The Promise Is Broken

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While many bands have legions of fans, few (if any) have garnered the type of following that Bruce Springsteen has.  Long before he became famous, those who knew his work were already nothing less than devotees.  Decades later, those numbers have skyrocketed but, for many, the devotion has not waned.  That was true of me…until now.

I don’t in any way repudiate Springsteen’s greatness.  He is, in fact, the greatest poet of my lifetime and, I would enjoy arguing perhaps the best since Shakespeare. I don’t have room here to defend that statement – nor is it the purpose of this paper – but I am far from the only one who has taken Springsteen’s works so seriously.  There are two Harvard professors, a leading theologian and one of the nation’s premiere social and political journalists (to name just a very few) who have written books on Springsteen – the artist, not the man – and his literary and moral contributions.  I, too, have considered writing one along the lines of The Leadership Lessons of George Washington and The Tao of Pooh – the often simple but essential lessons that I have taken from Springsteen’s lyrics and incorporated into my own life for the better.

Through the years I have been a fan – in many cases a big fan – of other acts as well. I think Paul Simon is a brilliant lyricist and musician and Bernie Taupin who, along with Elton John, has created some of the greatest songs in the soundtrack of my life are, too. Billy Joel has been unparalleled at catching and throwing back the zeitgeist of the times and so on.  But only Springsteen has been a moral guide and to this day I have no doubt that he is, outside my closest family and friends, one of the two people who has most helped me to be the man I wish to be.  The other, you may find of significance, is Dennis Prager.

Unlike any of the others, Springsteen has always seen his career as a body of work and he saw that body of work as a mission to offer people exactly what he, in fact, offered me, a blueprint for navigating the difficulties of life.  These lessons were often simple – but aren’t the best always that way? – and what made them great was that they were accessible and could be replicated by any and all.  Springsteen’s characters live in the real world with real world problems, problems that Springsteen would address with calls to action.

Much of Springsteen’s works – especially through the first third of his career – were centered around the automobile.  Everything changed depending on who (if anyone) was in the passenger seat, what was on the radio, whether the windows were open or closed, the condition of the road, the condition of the tires and so forth. Like old-style Westerns, the locale didn’t change much, but thousands of different stories could be told.

It was not a coincidence that Springsteen’s characters spent so much time in and around cars for, while it’s not a novel conceit, life is a journey, and the car, for Springsteen, was the means for getting from here to there in your life.  In “Thunder Road,” then, Springsteen’s car is not all supped up and gleaming telling us he’s just average guy.  The losers, meanwhile – those stuck in their perpetual rut  “Haunt these dusty beach roads in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets.”  Even the number of lanes and their composition serve as another clue in the telling of the tale.  Springsteen’s on a two-lane highway.  Not bad, but just one accident – by anyone – and things get backed up.

Nor is it coincidental that another word for car is “automobile” – quite literally self (auto) moving (mobile.)  This, more than anything, brought Springsteen his legion of fans: the idea that the individual has the power to make choices that will affect his life.  It came offered independence and opportunity.

The flip side of this is that choices have costs and consequences and there is no single concept that appears in Springsteen’s canon more than one iteration or another of “If you want it, you take it and you pay the price.”  It’s a promise…and a warning.

But, just as actions have consequences, so, too does inaction.  It’s not enough to dream, you have to act.  (And, since there’s a cost to action you have to act wisely.)  It’s not always that hard.  In “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen says “Where life’s on the line, where dreams are found and lost, I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost.”  He reiterates this message in “Badlands” (“Talk about a dream, try to make it real”) and, again, in “Prove It All Night:”

“Everybody’s got a hunger, a hunger they can’t resist/There’s so much that you want, you deserve much more than this/well if dreams came true, ah, wouldn’t that be nice/but this ain’t no dream we’re living on through tonight, so, girl, you want it, you take it and you pay the price.”

In the song many consider Springsteen’s masterpiece – and which I believe is the greatest poem ever written (made only that much greater by musical turns that Robert McKee could use as an example of “integration” in his story — structure class) — “Thunder Road,” Springsteen is imploring a women he knows to join him in his trip down life’s highway.  He – in themes that repeat throughout his body of work – knows that life’s better (and one’s chances for success, however one defines it, improved) with a pal, a confidant, a coconspirator, a lover and a friend beside you (in another song he’d say it point blank: “Two hearts are better than one.  Two hearts, girl, get the job done.”)

