How to alienate all liberals and some conservatives in three words

How to alienate all liberals and some conservatives in three words

Last night witnessed the playing of the annual Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Some editions of this summer classic have ended with fireworks. Last night was no exception. This year, however, the pyrotechnics came early, before the first pitch was thrown.

The eruption came during the singing of the national anthem — more specifically, the Canadian national anthem, “O Canada.” The rendition was provided by a quartet from Vancouver known as The Tenors.

SB Nation describes the offense:

Instead of signing the original lyric of “With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free!” the group sang “We’re all brothers and sisters, All lives matter to the great” before eventually getting back to the actual lyrics.

One member of the group also held up an “All Lives Matter” sign during the performance.

Here’s a video of the performance:

The phrase “All lives matter” has become something of a shibboleth. Its willful use is confined to conservatives, who are widely condemned by social justice warriors for daring to say such a thing.

This time, though, the change struck a nerve in patriots as well, who disliked seeing see their national anthem prostituted to serve a political agendum:

The Tenors themselves posted a chicken-livered tweet several hours later, indicating — unintentionally hilariously — that the substitution was the work of a “lone wolf,” who is now in the doghouse.

It is possible there will be further fallout from the performance. Last week, Justin Trudeau, Canada’s far-left prime minister, announced his plan to make the anthem gender-neutral. Part of the realization of that goal was to rewrite the lyric “in all thy sons command,” to “in all of us command.” The Tenors’ rendition did not include this bowdlerization.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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