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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – BORN IN THE U.S.A. OF THE “FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE” FAN

Where I reside in New Jersey, I am surrounded by “fiscally responsible Springsteen fanatics.”  *My new acronym: FRSF’s.

Being “fiscally responsible” is synonymous with being a “wealthy Republican that chooses to overlook all of the prehistoric beliefs of their party.”

And it is their number one excuse for defending being a Republican these days.

(Hey!  Some of my best husbands are Republican!)

I know what you’re thinking.

“I don’t have to defend myself for being Republican, you Bleeding Heart Liberal, Tree hugging, free loading hippie freak!”

The difference between me and just about everyone else here in Monmouth County is that I prefer listening to Bruce Springsteen speak, unless he is playing solo acoustic.  That’s when my ears are happy.

And the difference between a Springsteen Concert and a Ted Nugent Concert is that 99% of the Republican crowd cheers when Nugent speaks.

I can’t stand Nugent’s music or his politics.  The guy makes me sick.

And I am hoping the FRSF’s might be the 1% not guilty of cheering when Nugent suggests that Obama stick one of Teddy’s machine guns in his mouth, and calls him a piece of shit.  Or when he tells Hillary to ride his machine gun.  Are you?  (And Nugent was invited to the White House by Bush…and that was okay with FOX NEWS.)

And the difference between the dreaded “Liberals” and the “Real America Republicans” is that the wealthy left doesn’t put up a stink about paying more money in taxes for the greater good of their country.  They are “Real Patriots”.  The economy is suffering because of greed.

My example of a “Fiscally Responsible Republican” monologue:

“It’s not that I believe all of the crazy shit that most elected Republicans say!  I’m not anti-abortion, or anti-gay, or ultra religious.  I just don’t want to pay any more taxes.  Too many people are getting free rides on my money.  I would rather have the extra cash to buy some great weed and see Springsteen for the 100th time, even though I can’t stand listening to him talk about politics.  He should just shut up and sing.”

So, regardless of the ethics your party seemingly stands for, you ignore those unpleasantries, and stick with circus clowns solely to defend preventing a 3% hike in your taxes, at any cost, as long as it’s not your cash.  You love your money.

Regardless of what goes on morally in Bruce Springsteen’s head, you ignore his beliefs, and the mind behind what creates his songs, because you love your music and your money.

And while I am at it….for ALL of America’s decision makers, regardless of Saudi Arabia beating women for driving cars, you are still fans, because we love their oil.

The same behavior is unacceptable for other countries that don’t provide us with oil.

It’s fucking hypocritical.

And where are the Republicans in office stepping up to the plate to say, “These other religious righty whack jobs do not stand for what we do?” Or  “They are trying to hijack our party; and they are out of line?”

How about Chris Christie?

Last night at the dinner table, I had a discussion with my former FRSF, most patient husband about Springsteen and Christie.

He actually said, “Christie is a fan of Springsteen.  So I am sure his music influences Christie’s thoughts!”

I almost choked on my organic arugula salad, laughing.  “Are you kidding me?”

I love your optimism, honey, and the rainbows in your eyes; and I appreciate that you were open minded enough to not vote for  The Grumpy Old Man and the MILF.  (Moron I’d like to forget).  But he is just like the other fans that complain when Springsteen talks at his shows.

If Christie should happen to run for the Presidency , I wouldn’t be surprised if he tried to muscle in on using “BORN IN THE USA” to help him get elected.

Reagan used it in his campaign in Hammonton, N.J, prompted by a not so brilliant idea of George Will’s.

Springsteen was so displeased, that when he was invited to the White House by Reagan, he “kindly rebuffed”.

Below is a direct quote Reagan used during his campaign, when he had no clue what the song was really about.  If he had actually read all of the lyrics!

“America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire:  New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.  And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about.”

The message of the song was so misunderstood that Springsteen contacted his record company, “Thrill Hill Productions, Inc”, and  insisted that a video be made to display the accurate meaning.  (I couldn’t even find that version on youtube!)