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  • Russ P.

    Wow! I was never particularly impressed by Springsteen's musical talent, but then again maybe I've missed something (most of what I've heard from is what they play "classic rock" radio). I've always considered him something of a stooge, and anyone who would listen to his political advice is likely to be in the same category.

  • southwood

    "He is, in fact, the greatest poet of my lifetime and, I would enjoy arguing perhaps the best since Shakespeare"

    This has got to be a joke. Byron, Keats, Tennyson, Shelley, Burns, Eliot, Yeats and many others could lay claim to that latter title better than Bruce Springsteen. As for the former, Bob Dylan has, or rather, had, more poetic ability than Springsteen, and I know that much of his work was empty pretentiousness but he did have a great poetic talent.

    • John Svenagli

      I agree with you. I found this article a waste of time, as pretentious in its thesis as the subject's opuses, a great stretch from someone who obviously sees the human artistic universe through the lens of a "Rolling Stone" writer/reader with a glaring canyon-sized blind spot from Shakespeare to Springsteen.

      Politics aside and considering poet singer-songwriters from the 1960s on, Dylan and Kristofferson, for example, have much more to say or at least say it more profoundly, an easy threshold vis-a-vis Springsteen.

      • John Svengali

        John Svengali, not Svenagli. Hey, it's early and its Monday.

        • Chezwick

          Kristofferson???….uttered in the same breath as Dylan? Ahhhh yes, blind spots.

          • semus

            Check out his writings.

          • semus

            "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", and "Help Me Make It Through the Night", to name a few. He was also a Rhodes Scholar, not that that in itself means anything after all so was Bill Clinton (HEH).

    • Flynn McMahon

      Part of the problem with this assertion is that it is made by someone who, while intelligent, is not particular well-read in poetry. Springsteen may well be the greatest poet of Sayet's lifetime but I take "lifetime" to mean his particular set of experiences, readings, and generational bias all of which has imposed some severe liimitations on his judgement.

  • logdon

    Utter crap.

    He slams the rich but how much is this 'blue collar hero' worth?

    As for any Dylan comparison this midget is unfit to lick the great man's boots.

  • semus

    His politics aside I did enjoy his songs and stories, but I would never have placed him at this level indicated in this column. But this person was really talking about the impression Springsteen had on him, he can place it at any level he wants.

  • Brian

    Mr Sayet needs to read more poetry. Or, perhaps, start reading poetry. Springsteen's banal rhymes are the stuff of songs, not poetry. Dylan and Tom Waits have the sensibility of poets, at least. The word "poetry" does not need any further diminution. Undoubtedly, much of recent poetry has been corrupted by the political and social anxieties of the left, but if Mr Sayet was born about 1960, it is a very thick anthology of fine poetry that remains. The Shakespeare remark makes one wonder about the value of Sayet's judgements in anything.

  • amused

    Where did FPM scrape up this steaming pile of B.S> and Why ? Easy , that last paragraph no doubt .
    Anyone who fashions their lives after lyrics of a rock band and/or it's leader , IS A LOSER . Not a right , not a lefty ,but A LOSER .
    So Sayet like so many lost persons who must adopt the values of "someone else " eventually get disillusioned when that demigod , who in their opinion comes up short , fails , doesn't anylonger meet expectations , or like so many other human beings departs from what they think that person should be , as opposed to what they think has been . PATHETIC
    I would like to be generous ,and consider this "tearfull reassesment of your hero" , to be a mechanism to sell your book .FPM's motive of course is clear , just another strawman to knock the left , and their radar found you , jyust as it had already targeted Springsteen , in a backhanded kinda way in previous "journalistic OPINION .

