When you think about his history I suppose this isn’t a shock, except that it is.
Springsteen, 62, says he is not afraid of how the album will be received in election-year America: “The temper has changed. And people on the streets did it. Occupy Wall Street changed the national conversation – the Tea Party had set it for a while. The first three years of Obama were under them.
“Previous to Occupy Wall Street, there was no push back at all saying this was outrageous – a basic theft that struck at the heart of what America was about, a complete disregard for the American sense of history and community … In Easy Money the guy is going out to kill and rob, just like the robbery spree that has occurred at the top of the pyramid – he’s imitating the guys on Wall Street. An enormous fault line cracked the American system right open whose repercussion we are only starting to be feel.
“Nobody had talked about income inequality in America for decades – apart from John Edwards – but no one was listening. But now you have Newt Gingrich talking about ‘vulture capitalism’ – Newt Gingrich! – that would not have happened without Occupy Wall Street.”
What is most infuriating about the Springsteen is that his grasp of American history seems to come from Bill Ayers and Howard Zinn. He clearly knows nothing of how this nation was founded, or what the role of the government should be in our lives. He wants a cradle-to-grave social safety net.
Great. Let him be “the Boss” of Norway.
He sure as Hell doesn’t understand America.