Jamie Foxx is being heavily criticized for his performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Saturday night's fight. How about stopping this false display of patriotism altogether? What does two people beating the bejesus out of each other have to do with "the rockets red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"?
The War of 1812 didn't gain America much, as a country. It didn't address the complaints that led the Americans to declare war in the first place. We didn't conquer Canada. But we did gain a certain amount of what can be called our "national identity" after the war. Right at the heart of this was a new patriotic (and popular) song.