Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm now has a beef with Justin Bieber.
The problem? A kindergarten graduation ceremony decided to replace “Proud to be an American” with Justin Bieber’s “Baby Love” and the Department of Education is cool with it.
Mr. Grimm declared his outrage with the Canadian pop sensation situation in a four-paragraph statement his office sent out today with the title, “Rep. Grimm: Justin Bieber is not a Substitute for American Patriotism.”
View the rest of Mr. Grimm’s monologue on the issue, which is fairly enjoyable to read as it bleeds red white and blue indignation, below:
“I am outraged that NYC’s Department of Education is standing by the decision of PS 90’s principal to pull the song ‘Proud to be an American’ from the upcoming kindergarten ceremony, for fear of offending other cultures. The fact that the principal nixed the performance of this patriotic, G-rated song while permitting an inane and age-inappropriate Justin Bieber song about teenage romance only underscores my concern about the skewed views being forced on these students.
“I have just one question for this principal: ‘Who exactly are we offending?’ The only thing offensive about any of this is the anti-American message being engrained in our youth. We all should be proud to be American and we should never ever apologize for it!
“’Proud to be an American’ is a song that brought many of us together in the aftermath of 9/11 and during the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. It represents the strength and resilience of our great nation, the freedoms we hold dear, the sacrifices made by those to defend them, and the limitless opportunities provided to citizens and immigrants who have come to our country for generations in search of a better life for their children and grandchildren. It represents the American Dream and the potential we all have to succeed. No matter what our age or backgrounds, this is what America is all about, and it’s something for which we can all stand up and be proud.
“When a Justin Bieber song is deemed an appropriate substitute for a song about patriotism and love of country, what message are we sending our youth? It’s time we stop letting our political correctness destroy our values and American traditions, and start embracing the exceptional people and cultures that make our country great. God Bless America.”