Allen West wants to teach Lady Gaga a lesson
Former Republican Congressman Allen West of Florida lashed out at singer Lady Gaga on Monday for “defiling” the U.S. National Anthem.
“We are the land of the free because America has always been the home of the brave from Lexington and Concord to Kandahar,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “This young lady should be taken to Ft. McHenry and given a history lesson as to why Francis Scott Key wrote those words incredible words [sic].”
Lady Gaga sang The Star-Spangled Banner at the New York Gay Pride Parade on Friday, but replaced “star-spangled banner” with “star-spangled flag of pride” and replaced “home of the brave” with “home for the gays.”
Though some might view the ability to artistically re-interpret and revise the National Anthem as a hallmark of American freedom, West is not of that opinion. Changing the lyrics was an attack on the nation.
“In this week where we remember the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and the 237th anniversary of our Independence is further evidence of the level of ignorance and disrespect some have for our national character,” West added. “She and all those who cheered her abomination should be ashamed and apologize to every serving and retired member of our Armed Services. But perhaps I ask too much…”
Lady Gaga is by no means to first musician to face accusations of dishonoring the National Anthem by altering it. Psychedelic rocker Jimi Hendrix — an Air Force veteran — previously stirred up controversy by blasting out a trippy rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969. Long before Jimi, composer Igor Stravinsky was confronted by police for tampering with The Star-Spangled Banner in the 1940s.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/03/2013|
He forgets that many in the armed forces are gay. Or ignores it. He also forgets that the activities of the armed forces are led by politics rather than some pseudo holy Americanism.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||07/02/2013|
This is what we get when we have partisan politicians (and losers who lost re-election) trying to divide Americans.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||07/02/2013|
God, I think we may have yet another conservative attention whore on our hands.
Palin really opened the floodgates.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||07/02/2013|
[quote] I can't imagine someone just putting their spin on God Save The Queen.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||07/02/2013|
The attention whores are worse than Lady Gaga. They are in it for their own publicity sake. When these losers lose, they can't accept the fact that they are losers so they continue to spout the same crap that got them labeled as losers.
Sarah Palin is the major example of this. She promoted her knocked-up daughter as the model of abstinence to keep herself in the limelight.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||07/02/2013|
A Brit, not Bostonian, Mr. Fancy Pants.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||07/02/2013|
That's "Miss Disgraced Former Republican Congressman" Alan West to you, bitch.
Same nutjob who compared reporting rapes in the military to the Jewish Holocaust. Assaulted his ex-wife. Just so you know where his brain is.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||07/02/2013|
What does it say when someone is too insane even for FL?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||07/02/2013|
Back to Free Republic with the asswipe at R5. You're not wanted here.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||07/02/2013|
"I can't imagine someone just putting their spin on God Save The Queen."
The Sex Pistols
|by Anonymous||reply 13||07/02/2013|
A chilling question, R10.
I'm glad that Allen West is keeping his crazy, fat ass in the news. He energizes their ever-shrinking base. They will continue to demand ideological "purity" from their candidates.
"Smart" Republicans realize that extremist loonies like West are doing serious damage to their party. There's nothing they can do about it, they rely on those loons to win state and local elections. They're between a rock and a hard place and it serves them right.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||07/02/2013|
Did he give a speech at Walmart?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||07/02/2013|
When was the last time a Republican ever taught anybody anything?
|by Anonymous||reply 16||07/02/2013|
The correct title for him is Recently Voted Out of Office Loon Allen West.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||07/02/2013|
Isn't this the fuckhead who barely avoided a court martial for torture - I'm sorry, enhanced interrogation tactics - during his heroic tour in Iraq?
That Allen West?
|by Anonymous||reply 19||07/03/2013|
Tea Baggers love Allen West because he assures them that they are not racist.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||07/03/2013|
Neocons are tiresome in thinking they have the copyright on patriotism.
..then again, Lada Gaga is tiresome and idiotic enough to think insulting most of the country, both gay and straight was an adequate substitute for being 'edgy' and showing solidarity with a demographic she clearly enjoys exploiting for her own benefit.
I wish she'd go the fuck away already, and take Allen West with her.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||07/03/2013|
I was standing in front of the Supreme Court a week ago this morning. We had just heard the ruling at this point and were celebrating.
Know who wasn't there? Lady Gaga.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/03/2013|
The Star Spanglededed Banner -The definitive Shirley Q. Liquor rendition:
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/03/2013|
Kandahar is not in America. More proof that the guy is an idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/03/2013|
[quote]I can't imagine someone just putting their spin on God Save The Queen.
Numerous composers have used "God Save The Queen" as a theme for their music.
In 1976, our National Anthem was used in numerous musical compositions. One of my favorites "This Is A Time For Celebration" by a disco group, Faith, Hope and Charity, also used "America the Beautiful" as part of the theme.
In 1986, there was a new verse added to the National Anthem for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/03/2013|
Lady Gaga is a stupid cunt. We don't need her help.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/03/2013|
"National Emblem" is a march composed in 1902 and published in 1906 by Edwin Eugene Bagley. It is a standard of the American march repertoire, appearing in eleven published editions.
Bagley incorporates into the march the first twelve notes of The Star-Spangled Banner played by Euphoniums and Trombones and ingeniously disguised in duple rather than triple time. The rest of the notes are all Bagley’s, including the four short repeated A-flat major chords that lead to a statement by the low brass that is now reminiscent of our national anthem.
The U.S. military uses the trio section as ceremonial music for the color guard when presenting and retiring the colors.
John Philip Sousa was once asked to list the three most effective street marches ever written. Not surprisingly, Sousa listed two of his own compositions, but for the third, he selected "National Emblem".
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/03/2013|
"Festival Overture on the Star-Spangled Banner" by Dudley Buck, 1879. The National Anthem is woven all through this classical music selection.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/03/2013|
[quote]When was the last time a Republican ever taught anybody anything?
They've taught me that while evolution cannot be witnessed via the naked eye, devolution can - just watch the RNC.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/03/2013|
[quote]..then again, Lada Gaga is tiresome and idiotic enough to think insulting most of the country, both gay and straight was an adequate substitute for being 'edgy' and showing solidarity with a demographic she clearly enjoys exploiting for her own benefit.
How nice it is that you work overtime at the HRC HQ.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/03/2013|
[quote]Lady Gaga is a stupid cunt. We don't need her help.
Madge, your hands are showing!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/03/2013|
I thought the acapella version was quite charming.
And for the tards, go sing My Country Tis of Thee.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/03/2013|