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    GOPUSA reported today the New York Yankees have banned the playing of Kate Smith's "God bless America" over a "history of potential racism". Since news from this source is often slanted, I looked for the story on other sources, and found that it was actually true.

    The song was originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918, when he was serving in the army.

    With the rise of Hitler, Berlin (who is Jewish) revised the song in 1938, and it was sung by Kate Smith on her radio show. By 1940, it was being criticized by Woody Guthrie, as well as by the KKK. The Klan was protesting the song because it had a Jewish author.

    Oddly enough, both FDR and his Republican opponent both used the song in 1940 as their official campaign song. At that time, the song represented cultural and religious tolerance, but that message got lost in the 1960's (see below).

    The song was used early in the Civil Rights Movement as well as at labor rallies. During the 1960s, the song was increasingly used by Christian conservatives in the US to signal their opposition to secular liberalism and to silence dissenters who were speaking in favor of communism or in opposition to the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_Bless_America

    If you read the story below in the Washington Times, it's clear that she DID sing some racist songs in her time.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/apr/18/kate-smith-god-bless-america-banned-yankees-over-h/

    Here's my take on this story:

    Most of us are careful to phrase our comments so that they aren't offensive (Trump obviously did not get the memo) , but I think that banning Kate Smith's version of the song is going too far towards political correctness. If you've ever seen a list of banned books, you'll likely conclude that many of them were banned for silly reasons. "Huckleberry Finn" made the banned list almost from the start due to the number of times that Mark Twain used the word "n****r", but that is precisely how most people talked at the time the book was published.

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    LBJ used the N word too. My black friends in my early days used to call each other that too.

    Anywho, whenever my wife and I watch the beginning of sports games, they sing the star spangled banner, immediately afterwards, I break into a deep voice and begin singing god bless amerika, and my wife sits across the table laughing her ass off at me.

    Who gives a flying F about patriotism anymore? I'm just not into it because amerika has a very dark and dirty past, the it's future doesn't look that rosy either. my opinion.

    youtube.com/watch?v=TYqrXVNfYUI

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    LBJ used the N word too. My black friends in my early days used to call each other that too.

    Anywho, whenever my wife and I watch the beginning of sports games, they sing the star spangled banner, immediately afterwards, I break into a deep voice and begin singing god bless amerika, and my wife sits across the table laughing her ass off at me.

    Who gives a flying F about patriotism anymore? I'm just not into it because amerika has a very dark and dirty past, the it's future doesn't look that rosy either. my opinion.

    youtube.com/watch?v=TYqrXVNfYUI

    If there would be an "god" thing, he certainly would no longer "bless" this country (if the thing would have brains). Just looking at what Trump does with the kids on the border as well all his lies and deceit, which is solely "blessed" by his cronies, then if I was a "god" then I would reserve a place in "hell" for him.
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    One of Trump's earliest advisors was Roy Cohn, who was at one time Joseph McCarthy's chief counsel. Cohn got disbarred for unethical conduct in 1986, and died of AIDS 5 weeks later. You'll note in the article below that he is referred to as a "political fixer", a term that was later passed on to Michael Cohn.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Cohn

    How Cohn is connected to this thread was revealed in a story this morning from the History Channel:

    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/roy-cohn-and-david-schine-return-to-u-s

    In 1953, Cohn and David Shine visited a number of the recently established United States Information Posts in Europe. They discovered what they considered too many "pro-communist" books, and had thousands removed from the shelves. The authors they targeted included crime novelist Dashiell Hammett, African-American intellectual W.E.B. Du Bois, Herman Melville, John Steinbeck, and Henry Thoreau. Why anyone would consider "Moby Dick" to be subversive is beyond me, but apparently Cohn and Shine did.

    The United States Information Agency existed from 1953 until 1999.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Information_Agency

    Although we may be uncomfortable with the fact that the United States spent as much as $1 billion a year on a propaganda organization, the reality is that Russia was doing the same thing.

    The 1958 book, "The Ugly American" highlighted the fact that our diplomatic efforts were not always effective, which prompted JFK to establish the Peace Corps in 1961 as a way to bolster our image abroad. Arguably, the book may also be the reason that Kennedy, not Nixon, got elected in 1960.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ugly_American

    It's often been said that history repeats itself, so here are two (or is it three?) examples of how "the ugly American" is still with us :

    1) After we invaded Iraq in 2003, America's prestige abroad started to slide, and George W Bush's "cowboy diplomacy" was not very helpful to our image. As a result, Barack Obama's very first overseas trip in 2009 was to Egypt, and his speech there is still worth watching.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_889oBKkNU

    Three years after the speech, it does not appear that speech changed our relationship with the Muslim world a lot, but it MAY have inspired "the Arab spring" roughly 2 years later.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1RgDc_0y40

    True to form, new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted Obama's 2009 speech on his first overseas trip in January of 2019:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l4v8J8FCbk

    2) Trump is by far much better at ruining our reputation than George W. was. It's far too early to predict who the 2020 democratic nominee will be, but I hope that it will be someone who is as eloquent as either Cory Booker or Pete Buttigieg, since that is EXACTLY what we need in order to be part of the rest of the world again.

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    Arizona; the "past" does not matter now; the "damage is done. Our position in the world is drastically changed.

    Neither Booker or Pete will matter. If you read the Mueller report the "damage is all over. Indeed the saying of " anything Trump touches dies" is true. Thus if he sits for another year and a half, guess what more damage he can inflict.

    If the Dem's can't curtail him or "indict" him; then it does not matter what their "program" is like; the Trump mafia walks right over them, like as with weedkiller.