The song expresses his disdain for the USA’s mistreatment of Vietnam Vets.  (I have a song called “AWOL” that’s on a different page of the same book. – Track 10 on “Emotional Jukebox”)

Later Springsteen did a superb remake, without his typical production…that I can listen to.  Whenever Springsteen performs like this I can listen all day long.  It gives me goose bumps.

However, when the song is performed like this, I can’t even take 4 bars.

I’m sorry.  This is just my opinion, and I am definitely in the minority.  But the sound of that carousel keyboard nauseates me.  The very white rhythmic feel, chord progressions and sonic choice do nothing for my ears.  The majority of his songs are head banging, rather than hip moving.  (He certainly doesn’t need my support.  Millions of folks love it just the way it is!)

I love Springsteen’s passion, morals and ethics!  But not the “Jersey Shore” sound.

I respect how he had the balls and conviction to perform “41 shots” (American Skin), in front of booing police officers at Madison Square Garden, where fans were hassled just for entering.

Bruce is a musical vigilante.

The song was about a tragic death of an innocent, unarmed street vendor shot 41 times and killed by 4 police officers in reaction to him reaching for his wallet.

Springsteen stands for the underdog, the working class.  (The ones that make less than $250 K, but still some that get brainwashed into voting against higher taxes for the FRSF’s that can afford healthcare.)

He is so dedicated to his beliefs to stand up for injustice, that he risks popularity and ruffling feathers to make his point without compromise.  I can relate, man.  (Say that like a hippie.)

It is ironic that I have some die-hard fans that love my music, and hate my politics.  Hi Craig! (My number one Mid-Western right winged fan!)

My Dream Springsteen Experience would be hearing more about what he believes in at his shows, alone with his guitar… And then I could produce his next album with more organic arugula and less iceberg lettuce.

With this nightmare scenario for his fans, I could single handedly destroy his sales! But I might get him some new admirers!

I saw Springsteen on his “Tunnel of Love” tour at the Boston Garden for my first experience to see what the fuss was all about, many year ago.

Well, I didn’t get it.  And not until my FRSF dragged me kicking and screaming to a show 4 years ago, had I seen him since.

There is no disputing that he is an amazing entertainer.  And he puts on a show with energy that rivals Mick Jagger.  However, I can watch The Rolling Stones Band ’til the cows come home.

But then Bruce and I shared a venue in Asbury Park.

That was when I saw him play solo for the first time.  That is when I figured out the brilliant disguise.  He masks the purity of his voice and music when he dresses it with his band of great musicians.

113 Years of Good Liberal Genes!

When Bruce Springsteen strips down, and is buck naked Bruce,

he is Michelangelo’s David!

(Photo by Jenneson Grey – Thanks for snapping it!)

And when I met him backstage, the first words out of my mouth were, “I was so jealous to see you on Jon Stewart!  Stewart has met presidents, world leaders; the most powerful people in the world, and maintains his composure.  But with you, he was like a giddy school girl.”

That’s why he da Boss.

Then I got my picture!!!  (Unlike McCartney.)  And my, oh my, did he look like a Masterpiece in person.

And if Michee was around today, Bruce would make a fine specimen to sculpt, and plunk in Florence.  The line would be longer than the one for David, ‘cuz the Italians adore Spreeenga Steena, too.  And instead of a leaf, there could be a guitar!

(brief pause to enjoy the visual…)

Maybe my X-FRSF will take my poor liberal ass back to Italy if he is not too pissed off!

Fortunately he’s not the type to grab one of Nugent’s machine guns to fire 41 shots at me after reading this, leaving me DEAD IN THE U.S.A.

I’d like to thank you, Bruce, for actually influencing my husband with your words, spoken or sung.  He does listen.  (to you, anyway.)  And I’ve seen tears come out of the rainbows in his eyes when he talks about what you stand for, and how you sing it.  (I actually wish he would give it a rest.  “Can’t you go a day without mentioning Bruce?” has come out of my mouth too many times.)

