Conservatives Freak Out When Springsteen Sings ‘Fortunate Son’
[su_right_ad]At the Concert for Valor, Bruce Springsteen joined Zac Brown and Dave Grohl performing Creedence Clearwater’s “Fortunate Son”. And deep misunderstanding of the song led conservatives to go ballistic.
…conservative opinion magazine The Weekly Standard raged against the performance, calling “Fortunate Son” an “an anti-war screed, taking shots at ‘the red white and blue.’ It was a particularly terrible choice given that ‘Fortunate Son’ is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]John Fogerty has explained the song.
[He] was inspired to write “Fortunate Son” because “I did not support the policy or the war… If you asked anyone in the army at that time why we were going to Vietnam to fight, no one could answer… Probably the real answer was keeping the war machine going, and business. To sacrifice a young man’s life with no real purpose, taking these young men from their mothers and families, was wrong. I was the guy who was living this life… I had very strong feelings about all of this… To me, those soldiers were my brothers. I understood them because I was also drafted into the army just like them. The protest was against the policy, not the soldiers…
“I had been thinking about all this turmoil… It had been on my mind for some time how sons of certain senators escaped the draft. It was very upsetting to me, as a young man of draft age. In political conventions, many times, states will use the phrase “favorite son,” as they recognize their leader to make a nomination. The songwriter in me thought about this, and I changed the name to ‘Fortunate Son,’ a phrase to describe what we have all witnessed in our time… When the troops came home, Nixon turned his back on the soldiers. As my feelings about this got stronger and stronger, I knew I had to write about it.”