What ruffled Fox’s chickenhawk feathers was their addled interpretation of the song as anti-military. And what made the song anti-military was that it was allegedly anti-war. Fox pounded that view into their audience all day with segments on Fox & Friends, where co-host Anna Kooiman said it was “a slap in the face” to veterans; on Outnumbered, where it was characterized as an “outrage;” and on The Five, where co-host Eric Bolling called the choice of material “a mistake.”
First of all, the song is not anti-war. It is anti-elitist privileged classes that exempt themselves from the burdens of society. It explicitly criticizes the rich and powerful who vote themselves tax cuts and shield their kids from the dirty business of defending the freedom that they exploit. The song’s title should make it obvious enough that the hacks on Fox wouldn’t need to struggle to figure it out.
The performance was made even worse, Epstein contended, because "Fortunate Son" is "an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq."
The Boss has been in the Fox News crosshairs all day, too. On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney questioned why Springsteen, "an outspoken leftist," would play politics with the troops.
"So much for HBO's 'Concert for Valor,'" Clayton Morris said at the outset of this morning's "Fox & Friends."
On Fox's "Outnumbered," co-host Andrea Tantaros professed to be a fan of both Springsteen and Grohl, but wondered why they didn't just go with a different song.
"It's amazing to me that nobody — think of all the people that are involved in a concert like this — nobody had the brains to stop and say, 'You guys might want to pick a different song,'" Tantaros said.
Let me say this again. Conservatives don't own the voice of the nation's troops . This is what is making me really angry.
The troops are not conservative, They are not liberal. They are a collective of people who care about this nation. The troops are not a monolith. The are not a political demographic.
DoSomething.org spoke with Rajiv Srinivasinan, admissions officer at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and CEO of MyVetwork—a non-profit dedicated to easing the transition from military to civilian life for returning veterans. Rajiv let us know the top five reasons citizens join the service.
1. Education. When you enlist in the army, you have the opportunity to receive a fully-funded education. Considering the rising amount of student debt in America, the option to attain a college degree without taking out loans is desirable to prospective soldiers.
2.Stability. Joining the military means a steady paycheck and a stable career trajectory. Many people can't risk the uncertainty of job hunting without cash flow to pay bills and support a family.
3. Respect. People want to be respected members of their communities. For many, the military is a path toward community-wide respect.
4. Community. Rajiv expressed that the military offers a strong sense of family and community. Those who have come from a fragmented background seek a foundation of love and support that military communities provide.
4. Adventure. People join because they're looking for a challenge and an adventure.
There are many many people who have come back from war disillusioned and disheartened. They deserve a voice as well, but according to some, they should be silenced for not waving the red white and blue in homage to the military wounded and dead.
They should not care that so many of our brethren are unemployed and homeless, suffer from depression and PTSD and other war-related injuries.
Nope, not according to FOX "News". Oh -- and clearly a rapper cursing around a bunch of sailors was just the thing that ruined the concert. Listen to this commentary.
Got Your 6 is proud to partner with The Concert for Valor to celebrate our veterans this Veterans Day. To keep the conversation going, check out “What’s Next”, a video the represents the growing veteran empowerment movement. Hear more stories from returning veterans and find additional resources as you browse our site.
If people are so pissed off about an anti-war song, then give musicians a reason to never have to write an anti-war song.
And dammit it all to hell - stop the perpetual war machine that makes this song still relevant to this day, 30 years later.
Come back home to the refinery Hiring man says "son if it was up to me" Went down to see my V.A. man He said "son don't you understand now" Had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong They're still there he's all gone He had a woman he loved in Saigon I got a picture of him in her arms now Down in the shadow of penitentiary Out by the gas fires of the refinery I'm ten years burning down the road Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go Born in the U.S.A.
Some people still don't get it -- just like this guy, 28 years ago.
They don't own the troops. they don't own patriotism and they don't own the USA, no matter what the likes of George Will said in 1984. "I have not got a clue about Springsteen's politics, if any, but flags get waved at his concerts while he sings songs about hard times. He is no whiner, and the recitation of closed factories and other problems always seems punctuated by a grand, cheerful affirmation: 'Born in the U.S.A.!'"
ETA at this late hour (3:50 PM) : I'm telling you, there is a group of people that I do not see bitching about this concert: VETERANS. Not one veteran group has come out against the concert of the performers.