Born in the U.S.A., by Bruce Springsteen

Taking a personal day. Here’s something I wrote on the night of November 24 when I was mad about the decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Today is not the day to forget that racism and bigotry are still alive and well.

iTunes, A to Z

35-bornintheusa

Released June 4, 1984

46 min, 57 sec

The greatest trick Bruce Springsteen ever pulled on Republicans was “Born in the U.S.A..”

On the surface (and I mean the absolute top layer), the song is patriotic. The story of a man headed off to war, and that refrain of being “born in the U.S.A..”

But if you listen at all, if you open your ears and pay attention beyond the chorus for five seconds, it hits you. This is not a song about patriotism, about the pride of being an American in war. This is a song about the great lie of patriotism – the lie of bringing glory to America and peace to the world by way of a gun.

The veteran goes to war. He watches his friends die. He watches them leave behind love in a foreign country. He comes back to nothing. No jobs. “Hiring man…

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