Amazing hotel rendition of National Anthem.

In the evening after the All State Choir conference in Louisville, Kentucky, competitors returned to their Hyatt Hotel to rest up. What ensued is something that will just send chills down your spine and make pride swell in your heart.

These talented singers gathered on the balconies of 18 floors and chose to sing our National Anthem. I defy you not to get choked up watching it. God bless America.

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mike737d
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God bless America.

voxcantor
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This Canadian got chills and wants Allen West as President. God save America.

Susan M.
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ME TOO!

Jenny Smith
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from your mouth to Gods ears my friend

Timothy Wenners
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Did you know Allen West supports the Patriot Act and the NDAA. Both of which destroy the 4th amendment?

Justine00
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No, I did not know that.
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Michael North
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Do tell…

PVG
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Better than destroying the entire country…….Sheesh!

Timothy Wenners
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Pointing to worse behavior does not excuse bad behavior.

joshparks
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Agreed. And, I would argue that destroying the 4th amendment is one step toward destroying the country.

OSAMA OBAMA
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@ whiner and josh….go troll somewhere else….you slugs probably dissed this video too, being the maggots that you are…God bless Allen West and this once great country.

Another Dialysis Nurse
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Another Dialysis Nurse

That was Awesome!!!!!Happy Tears!!!!Really warmed my heart. What a message of hope!

cornell150
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Azmazing!!!

William Fuzi
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There’s still hope.

Timothy Wenners
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Not really..

Every one of those singers probably voted for RomneyObama.

ksrgl444
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What would even make you say that? The overwhelming majority of teens and young adults are liberal.

As paraphrased: If you are young, and not liberal, you have no heart. If you are older, and not conservative, you have no brain–Winston Churchill.

beenthere
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Why can’t we all just appreciate the singing of the National Anthem, without all the politics?. These kids did a great job. Everyone needs to lighten up a little.

Paulonater
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This is a HIGH SCHOOL choir competition. Odds are very few in any have even voted yet. Nice generalization, though.

Timothy Wenners
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Irrelevant…

Their world view is the two party system.

Thinking outside the box the system has set up is impossible for most.

M.K Sikes
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Have you ever had a positive thought in your adult life…….what a downer it must be to spend time with you. Try seeing the up side for a change. Otherwise you will never have a content day in your life.

Paulonater
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Irrelevant? HOW DO YOU KNOW what these kids think? WOW there’s a lot of ASSumption in your thought process. You said they “probably voted”… I called you out on the fact that most high schoolers aren’t old enough to vote. RELEVANT.

Jim Tocco
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Allen, I wrote a letter to the folks at Coke after watching the Superbowl ad — and it’s in agreement with your commentary today. Here is an except, “symbolism, by its very nature has meaning. And when the meaning is lost on half the audience, the advertisers missed their mark. It’s a lovely spot, but ill-conceived. This spot comes off as a celebration of multiculturalism – and that is not a “melting pot.” Yes, we are a nation of immigrants who all came here speaking other languages and practicing other customs and celebrating other holidays. But an important part of… Read more »
Douglas D. Douglas
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1. It was a commercial, and did not feature our National Anthem.

2. The United States has no official language.

That’s all.

Jim Tocco
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D.D.D. Obviously the whole thing has flown high over your head. Of course it’s a commercial — but a commercial can still be propagandized. Who ever mentioned the National Anthem? And that is irrelevant to the point being made. And sorry to inform you, but American English is the defacto national language of the United States. You won’t find a single, state-sponsored school in American that does not teach English as the FIRST language. All of our sessions of law are conducted in English (at least the best the participants are able to grasp it) and 90% of Americans speak… Read more »
Kathy Allison
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I love this! Well composed in thought and in the writing.

Sharon M Nelson
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How beautiful!

Jim Tocco
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Allen, I wrote a letter to the folks at Coke after watching the Superbowl ad — and it’s in agreement with your commentary today. Here is an excerpt, “… symbolism, by its very nature has meaning. And when the meaning is lost on half the audience, the advertiser missed their mark. It’s a lovely spot, but ill-conceived. This spot comes off as a celebration of multiculturalism – and that is not a “melting pot.” Yes, we are a nation of immigrants who all came here speaking other languages and practicing other customs and celebrating other holidays. But an important part… Read more »
Tracy
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#AcaAmericAmazingAthem

vtxowner
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United We Stood, Divided We Fell — Immigrants use to be loyal to the US only now they come here as parasite to suck us dry, stay loyal to their homeland and send as much as they can to their countrymen. The US has gotten what they have allowed, internal destruction by the influx of useless people on the dole

PVG
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All by design. Divide and conquer, BO’s goal.

David King
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Beautiful.

