of the word “gay” in their lyrics as fundamentalists will object to that endorsement. Maybe writing a song inoffensive to everyone is possible, but I sure would not want to try."

Mr. Clemens illustrates very simply that political correctness is a slippery slope. I would add that no song celebrating any type of military victory is appropriate - to pacifists. Should we avoid offending that group of Americans as well? If not, why not? Should we re-write the National Anthem so as not to offend the Brits? When will the madness stop?

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