Thoughts on the Confederate flag controversy
It's a good time to call upon Maryland to ditch its State song. In fact, that was my reaction when I first heard of the song, decades ago.
"The despot's heel is on thy shore,
[The despot being Abraham Lincoln, not George III]
His torch is at thy temple door,
Avenge the patriotic gore
That flecked the streets of Baltimore,
[Said gore being that of Baltimore street mobs that attacked Union troops moving through the city]
And be the battle queen of yore,
Maryland! My Maryland!
. . . . . . .
Dear Mother! burst the tyrant's chain,
[A reference to one A. Lincoln again]
Virginia should not call in vain,
She meets her sisters on the plain-
"Sic semper!" 'tis the proud refrain
[Not a quote from John Wilkes Booth when the song was written, but certainly one when it became the State song in 1939]
That baffles minions back amain,
Maryland! My Maryland!"
The tune is rather weak, the cadence too slow, and, given its present attitude toward freedom (esp. of the 2A variety), the State government has little standing to expect its citizens to sing about their freedom.
Inspired by Instapundit's note about a reactionary president's questionable playlist -- that is, Lincoln's 1865 request that a band play "Dixie" from him. But what can you expect from a fellow who was given his first oath of office by Jefferson Davis?