Rick
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My son happened to be there and got a video of the same thing, but he was a couple floors lower. Impressive, wasn’t it?

D. Lenore Hutchens
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Impressive? A W E S O M E!!!

Brandon Odd Job Soule
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I did tear up, after 8 years of service in the Army This is the best gift From the people yet!

Kim Howell Hargrove
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Beautiful! Take that Coke and learn a lesson from it!

Barbara Courtney
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God Bless America and our Americans.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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This was wonderful and very moving. The Super Bowl Coke commercial? That was also wonderful, very moving and very well done. Having people sing “America” and celebrate this great country in 8 different languages should be celebrated not derided. I don’t understand the angst over the Coke commercial. The US is a Melting Pot but melting (assimilation) does take time. If history is any indicator, immigrant families in the past usually required a generation (I.e 2nd generation) to be fully assimilated in terms of language and culture. So, why again, is it wrong, anti-American, or unpatriotic for the new immigrant… Read more »
College Geek
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The coke commercial supported the salad theory where immigrants retain their own culture rather than assimilate, it was NOT melting pot. Melting pot would’ve been them singing in broken English for example and showing that they at least are trying to assimilate. In the commercial they just sang in their native language with nothing linking them to America. They could’ve been in another country, and not American citizens, for all we know. They had no unifying feature that identified them as American. If I went to Canada and sang the french portion of one of their patriotic songs in English… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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“The coke commercial supported the salad theory where immigrants retain their own culture rather than assimilate”

No, it didn’t. See, I can make baseless assertions also.

College Geek
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It seems you missed the other 5 sentences. Try reading, it helps.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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No underlying feature? None except the fact they were singing a song of praise and admiration for this great country. That works for me.

College Geek
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How could you tell they were American citizens?

Lowell Sensintaffar
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Since you brought it up, name a single “underlying feature” that identifies someone as an American citizen. What sort of phenotypic feature will identify you, me, Payton Manning, or any of the people in that commercial as an American citizen?

College Geek
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Hard working, freedom loving, family oriented, generally conservative in their values, people helping others, lots of examples.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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I lived overseas for several years and knew families in other countries who’d fit that description. I’ve also met people in this counrty who were legal aliens (have their Green Card) who fit that description. I would imagine there are people, not US citizens and living here illegally who posses these attributes. There are also American citizens who definitely do NOT have these qualities. YOur statement above is not the sine qua non of what it means to be an American citizen. Citizenship is proven by a birth certificate or naturalization papers, not by such attributes.

Guest
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I could I tell that they were not? How do I know anyone is? What a stupid question.

College Geek
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There you go, you proved my point. There’s no unifying feature to prove that they were American citizens, which is exactly the problem. Thank you for validating my point.

Ronald W. Jones
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It’s NOT about the song or who’s singing. It’s the message (pro amnesty) that Coke is presenting. And I have NO PROBLEM with LEGAL immigration.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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Pro-amnesty? Where in this commercial is this message put forth?

Ronald W. Jones
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When you have 1,000 hispanics at a rally chanting..Sí, se puede!..Sí, se puede!..Sí, se puede!. They are not talking about learning English.

ksrgl444
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Lowell, the generations you speak of were people who came over here legally from Europe, Africa, etc., with a DESIRE to live the American dream, a DESIRE to be Americans. They demanded that their children get education, and learn to speak English. The people who cross our borders illegally and demand to maintain their Mexican heritage, including speaking Spanish and refusing to honor our flag, are not part of the melting pot. They are the oil in the water, refusing to become part of a great country. They rally to the Mexican flag, and they preach secession to Mexico. That… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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Amazing. You can spot an illegal immigrant just by looking? And that whole commercial was illegal immigrants? Even then American Pueblo Indian?

You should get a job with the border patrol. Or, better, not, because i think your illegal spotting behavior is just plain bigotry.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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How does this commercial promote illegal immigration?

Michael
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Where in Lowell’s comment were ‘illegals’ mentioned? Where in the Coke commercial were ‘illegals’ mentioned? BTW, not all other immigrants to this country in our history were legal and only Mexicans illegal. There are many non-Mexicans in this country illegally.
BTW, historically, Africans who came over to America ‘legally’ were not looking to come here. They were forced to so rich lazy white people didn’t have to do any work.

Kris B.
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The basic “angst” as you call it over the Coke commercial is simply the fact that if you are going to live in this country, you should be able to sing or say the National Anthem in ENGLISH, the official language of this country. If you lived in another country, you would have to say or sing their anthem in their language. I don’t find total fault with the commercial, but I think they should have had the people singing it in english as well. They needed to go a bit further with the concept.

joshparks
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1) English is NOT the official language of the U.S. We don’t have one.
2) The Coke ad wasn’t the national anthem (“The Star Spangled Banner”), it was “America the Beautiful.”
3) There WERE people singing in English in the ad. Several languages were represented, including English. In fact, more of the song was sung in English than any other language.

