“Over the past six years we’ve had to add to the
American picture: rendition, illegal wiretapping, voter suppression,
no habeas corpus, the neglect of our great city New Orleans and
the people, an attack on the Constitution and the loss of our
best young men and women in a tragic war. And this is a song about
things that shouldn’t happen here, happening here. And so right
now we plan to do something about it — we plan to sing about it.”
— Bruce Springsteen introducing his song “Living
in the Future” before a live concert on NBC’s Today, September
28, 2007. http://www.mediaresearch.org/notablequotables/dishonor/08/category/politicalgenius.asp
"Nightmare" of Bush Ruined Thousands of Lives
"We’ve lived through a nightmare...in the past eight
years....We’re going through something that we haven’t gone through
in my life. Foreign policy, domestic policy — driven to its breaking
point. Everything got broken. And the philosophy that was at the
base of the last administration has ruined many, many people’s
lives. The deregulation, the idea of the unfettered, free market,
the blind foreign policy. This was a very radical group of people
who pushed things in a very radical direction, had great success
at moving things in that direction, and we are suffering the consequences."
— Singer Bruce Springsteen in an interview with
producer Mark Hagen published January 18 in Britain’s The Observer.
Rock star Bruce Springsteen endorsed Democratic
Sen. Barack Obama for president Wednesday, saying "he speaks to
the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years."
In a letter addressed to friends and fans posted
his Web site, Springsteen said he believes Obama is the best candidate
to undo "the terrible damage done over the past eight years."
"He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience
to be our next president," the letter said. "He speaks to the
America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous
nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex
problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny
and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where '...nobody
crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.' "
"Critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through
the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships,"
Springsteen wrote. "While these matters are worthy of some discussion,
they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's
life and vision ... often in order to distract us from discussing
the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial
justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and
enhancement of our environment."
Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama
By JOAN LOWY Thursday, April 17, 2008
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Although open with his political
opinions on stage, Bruce Springsteen generally shies away from
such issues when not on the road and in the public eye.
The artist has broken from that tradition by posting
the full text of a speech former Vice President Al Gore gave late
last month during a MoveOn.org-sponsored appearance at New York
University in the "news" section of his official Web site (http://brucespringsteen.net).
Springsteen, whose staunchly anti-war stance is
well known to fans, calls Gore's remarks "one of the most important
speeches I've heard in a long time. The issues it raises need
to be considered by every American concerned with the direction
our country is headed in. It's my pleasure to reprint it here
for my fans.
"Right now, we are supposedly fighting to create
freedom in Iraq, at the same time that some are trying to intimidate
and punish people for using that same freedom here at home," Springsteen
lamented at the time.
Friday June 11, 02:33 AM
Springsteen Posts Gore's Anti-Bush Text
"One of the most disturbing aspects of this election is that
the machinery for taking something that is a lie and making it
feel true, or taking something that is true and making it feel
like a lie -- the selling machinery has become very powerful.
Senator Kerry has to make people pay attention to the man behind
the curtain. He has to take the risk and rip the veil off the
administration's deceptions. They are a hall of mirrors and a
house of cards. For Senator Kerry, the good news is he has the
facts on his side. The bad news is that often in the current climate
it can feel like that doesn't matter, and he has to make it matter."
"The press has let the country down. It's taken
a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed
as simply one side says this and the other side says that. I think
that Fox News and the Republican right have intimidated the press
into an incredible self-consciousness about appearing objective
and backed them into a corner of sorts where they have ceded some
of their responsibility and righteous power."
"The Washington Post and New York Times apologies
about their initial reporting about Iraq not being critical enough
were very revealing. I am a dedicated Times reader, and I've found
enormous sustenance from Paul Krugman and Maureen Dowd on the
op-ed page. There has been great reporting, but there has also
been some self-consciousness in some of the reporting about the
policy differences in this election."
"This is going to be an issue after the election.
