I heard the Spanish version of The Star Spangled Banner today for the first time.
Before I actually heard it I was
offended, annoyed, and suspicious of translating OUR song into THEIR
language. I was going to agree with everyone who says the anthem
should only be sung in English, but boy did I change my mind.
It rocks. It's more exciting and
uplifting than any English version I've heard in years, including
Whitney Houston's. I also think the words are more apppropriate,
since they took out all the references to war.
Listening to this impassioned new
version of America's classic song of freedom made me start thinking
about what it means to have 12,000,000 undocumented people living here.
Any other time and any other place
that many millions of immigrants coming into a country would constitute
a wholesale invasion. But they walked in on little cat feet. So, for
the most part, most of the country hardly noticed. And they insinuated
themselves into our lives by working hard and making themselves
Of all the immigrants, Latin or
otherwise, who have come to this country, never have so many been so
successful so fast, while insinuating their colorful culture and tasty
cuisine into our lives in exchange for a chance to pursue the American
Do you think for one minute we would have been able to put up with twelve million undocumented Frenchmen coming here?