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Rockers Versus Politicians

Bruce Springsteen vs. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan’s use of Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” during his reelection bid in 1984 was wrong for two reasons. One, he didn’t have permission. And two, “Born in the U.S.A.” is a song of sorrow and protest, lamenting the loss of American ideals, making it the polar opposite of the fist-pumping, jingoistic anthem Reagan and his handlers believed it to be. —Jeff Royer

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