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The New America needs a new national anthem! Here’s my nomination.

24 November 2012

Summary: We have become a new nation, and so need a new national Anthem.  Just as the old anthem reflected the spirit and needs of the Republic, so should our new anthem. Here’s my nomination. Post yours in the comments!

The “Star Spangled Banner” fit The-America-That-Once-Was, a defiant song of a free people, often fighting to defend their Republic.  It ill-suits a somnolent and obese people, whose armies fight to maintain a foreign empire that benefits only the 1%.

Here is a suggestion from the past about a national anthem for The New America. It has lyrics suitable for a plutocracy, reflecting the attitude of our ruling elites.  The sing of their stark realism, which belies a popular delusion today that our ruling elites are fools.  In fact they are, as they have always been, cool considerate men. Don’t count on them making large mistakes, or many of them.

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Lyrics to the new nation anthem for The New America

Come ye cool cool conservative men
The likes of which may never be seen again
We have land, cash in hand
Self-command, future planned
Fortune flies, society survives
In neatly ordered lives with well-endowered wives

We sing hosanna, hosanna
To our breeding and our banner
We are cool

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Come ye cool cool considerate set
We’ll dance together to the same minuet
To the right, ever to the right
Never to the left, forever to the right
May our creed be never to exceed
Regulated speed, no matter what the need

We sing hosanna, hosanna
Enblazoned on our banner
Is keep cool

To the right, ever to the right
Never to the left, forever to the right
We have gold, a market that will hold
Tradition that is old, a reluctance to be bold.

I sing hosanna, hosanna
In a sane and lucid manner
We are cool

Come ye cool cool considerate men
The likes of which may never be seen again
With our land, cash in hand
Self-command, future planned
And we’ll hold to our gold
Tradition that is old, reluctant to be bold.

We cool, cool, cool
Cool, cool, cool
Cool cool men.

This is an excerpt from the lyrics of “Cool Considerate Men” from the musical “1776”.

It need not be like this

See these posts for description of an alternative path for America:

Advice from the Past

  1. From the 3rd century BC, Polybius warns us about demographic collapse, 11 June 2008
  2. President Grant warns us about the dangers of national hubris, 1 July 2008
  3. de Tocqueville warns us not to become weak and servile, 21 July 2008
  4. Dr. Gulliver explains why America has become so fearful of the future, 23 October 2008
  5. The King of Brobdingnag comments on America’s grand strategy, 18 November 2008
  6. About the state of economic science, and advice from a famous economist, 8 December 2008
  7. Napoleon’s advice to President Obama about the financial crisis, 29 April 2009
  8. A warning from Alexis De Tocqueville about our military, 7 August 2009
  9. Another note from our past, helping us see our future, 16 September 2009 — by Daniel Ellsberg
  10. A note from America’s diary: “My power proceeds from my reputation…” rel=”bookmark”, 22 September 2009
  11. A great philosopher and statesman comments on the Bush-Obama tweaks to the Constitution, 10 October 2010 — by Edmond Burke
  12. A top businessman and banker explains our political and economic challenges, 30 April 2011
  13. A warning from the past.  Might the American Empire drag down America?, 4 August 2011
  14. Advice from one of the British Empire’s greatest Foreign Ministers, 18 November 2011 — by Lord Palmerston
  15. George Orwell sends us a note, giving some perspective on our situation, 22 January 2012
  16. Thomas Jefferson saw our present peril. We should heed his warning., 21 April 2012
  17. Rome speaks to us. Their example can inspire us to avoid their fate., 22 April 2012

The anthem of The-America-That-Once Was

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Mikyo permalink
    24 November 2012 1:56 pm

    Drat! We have become a nation of fat, dumb and happy people. What a disaster!

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  2. 24 November 2012 5:21 pm

    “Cool Cool Considerate Men” was cut from the original release of the film version of 1776 supposedly at the request of President Nixon. See Wikipedia.

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  3. themurr permalink
    24 November 2012 5:46 pm

    That means all we need is a Ben Franklin to save us:

    “Benjamin Franklin smote the ground, and out sprang George Washington, fully grown and on his horse. Franklin then electrified them with his miraculous lightning rod and the three of them – Franklin, Washington, and the horse – conducted the entire Revolution all by themselves.”

