you know that Born in the
USA, Bruce Springsteen's hit 1984 song about a Vietnam
veteran's difficult return home, is also "anti-American"? You would if
you listened to Glenn Beck's radio show. Beck gives the lyrics a dark,
sardonic reading, concluding, "That's what America's about, according to
Bruce Springsteen. See, here is the thing that I don't think people
understand yet, that I think you do. This it is time for us to wake up
out of our dream state. Wake up out of the propaganda. This is the
thing that people who come from the Soviet bloc or Cuba, they're all
saying, 'How do you guys not hear this? How are you not seeing this?'
Well, because we don't ever expect it."
Lindsay Beyerstein points out,
President Ronald Reagan ran into ideological issues with Springsteen
back in 1984 over the song. Reagan praised the song while campaigning
for reelection in New Jersey and even used it briefly as his campaign
song, until Springsteen asked him to stop. The Boss is not afraid of
politics. Last year, Springsteen even got involved
the New Jersey's governor's race.
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