I am proud to say that I am an American, who is the son of hard-working Italian immigrants that taught me and my siblings a strong love and respect for this country, patriotism and tradition.
On that note, I have to say that there is a notable lack of respect for one area of tradition that troubles me. Namely, the treatment of our National Anthem at the beginning of almost every sporting event.
It appears to e to have evolved into a vehicle for some aspiring—and often talentless—female vocalist. The Anthem becomes unrecognizable, as the “singer” screeches her way through. Accurate lyrics go to the wayside. It is supposed to be patriotic—semi military—but definitely not a serenade.
It seems to me that the general public has become “numbered” into accepting these renditions, plus what also galls me are the sometimes drunken or ignorant yahoos who think it’s cool to yell and shout before the last stanza is sung with expressions such as “yeah,” “yo,” “right on,” etc.
In my observation of the reactions of other serious and more sophisticated members of the audience, I can clearly see their pained accepting expression.
It is my sincere hope I have given voice to some of us who don’t feel the need to be “politically correct.”
Former Conservative Party chairman of Stony Point and elections director of the Rockland Conservative Party