Get your facts straight before you comment.

Douglas D. Douglas
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1. It wasn’t the National Anthem.
2. The United States has no official language.
3. Other countries do not not require residents to speak or sing in their own language.
4. There were people singing in English in the commercial.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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Well, firstly the song in the commercial was not the National Anthem. Secondly, how do you know that these peoplein this commercial are not bilingual? Sure, learning the language you’ve immigrated to is important but this commercial does not even talk about it. I don’t get the outrage.

Mark Edwards
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Just in case you haven’t seen the other 100 posts that have mentioned it… The Coke ad has NOTHING to do with the National Anthem!

JL
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I guess that would mean something if the Coke commercial had anything to do with the national anthem. Also, other countries often have several versions of their national anthem in more than one language anyway, so what does that have to do with a commercial with people singing America the Beautiful (hint: it’s not the national anthem).

Deborah Floyd Laws
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IT was an indoctrination into multi-culturalism. Coke wants you to support amnesty so they can get cheap labor. They have and take advantage of cheap labor nearly everywhere but here. If you thought anything about that commercial was grand other than the words to the song, then you probably go around all day absorbing indoctrination. You either spot it and reject it or you are absorbing it, and it’s everywhere.

Douglas D. Douglas
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MY GOD YOU ARE RIGHT!

Rich
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May be Coke should have had people sing in Native American. The language that was here first.

joshparks
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“Native American” isn’t a language…perhaps what you meant to say was “Maybe Coke should have had Native Americans singing in their various native languages. The languages (plural) that were here first.

katlynsbday
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I knew someone would be stupid and say this. Do you know anything at all about Human history?

karen
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My dear, God bless america is NOT the national anthem.

Kris B.
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I didn’t say it was……but, it’s possible original intent was to be when it was written.

karen
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oops.. I meant America the beautiful. 🙂

Kristyn
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If you live in this country you should also know that America the Beautiful is not our national anthem. So dumb.

Kris B.
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Wow., how totally rude if you Joyce.

Al
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It’s the fact that most immigrants DON’T assimilate, even into their family’s 2d or even 3d generation. Instead of assimilating and becoming part of America, they instead choose to create their own little enclaves, bringing their country here, and still fly their flags over the American flag, refuse to learn English, and DEMAND that America accommodate, so they don’t have to assimilate (hence, press ‘1’ for English). By the way, I am American of Hispanic descent, and grew up in El Paso, Tx, and have SEEN this first-hand. THAT is why I took offense to the Coca-Cola commercial. It’s a… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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So most immigrants in America live in El Paso, huh?

I doubt it. I think you need to get out more.

Lowell Sensintaffar
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Fact? Don’t confuse anectdotal experience with fact. That has not been my experience at all.

Da Bone
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Well said Joyce. My Great, Great Grandfather came here from Switzerland poor as dirt and then started a small town in Nebraska. He refused to speak german. He said that English is the language spoken here and thats what I will speak even though is it difficult for me. In fact, at mass on sunday (of course it was still said in Latin at the time) the sermon was said in English and then in German, he would go out and smoke his pipe during the German portion and when people asked him why he would leave during mass he… Read more »
Andy
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Most? Based upon what observations on your part? I could be wrong, but I highly doubt that you are in position to comment on what “most” people in this country are doing. Perhaps you can make this observation in your own small community, or the neighborhood in your city in which you live, but certainly you can’t do it for the country as a whole. You’re from El Paso. Fine; make this observation for your town. I hate to disappoint you, but El Paso hardly qualifies as an example of a city to be used as a good sample of… Read more »
Kola
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Really? As a first generation immigrant, what is love about this country is the cultural diversity. I appreciate The US as a cultural melting pot that it. I think that should be celebrated. However, I agree with you that immigrants need to learn the official language of this country.

katlynsbday
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What happens when you put something in a melting pot? It blends and becomes one… it changes into something new. Our cultural diversity is to be celebrated but our American(ness) is to be revered.

Jastin Bieltz
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This was beautiful. Lol at the loser ass people who try and turn this into some kind of political statement, because of this severe complex they have, they cannont see the beauty in this video and have to complain and rant. Lol beautiful video i loved it. Also loved the retarded comments from the political bible thumpers. Quick to point out wrongs in everything, but always has an excuse as to why they cant change it lol.

mum
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Your statement was as ignorant as theirs! How would you like it if all liberals were viewed in the same way? Not everyone who is a believer is “bible thumping” just as every liberal is not whiny. I challenge you to say your comment and leave your political opinion to yourself.

