Here's an idea: Let's have the theme song for the world's biggest and most diverse democracy be: 1) boring; 2) violently militaristic; and 3) next to impossible to sing.
Not only that, but it has a lousy beat, and you can't dance to it.
But, there's this: I love the fact that our National Anthem, unlike most other national songs, is not a statement about our homeland, but a question.
The question is basically this: Are we still here?
Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free, and the home of the brave?
I don't think you can do a better job of encapulating why America is great--why America wins--better than those two lines. These are the three pillars of a great nation:
Freedom: The freedom to think and act as one wishes is the very source of our ability to improve ourselves faster than any other nation on the planet.
Bravery: The willingness to defend that freedom
Questioning: Are we still free? Are we still on the right track? Do we need to change things? The willingness to be uncertain; the determination to acknowledge our flaws; and the courage to face up to and correct our mistakes--this is how a nation improves over time.
With all three traits, you get progress; take just one away, and you get stagnation or regression.
We can do worse than to remind ourselves that our nation is a question mark, not an exclamation point. Yes, the song has many faults, as does America itself. But our flawed packaging is redeemed by the small, solid piece of greatness wrapped within.