Would you like to see Britannia rule again, my friend?
All you have to do is follow the worms
Then I feel you close.
Feel you close like you wanted me to.
Feel you close like you wanted me to
Believe in you.
Rise to the top of the world, America.
America, don't you cry.
America! Fuck Yeah!
Comin' again to save the motherfuckin' day, yeah!
America! Fuck Yeah!
Freedom is the
only way, yeah!
But if patriotic sentiment is wanted,
I've patriotic ballads cut and dried;
For where'er our country's banner may be planted,
All other local banners are defied!
Our warriors, in serried ranks assembled,
Never quail — or they conceal it if they do —
And I shouldn't be surprised if nations trembled
Before the mighty troops of Titipu!
Our choice is between bread and bunting. And bunting, I need hardly add, is what we have almost unanimously chosen.
—Narrator, Ape and Essence
Nothing is pointless! And the reason is: Because I'm the President of the great United States of America! Yeeeeaaah!
She unfolded another piece of paper. It was a pamphlet. It was headed "From the Mothers of Borogravia!" The mothers of Borogravia were very definite about wanting to send their sons off to war against the Zlobenian Aggressor and used a great many exclamation marks to say so. And this was odd, because the mothers in Munz had not seemed keen on the idea of their sons going off to war, and positively tried to drag them back. Several copies of the pamphlet seemed to have reached every home, even so. It was very patriotic. That is, it talked about killing foreigners.
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
Patriotism, n. Combustible rubbish ready to the torch of any one ambitious to illuminate his name. In Dr. Johnson's famous dictionary patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer I beg to submit it is the first.
Gregg: The ultrahip Idina Menzel… Drew:
Oh, the disgust. Look at this HIP singer, that people LIKE.
Repulsive. By next year, she’ll be busking outside Peter Pan
terminals, I say! Gregg: …will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, while John Legend performs "America the Beautiful."
[I will] save time by repeating in advance my annual complaint that only the first stanzas of the latter are sung at public events, not the deeper and more complex later lyrics. Drew:
And I will repeat my annual explanation that no one wants to hear a nine-minute version of the anthem before finally getting to watch a goddamn football game. "I bet Favre would have sung all 60 verses! I bet this ULTRAHIP chanteuse doesn't even know the extra verses exist!"