I believe in a promised land

Being on a rock mid-Atlantic gives you some new perspectives.

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Santa Lucia – Gran Canaria

Like why our jam doesn’t taste of fruit – and how we manage to keep our dogs quiet in the morning.

Listening to the dogs of Santa Lucia shout accross the village at each other put me in mind of that Springsteen epic from Darkness on the Edge of Town

The dogs on Main Street howl

‘Cause they understand

If I could take one moment into my hands

Mister I ain’t a boy, no, I’m a man

And I believe in a promised land

I have been reading a long essay by John Mauldin sent by email by my correspondent Per Andelius (thanks Per). I have published it here (the Election; making difficult choices).

You may not have time to read it (I have). It is a call for an end to partisan politics and a call for the tribes led by Clinton and Trump to get behind good economic behaviour to make America great again.

In the end, what Maudlin is asking us to get behind is sound management and his belief is that America can work its way out of its problems. Anyone who thinks that the populist discontent that Trump taps into is anything new, should listen to the frustrations of Springsteen.

I’ve done my best to live the right way

I get up every morning and go to work each day

But your eyes go blind and your blood runs cold

Sometimes I feel so weak I just want to explode

Explode and tear this town apart

Take a knife and cut this pain from my heart

Find somebody itching for something to start

This was written and published in 1978.

America’s sense of entitlement comes from the promise of a land -if not full of milk and honey- at least fit for all. As Mauldin’s analysis shows, it patently isn’t. Nor – I suspect has it ever been. Nor – I suspect – will it ever be.

Obama’s lament

My sadness is for the progress that America has made over the past eight years under a good and just president. The frustration of Obama in seeing the prospect of this work undone is sadder than the abstract notions that Trump is putting forward as policy.

Bigotry against Mexicans and the building of a wall will not improve the plight of white Texans, it might make them happy in the short term – but it won’t give them their promised land. (I take one of the many targets I could have a dig at)

My sadness is that Trump (and Clinton) have points of view that don’t brook opposition (and here I am with Maudlin). It is not enough to say that those who support Clinton are party to her  criminality nor is it enough to say that those who support Trump are party to his bigotry.

I have put no adjectives like “supposed” or “real” next to the charges laid against each candidate since it is precisely these judgements that are dividing America.

How do you build a promised land like this?

Promised Land ends with its chorus and the assertion that a promised land can be attained. I never bought the song , nor that assertion. The only action that the singer has in mind is mindless destruction

Gonna be a twister to blow everything down

That ain’t got the faith to stand its ground

Blow away the dreams that tear you apart

Blow away the dreams that break your heart

Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted

Even as a 16 year old , listening in my bedroom on a Dansette, this did not make sense. It didn’t then and it doesn’t now. You build a promised land, you don’t destroy it. I am sure Springsteen knew that too.


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1 Response to I believe in a promised land

  1. Gerry Flynn says:

    You ask a Trump supporter to explain what is the “criminality” Clinton is accused off and they come out with some bizarre conspiracy theory/alleged fact they got off the net or they read in the press or it was broadcast by the likes of Fox News. Its a bit like asking a “Leaver” to name the EU laws which have directly affected them as a consequence of being in the EU, they can’t.

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