Tuesday, September 26, 2017

National Anthems Before Sporting Events - Their Time has Come.....and Gone

Canadian National Anthem

I hate almost all National Anthems.  The Canadian National Anthem, "Oh, Canada" is boring to the hilt.  The line "We Stand On Guard For Thee" is particularly galling.  Canadians and their leaders stopped "standing on guard" for Canada decades ago, shortly after WWII, when we were sold to the United States by the great British WWII "hero", Winston Churchill. The last time a Canadian leader stood up for Canada was when Jean Chretien demurred going to Iraq to fight the racist war based on the lies of 9/11.  Since then, it's been "patsy" footing it...all the way to the North American Union...hiding just around the corner.

When we watch hockey games, as my partner and I will be doing several times a week starting next week, we always keep the TV off until the national anthems are over.  This is because every year it gets more and more sickening.  It started in the US... and has now spread to Canada.  They get some military and/or police force regiment to stand in the middle of the ice holding the flag.  This is a brazen recruitment tool.  To use sport to recruit young men and women to become cannon fodder in the wars based on lies, greed, Ziofascism and lust for blood is cynical, to say the least.  Just in the last few years, they've sunk to a new low...they get kids to stand on centre ice while the Anthem is playing.  Who would dare booing a 12 year old kid in a hockey uniform?!

The music for the Canadian national anthem was stolen from a Mozart concerto.  It isn't even original.  The lyrics were cobbled together back in the 1800's and are constantly being tinkered with by the Canadian government, revising them to suit politically correct social and sexual flavours of the times.  I'm wondering when we'll get a reference to  LGTB put in the National Anthem:

"...True patriot love, in all thy sons command" will become "....in all thy androgynous entities command".

There's only one National Anthem that I dislike more than the Canadian anthem...and that is the "Star Spangled Banner":

Jimi Hendrix - plays Star Spangled Banner 
at Woodstock

This anthem is chock a block full of war references and, in that respect it is highly appropriate for the country it represents.

"The Rockets' Red glare....The Bombs bursting in air...Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.. "

This stanza is an eternal, naked and violent threat of war to every other independent country in the world....or even to any US State which might attempt to secede.  There is nothing like it in any other Anthem.  With an anthem like that, is it any wonder that the United States has been at war for 90% of its existence????

I have to confess that I do like the tune of the Russian National Anthem.  Of course, not speaking Russian, I have no idea of how the lyrics "meld" with the tune.  Canadians became familiar with the Russian National Anthem over the recent century, due to our intense hockey rivalry with the Soviet Union and then the Russian Federation.  Although we hated to lose to the "Rooskies" it was always a bittersweet salve...to listen to their beautiful and stirring anthem music while we stood second on the podium.

Russian National Anthem 
Sung by Red Army Choir

In closing, let me say that the old maxim "Familiarity Breeds Contempt" applies most emphatically to the forced listening to the National Anthem of one's country at sporting events.  This experience should be saved for special days, like the 4th of July, Canada Day (the 1st of July) and Remembrance Day.  Get the brain numbing ordeal out of sports. Let the young people play their hockey, football (I don't think you have to listen to the National Anthem to watch a basketball game) and baseball.  Don't exploit youth to sell your jingoistic war machine.  Now that corporations own sports...and own war...do they also own our anthems too...and our youth?


Anonymous said...

Bombs busting in air
rockets red glare
gave proof to this fool
that traumatized bodies lay everywhere
oh can't you see that young man
laying with blood pouring out
now he will be
for life

greencrow said...

Hi Anonymous:

That particular anthem ("Star Spangled Banner") with its lyrics reminds me of the old saying: "Give a dog a bad name and he will live up to it!"


Anonymous said...

Soo true
rrrrrr rrrrr
crow sound
rrrrrrr rrrrrrrrr
Also depends on the owner making sure it lives up to the name
The scary thing about the anthem is
when they teach the sheep to insanely sing along in unity
it scares me
all I see is dead or traumatized bodies laying in pain
and it proved that trauma was everywhere
thank you
rrrrr rrrrr
crow sound
rrrrr rrrrrrr
yep,about a hour ago or so,just around dusk
I was squawking to the crows while they were squawking
I always sqawk back
what does that say about me???
do I really want to know??

Hornet said...

La Marseillaise is another one that is rather militaristic.

La Marseillaise - English lyrics

Arise children of the fatherland
The day of glory has arrived
Against us tyranny's
Bloody standard is raised
Listen to the sound in the fields
The howling of these fearsome soldiers
They are coming into our midst
To cut the throats of your sons and consorts

To arms citizens Form your battalions
March, march
Let impure blood
Water our furrows

What do they want this horde of slaves
Of traitors and conspiratorial kings?
For whom these vile chains
These long-prepared irons?
Frenchmen, for us, ah! What outrage
What methods must be taken?
It is us they dare plan
To return to the old slavery!

What! These foreign cohorts!
They would make laws in our courts!
What! These mercenary phalanxes
Would cut down our warrior sons
Good Lord! By chained hands
Our brow would yield under the yoke
The vile despots would have themselves be
The masters of destiny

Tremble, tyrants and traitors
The shame of all good men
Tremble! Your parricidal schemes
Will receive their just reward
Against you we are all soldiers
If they fall, our young heros
France will bear new ones
Ready to join the fight against you

Frenchmen, as magnanimous warriors
Bear or hold back your blows
Spare these sad victims
That they regret taking up arms against us
But not these bloody despots
These accomplices of Bouillé
All these tigers who pitilessly
Ripped out their mothers' wombs

We too shall enlist
When our elders' time has come
To add to the list of deeds
Inscribed upon their tombs
We are much less jealous of surviving them
Than of sharing their coffins
We shall have the sublime pride
Of avenging or joining them

Drive on sacred patriotism
Support our avenging arms
Liberty, cherished liberty
Join the struggle with your defenders
Under our flags, let victory
Hurry to your manly tone
So that in death your enemies
See your triumph and our glory!

Anonymous said...

NFL Teams Stayed in Locker Rooms For Anthem Until 2009—Then DoD Began ‘Paying for Patriotism’
Posted on September 26, 2017 by Larry
Free Thought Project – by Jay Syrmopoulos

Total agree with you. I remember going to sports games as far back as when Ronny Raygun was in office I use to sit when everyone stood for the anthem and the people I was with seemed embarrassed; thinking I was being lazy. I was born in 1958 in US, can remember in school the bullshit pledge to the flag they made us do in school every morning, I was aware back in elementary school thinking this is bs propaganda and occasionally being rebellious and not putting my hand over my heart and regurgitating the bs. But when they started bring in the military crap into the pre and half time in sports I could no longer even attend. Every once in awhile people say to me if you don't like it why don't you move? Again bs why should I move, is it going to be different any where else and besides this is my home, my family and friends. Rachel

greencrow said...

Hi Hornet:

Thanks for pointing out how bloodthirsty the French National Anthem is. It does really make the "Star Spangled Banner" look tame by comparison!

greencrow said...

Hi Rachel:

Bringing in the military and the police during the anthem was the last straw with me as well. I wonder what a public opinion poll would show. I don't think we're alone and I suspect they brought the 12 year old (and younger) kids into the format to discourage the fans from booing the military and the police.