For me the SSB (and by association the flag) has been overused commercially e.g. with huge displays at car dealers and at sporting events, and misappropriated by sleazy self-serving politicians of both major parties. Even in Baltimore the home of the SSB, fans shout out "O" at Orioles games. Some say it's just enthusiasm but if you did it in church for O Come All Ye Faithful it would be at least a faux pas. So for me it has come to stand for many things that are less than what it, IMHO, ought to represent.
I actually prefer the Canadian anthem, especially when sung by Roger Doucet at hockey games back in the day.
It is more than a war song…..it’s a song of revolution…..which depending on which side of the revolution you sit on is either a song of defiance or a filthy terrorist anthem. As a proud colonial I prefer the former.I am (pleasantly) surprised by the number of people who named La Marseillaise. If you understood the words, you may reconsider, though... It really is a war song.
Regarding lyrics of a national anthem, the one I prefer is the Spanish anthem...
Why would you equate patriotism with mindlessly following a doctrine?I have no time for patriotic songs, flag worship, or blind fealty to a person, be they politician or preacher.
Mindlessly following a doctrine can get you very killed very fast.
Think for your self.
Perhaps I interpreted his meaning too broadly. We’ll see.He didn't.
Mindless flag waving is not patriotism.