Thinking about Trump’s most recent racist rant regarding people of color who live in Baltimore, I couldn’t help but reflect upon our Star-Spangled Banner that was written in the Chesapeake Bay while the War of 1812 raged against a Baltimore stronghold.
While we rarely sing the full song as it was written, there are many lines that should give us pause for concern in terms of Trump’s vile racism and the opposing historical significance of our national anthem that was written as the battle wore on through the dark of night.
“A home and a country should leave us no more …” through the rhetoric that this pitiful excuse for a national leader puts at risk by openly promoting the divide that threatens our home and country.
“And where is that band who so vauntingly swore …” to protect and serve the Constitution through their elected service to the principles upon which our country was founded?
When “… freeman shall stand …” and rise up against the hatred that Trump and those who surround him as he “… fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses …” his disgusting white supremacist stance, we may be able to see “… that the Star-Spangled Banner yet wave … O’re the land of free and the home of the brave.”
We can only hope to see the “… proof through the night that our flag (is) still there …” and will continue to be seen in “… the dawn's early light …” of our nation’s new day that unites, rather than grotesquely divides, all of our people.