Conservatives Outraged Over ‘Fortunate Son’ Show Their Ignorance Of Song’s Meaning

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On Veterans Day, HBO broadcast live from Washington, D.C.’s National Mall ‘The Concert for Valor,’ a star-studded tribute concert for the nation’s veterans. The show was capped by a performance of Credence Clearwater Revival’s classic protest song ‘Fortunate Son,’ performed by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown. Immediately, social media was ablaze with outrage from conservatives who felt that the song was inappropriate for the venue due to its content. Apparently, as the song was written at the height of the Vietnam War and highlighted the class disparities in the draft, they thought it was completely anti-soldier.

Eventually, many of those who commented on Twitter about the song pointed out that not only wasn’t it anti-vet, but that the song was actually quite appropriate to play in front of veterans considering its subject matter.



However, Wednesday morning, despite the clear evidence that the song is NOT a dig at soldiers, conservative outrage flowed deep. John Nolte at Breitbart penned a screed claiming “left-wing millionaire and welfare queen” Springsteen politicized the concert with an “anti-troop song.” Nolte stated that the song might be about how the wealthy were able to avoid service, but the song itself also mocks soldiers as “unthinking dupes.” Not sure how one can get that from the song, but its written down so it must be true.

Meanwhile, over at Fox & Friends, the hosts decided to weigh in on the ‘controversy.’ As one would expect, Doocy and Co. weren’t quite knowledgeable about the actual lyrics of the song. Co-host Anna Kooiman, filling in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck, claimed the song was “a slap in the face” to veterans. After another fill-in co-host, Clayton Morris, sort of pointed out that the lyrics really aren’t against the troops and more about class struggles, Doocy chimed in that they should have added “historical context” instead of just playing a song that everyone knows to be anti-war.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of Raw Story:



Below are the entire lyrics of the song for reference:

Some folks are born, made to wave the flag
Ooo, their red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
Ooo, they point the cannon at you, Lord

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no senator’s son, son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no

Some folks are born, silver spoon in hand
Lord, don’t they help themselves, y’all
But when the taxman comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yeah

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no millionaire’s son, no, no
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no

Yeah, yeah
Some folks inherit star spangled eyes
Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
And when you ask ’em, “How much should we give?”
Ooh, they only answer “More! More! More!”, y’all

It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no military son, son
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, one
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate one, no, no, no
It ain’t me, it ain’t me, I ain’t no fortunate son, no, no, no

28 Replies to “Conservatives Outraged Over ‘Fortunate Son’ Show Their Ignorance Of Song’s Meaning”

  1. Well, no wonder the dextrosphere is screaming bloody murder. That song just dispraised Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney, W, you name it…

  2. Here’s the author of the song, himself, John Fogerty, literally giving our troops “a slap in the face” by playing it right in front of them. You can tell by the response just how “insulted” the veterans were.

    Vietnam Veterans Benefit, 1987

    The following should also should be noted:

    John Fogerty, CCR guitarist and vocalist, veteran of the US Army Reserve

    Doug “Cosmo” Clifford, CCR drummer, veteran of the US Coast Guard Reserve

  3. Republicans need to attend a concert, maybe get out and see what a real vet likes

    The fortunate son was the son of rich folks who never seen Vietnam

  4. They understand just what it is about– calling out the callous use of sincere patriotism for selfish ends on the part of the wealthy and powerful. Right-wing media shills are trained to call anything “anti troop” that actually supports the troops against those who use them cynically while tucking their *own* precious offspring into safe National Guard slots. Their version of “support the troops” means nothing but “obey the Republican president, and agree with everything we say no matter how false it is or how much it costs your family.”

  5. I think the outrage from the chicken hawks is more because of the sting of truth it carries. It shines a light on their flag pin-wearing faux patriotism. They’re more than willing to send someone else’s child off to unnecessary wars, but not their own, let alone themselves. As a veteran, I believe the song was appropriate and long overdue. It should have resurfaced before the troops were sent into the Bush/Cheney Iraq war.

  6. I was drafted, trained and sent off to the Big Muddy. I did not agree with the Vietnam War but I was a believer in myself and the rule of law. Christmas in a war zone is especially tough. I commandeered the operations shack on our base and played a tape through the PA. It got through ‘Fortunate Son’,’Masters of War’ and ‘The Times They are a Changin’ before the powers that be roused from their beer infused somnolence and took back the facilities.
    Cheers to Bruce, Dave and Zac for recognizing all us veterans who did their part at the bidding of far too many who mindlessly charged into the battle of endless frat parties and well paid for deferments.
    To those who claim ‘Fortunate Son’ dishonors Vietnam Vets, often dismissed as superfluous at the end of the war, I hope their minds blow when they realize that ‘Fortunate Son’ was added to the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”</b…

  7. I agree Rick, my husband an Air Force veteran is still sick from the exposure to agent orange in vietnam, the people who do not like war are those that go to war for the country and not for the love of war.I feel sure no veterans would say he likes war.
    But then rethugs like Romney who spent the viet nam war in Paris and his numerous sons never served,could care less about those who suffer from the effects of war.
    Look what it took to finally get some funding for the VA!

