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August 05, 2004

Why do I love the Boss?

Because he rocks in so many ways.

A few years ago, when Christine Todd Whitman was appointed head of the EPA and New Jersey was holding elections for the governor's post, there was a movement to nominate Bruce Springsteen. He said he wouldn't run, but if he had, I would have given some thought to moving back there to vote for our state hero.

Yesterday, MoveOn.org announced a series of concerts including Bruce, the Dixie Chicks, Dave Matthews, our own Death Cab for Cutie, and several other big name musical acts who are trying to bring about a regime change in November.

Today, Bruce has a piece in The New York Times op-ed page, an eloquent and passionate article, explaining the Vote for Change coalition.

Explaining his decision to come out as a political activist after so many years of not directly endorsing any one party or candidate:

Like many others, in the aftermath of 9/11, I felt the country's unity. I don't remember anything quite like it. I supported the decision to enter Afghanistan and I hoped that the seriousness of the times would bring forth strength, humility and wisdom in our leaders. Instead, we dived headlong into an unnecessary war in Iraq, offering up the lives of our young men and women under circumstances that are now discredited. We ran record deficits, while simultaneously cutting and squeezing services like afterschool programs. We granted tax cuts to the richest 1 percent (corporate bigwigs, well-to-do guitar players), increasing the division of wealth that threatens to destroy our social contract with one another and render mute the promise of "one nation indivisible."

I'm also going to add his closing line to my catalog of favorite quotes from this election season. "The country we carry in our hearts is waiting."

Posted by paulette at August 5, 2004 11:01 AM | TrackBack
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Yes... as Rick would say, democracy can be "Hard to Hold." Wise words.

Posted by: jay on August 5, 2004 02:17 PM
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