    Or maybe it’s time to take up the turkey as the national bird, one of those will do the trick I’m sure.

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  4. Thomas More permalink
    24 November 2012 11:02 pm

    Three suggests for our new national anthem:

    [1] Nine Inch Nails “Head LIke A Hole” (1989)

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    God money I’ll do anything for you.
    God money just tell me what you want me to.
    God money nail me up against the wall.
    God money don’t want everything he wants it all.

    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take that away from me
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take it
    no you can’t take that away from me

    head like a hole.
    black as your soul.
    I’d rather die than give you control.
    head like a hole.
    black as your soul.
    I’d rather die than give you control.

    bow down before the one you serve.
    you’re going to get what you deserve.
    bow down before the one you serve.
    you’re going to get what you deserve.

    [2] Slayer “Seasons In the Abyss” (1990)

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    Razors edge
    Outlines the dead
    Incisions in my head
    Anticipation the stimulation
    To kill the exhilaration

    Close your eyes
    Look deep in your soul
    Step outside yourself
    And let your mind go
    Frozen eyes stare deep in your mind as you die

    Close your eyes
    And forget your name
    Step outside yourself
    And let your thoughts drain
    As you go insane… go insane


    [3] Megadeth “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” (1986)

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    What do you mean I don’t believe in God?
    Talk to him every day
    What do you mean I don’t support your system?
    I go to court when I have to
    What do you mean I can’t get to work on time?
    Got nothing better to do
    What do you mean I don’t pay my bills?
    Why do you think I’m broke? Huh?

    If there’s a new way
    I’ll be the first in line
    But, it better work this time

    What do you mean I hurt your feelings?
    I didn’t know you had any feelings
    What do you mean I ain’t kind?
    Just not your kind
    What do you mean I couldn’t be President Of the United States of America?
    Tell me something, it’s still ‘We the people’, right?

    If there’s a new way
    I’ll be the first in line
    But, it better work this time

    Can you put a price on peace?
    Peace, peace sells, peace, peace sells
    Peace sells, but who’s buying?

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  5. qaiasrequite permalink
    25 November 2012 5:25 pm

    Here is my nomination :)

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    “New Way to Bleed” by Evanescence

    Save your twisted enemy
    So you might earn forgiveness
    You know your whole world is waiting
    So why can’t you speak?

    I feel it coming over me
    I’m still a slave to these dreams
    Is this the end of everything?
    Or just a new way to bleed?

    So go and tell all your friends
    That I’m a failure underneath
    If it makes you feel like a bigger man
    But it’s my, my heart, my life
    That you’re calling a lie
    I’ve played this game before
    And I can’t take anymore

    I feel it coming over me
    I’m still a slave to these dreams
    Is this the end of everything?
    Or just a new way to bleed?

    By drifting far beyond the edge
    Freedom, freedom,
    Can’t you feel the ground caving in?
    Freedom,
    Give us a reason to believe again

    I feel it coming over me
    I’m still a slave to these dreams
    Is this the end of everything?
    Or just a new way to bleed?

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  6. Patrick permalink
    25 November 2012 8:35 pm

    “To the Color” is a bugle call to render honors to the United States. It is used when no band is available to render honors. To the Color commands all the same courtesies as the National Anthem.

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  7. 27 November 2012 11:52 pm

    My suggestion: “Rain Dogs” by Tom Waits. I think this captures the times — the party’s over, and we’re now cold, drunken, delusional and utterly lost. Never going back home.

    Inside a broken clock, splashing the wine with all the rain dogs
    Taxi, we’d rather walk, huddle a doorway with the rain dogs
    For I am a rain dog, too

    Oh, how we danced and we swallowed the night
    For it was all ripe for dreaming
    Oh, how we danced away all of the lights
    We’ve always been out of our minds

    The rum pours strong and thin, beat out the dustman with the rain dogs
    Aboard a shipwreck train, give my umbrella to the rain dogs
    For I am a rain dog, too

    Oh, how we danced with the Rose of Tralee
    Her long hair black as a raven
    Oh, how we danced and you whispered to me
    You’ll never be going back home

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