Democrats, the liberal media, celebrities, and almost everyone on the left can say whatever they want about whomever they want and especially about Conservatives, Republicans, and Tea Partiers yet the same people who are outraged about Limbaugh’s Fluke/Prostitute & Slut comments are silent about the filthy and threatening talk on the left and from the violent Occupiers and their supporters like Bruce Springsteen.
That is a knife in his head below.
What he should not do is what he does on his latest album, which is to advocate violent revolution, class-and-politics-based bloodshed, and the murder of bankers and perhaps other capitalists.
Surely I’m exaggerating? I wish I were.
The Springsteen album released March 6th contains some of the most inflammatory and inexcusable rhetoric ever heard in a major pop star’s work. Even the 1960s upheavalists were rarely this reprehensible.
To celebrate the ascendancy of Barack Obama, in 2008 Springsteen wrote a song in praise of, and to, the then-presidential candidate. In “Working on a Dream,” Springsteen sang, “Out here the nights are long, the days are lonely I think of you and I’m working on a dream.” It’s a bouncy ditty — not much of a song compared to his shadowy epics like “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” — but even those who didn’t vote for Obama hoped he would be a good president.
Now Springsteen evidently feels his dream has been betrayed, and instead of blaming Obama, the “you” he sang to in 2008, he blames…Wall Street.
The new album quickly proceeds to a series of savage denunciations and explicit calls for violence.
On the second track, which is called “Easy Money,” Springsteen sings:
There’s nothing to it mister, you won’t hear a sound When your whole world comes tumbling down And all them fat cats they just think it’s funny I’m going on the town now looking for easy money Whoa!
I got a Smith & Wesson .38 I got a hellfire burning and I got me a taste…
True, Springsteen has written many times about lowlifes and crime — songs like “Atlantic City,” “Johnny 99” and “Meeting Across the River.” Often these songs are in the first person. But it was always completely obvious that a character, not Springsteen, was talking. Springsteen himself has never been a gangster, never urged these songs on his audience as imperatives.
With the new album, though, Springsteen has openly credited his inspiration to Occupy Wall Street, whose inclination toward anger and violence quickly became apparent. So the sentiments he expresses on the album are closely linked to (in fact indistinguishable from) his actual persona.
Continuing in OWS style, in “Shackled and Drawn” Springsteen sings,
Gambling man rolls the dice, working man pays the bills It’s still fat and easy up on bankers hill Up on bankers hill the party’s going strong Down here below we’re shackled and drawn
Growing more explicit, on “Jack of All Trades,” which is narrated by a laborer, perhaps an illegal immigrant, Springsteen sings:
The banker man grows fatter, the working man grows thin It’s all happened before and it’ll happen again It’ll happen again, they’ll bet your life I’m a Jack of all trades and, darling, we’ll be alright
Now sometimes tomorrow comes soaked in treasure and blood… So you use what you’ve got, and you learn to make do You take the old, you make it new If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight.
On the most incendiary song on Wrecking Ball, “Death to My Hometown,” READ MORE
Memo to Bruce: You are a one percenter that you call bastards and sing about shooting.
h/t: Vision To America