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Thu Oct 18, 2012, 08:54 PM

Bruce Springsteen: FOCUS | Why I Support the President

The election is coming up on all of us and we all have strong feelings about it. I've been getting asked a lot about where I stand, so for those who are interested, here goes.

This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama has a four year record to run on. Last time around, he carried with him a tremendous amount of hope and expectations. Unfortunately, due to the economic chaos the previous administration left him with, and the extraordinary intensity of the opposition, it turned into a really rough ride. But through grit, determination, and focus, the President has been able to do a great many things that many of us deeply support.

Domestically, that record includes working to increase and expand employment for all, protecting our all important social safety net, passing guaranteed health care for most of our citizens, with important new protections for all of the insured, rescuing the auto industry and so many of the American jobs that go with it, protecting and enhancing the rights of women, and bringing us closer to full acceptance of our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.

In foreign affairs, that record includes following through on the removal of troops from the misguided and deceptive war in Iraq, and vigorously pursuing our real foreign enemies, especially the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Right now the opposition's resort to voter suppression in so many states is not receiving as much attention as it deserves. I believe that all of us, of whatever views, should be opposing these anti-voter, anti-citizen efforts.

Right now, for the President to be effective in his next term he needs our increased support and he needs support in the Congress, where some sterling candidates, such as current Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, challenger Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, and so many others, are fighting to make their constructive voices heard.

Right now, there is an ever increasing division of wealth in this country, with the benefits going more and more to the 1 percent. For me, President Obama is our best choice to begin to reverse this harmful development.

Right now, there is a fight going on to help make this a fairer and more equitable nation. For me, President Obama is our best choice to get us and keep us moving in the right direction.

Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some, whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military.

Right now, there is a choice going on in America, and I'm happy that we live in a country where we all participate in that process. For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together. We're still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country "...where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone."

That's why I plan to be in Ohio and Iowa supporting the re-election of President Obama to lead our country for the next four years.

Bruce Springsteen

Original Post: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/14056-focus-why-i-support-the-president

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geefloyd46 Oct 2012 OP
mountain grammy Oct 2012 #1
SunSeeker Oct 2012 #2
freshwest Oct 2012 #3
lovemydog Oct 2012 #4
freshwest Oct 2012 #5

Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 09:34 PM

1. Right now, America, right now! Wake the fuck up!

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 10:10 PM

2. K&R

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Response to geefloyd46 (Original post)

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 11:47 PM

3. Beautiful letter. I've never read Springsteen's words except in lyrics. And they are powerful.

I hope he does go to Youngstown, Ohio, about which he wrote that deeply moving song that showed that the rich were destroying America town by town. And where Ryan pulled his despicable sham dish washing routine to fool the public into thinking he cared about the 'takers.'

Thanks for the post, geefloyd. And here is the song, it brings as many tears to my eyes as the stories of the people at Sensata and the other ones that are being shown us by the OFA campaign and in MA today:



Youngstown ~ Bruce Springsteen

Here in northeast Ohio
Back in eighteen-o-three
James and Dan Heaton
Found the ore that was linin' Yellow Creek
They built a blast furnace
Here along the shore
And they made the cannonballs
That helped the Union win the war

Here in Youngstown
Here in Youngstown
My sweet Jenny I'm sinkin' down
Here darlin' in Youngstown

Well my daddy worked the furnaces
Kept 'em hotter than hell
I come home from 'Nam worked my way to scarfer
A job that'd suit the devil as well
Taconite coke and limestone
Fed my children and make my pay
Them smokestacks reachin' like the arms of God
Into a beautiful sky of soot and clay

Here in Youngstown
Here in Youngstown
Sweet Jenny I'm sinkin' down
Here darlin' in Youngstown

Well my daddy come on the Ohio works
When he come home from World War Two
Now the yard's just scrap and rubble
He said "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do."
These mills they built the tanks and bombs
That won this country's wars
We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam
Now we're wondering what they were dyin' for

Here in Youngstown
Here in Youngstown
My sweet Jenny I'm sinkin' down
Here darlin' in Youngstown

From the Monongahela valley
To the Mesabi iron range
To the coal mines of Appalachia
The story's always the same
Seven hundred tons of metal a day
Now sir you tell me the world's changed
Once I made you rich enough
Rich enough to forget my name

And Youngstown
And Youngstown
My sweet Jenny I'm sinkin' down
Here darlin' in Youngstown

When I die I don't want no part of heaven
I would not do heaven's work well
I pray the devil comes and takes me
To stand in the fiery furnaces of hell.



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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 01:06 PM

4. 'I made you rich enough

Rich enough to forget my name.'

That's one thing this election is about. We honor workers and want a more level playing field so they can enjoy a fair shake.

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Response to lovemydog (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 02:33 PM

5. And this line: "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do."

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Done in by domestic traitors, as one might call Mitt.
But he never had any allegiance to America or Americans, so it may not count.

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