I personally find Mr. Blackistone’s article ridiculous and honestly offensive. It appears Mr. Blackistone has confused the “Star Spangled Banner” being about politics rather than a song about a nation. It seems to me it is more the author’s own bias and political opinion getting in the way rather than something that has become traditional being meaningless. Traditions rarely are ever meaningless except to those who do not value, let alone, respect traditions even when they may disagree with said traditions.
Perhaps I’ve gotten too old or too conservative over the years, but I don’t see the author’s point as to why tradition should be tossed aside? All I see here is an other self-righteous fool wanting to eliminate something they find objectionable for no other reason than that they don’t like it. All Mr. Blackistone does is come off as an arrogant douche bag.