  • amused

    Evan ! ……. Evan ! ….wake up dear boy , you're a "grown-up now " !! Springsteen's just another entertainer . ALL songs are poems , and they sell records for either their lyrics or melody , both must be good or guess what ? NO GOLD RECORDS , NO FAME , NO SUCCESS .
    Springsteen I'm sure NEVER placed himself on the THRONE as a DEMI-god as you have obviously imparted .
    Your sad disillusionment reminds me of the time when ,as a kid , my hero SUPERMAN made the news as a suicide and was DEAD ! How could that be I asked myself ! And all that pestering of my Dad to take me to see Steve Reeves /Superman's live appearences . He always refused but in a way that good Dad's do .After the bitter news of his death , I began to realize , as well as a little kid could , that Steve Reeves was ….an actor , an entertainer ….a human being just like me , the Man of Steel was really not immune to a bullet .
    LOL….Mark Twain was right – " As I grew older my father grew wiser "

  • amused

    So wipe your eyes Evan , one day " The Boss " will get old and die , and atleast I will thank him in my way , for all those great songs , but not for fashioning my life , Superman 's dead and my father was my best guide .
    But hey FPM put your essay to good use ….to suit their own "political agenda " and you get a venue to plug your book , all is not lost ….I wish you success on your book , lets just hope people treat it as entertainment , and not a "life's guide " .

  • jzsnake

    You are just now figuring out that the "Boss" is a joke? I should have stopped reading your article then but really Elton John and Billy Joel? And really Harvard professors like him? (BTW-maybe after I digest my breakfast I'll see if I can finish the article.)

  • tagalog

    No pop musician during the past 40 or 50 years is a poet, including Bob Dylan. Certainly not Bruce Springsteen, who writes doggerel. The claim that these people will live as poets is that academics have written books and courses on them are taught. Well, they're in the process of being left behind; they've got another couple of generations, but they're passing.

    Shakespeare's work has been significant to even the popular audience for 500 years. Springsteen will be lucky if people are still thinking about him in 75 years. He's already well on the way to becoming a favorite of a certain kind of historian or academician. If he's lucky he'll be a cultural footnote for about as long as, say, Sarah Bernhardt, then he'll be gone and forgotten. Like Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, a few devotees and fanatics will remember him, and the mainstream will have moved on.

    The one thing that Springsteen and people like him, including Dylan, have going for them is that they know they're pop icons, who will pass, or have passed, as the new pop icons take their places.

    • amused

      People will always REMEMBER / NOT WORSHIP those songs they experienced in their "time " most succinctly ages 12- 18 , but most move on to digest other forms and newer trends , there are songs in each decade that I find terrific . No particular genre , just good melody good lyrics or both . I dont and never have attached political or spiritual meaning to pop songs , no life lessons . If anyone is looking there , I pity them . My Mom loved Perry Como from the time he sang his first tune ,along with Ole' Blue Eyes and Dino ,and did so until she passed ..that's the way it is with music …no politics , perhaps identifying with a love song , but nothing more . I think it ridiculous , Sayets article AND it's use here .

      Or as Shakespeare said – " much ado about nothing "

      • tagalog

        The people who experienced those songs in "their time" are rapidly approaching their dotage. In about 40 or 50 years they'll all be dead except the octogenarians among them. Then it will be a question of how much the Springsteens of the world impacted the culture. Neither Dylan nor Springsteen (or any other artist making that kind of music) is going to last very long after the last of the people born up to about 1985 or 1990 or so are dead. That's about 60 or 70 years from now. The culture those artists impacted turned out to be a throwaway culture and their music was addressed to that culture and will rapidly become dated. It already is. Does anybody listen to Tom Joad, The River, Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands or It's A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall these days? Not long after that only the catchiest tunes and lyrics will be remembered, then they will go too. There'll probably be a couple of the folkier tunes lasting in the folk repertoire (few will remember who first sang them), but who listens to folk songs these days?

        • mcwrath

          Yeah I still listen to street legal, 'seionr can you tell me where your heading…lincoln county road or armageddon…' pure genuis . Orpheus the mythological/legendary poet gave his pomes out with his musical instrument. Such has not happened so much since but in the last 60years. And remember phases in artistic appreciation have even lapsed for willie shakesphere. ( not all his work is great or perfect.) John Keats went unapreciated by the top critics of his day and look at the beauty and brillance all done by his 25th birtyday – greater than shakesphere had produced at such an age. My point, I guess is that you truly underestimate the greatness of the work of the likes of Dylan and Springsteen etc ( granting that not everything of these artists is great. But the great is Great.)

