10/4/08

The Boss Speaks

Bruce Springsteen in Philadelphia, Oct 2008
Today, Bruce Springsteen spoke and performed at a voter registration rally in Philadelphia. No matter what your political stance this year, sit back and admire his poetic optimism when describing the American system. Makes me proud to think about my country this way, rather than all the corrupt politicking:

I've spent 35 years writing about America, its people, and the meaning of the American promise. That’s the promise that was handed down to us right here in this city from our Founding Fathers with one instruction: that was, do your best to make these things real--opportunity, equality, socio-economic justice, a fair shake for all of our citizens, the American idea as a positive influence around the world for a more just and peaceful existence. These are the thing that give our lives hope and give our lives shape and meaning, and these are the ties that bind us together and give us faith in our contract with one another.
Gorgeous stuff. You can see the whole video here.

Now Main Street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores.
Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more.
They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks.
Foreman says, "These jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back."
"My Hometown" by Bruce Springsteen

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