flashback …. the rising

Especially for ‘M’ 😉

CBS: Legendary musician Bruce Springsteen has written a letter to his New Jersey hometown newspaper taking issue with the policies of New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie.

In his letter to the Asbury Park Press, Springsteen – identified only as a resident of the town of Colts Neck – takes issue with tax “cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions.”

While the New Jersey icon doesn’t mention Christie by name, he takes aim at the governor’s policies, writing that “the cuts are eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, not just those already classified as in poverty, and are likely to continue to get worse over the next few years.”

Christie … is a professed Spingsteen fan, as the Los Angeles Times notes, having claimed to have attended more than 120 Springsteen concerts in his lifetime and attempted (unsuccessfully) to get the man known as The Boss to perform at his inauguration.

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30 Responses to “flashback …. the rising”

  1. 1 CTGirl
    April 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Now, that’s what I am talking about!!!! Give me The Boss any day, everyday! I am happy he is making his voice heard on this mess — Christie.

  2. 2 majii
    April 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Springsteen “dissed” Christie on his attempt at getting him to perform at his inauguration, but The Boss did appear with other stars at the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the election of Barack Obama! Now, he disses Christie and the republicans for snatching the rug from under the feet of the middle class and poor. I have always loved The Boss, and this makes me so proud of him! He has NOT forgotten where he came from.

  3. 3 anniebella
    April 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    I hope people like the Boss still support the President, because so many of the liberals or progressive liberals came to be so disappointed in the President. I’m not disappointed in him.

    • 4 Sue in Minnesota
      April 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

      We can never lose sight of reality, and we can not let go of hope…..one man can not do it all, and change doesn’t happen with a flick of a switch. Springsteen has personal experience with those that wield power..I would bet he has a good perspective and
      is realistic about the course of change. If we are realistic, we will accept that it is a journey, not a destination…..we will always be reaching for the optimal. Such is life.

  4. 6 LYNND
    April 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Don’t they know Bruce is for the working man?

  5. 7 Dorothy Rissman
    April 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Anniebella, I read an article a few months back in which Springsteen said he did not understand why everyone was so hateful towards Obama. He said he wished some of the bills passed had been stronger, but he understood the repuglicans were working against Obama every step of the way. I hope he campaigns with PBO again.

  6. 8 cuphalffull
    April 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I think the “Rising” is really about each person taking responsibility for the hope and change. I wrote down the phrase “hope takes work” from somewhere.

    • 9 ber6964
      April 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

      Agreed I always said that the President provides us choices HOPE is an Individual Responsiblity!

  7. 10 Dorothy Rissman
    April 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    PM Carpenter said this on his site-

    Leadership–Something You DO, Not Yap About.
    Vote Obama 2012.

    I added the last line, but it seems it would be a good bumper sticker for window sticker.

    Hope Takes Work, is excellent.

    • 11 cuphalffull
      April 2, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      My son graduated from DePauw Univ. in Indiana. They have a leadership center there that uses this model for teaching about leadership, the Kouzes-Posner Model. I’ll list a summary and then ask (rhetorically) if it sounds familiar to anyone.

      Challenging the Process: Leaders search for opportunities to change the status quo. They look for innovative ways to improve the organization. In doing so, they experiment and take risks. And because leaders know that risk taking involves mistakes and failures, they accept the inevitable disappointment as learning opportunities.

      Inspiring a Shared Vision: Leaders passionately believe that they can make a difference. They envision the future, creating an ideal and unique image of what the organization can become. Through their magnetism and quiet persuasion, leaders enlist others in their dreams. They breathe life into their visions and get people to see exciting possibilities for the future.

      Enabling Others to Act: Leaders foster collaboration and build spirited teams. They actively involve others. Leaders understand that mutual respect is what sustains extraordinary efforts; they strive to create an atmosphere of trust and human dignity. They strengthen others, making each person feel capable and powerful.

      Modeling the Way: Leaders establish principles concerning the way people (constituents, colleagues, and customers alike) should be treated and the way goals should be pursued. They create standards of excellence and then set an example for others to follow. Because the prospect of complex change can overwhelm people and stifle action, they set interim goals so that people can achieve small wins as they work toward larger objectives. They unravel bureaucracy when it impedes action; they put up signposts when people are unsure of where to go or how to get there; and they create opportunities for victory.

      Encouraging the Heart: Accomplishing extraordinary things in organizations is hard work. To keep hope and determination alive, leaders recognize contributions that individuals make. In every winning team, the members need to share in the rewards of their efforts, so leaders celebrate accomplishments. They make people feel like heroes.

      • 12 Dorothy Rissman
        April 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

        Very nice cuphalffull. Indeed we all want to feel like we are valued. Encouraging the Heart is so important.