        • Kristen

          I think this perhaps just shows how out of touch you are? Dylan, particularly up through, say, Blood on the Tracks, still has has a huge audience among younger generations. I would say Springsteen's is more limited, but it still exists. Do they appeal to people who listen to Justin Bieber? Of course not. But if you're young and like rock and roll or folk or any sort of indie, you probably have quite a few Bob Dylan albums.

    • Suzanne

      Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller were great musicians. I think they will be remembered.

      • tagalog

        Yes, they were great. In their day. Who listens to them today? A few swing music fans and some people who remember them from "their time" as young people (including me, by the way, as a pre-teen, 1950s, early rock 'n' roll alternative-hunter, but I'll be dead in 20 years). When they are gone, who will consider Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller's music as timely for that later time? Very few, almost no one. They were pop musicians and their music was intended for the popular taste of the time. A few of their catchy tunes, "Moonlight Serenade," "One O'Clock Jump," "Avalon," "American Patrol," "Little Brown Jug," and the rest are gone, except to the nostalgia buffs, the trivia mongers, and the academics.

  • Rothschild

    I never really was a fan; that being said, it seems to me that musicians today, are on the wrong team…when they use music for a social agenda; that may not be Springsteen's fault though; because all present day media celebrities have done a terrible job of using their public persona to effect change…probably because their movement is made up of all losers on the road of life.

    A bum is bum, that will always be a bum, unless they stop drinking…and take personal responsibility for their life, and their earth.

    I have no great like for the automobile too (especially in this age of global warming) if I was a musician, or a poet, I would write satirical works about about how a car is simply a sophisticated wheelchair, for the simple minded idiots of the world.

  • Gar

    I saw Springsteen's concert in California and thought that he was just OK for another bar band. I don't think he's gotten any better. I've always thought that Springsteen was one of the most contrived and affected performer I've ever seen. He's big on posing with all the overly dramatic guitar and body moves and contorted facial expressions along with the guy with the handkerchief on his head, Little Steven or something. The best and most real part of Springsteen's band was always Clarence Clemons. The drummer Max Weinberg is boring, not very interesting musically with his arms flapping around like a headless chicken. Pretense, affectation, contrivance, that's Springsteen in my opinion. A big phony.

    • tagalog

      Back in Springsteen's early years, he was touted as the new Dylan. That turned out to be a load of nonsense. The best thing Springsteen ever did was Thunder Road, and although it's a catchy tune, it can't touch Dylan's lyrics.

      Sadly, for a while Springsteen believed the critics and he did those horrendous albums about The River, Nebraska, and Born In the USA, and so on. "Those jobs are going, and they ain't comin' back," Spare me. More Cadillac Ranch, less social realism.

  • Mo_

    Thank you so much for this. I've been a Springsteen fan since I was 18 years old, maybe younger. I'm 44 now. He's written my life and my heart for all those years.

    To see what he has become, to hear his words, to see him worshipping Obama – this man who is destroying our country – has shredded my soul. It sounds extreme, but it's true.

    Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone.

  • C.R.

    WOW–where do I start? this foolish and pathetic author–has ascribed so much to this very flawed man–which is NOT true and never was–he is just a man–and yet the author placed him upon a pedestal and worshiped him!

    I was never impressed with Springstein–and I do not place entertainers upon a pedestal–I never did!

  • amused

    Hey MO , "written your life and heart " ? " shredded your soul " ?????
    No , that doesn't sound extreme …IT IS EXTREME , exremely pathetic ! LOLOL…and you give your idol no quarter .
    You deserve your disappointment , and if your soul is "shredded " I suggest some "soul searching " .

    Who was that GREAT GUY who said "put your faith in men and you will be disappointed " ?

    The fact that you find common ground with Sayet ,simply means you're both losers …wait a minute , let me go get my violin …..

  • elixelx

    Not even a MENTION of Dylan?
    Well, if you've only ever read Shakespeare and no other you might think Springsteen is a poet; but compared to real poets he is nothing but a POETASTER!
    Sorry, Evan. There's no accounting for taste and with taste like yours, bad taste, there is no argument!

  • amused

    What you people need to do is LIGHTEN' UP . These people who are entertainers are just that , and as Americans they have the same right to open theitr mouth just like you . If Springsteen had came down on the other side , he [still] would be a great musician . But now you denigrate their talent and their careers for your own political ends . Because they voted for the other guy , and thus they are vile traitors because they will vote again for the same ? You folks are being ed by the nose .