Jastin Bieltz
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Wow youre dumb. You totally didnt understand what i was saying, and im not going to explain it to you seeing how youre so dense to get it. Nice try thoe! Bye now! 🙂

James McKenna
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now if they would just sing Dixie…

joyce
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These high school students are PERFORMERS, not competitors. Even though they had to complete at least one competitive audition to earn a seat to participate, the Kentucky All-State Music Conference promotes performance by high school musicians. Some background from the youtube post “Every night of the All State Choir conference [in Louisville, KY] at about 11pm, everyone comes out to the balconies of the 18 story Hyatt hotel to sing the National Anthem :)”

Edie Murphy
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renews my hope in our young people and shame on you james

David
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Now that’s the way it’s supposed to be done! Beautiful! No ‘gangsta/rap” enunciation in the lyrics like they do at a lot of sporting events these days….

DixieCol
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I too thought this was beautifully done. One of the many things that made this singing of the National Anthem so inspiring was the fact that it was performed with the dignity a National Anthem *should* be performed with. I am sooooo very tired of hearing *stars* perform *their* rendition of our National Anthem in a manner that was never intended by the composer nor those who were responsible for selecting “The Star Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem. Our National Anthem is a dignified, inspiring hymn, not a “Negro spiritual” or some crooner’s tune.

God bless America!

A Smart
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thank you I wish everyone felt this way!

ksrgl444
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I burst into tears hearing the first words. Never has it been sung more beautifully. These young adults will have that for the rest of their lives. I could almost see the young men and women who have fought and died for our great country.

joepoli
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This proves there still is hope for America. Choked me up.

Marty
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Now that’s what I’m talking about.I challenge the news people to show that. You know they will not.It may offend someone.

Max Devlin
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Perhaps there is still hope for our Country to return… The National Anthem performed as intended with heart and vigor… Brought tears to my eyes. God Bless the singers and our Country.

Marty
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Joyce,why do you have to pop the bubble? It doesn’t make any difference what the event is or who they are.They show their loyalty and support of our country.Enjoy it and be happy, don’t try to downplay it.

Old Vet
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It was beautifully sung–straight as written with no R&B, Rock, or Gospel BS added. The slow tempo was inevitable in that setting. Thank you all.

D. Lenore Hutchens
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Pepsi should hire this group.

PuttAKOKKS
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In seeing the Coke ad during the Super Bowl, I understand the whole Melting Pot theory, but I would had been more impressed if the foreigners spoke/sang in broken English then in their native tongue. I don’t expect perfect English out of them, but that would at least show they are trying.

Jon Hendry
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You do understand that people can be bi-lingual, right? Why, they might speak perfect English, but *also* fluent in their native language!

Shocking, I know.

Heidi
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I don’t mind them having their own culture, as long as they don’t.

chippowell
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Is it wrong of me to get offended when I see people just walking around when the Anthem is being sung??? To me this song holds reverance, and I personaly belive you should stand still while it is being sung.

Conni Spellman
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I agree. In some arenas nowadays, if you are not in your seat when it starts, the security people actually stand in the doorways so people are not walking around during it. I love that!

katlynsbday
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I completely agree. My son plays high school basketball and often when the Star Spangled Banner is being sung, you see not only children but their parents standing about as if someone was popping off a insignifigant little ditty. It enfuriates me.

Chuckwubuka
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Just goes to show what kind of terror humans can wreak upon humanity if they band together.

PattiGreen
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I pray the younger generation will be patriotic like the older generation.

Heather
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I just hope they hold those running the country in to the ground with endless wars accountable. That is true Patriotism to me; to love your country so much that you defend in from within.

jayemg
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That was impressive!

Ron Stokes
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Well done. This makes me proud to be an American.

TODD CASTLEBERRY
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This song was beautifully performed by these amazing people. The problem I have is people bashing Coke on this post. There’s a HUGE difference between The National Anthem (The Star Spangled Banner) and the Coke commercial using America the Beautiful. 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT SONGS. I totally agree that the National Anthem should be sang in English Only. America the Beautiful could be sang in “moonbat” and I wouldn’t care. This is why schools should keep the music programs in place so kids can learn the difference and appreciate both for what they truly are.

James H Lewis II
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Amen

Sam2001
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Awesome! Well done, the way it ought to always be done.

