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Bruce Springsteen

What he said at the October 2nd Vote for Change concert in Cleveland

Vote for Change
Artists' Statement
Sponsor of Vote for Change, MoveOn.org

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It's time, we need to move America towards the fulfillment of its promises that she's made to her citizens: economic justice, civil rights, the protection of the environment, respect for others, and humility in exercising our power at home and around the world. These core issues of American identity are what's at stake on November 2nd.

America is not always right... that's a fairy tale you tell your children at night before they go to sleep. But America is always true, and it is in seeking these truths that we find a deeper patriotism. Don't settle for anything less.

So we got some work to do between now and November 2nd!

Express yourself - roll up your sleeves and get out there and do something. And remember, the country we carry in our hearts is waiting.


Chords for Change
New York Times, Op-Ed Section
August 5, 2004

A nation's artists and musicians have a particular place in its social and political life. Over the years I've tried to think long and hard about what it means to be American: about the distinctive identity and position we have in the world, and how that position is best carried. I've tried to write songs that speak to our pride and criticize our failures.

These questions are at the heart of this election: who we are, what we stand for, why we fight. Personally, for the last 25 years I have always stayed one step away from partisan politics. Instead, I have been partisan about a set of ideals: economic justice, civil rights, a humane foreign policy, freedom and a decent life for all of our citizens. This year, however, for many of us the stakes have risen too high to sit this election out.

Through my work, I've always tried to ask hard questions. Why is it that the wealthiest nation in the world finds it so hard to keep its promise and faith with its weakest citizens? Why do we continue to find it so difficult to see beyond the veil of race? How do we conduct ourselves during difficult times without killing the things we hold dear? Why does the fulfillment of our promise as a people always seem to be just within grasp yet forever out of reach?



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