Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The election of Donald Trump fills Bruce Springsteen with fear.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Rock music icon Bruce Springsteen, a high-profile Democratic donor, questioned President-elect Donald Trump's competency in an interview published Monday. 

"I've felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now," Springsteen told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast. "It's as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?" 

Springsteen said he is afraid of what he sees as the effect Trump has had on the future of the US. 

"When you let that genie out of the bottle -- bigotry, racism, intolerance, they don't go back in the bottle that easily if they go back in at all," he said. "Whether it's a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That's what he's appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society."

Springsteen goes on to say that there are good people who voted for Trump, though I often have trouble seeing that, but that there were others with an "agenda."  I will assume that he is referring to the racists.

Springsteen is a multimillionaire who will easily survive this Trump presidency.

But he is also very attached to the working class mentality, so when he says he is afraid he is likely channeling a fear that he has for those people whose lives will be dramatically impacted by what Trump does in these next four years.

It will be interesting to see how many of those folks, who believed they were voting for change in our political system, respond to the kind of corruption that will surely permeate every policy decision that Donald Trump makes.

If they thought politics was ugly before, they have not seen anything yet.


  1. If you want a good New Year's read, I highly recommend the Boss' memoir, "Born to Run." It's extremely well-written.

  2. Anonymous4:52 AM

    First, I believe there are more good people than bad. And before it does become a bad rigged bundy reality show, it will be stopped.
    Unvetted, unqualified, no experience, no knowledge, and never held a GOVERNMENT JOB, ever. From private free citizen to public job with rules, regulations and SPOTLIGHT, MICROSCOPE, MAGNIFIED GLASS are on everyday.

    1. Anonymous5:18 AM

      You apparently aren't familiar with the term 'he who make the rules...'

      It is funny however that you consider slack asses getting paychecks from the Government as having a 'job'.

    2. Anonymous6:28 AM

      Oh yes I'm very familiar with "he who make the rules" private business. But this is a Country without a king nor dicktater.
      No I do not consider Government Workers slackers. They work hard for less pay in many positions. But to suddenly put the reality show actor and billionaire jet set in "gov" low pay, long hours jobs will be? will be amazing and funny to watch. "They" don't get to change the rules, laws, constitution or America to fit their business plan. Comprehendo?

    3. Anonymous9:25 AM

      "No I do not consider Government Workers slackers. They work hard for less pay in many positions."


  3. Anonymous5:11 AM



    USA Today:
    Trump cites Assange claim about Russia hacking

    When it comes to claims that Russia hacked Democratic officials during last year's election, Donald Trump is apparently taking the word of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over that of U.S. intelligence officials.

    "Julian Assange said 'a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!" Trump tweeted Wednesday.

    Donald J. Trump ✔ @realDonaldTrump

    Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta" - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!

    4:22 AM - 4 Jan 2017

    Trump, who has questioned the potential involvement of Russia, is scheduled to receive a special intelligence briefing on the hackings on Friday.
    The Assange tweet came the morning after Trump claimed -- without evidence -- that intelligence officials had delayed a briefing on the allegations against Russia.

    Tweeted Trump late Tuesday: "The 'Intelligence' briefing on so-called 'Russian hacking' was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!"
    Intelligence officials told reporters that the special briefing has always been scheduled for Friday; it is part of a review ordered by President Obama, who has also accused the Russians of seeking to intervene in the 2016 presidential election....

    1. Anonymous5:17 AM

      JL Murrell
      Lemay, Missouri

      What a dumba$$. This country is doomed when the president takes the word of a foreign sexual predator over this country's intelligence service.

    2. Anonymous5:18 AM

      Paul Torcello
      Melbourne, Kentucky

      Now we know how Trump knows 'so much' about hacking....

    3. Anonymous5:18 AM

      Peter Siano Sr.
      Asbury Park High School

      Time for our Pres.elect to rein in some of his scepticism of our intelligence agencys briefings,and not have them as an adversary.This is a not smart way to start an important relationship.

