I just got back from my 4th Springsteen concert since 9/28 (yes that's 4 shows in 21 days) and Bruce really is hitting his stride. The MSG show from last night rivaled Night 2 in Continental Airlines, but this show featured 5 songs from Born to Run and the duo of Meeting Across the River into Jungleland. The Big Man hit every note in Jungleland and even The Boss was in awe of The Sax solo.
During Livin' In The Future Bruce launches into a talk about what is good about America and then some questionable tactics we've been employing since 9/11. People ask me all the time what I think of that and I actually lean towards Bruce, but I just don't think it is that simple. Then friends bring up my working on the McCain campaign and think that's a contradiction. Not so fast....
This morning I was sent copies of a speech John McCain is giving today. Inside the speech contains this language:
I am not naive. I know very well the tools some governments have resorted to when threatened: indefinite detention without trial, torture of prisoners, and a belief that anything is permissible in dark places where power is the only law. But these tools are not American tools, and the easy way is not the American way.
Here's what Bruce's rap is before Livin' In The Future...
"things that we look at as American" like "hot dogs, hamburgers (from the Windmill!)" and added to the list "illegal wiretapping, torture, suspension of Habeas Corpus, voter suppression."
The two are verrrryyyy similar, no? See a good conservative Republican can enjoy a Springsteen concert!