  • PistolPierre

    Greatest poet of his generation? What an insane statement!

  • Hank Rearden

    Evan, Evan, who knew? Your work is so good I am just going to pretend that I never read this piece.

    Bruce can create tone poems, where the music and the words fit together to create an image or a story. But let's not forget to take our meds!

    Rock is rebellion. And America has a dreadful fate for its rebels. It lets them succeed!! The old fraud Herbert Marcuse developed an entire philosophy around this but since I read it in the 60's I have forgotten the lingo – I think it was "permissive repression" or something like that. Meaning that America repressed the masses by letting them be free and happy. So there was no role for radicalism. As Tom Wolfe put it, he was a German Marxist trying to make sense of the world after he moved to California and found the kids surfing and fu*king and as ignorant as clams of philosophy and not worried about it one bit.

    Bruce has succeeded. He has to find some rebellion and so he has entered the incoherent world of Leftism. Either we are imperialists dominating the world, or we don't care about the suffering of others. These ideas alternate depending on the day of the week. The last line of "Thunder Road" is his proposition to Mary – "It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win." There was a time when that was an invitation to the open road in the great American night to a future working and living together.

    I think for today's Bruce, he is inviting Mary to jump in the car so they can go down to the welfare office and get their checks from "da man." Then its back to the projects so Bruce can pass out on the couch in his wifebeater T.

    Evan, I think the best thing to do is to either wait for Bruce to go into the opening riff of Hungry Heart or hope that Paul McCartney shows up on stage. And get some sleep!

  • Bruce Rioux

    I don't think theses guys will be remembered much beyond the next ten years or so. Dylan's stuff seems so dated now. Oddly enough, I think Dylan's Christian period songs may be around much longer. They seem to have a staying power about them. Springstein will be toast.

  • crypticguise

    This article is probably the worst "pile of crap" I have read on FPM. I love FPM, but this guy exemplifies the word "puerile". Please, no more columns from someone who believes that Springstein is comparable to Shakespeare. Please.

  • flowerknife_us

    Kid today do not read Shakespeare. What teacher of today even want to try and read it out loud in class when one can just play old records and dream of the good old days.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Nice try, Mr. Sayet. A good, well-thought out article, but it doesn't quite make the grade. While you do a good job explaining a number of Springsteen's songs in terms of the life situations we find ourselves in, with the make-a-choice and take the consequences theme; I can't see how you compare Bruce to Shakespeare; who does an infinitely better job of conveying life's complications. Perhaps Bruce might compare to the Bard of Avon, in the sincerity of his songs, but thats it. Springsteen is moral? In some ways, but one rarely, if ever, hears him sing about anyone that has succeeded in life, to the point where they're leading good lives. His songs tend to be negative; about people who might succeed for a bit; then fall down the mountain, never to rise again. People need to be successful to be truly moral. And The Boss's rendition of "Shenandoah" is absurd; he moans his way through this song; in fact, Lefties have trouble with "Shenandoah."

  • Ann

    LOVED BS until the adultery…after that can't stand the goon—takes all the tax cuts ,him and those moron's Bon Jovi,Bono along with the rest of the art's-y fools…then go's after REAL AMERICANS —HAY ALL YOU RICH ART'S-Y FOOLS GIVE ALL YOUR MONEY TO THE GOVERNMENT AND DO YOUR WORK FOR FREE…

    • amused

      they pay taxes ….and they give free concerts and benefit concerts ….you're just jealous . And please if "adultery " is your litmus test ……then there should be about 300 or so empty seats in Congress ,The Senate and The House . And fraud , lies and tax evasion ? FUGETABOUTIT !

  • mlcblog

    I don't read Amused, either.

    • amused

      Awwww , you mean you didn't buy my book ? for shame . I'll bet I could sell you one though . In fact I can guarantee you'll buy it , all I need do is entitle it 10 million reasons why I hate Obama and the left .
      Oh you'll bite , I know you will .

  • mlcblog

    Evan, may I suggest you read the Bible for literature, too, in your quest for lovely and meaningful poetry?

  • BS77

    I liked Springsteen's album NEBRASKA…..

  • amused

    Never was a Springsteen fan or "devotee like Evan " …but ….C'mon , who didn't like " Dancing in the Dark " great song /great video .

