When the government stops you from speaking, that’s censorship. And when a Bellingham, MA elementary school stopped kids from singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA”—demanding instead they sing “We Love The USA,” that was a classic example of censorship.
When parents complained, the brave, principled leadership of the Bellingham school system stepped forward and….ran away. They cancelled ALL music at their April 12th event, the political equivalent of “I’m gonna take my ball and go home!”
To quote my teenaged daughter: “So mature…”
“Maybe the school should have asked the parents their thoughts before changing the lyrics to the song. They could have even asked the writer of the song, which I of course would have said you can’t change the lyrics at all or any part of the song,” says Greenwood.
“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 can’t 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,“ adds Greenwood.
Greenwood concludes by saying that if the song is good enough to be played during every naturalization ceremony along with the National Anthem, “If the song is good enough to played and performed in its original setting under those circumstances, it surely should be good enough for our children.”
I just talked to a producer from Fox News in New York. They’re trying to find someone—anyone— in or around Bellingham who is offended by “God Bless The USA.” I told him I couldn’t find anyone, either. I doubt they exist.
This was yet another example of government employees engaging in “imaginary offensiveness.” They imagine some incredibly thin-skinned, tiny-brained dope who might theoretically be offended, then use that dumbest-of-dumbed-down standard to make decisions for the school.
Well, stupid is as stupid does, right Forrest?