It’s not an accident he’s my favorite American artist. From the online edition of yesterday’s USA Today:
An Internet-based campaign aimed at passing same-sex marriage initiatives in four states is getting a little help today from Bruce Springsteen.
The rocker’s picture and a quote in support of marriage equality is featured in new content by The Four 2012, a social media campaign aimed at young people who live on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The goal is to pass ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington that are on the November ballot.
“The marriage-equality issue should be recognized for what it truly is – a civil rights issue that must be approved to assure that every citizen is treated equally under the law,” Springsteen says on The Four 2012’s “image macro.”
The quote is actually one that Springsteen cited from then-New Jersey governor Jon Corzine in 2009, when the singer endorsed a bill pending in his home state's legislature. Scott Wooledge, who says in his Twitter profile that he’s a feature writer for the liberal blog Daily Kos, submitted the Springsteen image and text to The Four 2012.
Actually, below the quote from former Gov. Corzine, Springsteen says: “I couldn’t agree more with that statement and urge those who support equal treatment for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters to let their voices be heard now.”
Yeah, so, that kind of kicks ass.
And speaking of kicking ass, here’s Bruce Springsteen covering Bob Dylan’s “Chimes of Freedom,” recorded for Amnesty International in 1988:
In the city’s melted furnace, unexpectedly we watched
With faces hidden as the walls were tightening
As the echo of the wedding bells before the blowin’ rain
Dissolved into the bells of the lightning
Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an’ forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burnin’ constantly at stake
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
Hold on a second. There’s something in my eye.