    • Helen Of Troy, NY

      The video made the very average song. It was Courtney Cox jumpin' on the stage and your (imaginary) sexual conquest through Mr. Springsteen that perked your affection.

      • amused

        Are things really that bad up in Troy …..Helen ? If that's what you got out of it , I would suggest finding a boyfreind and getting a room . LOL…do you imagine the guys you pass in the street up there in Troy to be mentally stripping the clothes off you ?

  • Erik Von Zipper

    A blue collar sort of clumsy cartoon rocker who wrote a few good tunes is my view of Springsteen. Forget the political meaning nonsense. Rock and Roll is meant to be fun and entertaining. It's designed to make one move not think. It's about the beat, the tempo, the action. It's written for the young and it's goal is to separate them from their money. Springsteen's lyrics have more depth than most, but that's just an additional layer of R&R salesmanship.

    • amused

      Oh what a croc of steaming B.S. ….ZIPIT Von Zipper .

  • JakeTobias

    Wow. What a stomping poor Evan took on this one. People do get passionate about art. Or what some might call art. Just like in politics. Fortunately, those are not the same thing. Evan's hyperbolic statement about Shakespeare aside, I agree with a lot of his remarks. I also feel let down by Springsteen's lost promise. Just not as much as Evan here. Right now, I am thinking of a country music title: "Hank Williams You Wrote My Life". If Evan's statements are beyond the pale to you, or silly, then so is that one. Country fans.

    I got into a disagreement with a girl once, about Springsteen's first marriage. The one to Julianne Phillips. I had said, he made a mistake marrying her. My girlfriend disagreed, and rolled her eyes saying "Yeah, right. Like you know him". I did not know how to explain to her, that I did. At least about that. I did not know how to explain, that Springsteen was different. He was not just any songwriter. And he wasn't. He is now. But he didn't use to be. He use to put his true self in his songs. You cynics can roll your eyes all you like, and call him just an entertainer. Or do worse. Go ahead. But by the time his fist marriage went bust, and he married again, my girl was gone. But I was right. And for the right reasons. Then Springsteen married again.

    This time he chose right. He married a rock 'n' roll girl. All he ever needed. The fact that his second marriage did not last either, is not the point here. But for a long time, it seemed the "red headed woman had got that dirty job done". The thing is, the girls in my life after that, hated Patti Scialfa. And they all had the same reason; she was "ugly". They felt only a beauty like Julianne would be all right.

    So, why am I going into this? First, the older generations got to keep the entertainers, and artists, of their youth. I know I want to too. Politics did not contaminate it all. And second, this web-site. This is David Horowitz's site. I recently saw David on book TV. He was promoting "A Point In Time". The man who introduced him, spoke of "truth'. Truth with a capital "T". To get at that, he said, you have to take a hard look at yourself. Well, that is what real artists are suppose to do. Springsteen use to do that. You can hoot at that if you want. But he did. Now he doesn't.

    As far as Springsteen's second divorce goes, he will have to learn the hard way. One day, his children will call another man "Dad". Or "Father". If your kids are older, I suppose it would not be as hard to listen to, as it would be with the younger ones. Fortunately, I don't know what that is like. But I know guys who do. The price indeed.

    I think Evan took a chance on this one, and I'm glad he did. Having your say ain't easy, or free.

  • zig

    Hilarious. If the ever juvenile and jejune Sayet ever imagined that there was a time when Springsteen was not on the left he was typically confused. The message of personal responsibility and wise choices was always a leftist one…right wingers are never responsible for anything, the poor, the environment, anything and they have never made a choice in their miserable lives that were not based on bigotry or mean self interest.

    • Rollingsworth_T_Vestibule

      ” never made a choice in their miserable lives that were not based on bigotry or mean self interest.” Read a Histry book you numbskull. History didn’t just start today with your crooked thoughts and ideals. History rolls on and on. The guilt goes to the guilty. Jim Crowe, The KKK, Southern Democratic Segregation. LBJ stating that his action will have “Those Nigg**s voting Democrat for the next 100 years” and the list goes on and on. We didn’t suddenly Change Sodes just when we were getting the things we always wanted and for the reasons the Republican Party was actually founded. THe Propagandists got ahold of YOUR television and Newspapers and started painting everything with their Biggoted paint. “Hey, look at that guy who is running away from this crime scene, the crime comitted by the “Liberal: and the conservative is actually running for help” Propaganda is a strong thing/ Rohm Emanuele said “Never let a catastrophy go to waste”. I don’t remember how to spell his name , but I remember his double speak. Wake up. Open your Puppydog eyes. Look around and listen to both sides and then you will see who is pulling wool over whose eyes.