Don Marco Jawsario
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@ Patti Green – we will need more than your prayers to ensure the younger generation will remain patriotic, because left to the clutches of the PC Gang in charge of the public schoo — , uh, I mean the liberal indoctrination centers, there is not a snowball’s chance in hell that this generation will be patriotic, instead they will be taught that America is an inherently flawed nation steeped in racism, sexism, and white male patriarchy. And WE WILL TOLERATE THIS BULL SH-T. in short, praying is not enough. Too many conservative Christians feed me the line of, “Well,… Read more »
Keith Davidson
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Positively beautiful. I cry daily for the greatest nation to ever exist on the face of this planet, being destroyed from within by liberal maniacs. America, R.I.P.

billwhit1357
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No other nation sings America the Beautiful, it is wholly and American Song and it should always be sung in English! Screw Coke, I will switch to Pepsi!

Jon Hendry
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Why do you hate America? Are you ashamed of America? You must be, if you think nobody but an American would ever want to sing America the Beautiful.

billwhit1357
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Jon, hon, try to get a grip! Does any other nation sing the song? No, it is an American Patriotic Song, if you didn’t happen to know. In America we speak English, or are you from another country and not know that? And hon, if you think anyone who served our Nation, from Presidents Johnson thru Reagan, hates America, then you must have been schooled with Common Core, because your ignorance is truly amazing. Oh, and I don’t drink any soda’s, bad for you, just in case your didn’t know. If you get away from the Liberal Koolade, you might… Read more »
Sheila Morlas
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Don’t drink either one…sodas are crap…

maria maria maria
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Or switch to Water is even better. In my business this week I stopped buying coke for the clients and bought pepsi

jennfire
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Lovely soprano voice in that group, keeps the song at the pitch it deserves. Very beautiful.

pecanpie32
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No apology yet from Coke.The person(s) at Coke that gave the OK for that very stupid and un-American coke commercial at the Superbowl should be tarred and feathered and then fired.

Jon Hendry
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I know, it’s rough being reminded that the US isn’t a whites-only playground.

hvresident
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WHY would they apologize? They showed the cultural and religious diversities which make up this country. Remember-America is, after all, the MELTING POT. And unless you are a Native American, you or your ancestors were, at one time, foreigners immigrating to this country.

Jeff
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You are a moron.

ThoseApples
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How exactly is expressing diversity un-American?

MotherBatherick
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We should boycott Coke and hold protests outside their corp offices.

Jon Hendry
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Why do you hate America?

Jack
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How is it un-American?

Ronald W. Jones
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The Coke commercial was PRO amnesty.

MotherBatherick
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And Americans, particularly those who immigrated legally and have pledged their allegiance to the United States of America, should be offended and those who support amnesty should be -ashamed.

Layla
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They are. But the news won’t cover that.

Stephen Zeigler
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I agree Layla however someone covered it. Saw the report of an legal citizen born in Mexico, now a citizen of the USA. He was pissed to say the least. The real story was he was commenting on how the democratic party “assumed” they would vote the democratic line. He made a point of why he came here, opportunity, and not to be enslaved as he was in Mexico. Saying the democratic party was making a big mistake to think Mexicans would jump on their band wagon.

Glider
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I care less about the language that comes from their mouths than I do about whether a real love of freedom and liberty lives in their hearts. If these folks who came to the US almost universally seeking a better life for themselves and their progeny and greeted with the kind of attitude that is exhibited in these exchanges, is it any wonder they retreat to enclaves where the folks are less confrontational. Try being welcoming. Give them a reason to want to speak with you rather than a reason to avoid you. Or is the Lady with the Lamp… Read more »
hvresident
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THANK YOU Gilder for being one of the few intelligent voices here. I can only hope that your post opens the mind of just one of the narrow minded here claiming to be “true” Americans (lest they realize that unless they belong to a Native American tribe then they are a decedent of a foreigner who immigrated to this country). It is so sad to me that far too many American’s are proud of their ignorance, intolerance and hatred. Our ancestors who came to this country looking to build a better life for themselves and their families. I think they… Read more »
Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick
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Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

I actually would say that it is no longer relevant, when our own do not have jobs. We are pretty full right now. I’d vote to close all borders. We have our own poor, tired and huddled masses to take care of.

Stephen Zeigler
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First we should allow all the 13 – 14 million illegals to become legal, the democrats need the voters. After which those 13 plus millions will want to bring in their extended family’s, estimates or around 5 million more. After this flood of Spanish speaking individuals acclimate to our country we will need to learn Spanish. Then and only then will liberals realized they have lost the majority vote and power and begin a whole new series of crying foul. Think obamacare, unions for it during election time, then against it when they realized it would cost them power. Not… Read more »
Layla
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Not true. Go to California. You are romanticizing immigration. Apply LEGALLY and you will be welcomed.

joeman20111
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I live in Phoenix, Arizona (supposedly ground central of the illegal immigrant problem), and I have NEVER met a young Hispanic who doesn’t speak English. True, I’ve met plenty of first-generation immigrants who don’t speak English, but without question, their kids are learning English. You’re living in a fantasy world if you think otherwise.

