“I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream,” Springsteen told the conference, where the album was aired for the first time. It was written, he claimed, not just out of fury but out of patriotism, a patriotism traduced.
“What was done to our country was wrong and unpatriotic and un-American and nobody has been held to account,” he later told the Guardian.
This is soooo true. And many Democrats just don’t get it (not to mention the despicable Repugs).
According to the article, Springsteen’s anger is directed at Wall Street more than at the legacy of the invasion of Iraq. But I hear “Bush & Cheney are war criminals” in his anger.
“Like Born in the USA, which got pressed into service as the anthem of the first Gulf war, he’s aware it has the potential to be hijacked by the angry right. But Springsteen says that to anyone who cares to listen to the lyrics, the message is clear.”