  8. 13 Carolyn
    April 2, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    That leadership model describes our president…..he exemplifies it.
    I love these retrospective videos that Chipsticks ties in with today’s events!! They are encouraging.
    Today we went to our County Democratic Convention as delegates. Even though we lost the state legislature, both houses, and the governorship last fall, this was not a discouraged group of people. We recognize the forces that worked against us last fall, but are determined to work together and not let the naysayers win. More people attended than usually attend, and I read that is what is happening in other states too. One speaker, who has a lot of respect and credibility, told us we cannot afford to let our own individual points keep us from working for the greater good. The other side will always band together, but some on our side are too concerned with “purity” to work together. She cited the election of 2000 when some people thought Al Gore wasn’t pure enough in his ideals, so ran against him and thereby threw the elction to the Supreme Court, and we all know what happened then. I was impressed with the optimism and willingness to work hard to re-elect the president and change the make up of our state houses.

    • 14 Sue in Minnesota
      April 2, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Carolyn I love these reports from the “field”. Thanks for sharing and thanks for being actively engaged.

    • 15 cuphalffull
      April 2, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      I agree the retrospective videos are great! Also loved hearing your report of your experience. May the force be with you :).

    • 16 Dorothy Rissman
      April 2, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Carolyn, that is so great to hear. I hope some of these firebaggers in Seattle will wise up before it is too late.

      Yep, Gore was awful, Carter was awful, Clinton was awful and now PBO is awful. I guess we should not be surprised that not one democrats has able to please the naysayers.

  9. 17 Sue in Minnesota
    April 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Balance. Personal and collective responsibility and engagement. Inspiration and acknowledgement. Reality and opportunity in existing obstacles. Patience and Determination….seems like a great template for both personal and collective success. Reminds me of our President.

  10. 19 Proud of Obama
    April 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Love Bruce. He is wise. I wish everyone who’s whining and complaining (and lying) about President Obama would listen to that first video over and over. Bruce praised then Sen. Obama for being deliberate and pragmatic. Meaning PBO takes time to consider every issue and then works to get the best solution. And Bruce told the people that then Senator Obama would need all of us, that he couldn’t do it alone. The PL didn’t want to hear that they have to work too. That PBO can’t wave a magic want and make everything perfect. The PL just want to sit on their butts and complain.

    PBO is working miracles despite the 24/7 opposition he’s getting from the right and the left.

    I sometimes think these evil governors getting elected and overreaching and blatently trying to destroy the middle class was the best thing that could have happened because these folks who voted republican (looking at you cops and firefighters) and those who sat on their behinds and didn’t vote now see exactly what the republicans are all about. They can no longer hide behind Frank Luntz’s talking points because their policies are hitting and hurting everybody — black, white, young and old. The only ones benefiting are the Koch brothers and the other rich folks.

    I just hope we can keep them from inflicting too much damage so that PBO and the democrats don’t have to start all over.

    • 20 Charmed
      April 3, 2011 at 9:05 am

      I Loved the first video, it just proves that President Obbama has not changed or moved to the middle like the PL likes to say. He’s always been pragmatic, deliberate and thoughtful. He hasn’t changed and I still stand with him 100%.

  11. 21 Dorothy Rissman
    April 2, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am kind of breaking the thread here, but I hope you will allow me to share something special with you.
    I am reading The Bridge by David Remnick. He spends a lot of time developing PBO’s college years. Our beloved president was a poet. Two of his poems were published in the Occidental College literary magazine.

    This is about his grandfather Stanley Dunham. If you already read it, sorry.

    Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken
    In, sprinkled with ashes,
    Pop switches channels, takes another
    Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks
    What to do with me, a green young man
    Who fails to consider the
    Flim and flam of the world, since
    Things have been easy for me;
    I stare hard at his face, a stare
    That deflects off his brow;
    I’m sure he’s unaware of his
    Dark, watery eyes, that
    Glance in different directions,
    And his slow, unwelcome twitches,
    Fail to pass….

    • 22 Anonymous
      April 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      This man, the President, continues to amaze.

      • 23 Dorothy Rissman
        April 2, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        I know. The Bridge is becoming one of my favor biographies because the author interviews so many of his old friends. A big number of his friends at Occidental were from the Middle East, Asia, India, and Pakistan. It is no wonder he knows so much about other cultures.

  12. April 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    No apology necessary. We are all here for anything positive and I love this poem. Our multi-talended President never ceases to amaze me.

    • 25 Dorothy Rissman
      April 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you Jackie. I can really feel the sadness of the poem. Stanley D. really was loved by his grandson. Considering the unsteadiness of PBO’s young life, he took what he could get and used the losses to strengthen himself.

  13. 27 Sue in Minnesota
    April 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm


    This is a very good opinion on the absurdity of Fox Lies…..if you have a chance I hope you’ll read it.

  14. 28 Kelly
    April 2, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Thank u mr Springsteen for not losing focus and for speaking up for the middle/lower class. It’s good to see a true liberal taking a well thought out liberal stance. The Ed shultz, the ms huffposAOL corp and phony opportunist movie stars bashing POTUS Obama, in order to get their names mentioned (Matt Damon) yet never speaking against the disgraceful GOP pARty should take note.

  15. 29 Sue in Minnesota
    April 3, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Ok ignore this, I mucked up my registration info, cutting and pasting for the next thread. I am such a computer retard.
    Chipsticks, I am sorry if I caused any extra and “stupid” work for you. My Bad!

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