Jeff West
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I like the Coke commercial it showed the wide diversity in our country and displayed the “melting pot” effect the founders envisioned. This video is awesome as well.

Eric J Bentley
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I also liked the commercial. To me it showed America as it should be: a culturally diverse nation which still accepts the tired, the weak and the hungry. A country which has the motto E Pluribus Unum (From Many, ONE) should be proud of the diversity of the people who call it home. Yes the National anthem was being sang in different languages, but they were singing our National anthem.

Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick
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Spicy Ray Swinehart-Patrick

The problem with the “melting pot”, is none of them want to melt in. It’s fine to be proud of your heritage, but if you can’t be proud to be an American as well, then don’t come here.

Jon Hendry
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“is none of them want to melt in”

You’re quite a mindreader. And a bigot.

pinkelephant22
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How about the pot contain only those who obtain LEGAL status?

hvresident
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I’m sure your ancestors who immigrated here would be proud to see your stupidity.

Kyle Melder
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That’s great, but nothing in that Coke commercial even hinted that they would not be legal. If they are in a foreign country, then that’s even better. The fact that someone from another country is so in love with us that they would sing an American song is a good sign.

pinkelephant22
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If someone wants to become a legal citizen, they can learn English. Should the U.S. government & other entities cater to the language of every immigrant including those who speak Kaixana?

Stephen Zeigler
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For one to become a citizen of the U.S.A. one has to do more than speak English. History,Civics, and laws. One being to pledge allegiance to the U.S.A.

joeman20111
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I like your operative word: they CAN learn English. What’s your point then? And what does government have to do with this? And what does illegal immigration have to do with anything? You’re so confused, that you’re a parody of yourself. Obviously, you don’t even know what you’re upset about.

Walt
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One of the girls sang in Keres (language of Pueblo Indians) and she had to learn it to do it. Look at the videos of Coke making the commercial and you’ll find that all the singers are English speaking but sang using their ethnic language. It shows the diversity of the people who make up the US. It has nothing to do with immigration, legal or otherwise nor is it suggesting we cater to anyone.

pinkelephant22
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That’s malarkey as far as what the pro-amnesty crowd believes. They very openly reject making English the official language which of course equates to “catering” to non-English speaking immigrants.

Jon Hendry
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What “amnesty” do American Pueblo Indians need?

Mark Edwards
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Allen, This is a great version of the National Anthem, they did an amazing job! I find your title disappointing though especially that you don’t know the difference between the National Anthem and America The Beautiful! Our nation is great because we open our arms to diversity and the Coke commercial conveys just that. I can’t believe you would be against diversity.

Mark Edwards
Guest

One sad thing I know is the fact that most “Americans” couldn’t even pass a U.S. citizenship test without having to google the answers.

Mark Edwards
Guest
I know English speaking Americans who live in other countries and only speak English, so what’s the difference? MANY other countries will speak English to accommodate US when we travel, so what’s the difference? There are so many closed minded and intolerable people here in America it makes my head hurt. Most people do not take in consideration that if someone is speaking a foreign language over here that’s all they know. Maybe they are trying to learn but haven’t quite mastered it yet. Most half educated rednecks here in America never give someone the benefit of the doubt. And… Read more »
Guest
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Mark Edwards, I suppose you meant to say “intolerant” instead of “…able.” I really hope you do know the difference.

Mark Edwards
Guest

No I meant intolerable just as I typed it. As in people who are hard to endure because of their ignorance.

Stephen Zeigler
Guest

You have to love it….you refer to “intolerable people” then suggest “rednecks” are half educated. One can only imagine how well educated you must be. We are the most diversified country in the world. You need to get out more.

Mark Edwards
Guest

Just so you know, I used that term to prove a point that it goes both ways. Maybe I should have used the term hicks. On a lighter note, I am highly educated and open minded, but thank you for being concerned about my education.

Larry Miller
Guest

Mark you like so many must live a miserable life when all you have to do is find fault with this hero that has served His nation well. Shame on you.

Mark Edwards
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Actually YOU know nothing about ME… My father was a 20 year Vietnam War Vet, I have worked with the Army in many capacities including serving military families and military morale and entertainment organizations.. I am far from miserable. I love this country and for everything she stands for. You must be miserable and closed minded to think that we are the only ones welcome here.

imcdto
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To want English to remain our national language and to want new immigrants to learn to speak it has nothing to do with being against diversity. All of our ancestors came here from diverse countries and circumstances. All learned to speak English and to contribute to this great nation. If we truly are going to be united should at least share a common language.

