I’ve been fond of December 1st ever since I was born on it. I later found out that it had been on a December 1st that Rosa Parks had sat down and refused to stand up or move to the back of that racist bus in Montgomery. Later still I found out about a December 1st that had happened still earlier.
David Swanson, author of "War Is A Lie", has adapted this piece from his book as a response to the bicentennial "celebration" of The War of 1812. Swanson critiques Baltimore celebratory pride for holding the site that Francis Scott Key penned the United States National Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner; during The War of 1812. Swanson poses thoughts and questions and ask us to think beyond a wartime song.