Born in the USA. But the Boss May Be Packing His Bags.
By Gary W Moore
I guess his hit song, “Born to Run,” may turn out to be prophetic. Bruce Springsteen announced last week that if President Trump wins re-election, he’ll be on the next plane to Australia.
It seems to happen every election cycle. A celebrity, usually an actor or singer, makes the grand announcement that if the election does not go as they wish, they will move to Canada, France, Australia, or some distant land. Like a spoiled child, their threats are made as if they honestly believe it will change voting hearts and minds.
Barbara Streisand and other celebrities have made similar threats during past elections. Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee told The Big Issue recently that he’ll go “back to my Motherland.” (Wherever that is) But is there any evidence that they ever really leave? Do their threats change anything?
There is a pattern. It’s almost always a musical performer or actress/actor, and it’s usually someone from left of center making the threat. The next part of the pattern is that it always seems to backfire, having the opposite of the desired impact, and the final step of the pattern is they never actually leave.
I’m always surprised by how much political power celebrities believe they carry. Why would Springsteen think we care about his political views, and what would bring him to a conclusion he would sway a single vote?
When Bruce, Barbara, Tommy Lee, and others spend years stepping onto a stage to standing ovations and adoring crowds, I think the thrill of the adoration gives them a false sense that because we enjoy their performance, that we are willing to take their directions on politics and general life. I respect the views of Bruce and his activist group of entertainers, but their successful lifestyle is nothing like the life that those without the same talents and opportunities live. In my opinion, the only thing to come from Bruce Springsteen’s threat to leave the USA is that he has totally shattered his “blue-collar-common-man persona” forever.
So why do we look to Bruce for direction?
Only Bruce, and a few others, are narcissistic enough to believe we do.
And it has nothing in my mind to do with left or right ideology. I read this morning that President Trump said, “If Biden wins, maybe I’ll have to leave the country.” My response is the same to our President as it is to the celebrities on the left … “Go!” If President Trump loses the election, I don’t care where he lives, if he leaves the White House in an orderly and peaceful transition… and I believe he will.
I’m not an America, “Love it or leave it” kind of guy, but these kinds of threats from entertainers have grown tiring, and I believe, ineffective.
We assume Bruce lives somewhere in New Jersey, but we really don’t know. I always assume Streisand is somewhere in California, but it doesn’t matter to us where they live. Does their address impact our lives in any way?
When the Beatles exploded into our lives, we heard and saw them so often, they could have been the garage band next door. The fact they lived across the ocean didn’t limit their exposure. If Bruce moves to Australia and releases a new album, does he think the distance will somehow limit the play in the USA and therefore punish us by depriving us of his music? If the album is good, it will get just as much play as if he were still in New Jersey.
So, what’s the point?
The point is that this exposes the false sense of influence and power entertainers believe they hold over our lives. Arrogance is never attractive. I think entertainers who become activists become less popular in their genre and often have the opposite impact on the public. Think not? Ask the “Dixie Chicks.”
I think comedian, Michael Loftus, said it best. “They really think they’re that important,” he said. “They really think we’re walking around going, ‘Wait, what? Springsteen’s going to leave? And Tommy Lee? Oh, I’m changing my vote!’”
So, what’s positive about this?
I believe if we love our country, we will not let the results of an election chase us out. We stay and work hard because we believe in our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, and we realize the importance of our nation in the balance of the world.
The American people will vote on November 3 based upon their beliefs and not because an entertainer threatened. Even though I don’t always agree, I always trust the voting public’s will and the power of our system. I believe the right person for the job is usually selected, and when mistakes are made, we can make a correction in four years. And during those four years, we have a system of checks and balances that can keep things from going horribly wrong. The brilliance of our Founding Fathers still shines through after almost two-hundred and fifty years.
Vote. Make your choice heard. Don’t threaten anyone. Don’t lose friends. Don’t damage family relationships. Because half the nation, and many people you know and love, may feel and vote differently, it doesn’t make them wrong. It certainly doesn’t make them your enemy. I’ve always been a Streisand fan. I’ll still listen to Springsteen’s music wherever he lives.
Rather than being angry over politics, let’s celebrate the incredible opportunity that the American system provides. And once the final votes are counted, and the selection is made… let’s accept the will of the American people and move forward together.
May God continue to Bless America.
Submitted by Gary W. Moore, a freelance columnist, speaker, and author of three books, including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com