Beck: Springsteen's "Born in the USA" is Anti-American

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    Glenn Beck vs. Bruce Springsteen | The Atlantic Wire

    Glenn Beck vs. Bruce Springsteen
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    By Max Fisher on March 12, 2010 12:04pm
    Glenn Beck vs. Bruce Springsteen

    Did you know that Born in the USA, Bruce Springsteen's hit 1984 song about a Vietnam veteran's difficult return home, is also "anti-American"? You would if you listened to Glenn Beck's radio show. Beck gives the lyrics a dark, sardonic reading, concluding, "That's what America's about, according to Bruce Springsteen. See, here is the thing that I don't think people understand yet, that I think you do. This it is time for us to wake up out of our dream state. Wake up out of the propaganda. This is the thing that people who come from the Soviet bloc or Cuba, they're all saying, 'How do you guys not hear this? How are you not seeing this?' Well, because we don't ever expect it."



    As Lindsay Beyerstein points out, President Ronald Reagan ran into ideological issues with Springsteen back in 1984 over the song. Reagan praised the song while campaigning for reelection in New Jersey and even used it briefly as his campaign song, until Springsteen asked him to stop. The Boss is not afraid of politics. Last year, Springsteen even got involved the New Jersey's governor's race.
     
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    It certinly wasn't a positive song about America, which made the fact Reagan used it all the more amusing.
     
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    CAn't believe there are so many people who watch that fool and buy the shit he says. Oh wait, having read many of the stupid comments on this forum, it isn't surprising
     
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    It was Springsteins chance fpor a political statement, just as Avatar has one as well.
    But both are still entertaining to me regardless.
    We all would like to make our political statements....only some of us have the means...

    Beck may be right with his assessment...but I personally dont care. I am not my neighbor, but I respect him.
     
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    Born down in a dead man's town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
    'Til you spend half your life just covering up

    I got in a little hometown jam
    And so they put a rifle in my hands
    Sent me off to Vietnam
    To go and kill the yellow man

    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"
    I go down to see the V.A. man
    He said "Son don't you understand"

    I had a buddy at Khe Sahn
    Fighting off the Viet Cong
    They're still there, he's all gone
    He had a little girl in Saigon
    I got a picture of him in her arms

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I'm ten years down the road
    Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go

    I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
     
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    Beck makes his money convincing his audience that he (and they because they listen and believe) represents "true Americans"...and he's educating/saving them from all those big, bad evils out there like Socialism.

    There will always be people who want to belong...who want others to be the evil ruining the world...and who seek salvation.
     
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    Interesting...and accurate.

    Such is why Obama attacking corporate America is a valid tactic for him. People like to believe the others are evil and they are the victims.
     
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    Yep. Everyone needs their Satan...and it's someone else.
     
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    Nope. Not everyone.
    I have no one to blame but myself for my mistakes.
    When I started to believe that, and live by it, I noticed repeat mistakes started to wane.
    I wonder why that is.....????
     
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    Oh I agree with you on personal responsibility. I misspoke. The spirit of what I typed wasn't truly meant to be literally "everyone". I meant to cast in a pejorative light those who want to fix others before they fix themselves.
     

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