Day 2 – Least Favorite Song: "God Bless the USA"
My Dad was in the service, and I have run for political office, but I can’t help myself: my absolutely least favorite song is “God Bless the USA.” It is an awful, sentimental, smarmy, contrived, and — worst of all — poorly written piece of drivel. I will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the drop of a hat, and will volunteer to do so whenever the occasion merits it, but I absolutely refuse to sing GBUSA. Part of my revulsion may have to do with having been in a show band in high school that rehearsed, and played, this song incessantly; part of it may have to do with the fact that I associate it in my mind with the kind of thoughtless, knee-jerk, jingoistic patriotism that has little to do with actual, well, patriotism. And it also may be because we just get bombarded with it every year at the fourth of July, every time some horrible crisis happens, or every time some country DJ gets a decent excuse to spin the record again. Aaarrgghhh!