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February 8, 2014

The world must think we're nuts

(Continued)

Former tea party congressman Allen West wrote this in a blog: “If we cannot be proud enough as a country to sing ‘American (sic) the Beautiful’ in English in a commercial during the Super Bowl, by a company as American as they come — doggone we are on the road to perdition.”

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes sent out this tweet: “Couldn’t make out that song they were singing. I only speak English.”

Maybe the condescending idiot should have hummed along, then.

And then there was Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy, who was upset because Coke played “a deeply Christian patriotic anthem whose theme is unity — in several foreign languages,” and (as if this is sinful) the “ad also prominently features a gay couple.”

Well, guess what, fellas, the words to “America the Beautiful” were written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. Ms. Bates may or may not have been a lesbian, but never married, and lived for 25 years in an intimate, loving relationship with a woman named Katharine Cornan. And, oh yes, Bates was a socialist.

But the main thing that must make those in other countries think of us as a nation of fools is our caring more about our guns than our children.

A Yale University study published in the journal Pediatrics revealed that emergency rooms in the United States treated 7,391 children for injuries caused by firearms in 2009.

That is more than twice the number — 2,996 — of people who were killed by terrorists on 9/11. Ah, but the children were only (ONLY!) wounded, you say? Well, for starters 6 percent of those kids died from their injuries. That’s about 443 children and adolescents.

On top of that, the American Academy of Pediatrics estimates more than 3,000 additional children die each year from gun-inflicted injuries before reaching the emergency rooms.

Avenging the 2,996 who died on 9/11 caused us to get into two wars. But what about the more than 10,000 yearly dead and wounded American children? How are we supposed to avenge them?

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