      • SillieGander

        You’re rant is typical of an ignorant right winger who over simplifies things. There are both good and bad qualities to collectivists as there are good and bad qualities to individualists. You right wing clowns can be just as exploitive and divisive as left wingers can be. If you pulled your head out of your rear-end every once in a while (and wiped the right wing crap from your eyes), you might actually see the World as it is as opposed to your inaccurate Black and White view (or should I say Brown and White view).

        • randy63ism

          Channel Kim Jong Ill much?
          Silly goose.

          • SillieGander

            I’m just a guy on the winning side of history! It must be rather tough for you being a right wing l0ser and all. That look on your face when BHO kicked your rear end on Tuesday November 6, 2012 must have been priceless!

          • randy63ism

            “Winning side of history.” Typical leftist hubris from a typical leftist narcissist. You call yourself a goose yet bray like a donkey. You must be some kind of genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. No doubt funded with federal grant money much like the Solyndra fiasco.

          • SillieGander

            As opposed to your right wing hubris (or bull-sh1t) from a rightist cl0wn? Randy you are just a right wing m0r0n and a l0ser (2012 proved that as will 2016 and 2020). I am so glad BHO has the IRS is crawling up your putr1d rear end with a microscope (I don’t envy their horrid task)! Maybe someday, we good Americans can hope that you will wipe right wing crap from your eyes and see the the World as it really is for once, but seeing as your head is so firmly planted in your rear end (you don’t make it easy for the IRS) I don’t hold out much hope!

            Hillary 2016
            Hillary 2020

          • randy63ism

            Oh my, I must have ruffled your authoritarian, Alinskyite feathers pretty good. You haven’t a clue about the real world, you’re much too busy trying your level best to destroy it along with your “messiah,” the community organizer. People like you are deluded scum with no scruples, destructive to a fault, and quite happy to feed at the trough of everybody else’s hard work and sweat. You’re a parasite and a lying scrot-sac, infested with maggots. Of course you’re glad 0bama’s IRS is vindictively going after conservatives because to those of your detestable persuasion, the means justify the ends no matter how much destruction is wrought. The only problem is that you’re so stupid you actually think you can pick up a turd by the clean end.

          • SillieGander

            You have ruffled nothing you m0r0n! You can’t see the true World because your head is stuck up your rear end! You have nothing but your right wing nonsense to try to deceive folks with! Like I said, you are just a right wing l0ser who was no match for Barak Hussein Obama (Barry Soetoro) II (1947 – ) in 2008 or 2012. I’m glad “the messiah” got the IRS crawling up your behind, it serves you right for being such an m0r0n!
            You are a typical right wing m0r0n and everyone knows it! I look forward to kicking your behind again in 2016 and 2020.

          • randy63ism

            You spew the same garbage over and over from your stench-filled pie hole. You have nothing original to say, nothing but ad hominem, ad infinitum, ad nauseam, just like a hairy little, basement-dwelling troglodyte, pounding away on an ancient Mac. Tell me, would you like some iodine for those knuckles? Ouch, that’s gotta sting!

          • SillieGander

            As opposed to the same right wing garbage you spew? You are such a two-faced hypocrite! You have no original thoughts because your brain ain’t getting any oxygen because it’s tough to fight for air when your head is up your behind Randy!
            Your a l0ser Randy with no friends except your right palm and your left palm, rest assured we lefties ain’t gonna take away your right to t0ss 0ff!

          • randy63ism

            You know something? It is pretty obvious you are nothing but a projecting, little troll with nary an original thought and far too much time on your hands. No wonder you’re a leftist sponge quite content to help yourself to the hard work of others so you can sit on your fat, feathered backside all day long nursing a morbid, pathological need to have the last word. Well guess what hero? You do not determine how I spend my time. I’ve got a job, a life and responsibilities, and besides, you do a much better job of exposing yourself as a blithering idiot, leftwing slug by your own comments than I ever could do, so fire away, it’s only a squib load after all and your verbal marksmanship is pretty lame. I rest my case, so adios troll. I’ve got better things to do than spend time with you, freak. You’re ill.

