(Original post by L i b)
We also didn't have laws against murder at one point. Did that make liberating Nazi death camps ironic?
No, that's not analagous to my point at all. I'll explain it to you in logical terms.
If X is a despicable action (such as forcing people to become slaves)
If the British did X, it is ironic to highlight X in a British patriotic song, regardless of when X became illegal.
It seems odd that "Rule Britannia", a British patriotic song, highlights slavery, when this is exactly what Britain has been guilty of.
I think that patriotic songs should keep things like that on the low.
They should highlight only good things about Britain's past, and not bad things.
And as an example, there weren't many Indian people in favour of the British occupation of India. But the British went and did it anyway, against the wishes of the majority. If Britain favours democracy so much, then it is slightly contradictory for them to do something like this. Yet they sing about it loudly and proudly in their song, "Britannia rule the waves". Patriotic songs are there to make the country look good, not bad...