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Springsteen, Eastwood Point Toward a Gutsy American Comeback


Society & Culture  (tags: activists, americans, American Come Back, celebrity, culture, education, ethics, family, freedoms, GoodNews, government, media, philanthropy, politics, religion, rights, safety, society )

Kit
- 984 days ago - thedailybeast.com
Bruce Springsteen and Clint Eastwood point the way toward a gritty, gutsy all-American comeback. Culture has always been more powerful than politics. Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it's a searchlight pointing the way-->



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Kit B. (276)
Monday February 13, 2012, 10:53 am

Culture has always been more powerful than politics. Sometimes culture is a mirror that reflects what is; sometimes it’s a searchlight pointing the way to what will be.

Right now, two of the most enduring and powerful players on our cultural stage—one a singer-songwriter, the other an actor-filmmaker; one a Democrat, the other a Republican—are in remarkable consonance. Bruce Springsteen endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008. Clint Eastwood has spoken favorably of libertarian Republican Ron Paul and has pointedly said of President Obama, “I’m not a fan of what he’s doing.” Springsteen exploded on the scene in the ’70s, singing about “tramps like us” and “the runaway American Dream.” Eastwood preferred making punks’ heads explode, begging them to give him justification to kill them: “Go ahead, make my day.”
Yet Springsteen’s songbook and Eastwood’s script sound a lot alike these days. In their own way, each of them is giving voice to a new mood. In his new single “We Take Care of Our Own,” the Boss is at his blue-collar best, singing about “knockin’ on the door that holds the throne” and of “good intentions gone dry as a bone.” But rather than simply rage or surrender, Springsteen turns to defiant determination. Ripping open the barely scabbed heartbreak of Katrina, where dozens of Americans died, he roars, “We take care of our own/Wherever this flag’s flown.”
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The Daily Beast: by Paul Begala
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday February 13, 2012, 12:11 pm
I wonder if Clint & Bruce could sing along to Lady Gaga's song "Born This Way"? Too soon?;)
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday February 13, 2012, 12:35 pm

ummm...yeah that might just be a bit much. Good idea though, considering the source.
 

Val R. (246)
Monday February 13, 2012, 1:10 pm
Beyond me right now Kit - sorry.
 

Arielle S. (314)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 6:57 am
It is my opinion that a great many people are merely sheeple, simply following the masses, not really caring or understanding what the issues are. If Eastwood and Springsteen can gather some masses and lead them to making some vital changes to our system, I say, "YEAH".
 

Kit B. (276)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 7:10 am

Sure most follow the group that most enforces what they already want to believe. That does not mean that any of us are beyond rethinking our positions and walking a new path. I think Bruce and Clint can plant the seeds of a new way of thinking. One does not have to hate the other, to reject their thinking. Who knows, they just might even find something of value in others ideas. One of the many problems we have is that these two parties have and want all of us deeply divided. We don't have to follow that scheme, we can think for ourselves. Do you actually know the history of the party you most closely affiliated yourself with? It's important to know these things, and to know why one party will support or reject certain ideas.
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Tuesday February 14, 2012, 9:47 am
thnx
 
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