Last week a rant about a public-schooling controversy by a conservative radio talk-show host reminded me of how differently conservatives think as compared to libertarians. The controversy involved the Lee Greenwood song, “God Bless the U.S.A.,” which was to be sung by elementary school students during a concert at a public school in Massachusetts. School administrators decided to change the lyrics to “We love the USA” in place of “God bless the USA.” Parents and Greenwood himself protested the changing of the lyrics, which caused the school to then cancel the concert. After further protests, the school relented and restored the concert and the song in its original condition. The fourth-grade students will now be given the option of singing the words “God Bless the USA” or not. That conservative talk-show host was really angry.
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