A legislator in Indiana thinks the government should tell us how we must sing certain songs. State Sen. Vaneta Becker has actually submitted a bill that would impose fines for not singing the Star Spangled Banner in a government-approved manner.
Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, has introduced a bill that would set specific “performance standards” for singing and playing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities.
The law also would cover private schools receiving state or local scholarship funds, including vouchers.
Performers would have to sign a contract agreeing to follow the guidelines. Musicians — whether amateur or professional — would be fined $25 if it were deemed they failed to meet the appropriate standards.
But just what is appropriate? Would Jimi Hendrix’s electric version make the grade? Are Christina Aguilera’s vocal gymnastics a fineable offense?
That’s unclear. What is and what is not “acceptable,” according to Becker’s bill, would be determined by the State Department of Education, with input from the Commission for Higher Education.
Becker said she would expect the guidelines to require that the national anthem be sung with the usual lyrics to the traditional melody — “the way that we normally have it sung or heard throughout most of our state and our country.”
The bill would also require all schools to keep recordings of every instance where the anthem is sung for at least two years. Let’s not mince words here. Becker is a demagogic moron and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a voting booth, much less in a legislature. Bills like this make my head hit the desk. Are we that fucking shallow in this country? The answer, sadly, is far too often yes. Someone should take away her freedom fries and liberty cabbage.
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