I don't know if it began with the Iraq War, but shortly thereafter
there was an enormous amount of Fox impersonators among what you
previously thought were relatively sane media outlets across the
cable channels. It was very disheartening. The job of the press
is to tell the truth without fear or favor. We have to get back
to that standard."
"It's gotten very complicated, and I think
it's blurred the truth. Whether you like the Michael Moore film
or not, a big part of its value was that it showed how sanitized
the war that we received on television at night is. The fact that
the administration refused to allow photographs of the flag-draped
coffins of returning dead, that the president hasn't shown up
at a single military funeral for the young people who gave their
lives for his policies, is disgraceful. You have the Swift-boat
guys who have been pretty much discredited, but there is an atmosphere
that is created by so much willing media exposure that it imparts
"We've Been Misled" Springsteen
talks about his conscience, and the nature of an artist and his
By JANN S. WENNER
MoveOn PAC is excited to announce the Vote for Change
concert tour. Vote for Change is a loose coalition of musicians
brought together by a single idea — the need to make a change
in the direction of our country. We share a belief that this is
the most important election of our lifetime. We are fighting for
a government that is open, rational, just and progressive.
"We have an opportunity to change the direction
our country is headed and to elect a government that is just,
rational and respectful of the views and rights of the people
it serves," said Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam.
Artists participating in Vote for Change have merged
their energies and talents to focus on states that are expected
to have the closest race in the presidential election this fall.
This unprecedented effort will include approximately 40 shows
in 30 cities in 9 battleground states over the course of 10 days.
Vote for Change Tour - Featured Artists
Pearl Jam- Bruce Springsteen- R.E.M.- Dave Matthews
Band- Jurassic 5- Dixie Chicks- Death Cab for Cutie- James Taylor-
Ben Harper- My Morning Jacket-Jackson Browne- Bonnie Raitt- John
Fogerty- Keb' Mo'- Bright Eyes- John Mellencamp- Kenny "Babyface"
We'll certainly never buy another Bruce Springsteen
CD or concert ticket. It's estimated the tour he and other Bush-hating
rockers are launching could raise $44 million for John "Atrocities"
Oh, but these stars don't care quite as much about
the poor as they do about their beloved admitted war criminal.
The average ticket could cost $58.71, USA Today reported. Some
seats will cost hundreds of dollars. Others on the Guilty White
Liberals' tour include Pearl Jam, the dreaded Dixie Chicks, Dave
Matthews, Bonnie Raitt and - he's still alive? - Jackson Browne.
Friday, Aug. 6, 2004
Bush-Hating Rockers Hope to Raise $44 Million for Kerry
"I want to say basically I feel that, as a
nation over the past four years, we've drifted away from I think
very mainstream American values. I think that in the question
having large tax cuts for the richest one percent. Hey, that's
great, you know [for] corporate bigwigs, wealthy, well-to-do guitar
players, but we've also watched services get cut, after-school
programs for people that need it the most, we've watched rollback
on environmental regulations, and a foreign policy that I think
put at risk the lives of the very bravest young men and women
under what ended up to be discredited circumstances."
The Boss vs. Bush Bruce Springsteen
Talks to Ted Koppel About ‘Vote For Change’ Tour
"To me, they're [the Dixie Chicks] terrific American
artists expressing American values by using their American right
to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations,
and even entire radio networks, for speaking out is un-American."
"I don't know what happens next, but I do want to
add my voice to those who think that the Dixie Chicks are getting
a raw deal. I send them my support."
TUESDAY April 29, 2003
Springsteen Speaks Out for the Dixie Chicks By Rafer Guzman Newsday
"It's time to impeach the president and get a man
in there to get us out of this mess."
Monday, Sept. 15, 2003 1:21 a.m.
Springsteen Calls for Bush's Impeachment
Bruce Springsteen told a crowd of 50,000 New Yorkers
on October 4th to "shout a little louder if you want the president
DAMIEN CAVE (November 26, 2003)
Rockers Unite to Oust Bush Moby, Henley, Matthews ask fans to