Finally ending on a positive note,  between your music and mine, we at least converted one!

Ciao for now!

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11 Responses to “BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – BORN IN THE U.S.A. OF THE “FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE” FAN”


  1. October 2, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Loved this! But surely I wasn’t the Craig you were saying ‘hi’ to. I’m not in the Midwest and I’m no right-winger. Just a bastion of independent thought & politics out here in the wasteland. Agree with you on Teddy boy too. Happy Sunday to you! – Craig

  2. October 2, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    This is a great discussion for the times..as I still feel Bruce and his message can sink into the hearts and minds of all who admire him as a musician and songwriter.
    There are many who have worked and accumulated a life savings, and then want to protect that from wasteful spending of a broken and divided government bodies, and then follow their own ethics by directly helping in their communities. Can this be a bad thing? Being fiscally responsible is not by your definition being brainwashed along party lines.. We The People includes all.

    Thanks to both Bruce and Linda for keeping the dream alive and sharing music with a message.

  3. October 2, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    it is not the tax hikes per se that i am against. It is the abuse and ridiculous use of my tax dollars. Like it or not, every great creature comfort you have is a product of the big evil corporations. Washington is the worst big, greedy, evil corporation. All politicians, liberal or conservative steal money and use it for self inerests…they just do it under the guise of caring about ‘america’…..and all of us, if we look closely enough at what we say we believe, are hypocrites. We have to decide who we want to be as a country. We are not socialist, and that is not how we got here; the government is broke….we are out of money….hard, tough decisions must be made, but we as a country do not have what it takes…..we are slipping and sliding towards third worldism….we will have no middle class very soon……think what you want, but the liberal agenda is not the answer….WE HAVE NO MONEY….doesn’t anyone get that????????

    • October 2, 2011 at 2:36 PM

      Wow! Love your passion. And I agree with your points…so…do you like Springsteen’s music and thoughts?

  4. October 3, 2011 at 7:26 AM

    I am a Registered Democrat and I concur with Bill Lloyd’s comments above. If the Liberty crowd of Ron Paul ever got together with righteous centrist Democrats that would be the largest voting block. It often seems that you have to bite off more than you can chew with either party. Any policy which contributes to the erosion of the middle class will ultimately lead to the end of America as we know it. You know what the biggest problem is right now for major corporations —-insufficient demand. People have no disposable income to go buy clothes, dinner out, vacations and even Linda Chorney CD’s. Most people I know have to weigh nearly every purchase now. We are literally taxed out. I think if we could figure out how to transition to what was once America’s economic frontier and ween folks off dependence of government we would be in a better place. Christie, like him or not embraces the fact that there are limited resources. If you have a $20 in your pocket you may be able to get a couple of brews at a dive bar but you do not show up at a 5 Star Restaurant looking for a 6 course meal.

  5. October 3, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Music is watched and monitored carefully by corporate America. They know how much impact it has on our culture, lifestyles, and fashion. That is why most concert tours have corporate sponsorship. Hippie clothes were suddenly available in your local suburban mall. Disco had a love affair with the fashion industry. Even grunge had it’s impact. But could you imagine Phil Ochs, or Woody Guthrie traveling across country, supporting their latest release paid for with a sponsor? That is why Bruce is a rarity.

    Musicians had more control of their music. They didn’t have major labels keeping them from using music for social and political commentary. The labels didn’t want to divide the potential sales because the music expressed a point of view. They wanted to maximize sales by getting the music to cross-over into other genres.