Jon Hendry
Guest
“All learned to speak English and to contribute to this great nation.” Gosh, yeah, you don’t see any Italians who came here 120 years ago and never learned the language, do ya? I’m pretty sure there have been plenty of European immigrants who never learned the language. But they were 1st generation, and that was many generations ago. Heck, there are a quarter million Pennsylvania Dutch speakers in the US. That’s not English. Probably most speakers also speak English nowadays, but I bet there were plenty of people in the past who only spoke Pennsylvania Dutch. Especially around the time… Read more »
JL
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But they didn’t necessarily learn English the second they stepped onshore. It takes a while to learn. And while you are learning a difficult new language, you’d probably sing from your heart in your own native language. Sure learn English to conduct business or interact in a mutually understandable manner, but people are going to talk and sing in the language that means the most to them outside of that. They picked a song that everyone knows the English words to, so you already know what they are saying no matter the language, the point is to feel the love… Read more »
Conni Spellman
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I have no problem showing the diversity, but why did the song America the Beautiful need to be sung in different languages. They don’t sing that song in other countries. Back when I was a kid, my grandparents spoke Italian and Polish amongst themselves, but refused to teach us kids because in their heads when you came to America, you learned to speak English. Nowadays everything and everyone is too politically correct and afraid to hurt someone’s baby feelings. I’m sure if you went to another country to live, learning their language would probably be part of living there just… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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“They don’t sing that song in other countries”

How do you know they don’t? A family who really wants to immigrate here, legally, might well learn it. (Or would, if they had the words in their language).

If you’re convinced people in other countries wouldn’t want to sing America the Beautiful in their own language, you probably aren’t all that proud of America.

hvresident
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It was done so to show and respect the cultures of our various ancestors who immigrated here. And to that point, the only true native language would be Native American. THEY, after all, are the only ones native to this land. The rest of us are simply immigrants or decedents of immigrants.

Conni Spellman
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Hmmm Didn’t know it was written in Native American. Thought is was written in English. Guess you learn something new everyday. Again. I have no problem with the diversity idea of it, that’s what America is, I still say the song should have been sung in English. Sorry if you can’t handle an opinion other then your own.

Kyle Melder
Guest

Boom.

We are America, we don’t have to speak England’s language… We’ll speak in whatever language we damn well please.

Stephen Zeigler
Guest

That would be “Americans”. Which America do you refer to, South America, Central America, or was that North America ? Personally I live in the United States of America. Speak any language your heart desires, but, don’t expect any response from me unless it’s English. You do seem to have the attitude of a mindless twerp down pretty good, welcome to America !

imcdto
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And not only that, America will bow to us and make it easy by prompting us on phones, at ATM’s, on menus and most everything else. I certainly hope your post was sarcasm.

pinkelephant22
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The Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution were written in what language again?

joeman20111
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Yeah, and do you understand the content of the declaration of independence? Does it say anything about language? Did Jefferson insist that immigrants speak English? Did Jefferson demand that inhabitants of French America learn English when he negotiated the Louisiana Purchase? What happened to those inhabitants, who were either French, Spanish, or free slaves? This is the genius of the constitution: it doesn’t demand monoculturalism, it simply espouses freedom as the basis for unity. Jefferson obviously didn’t care about language nearly as much as you do.

pinkelephant22
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You can’t be more wrong: “Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of our Anglifying them?” -Benjamin Franklin And from Thomas Jefferson: “They will bring with them the principles of the governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth; or, if able to throw them off, it will be in exchange for an unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to another. It would be a miracle were they to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty. These principles, with their… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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You realize there are still 250,000 Pennsylvania Dutch speakers in the US, right? They’re called the Amish.

joeman20111
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You do realize the irony of quoting Benjamin Franklin and his fear of German immigration and its consequences for unity in Pennsylvania? Is it not time to say that, well, Franklin was wrong? Pennsylvania survived all those hordes of German immigrants? Hmmm…. sounds a lot like the same kinds of arguments that people throw around about Hispanics and other immigrants…. It just goes to show how silly the fear of immigration really is.

pinkelephant22
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You are so incredibly lost on what was said by Franklin & Jefferson and what’s been realized since. Your apparent belief that virtually anyone should be able to waltz into the U.S. indicates that you don’t even know, nor care, about the country. In your view it seems, we shouldn’t even have borders which in reality means, no country.