  4. Anonymous5:22 AM

    Since trump tower rents floors to Russia, maybe the briefing should be held in more secured places. And who owns twitter? why does mr trump think it is so secured and proper for USA Presidents and Public servants and employees to use? Most accounts are connected to their private various avenues of communication. And so? Whose Controling the information from around the world? good and bad. Who controls it? satellites?

  5. Anonymous5:27 AM

    O/t, news attacked about prez-elect tweeting. Omg. Of course the media wants clarification. Always someone trying to speak for the old fugly orange dunce. Of course I and everyone wants clarification. Omg, just talk to imbeciles in a few characters then, mirror the fool fat bas..

  6. PLEASE PLEASE stop telling us what we already know and start using you blog and following to muster the people for strong resistance. PLEASE

  7. Anonymous5:43 AM

    Bruce Springsteen is not alone. We should all fear what's to come because none of it will be good.

  8. Anonymous5:57 AM

    It is beyond ironic that you just label and smear half the voting population as racist just because they did not vote for your Hillary. It is amazingly naive. Democrats really are the party of tolerance, as long as you are in lockstep and do and think exactly as you are told.

    1. Reading comprehension not your thing Spanky?

    2. Anonymous6:35 AM

      The Riggers did not start or stop with Hillary. She is a victim of male assholes here and there and the skanks that follow them. Cut the Crap. The point is? Donald does not win this election by DEPLORABLE riggers.

    3. Anonymous6:39 AM

      5:57 Don't forget that independents are majority. alt right and lean left are not recognized. Green and Libertarian are still evolving. Remove Citizen United if you want an election for and by the people.

    4. Leland6:51 AM

      @ 6:39.

      "Remove Citizen United if you want an election for and by the people."

      Add the Electoral College to that.

      Unfortunately, yours is fairly easily done from a legal point of view. (Not so easy with our current Congress!) The other takes a Constitutional amendment.

    5. Anonymous7:12 AM

      I've read enough over the last year at your blog to know that is entirely what you insinuate Gryphen. No doubt one could go back and pull dozens, if not hundreds of quotes from your typing to that end.

      6:39, proudly part of the independents you mention.

  9. Anonymous6:43 AM

    Old ugly fox nation uncle can now say Merry Christmas. But he just found out who works in the care home he will live in. All Democrat employees. Yikes!! He is scared to death. Only those with compassion work there. Fox no news has really screwed the elderly up.

  10. Anonymous6:54 AM

    30 million people have registered for healthcare this year using the Affordable Care Act. This is basic care. What did those usa citizens do before ACA? They went without. Went to the ER and ran up a bill they could not afford. They died unnecessarily. They delayed. This ACA Act and More precision medical care must be developed. Take the profit out of healthcare and focus on profits on luxury items. There is no fight nor question about it. The profiteers need to stop their greed and their take over of this world. It is not for sale. And you don't own it. Healthcare must be socialized in order to get cost under control.

  11. Anonymous6:56 AM

    "not to mention think tanks, defense contractors, and universities. That’s according to more than a dozen reports and warnings issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and other federal agencies over the last three years"

  12. Anonymous7:11 AM

    OT? HARDLY! True tell Started Here..
    "“The GREAT LIE is that the 401(k) was capable of replacing the old system of pensions,” said Gerald Facciani, former head of the American Society of Pension Actuaries and an opponent of an effort by President Ronald Reagan to kill 401(k) plans, in his interview with The Wall Street Journal. “It was oversold.”

  13. Anonymous7:26 AM

    tweet tweet

  14. Anonymous8:11 AM

    The LGBT community already lost a first thing. A Federal judge said the protective provisions provided for them in the ACA are to be stopped. A doctor can work the way his conscience tells him/her, i.e. he/she can refuse help to any LGBT person.


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