Lee Greenwood, the country singer best known for his hit song “God Bless the U.S.A.,” said Thursday that he cannot understand how riots could infiltrate peaceful marches in various cities across the country in the name for social justice.
Greenwood, 77, who was a guest on the “Todd Starnes Show,” said that he has been taking the coronavirus threat seriously since he is considered to be at risk for the infection, but said he has been watching the civil unrest and feels that the country is somehow returning to the 1960s.
“It just bothers me so much,” he said. “First of all, we had the virus, then we double-downed with the economic crisis—closing all businesses. I get that. And now we have a second round of it— and now, of course– the issue with black inequality. We need to have a conversation about it, but we don’t need the upheaval and show the rest of the world that we are unable to deal with this.”
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Todd Starnes, the host of the program, pointed out a recent poll that showed patriotism among young Americans greatly diminishes once they reach college. Starnes said the study shows that the county’s universities have a liberal bent and almost indoctrinate their students with the liberal agenda.
Greenwood, a songwriter who famously wrote one of the most patriotic songs in the country’s history, mentioned how he has two sons in their early 20s. He said he believes that most Americans are on the same page with their aspirations for the country, but perhaps the young looks at the direction of the country in a slightly different way.
“They don’t have anything to protect yet,” he said.
Earlier this week, Greenwood released a new version of “God Bless the U.S.A.” which was in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force band and Home Free. Fox News pointed out that the new version is the first time the song has ever been altered.
Austin Brown, a bandmember of Home Free, told the network, When we sing this song, everyone in the audience, no matter where we are in this country, everyone stands up. It’s one of those songs that’s gonna be here forever. It’s going to be in the American culture forever. And the opportunity to do this with a legend like Lee Greenwood, the original artist, the guy who wrote this song, it doesn’t get any better than this.”