joeman20111
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No, I’m not lost. Read Franklin’s quote again and again: do you think he was right? Have German immigrants ruined Pennsylvania? You realize that the quote works in favor of immigration, not against it, right? I don’t believe that “virtually anyone should be able to waltz into the U.S.” but I do believe that there’s an unhealthy paranoia in this country about immigration, which has a long and bizarre history, including silly sentiments like the Franklin quote you cite. But it also extends through anti-Catholic sentiment in the 19th century, or the Immigration Act of 1924 that barred Asians and… Read more »
pinkelephant22
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Yes, you are lost. Franklin was obviously using Germans as an example. Today, its Hispanics because that’s the majority of ILLEGAL immigrants in the U.S. ~ duh. Paranoid delusions? Tell that to the families of these victims: http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/victims.php Paranoid delusions? Educate yourself: http://www.fncic-voiacm.org/statistics.php And pay no attention to the number of radical Muslims infiltrating from Mexico into the U.S. because they “blend in”. Just keep rolling out the red carpet to all who look Hispanic & speak Spanish so you don’t hurt their feelings. And by the way, Franklin also warned against “non-English speaking low skilled immigrants”. — “Unless the… Read more »
Jon Hendry
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Are you aware that New York City in the 1800s was a hotbed of crime by Irish immigrants?

Gosh, good thing we nipped Irish immigration in the bud.

joeman20111
Guest

Yeah, my ignorance is disgusting? You’re the one who sees illegal immigration in a coke commercial. Illegal immigration has nothing to do with anything in that commercial. Please stop citing Franklin — his fears about the threat of German immigration should be a lesson to folks like you, but alas, you’re obviously not much for history or facts.

pinkelephant22
Guest

What a dunce. It’s not the Coke commercial alone, it’s the indoctrination drip by drip, collectively. I mean, look at you for example. Note how you have zero comment on the links I posted that highlight your ignorance on the subject. It’s you who’s lost on the position of Franklin & other Founders in relation to what’s happening today. Get educated.

joeman20111
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OK, I’ll comment on your links:

You. Are. Gullible.

Yes, indeed, GET EDUCATED, and stop spreading misinformation:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/taxes.asp

(or let me guess…. the snopes people are in on the conspiracy too, right?)

Jon Hendry
Guest

Franklin was concerned. His concerns were not well-founded.

What you haven’t shown is actual language in founding documents that have the power of law, that codifies a requirement of English.

afftongrown
Guest

Directly from the heart of America!

Bob Patterson
Guest

Beautiful! Not sure what the Coke ad had to do with it. Allen West, what language did your forefathers speak when they came to America?

imcdto
Guest

More importantly, how long did it take them to learn to speak English? There were no menus and phone buttons or bank ATM choices for them.

joeman20111
Guest
Funny comment, imcdto. I don’t know West’s background, but my guess is that he’s the descendant of slaves. Slaves were forced to learn English, but most often spoke a creole or patois English. Of course, they weren’t allowed to attend school, or to read or write. So it’s a weird comparison with modern-day immigrants. Chances are those slaves didn’t think America was so beautiful, right? At least not until after the civil war–at best. But Bob Patterson is right! The coke commercial is just a sappy nod to the fact that we’re a diverse nation. It’s inexplicably strange that conservatives… Read more »
hvresident
Guest

You’ve expressed this far better than I ever could have. It is so sickening that the masses in this country choose to defend ignorance, intolerance, hatred and bigotry. Thank you joeman20111 for showing intelligence and tolerance in a sea of hatred. Oh how I wish these people would just remember that unless they are Native American, they are, after all, decedents of immigrants.

ladave
Guest

And to think Allen West WAS a congressman. Thanks Florida voters for sending him home.

ThoseApples
Guest

Very nice, but the Coke ad didn’t use the national anthem so I am not sure why the two are even connected.

imcdto
Guest

Many people would like “America the Beautiful” to be our anthem and it’s still a song that is right up there on the list that would be a great one for new immigrants to learn to sing in English since that’s there new national language. It’s so closely associated with our wonderful nation that in some people’s minds when they hear it something just must click “national anthem”–or at least just as meaningful a song.

Jon Hendry
Guest

Has it occurred to you, maybe it’s not so bad if they learn it in their own language back in the old country, looking forward to legally immigrating here?

Does the Coke commercial even definitely depict the people as being in the US? Or is that something assumed by xenophobic morons like West?

GibbsSlap
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1. We don’t have a “national language” in the US
2. Yes, ignorance “just clicks” for some people

Coke’s ad was ABOUT diversity AND about PRAISING America. And it showed singing and praising America in any and every native tongue. Only bigots and xenophobes would twist it into a negative – as evidenced by the idiotic “backlash” the commercial has received.

More proof that education is still sorely needed in many areas.

JL
Guest

So because many Americans are ignorant of their own cultural history and national anthem, other people should only sing in English so as not to possibly offend them?

"Just stop me when I'm lying!"
Guest
"Just stop me when I'm lying!"

Maybe some US citizens need to learn the definition of bigotry while learning some basic facts about the USA?