Facebook says a July 4th music video is too political to promote. But since when is Independence Day about politics, unless it’s the politics of kicking out King George III?
Last week Lloyd Marcus, “The Unhyphenated American,” singer/songwriter, prolific writer and fine artist, released a stirring patriotic ballad entitled “We Are Americans.”
“My heart goes out for our country,” Lloyd wrote on the song’s release. “We have fallen away from biblical principles and values which have made America the shining city on a hill. During your July 4th Independence Day celebration, between eating burgers and hot-dogs, please gather your family to enjoy this new music video reminding us of who we are as Americans. Happy Independence Day! Thanks and God Bless.”
Who could object to that? Well apparently, Facebook can. Lloyd’s wife Mary tried to purchase a boost ad on Facebook to promote “We Are Americans” and it was rejected for having “political content.”
“Since when did reminding people of who we are as Americans and encouraging people to turn to God become political?” Lloyd said. Not long ago, Americans would come together to celebrate their independence as a nonpartisan, nonpolitical show of national unity. But today many progressives consider patriotism a dirty word, and Americanism is no longer seen as a universal value. Gallup reports that fewer than a third of Democrats are "extremely proud" to be Americans, a record low.
Lloyd sings that America is “a unique experiment that has survived against all odds, with courage and compassion and a yearning to be free.” He urges “grateful Americans” to “stay strong… in our quest to restore liberty,” and “it’s up to you and me to bring us back where we should be.”
“Faithful Americans that’s you and me.”
UPDATE: Facebook also cited alleged political content in denying an ad for The Wes Cook Band's song “I Stand for the Flag.”
James S. Robbins is editor of Eagle Action Report and author of Erasing America: Losing Our Future by Destroying Our Past (Regnery, 2018).
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