INDIANAPOLIS — Oh, say can you . . . sing?
And, more importantly, can you sing it the "right" way -- the way one Indiana lawmaker thinks the national anthem should be sung?
Sen. Vaneta Becker, R-Evansville, has introduced a bill that would set specific "performance standards" for singing and playing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at any event sponsored by public schools and state universities.
The law also would cover private schools receiving state or local scholarship funds, including vouchers.
Performers would have to sign a contract agreeing to follow the guidelines. Musicians -- whether amateur or professional -- would be fined $25 if it were deemed they failed to meet the appropriate standards.
As if there weren't more important things for this country to focus on, like JOBS? Who the hell gives a fucking god damn shit whether one sings the anthem "correctly?" And, more to the point, who decides what is correct? Would Jimi Hendrix's version qualify as not correct, despite it being one of the classics? How about Marvin Gaye's famous version? Would that be correct?