At major sporting events these days, they ask fans to rise for the singing of "God Bless America." The phase-in of this song happened so fast, I didn't have a chance to protest.
The song gained momentum as a must-stand song after Congress sang it on the Capitol steps on the night of Sept. 11, 2001. No one denies that was a powerful moment.
Still, I don't happen to like the song. And anyway, I don't see why I have to stand up for this song. My policy is to stand for one song per nation. Unless we are officially demoting the "Star-Spangled Banner," I feel weird rising for the singing of a second song. I mean, are we just going to start standing for any old song? ("Ladies and gentlemen, please rise and remove your caps for the singing of "This Land Is Your Land.")
But mostly, I oppose the way it happened. There was no public debate on this topic. We just woke up one day and stadiums around the country were asking us to rise for the song.