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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2004 07:11:53 pm    Post subject: Springsteen speaks out Reply with quote

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/05/opinion/05bruce.html?ex=1249444800&en=768b
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Chords for Change
By BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Published: August 5, 2004

A nation's artists and musicians have a particular place in its social and
political life. Over the years I've tried to think long and hard about what
it means to be American: about the distinctive identity and position we have
in the world, and how that position is best carried. I've tried to write
songs that speak to our pride and criticize our failures.

These questions are at the heart of this election: who we are, what we stand
for, why we fight. Personally, for the last 25 years I have always stayed
one step away from partisan politics. Instead, I have been partisan about a
set of ideals: economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy,
freedom and a decent life for all of our citizens. This year, however, for
many of us the stakes have risen too high to sit this election out.

Through my work, I've always tried to ask hard questions. Why is it that the
wealthiest nation in the world finds it so hard to keep its promise and
faith with its weakest citizens? Why do we continue to find it so difficult
to see beyond the veil of race? How do we conduct ourselves during difficult
times without killing the things we hold dear? Why does the fulfillment of
our promise as a people always seem to be just within grasp yet forever out
of reach?

I don't think John Kerry and John Edwards have all the answers. I do believe
they are sincerely interested in asking the right questions and working
their way toward honest solutions. They understand that we need an
administration that places a priority on fairness, curiosity, openness,
humility, concern for all America's citizens, courage and faith.

People have different notions of these values, and they live them out in
different ways. I've tried to sing about some of them in my songs. But I
have my own ideas about what they mean, too. That is why I plan to join with
many fellow artists, including the Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, R.E.M.,
the Dixie Chicks, Jurassic 5, James Taylor and Jackson Browne, in touring
the country this October. We will be performing under the umbrella of a new
group called Vote for Change. Our goal is to change the direction of the
government and change the current administration come November.

Like many others, in the aftermath of 9/11, I felt the country's unity. I
don't remember anything quite like it. I supported the decision to enter
Afghanistan and I hoped that the seriousness of the times would bring forth
strength, humility and wisdom in our leaders. Instead, we dived headlong
into an unnecessary war in Iraq, offering up the lives of our young men and
women under circumstances that are now discredited. We ran record deficits,
while simultaneously cutting and squeezing services like afterschool
programs. We granted tax cuts to the richest 1 percent (corporate bigwigs,
well-to-do guitar players), increasing the division of wealth that threatens
to destroy our social contract with one another and render mute the promise
of "one nation indivisible."

It is through the truthful exercising of the best of human qualities -
respect for others, honesty about ourselves, faith in our ideals - that we
come to life in God's eyes. It is how our soul, as a nation and as
individuals, is revealed. Our American government has strayed too far from
American values. It is time to move forward. The country we carry in our
hearts is waiting.


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PostPosted: 05 Aug 2004 07:33:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is funny hearing people repeat ignorance. Springsteen just showed his ignorance here by repeating other people's ignorance. I can guarantee you that I am not in the richest 1% in this country and I got tax cuts. I keep mentioning this here on this forum and no one has yet been able to explain to me how I got a tax cut without being in the richest 1%. Maybe some of our local liberals can take a stab at it and help me figure out how the US government accidently added my name to the list of the richest 1% in this country and thus got a tax cut. Maybe they got my social security number mixed up with someone that actually has money. Wink

Also if you believe that we are in a war on terrorism and you also believe that the Russian intelligence was correct, then we had just as much justification for going into Iraq as we did for going into Afganistan. Actually it shows a fundamental difference in thinking from the Clinton era in that we finally, for once, decided to stop waiting to be attacked first and took it upon ourselves to stamp out what other countries were telling us was a growing terrorist threat looming on the horizon of our future. Wow what a concept, pro-active defense...also known as offense. Who could have ever thought of such a common sense idea as that?

Remember......"common sense is really not all that common".
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