    I hope you don’t mind if I take a little more of your space to talk about a musician that Bruce had a great influence on. His name is Allen Field. I met him in my record store in Freehold shortly after he came back from Vietnam. Bruce knew him as the bass player in Purple Dynasty from Bruce’s Castile days. He was also a chef at The American Hotel. Kathy and I went to dinner with Bruce and his date at the American Hotel. A very conservative crowd were it’s normal customers. A bronze plaque on the building announced that George Washington had slept there. A lot a whispering started as we walked in. Many probably thought we didn’t know where the service entrance was. We both had long hair and we were the only two men not wearing a suit and tie. The last time Bruce had been to the hotel was to play a wedding and they wouldn’t let him perform because of his long hair. My mother used the service entrane when she worked there making beds. But now Bruce was an emerging rock star and I ownd a store at 10 West Main Street. Waiters were starting to hear compaints. Just then out walks this huge bearded man wearing a chef’s hat. He was carrying samples of dishes and he was at our table giving us royal service. Allen played it like a movie scene. The place went silent and all eyes were on us.

    Let me get to why I am writing this. Allen now lives in Dillsboro, North Carolina in The Smokey Mountains. While he was in Vietnam fighting for his country, he was exposed to a lot of Agent Orange. He wakes up every day struggling with health problems that he and so many other vets are suffering with. He has devoted his life and all of his income helping disabled Vets. He has a recording studio that Vets can use for free. He offers his services as a producer. He started a program that donates musical instuments to disabled Vets. He is a friend on FB. I read about his struggle with his health and his prayers asking to just be able to live another day so he could help another Vet.

    I started this post saying that Bruce influenced this musician. Perhaps it’s the other way around. Bruce does a lot for disabled Vets. He always has a VIP area at his concerts for Vets. Find out for yourself about Allen Field. Friend him on facebook. Thank him for what he is doing. I wish Bruce knew about the work his old friend is doing. Allen’s music hasn’t made any difference to what Norstroms stocks. But he has found a way to use his music in a far better way. He has made a difference to so many lives.

    Support music and musicians that have a purpose and make a difference.

    Igor

  6. October 3, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    In terms of the Occupy Wall Street movement and assorted other uprisings across America our people, the conscience of a nation is speaking to us in a rather uncomfortable way, reminding us that in this system we live in and under, we are all connected in some way. The painful growing inequality in America is more than a transactional externality that can be ignored, dismissed or otherwise managed safely. This is true whether you stand in support of these movements or think that these folks are misguided. I do not think that we or our government ought to to be in the business of wasting resources but the middle men who sit atop this system in our government and the globalist bankers have created a system that is collapsing the middle class. We have had Socialism for Capitalists under Bush & Obama but any effort to create a more compassionate society is deemed wasteful and something that we can no longer afford. We need to rethink what type of society we are creating with perverse wealth at the very top and extreme poverty at the other end with a middle class eroding rapidly heading towards joying the poverty stricken. In New York City, things are not as bad as they are elsewhere in America but let me tell you I see things and people who I assumed were secure tumbling down, getting evicted etc. A society without a safety net poses a risk for even the most secure. The globalists do not care if they collapse America, for they will just build bigger gates around their McMansions. It will be what remains of the middle and upper middle class that will deal with the externality of mass poverty. Society will become dangerous for everyone. If we are to transition safely to a more just society around the premises and goals of the Ron Paul Liberty movement, we need to think about what pillars of our society we keep in place so that there is not a total collapse which creates mass anarchy. But the basic tenets of the Paul movement seem sound, a restoration of the American frontier with a government that does not bankrupt itself or its people, seems wise indeed.

    • October 4, 2011 at 5:59 AM

      Chris,
      What you say is spot on. Scary. And as far as NY, 1000 people were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge that were protesting. IT WAS NOT TELEVISED! Corporations ARE running this country….into the ground. Pretty soon the BB will have more jumpers than protestors.

  7. October 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Linda, Linda, Linda i love it when you get all political and shit and stir the pot. Forget drinking the koolaid you are main-lining it now. But fear not Linda fans her husband will keep her away from the ledge. Bruce is the Man! Go yankees!


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