President Bush right: anthem ought to be sung in English
Published 8:52 am Monday, May 1, 2006
A Spanish-language version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” debuted April 28.
Bush also expressed his disapproval of today's national work stoppage called to dramatize the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.
The Spanish-language version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” features Wyclef Jean, hip-hop star Pitbull and Puerto Rican singers Carlos Ponce and Olga Tanon.
The second stanza, for example, says, “My people keep fighting. It's time to break the chains.”
We agree with Bush.
The emergence of a Spanish-language anthem and today's boycott are divisive elements in a national debate over how to deal with an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of major U.S. cities demanding that citizenship barriers be lowered.
Americans need to focus on the things they have in common - not differences that can keep them apart.