  8. So the people who want to cut benefits for the troops are calling this song anti-troops? It’s a wonder those people can sit at all with those huge balls.

  9. Republicans and John Birch children (the authoritarians) distance themselves except to send them to war, because they’re afraid of veterans and wouldn’t have a clue what to say to them.

    Great post!

  10. They’re too busy manufacturing poutrage to ever find out what it is they’re really talking about.

    Plus, Bruce Springsteen is a supporter of President Obama so if they can put in a dig at him, it’s like putting in a dig at the President.

    I think Springsteen is actually a big supporter of veterans and the troops serving today, so they’re way off base anyway, calling him anti-soldier.

  11. They were “VietNam-Era” vets, at that, completing their service BEFORE CCR became famous. Fogerty wrote the song about the likes of Junior Bush, who went into the Air National Guard (the Rich-men’s-sons’-flying-club-and-social-circle), so he wouldn’t have to go to VietNam. THEN, he DESERTED, the last 6 weeks of his term, because he was “tired” of getting up early, and “having to wear a uniform”. If it had been ANYONE ELSE’S son, he’d have spent THREE YEARS minimum, in Leavenworth! And received a BAD CONDUCT Discharge! A BCD, in those days, was an invitation to a lifetime of janitor’s jobs! Anyone else would NEVER have survived a campaign for President, much less been “elected” (not that Junior was actually elscted, so much as INSTALLED, by Jeb Bush, Katherine Harris, the Florida Secretary of State, and the Supreme Court of the United States! Thanks to the efforts of his brother, the flunky, and the 5 toadies on the court, Junior was “declared” the winner, votes n…

  12. Does anyone really, seriously expect Conservatives to understand depth? Please. If a song doesn’t contain:

    Kicking the dog;
    Throwing out the trash;
    Trailer parks;
    Gun rack in a pick up truck;
    Red, white & blue;
    USA! We’re #1!!;
    Pabst Blue Ribbon …

    It’s WAY beyond their scope.

  13. The morons protesting using this song”ain’t no fortunate sons”;an example of how all the teabaggers vote against their own best interest.

  14. You mean John Fogerty who was DRAFTED into Viet Nam? OH NOES!


    Wish Country Joe had been on and sang

    “Feel Like I Fixing to Die Rag’

    “Be the first one on your block to have your boy come home in a box”.

  15. Great link dj. Like David said, I too wish more veterans like myself would come to realize that the Republican Party could care less about us. They only want to use us politically or send us into their wars of choice. When it comes to supporting us after we return, not so much. They said they couldn’t afford funding for the VA and then blamed President Obama for all the problems. It sickens me when I see other veterans blinded by Faux News and the Tea Party bashing the President. Sarah Palin hypocritically condemned people for using veterans for political purposes as she was doing just that.

  16. Anarchitek, thanks for correctly calling Bush a deserter. That is exactly what he is and it still chaps my ass, as a 15 year vet, that he was treated with deference and respect while President, by the likes of the veterans organizations.

  17. The depths of conservative ignorance is astounding. No matter how you pummel them with facts, reality and history they still hold onto the crap in their heads. The proper term for that is INSANITY! Conservatism IS a Mental Disorder!

  18. Maybe we wouldn’t have so many vets if we actually thought about sending our children to war as a last resort.

  19. My dad who was in the Navy during WWII always used to say to me, “rich’s man’s wars fought by poor man’s sons.”

  20. The fact is Springsteen has spoken out on behalf of Vietnam Veterans in his words and songs like no other artist.TO some conservatives,it was Veterans Day,keep your political BS to your self

  21. The difference between the song’s relevance today vs. during Vietnam, is there was a DRAFT during Vietnam. There’s no draft now, there are nothing but VOLUNTEERS in the military today. So using that song to make a statement today IS calling soldiers unthinking dupes.

  22. Many of our “volunteer” soldiers joined the military during the economic disaster because it was either that or see their families become homeless! For them it wasn’t an option but a necessity. If they were “fortunate sons” that would not have been necessary.

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