Thursday, February 10, 2011

Liberal Lyrics

The other day at the Superbowl, a  melisma-mad bleach blonde sparked controversy when she forgot the lyrics to The Stars and Stripes Forever. Such controversy would never occur here in Canada. Up here, apparently, you're free to change the lyrics of the national anthem according to your whim. And your degree of political correctness, of course. From the Toronto Sun:
OTTAWA — A group of Liberal MPs has re-opened the sensitive gender debate about O Canada.
Wednesday, just before question period, Toronto MP Dr. Carolyn Bennett led a group of Liberal women in a "gender-neutral and secular version" of O Canada (see box). Just last year, Prime Minister Stephen Harper beat a hasty retreat after proposing the removal of "thy sons command" from O Canada. Public rejection was swift and overwhelming.

Bennett says she has no interest in officially changing the lyrics of O Canada, but said she will continue to sing her version when Parliamentarians sing the anthem each Wednesday.

"Usually when people do a bilingual national anthem, they flip between English and French and the two lines that bug some people stay in," Bennett said Wednesday. "By flipping back and forth a different way, you can end up with a reasonably coherent version, but the lines that have irritated a few people disappear."

As for the gender neutrality, the original lyrics, as written in 1908, read: "True patriot love thou dost in us command," instead of "in all thy sons command."

When Harper proposed reviewing the original wording, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff took a shot at him for it, calling it the kind of "symbolic gesture" the government uses to ignore real issues.

"Anything that makes a national anthem more gender-sensitive is a good thing," Ignatieff reportedly said at the time. "There's lots of things to do for women that are more important than changing the words of the national anthem, just as there are lots of things to do for pensioners and seniors that are more important than having a Seniors Day."

A spokesman for Heritage and Official Languages Minister James Moore said the government heard loud and clear from Canadians last year there is no appetite to change the anthem.
Au contraire, Jim. (That's French, BTW.) I think the Liberals have a tremendous appetite to change things; "change," in fact, is what lefties are all about. With that in mind--and in honour of Iggy, Dr. Bennett and the other excruciatingly sensitif lyrics-changers--here's a "progressive" version of the song they can all get behind:

O  Canada,
No "sons" or "patriots".
Nothing at all
Save useful idiots.
Zuts alors, mais oui,
From sea to sea,
We're "tolerant" and "nice."
And if you demur and speak "blasphemy"
You'll pay a hefty price.
Our God's Trudeau.
A giant 'mong men.
Some glorious jour
The Grits will rule again.
Some glorious jour
The Grits will rule again.

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