What Fresh Hell Is This?

April 16, 2008

Another Endorsement

Probably no longer news to most of you.

Bruce Springsteen.

Today, he writes:

LIke most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.

He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where "...nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone."

At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams From My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.

After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.

Over here on E Street, we're proud to support Obama for President.

Me, too.

Your flag flyin' over the courthouse
Means certain things are set in stone.
Who we are, what we'll do and what we won't

It's gonna be a long walk home.


C.H. said...

This is disappointing. I've always liked Springstein's music, but the man's political views aren't exactly in line with my beliefs.

Anonymous said...

It's Springsteen.

infinonymous said...

I can tell you're a big fan. I'd borrow Courtney Love's brilliant line in response to Al Gore's assertion that he was a "big fan" of her music -- "Yeah, right. Name a song, Al" -- but I will instead observe that (a) no one who has listened to even a few of his lyrics spanning three decades could be disappointed, because this endorsement would have been obvious and (b) to his fans, it's "Springsteen."

Another great Springsteen-politics story involved the Reagan campaign's nearly inexplicable use of "Born In The U.S.A." as a campaign song -- until Bruce pointed out that the song's lyrics mocked many Reagan positions. At which point the Reagan campaign must have listened to the lyrics, because it found another song.

C.H. said...
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C.H. said...

Does that mean I can't like some of his music?

I also like how we have spell-checkers roaming the comments pages.

Anonymous said...

John K. says: Bush sure did a lot of damage. Kept out country free from attack. Put the terrorists on the defensive. Forced the left to attack one another exposing them for the bigots they are. And ran a stable economy. Except for Gephardt who keeps saying it is the worst economy ever. Well it is if you are a left wing union guy who actually has to produce something. Bushus Maximus, conquerer of Afghanistan and Iraq, scourge of the liberals.

dayvoe said...

UPDATE: I corrected my misspelling of Bruce Springsteen's name.

My apologies to all.

Infinonymous said...

I hope everyone will (continue to) listen to Bruce Springsteen's music, because his message is important.

Some, I fear, will only like the parts they don't understand. But for everyone else, Bruce Springsteen's music is an inspiration approaching the level of national treasure.

I neglected to mention (and remember) the "best evah" collision of Springsteen and politics, this one with a local angle: Sophie Masloff, poster gal for yinzers, once called him "Bruce Bedspring" at a press conference. That wasn't as bad as endorsing Tom Murphy, but it is a reminder that city voters' taste for losers is a chronic condition.

Anonymous said...

Please post my thoughts to all Pennsylvanians.

I watched NAFTA destroy our lives and our dreams.

I watched foreign interests take over our mortgages.

I watched Clinton give China most favored nation status and then poison our children with toys filled with lead.

My grandfather fought to unionize our steel mills in pennsylvania. I remember his story of how the state police fired a tear gas canister into the picket line killing the man next to him. This occurred in Beaver Falls, PA at a steel mill known as Moltrup Steel. The building is still there to this day.

After watching Clintons destroy the dreams than to hide behind she would change NAFTA, her chief strategist Pennn was demoted and not fired. Notice he was demoted. If she wins NAFTA will be extended to Columbia and all those union workers who support her will come to know the heartache my grandfather and his children dreams destroyed by asnother Clinton.

Mike Martino

Grandson of John B. Martino- the first Steel Union of America