          • Rollingsworth_T_Vestibule

            You can’t really believe the crap you write, can you? I mean History is at your fingertips. You can “google” it or Alta Vista it or Netscape it or any other search you like and find that I am 100% correct. Why the LONG face and lies?

          • SillieGander

            I write the truth! If you don’t like it, TOO BAD! History is indeed at my fingertips and I have read a LOT of HISTORY! History has proven us lefties correct. The reason we exist is because you righties are either unwilling or unable to address or solve the problems that society and life have thrown your way (except to do NOTHING and hope that it all goes away buy burying your head in the sand, if it isn’t stuck up your behind already). You are out to lunch if you buy into all that right wing n0nsense you believe!

            There is no long face and there are no lies with me. Who was deceived by all the right wing pundits predicting a Willard Mitt Romney (1947 – ) landslide on Tuesday November 6, 2012?

            Why the LONG face and the lies?

            Why is Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (1947 – ) the next POTUS (2017 2025)?

            Why the LONG face and lies?

            Quit being a right wing l0ser and get with the winning side of history! The door is always open, even to a right wing m0r0n like yourself!

    • randy63ism

      Yours is the finest exposition on leftist cognitive dissonance and twisted, projectionist spew I’ve heard all week. Sure you didn’t lift that from Trotsky’s playbook? Naw, it reeks of Stalinist doublespeak.
      Thank you for that, even if it wasn’t your intent.

      • SillieGander

        No I’m afraid his rant is typical of an ignorant right winger who over simplifies things. There are both good and bad qualities to collectivists as there are good and bad qualities to individualists. You right wing clowns can be just as exploitative and divisive as left wingers can be. If you pulled your head out of your rear-end every once in a while (and wiped the right wing crap from your eyes), you might actually see the World as it is as opposed to your inaccurate Black and White view (or should I say Brown and White view). Channel Mitt Romney much Randy?

        • randy63ism

          “Channel Mitt Romney much Randy?”
          No more than you lay golden eggs.

          • SillieGander

            Similar to the egg you right wing cl0wns laid in 2012? I don’t need to lay golden eggs, I’m a liberal-socialist, I just tax everybody.

          • randy63ism

            Tax everybody’s patience. We already know you’re a card-carrying communist who steals the proverbial golden eggs from the productive members of the gander.
            You stink.

          • SillieGander

            What ever you right wing m0ron! We already know that your head is planted firmly up your rear end, which only goes to show that you can’t see anything Randy! You stink!

          • randy63ism

            Project much? I’m laughing at your puny, faux intelligence. You have the intellectual acumen of a gnat.

          • SillieGander

            You can’t project anything because your head is stuck up your behind! You have no intellectual acumen because you are a right wing m0r0n!

          • randy63ism

            Better a right wing “M0r0n” than a blithering, left wing idiot with a penchant for mirrors.

          • SillieGander

            I haven’t seen a good right wing m0r0n yet, especially one whose is stuck so far up their behind like yours!

            Or maybe you are a blithering, right wing idi0t with a penchant for mirrors!

          • randy63ism

            You have serious mental issues and frankly, I’m finished wasting my time with your vile, hate-filled comments. The only good thing that has come out of this exchange is how much you have shown just how depraved you leftwingers really are. Only you’re too much of a vain immature, egomaniac to realize it.

          • SillieGander

            Randy, you’re an 1di0t and a l0ser! You can’t process thoughts properly because you got your head stuck up your behind! You right wingers with your vile, hate-filled comments. The only good thing that has come out of this exchange is how much you have shown just how depraved you right-winger cl0wns really are. Only you’re too much of a vain, immature, egomaniac to realize it.
            Did I forget to mention that most folk think you are an azz-h01e too?

  • kurlis

    Beautifully written. Thank you Evan.

    • SillieGander

      Yeah, and as incorrect as his erroneous view that the United States was the least BIGOTED country in World history!

  • TheBossyFiesta

    but, but, but, Bruce Springsteen totally sucks.