He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his Greensboro, North Carolina show tomorrow over that state’s HB2 bill, the so-called “bathroom bill”.  And NC Congressman Mark Walker is calling him a bully over this, suggesting The Boss isn’t following through on his commitments.

Commitments eh?  And what about your commitment Mr. Walker to uphold the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which your country is not only one of the founder members, but also initiated its creation?

No wonder North Carolina doesn’t have a state model policy that can be used to create anti-bullying policies in their schools.  Sure, lots of NC bills have been passed to define it, and include acts of bullying motivated by actual or perceived differentiating characteristics including gender, gender orientation, physical appearance, and sexual orientation.  However, it appears that this particular state’s quote-un-quote leaders, don’t know how to put their own laws into action.

My daughter’s own high school, here in little Guelph, Ontario, Canada has 2 gender-neutral bathrooms.  And they are used not only by those in her school who are LGBTQ, but also by their peers who support the freedoms of those who identify as such.  Now that’s real leadership – by the high school, by the school board, and most importantly by the youth who attend there, our next generation of world leaders.

Mr. Walker, in my as always not-so-humble opinion, you should be green with envy over Springsteen’s actions.  He isn’t just called The Boss because of his commanding presence as a frontman, being a workoholic, and striving for perfection within the E Street Band.  He is a real boss for doing the same for the benefit of ALL citizens in the United States and beyond.


We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender

No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen




Listen to music.  It could save your soul.  Be kind.  It could save someone’s world.  Wear a hat.  It could save your life.


6 thoughts on “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

  1. MUSIC

    He’s a rebel and he’ll never ever be any good
    He’s a rebel ’cause he never ever does what he should
    But just because he doesn’t do what everybody else does
    That’s no reason why I can’t give him all my love

    First song I heard on graduation day, Oct, 1962. Parris Island, SC – Marine Corps Boot Camp.

    Kind of sums up The Boss. Keep em thinking Marianne.

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    • Love love love it!
      Darlene Love does a great cover of that song too. And perhaps not so coincidentally … Little Steven produced her “comeback” album last on year, for which Springsteen wrote a few songs.
      May they all keep “rebelling”, keep us on our toes re: what’s right and what’s wrong, and may they all keep us thinking!

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