God Bless America

Between The Bridges

I recently came across a column from back in June of 2016 entitled, "Major League Baseball must permanently retire God Bless America, a song that offends Everyone." This piece of pseudo-intellectual drivel was penned by Mr. Gersh Kuntzman, a breaking news editor for Newsweek and former editor and columnist for the NY Daily News. 

In his column, Mr. Kuntzman complained that the singing of God Bless America at stadiums over the July 4th weekend will "assault" all baseball fans in attendance and that he is outraged at the "Mussolini-esque" routine ballpark announcements asking fans to please stand and remove their caps prior to the singing of  God Bless America, a song that is as much a symbol of patriotism as "white people moving to the suburbs."

Mr. Kuntzman, who often times describes himself as the "most hated man in America," goes on to bolster his complaints by citing that research has shown that almost 84 percent of individuals who describe themselves as "very liberal," dislike "God Bless America" as it embodies some of the worst things about our nation, "self-righteousness, forced piety, earnest self-reverence, and foam...," adding that "...more than 88 percent of atheists also dislike the song...and that foreigners, when attending a game where the song is played, are annoyed at the display of "self-righteousness and patriotism" on the part of the fans.

Mr. Kuntzman closes his article by suggesting that if you attend a game this July 4th weekend where "God Bless America" is played, do not stand or remove your cap if requested to for a song "that is not the national anthem of a nation that is not uniquely blessed by a deity that doesn't exist anyway."

At the start of this posting, I mentioned that Mr. Kuntzman has often times described himself as "The most hated man in America." It is interesting to note that neither his distaste for God, country or patriotism as cited above prompted this self-description on his part, rather it was the overwhelmingly negative response he received after yet another column he penned shortly after Glenn Frey of the Eagles passed away back in 2016. Mr. Kuntzman in his ill-timed column described the Eagles as a "bad rock band."

All I can say is that it is my fervent hope that, should baseball management suddenly lose their collective minds and decide to bench "God Bless America" at our ballparks, it is replaced by the Eagles 1977 song, Hotel California. Perhaps then the pompous Mr. Kuntzman can finally find some peace somewhere, where he can check out but (hopefully) never leave!

In closing, may I extend my sincere wishes to all of you out there for a happy and safe July 4th holiday next week in Broad Channel, a community which, I am proud to say, is very aware of the fact that the strength of our nation stems from within the homes of its families and not with pretentious Hollywood actors, self-righteous university professors, foul mouth late-night television hosts and the like who speak only to hear themselves talk.

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

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