The River

Friday, January 19, 2007

A working class hero is something to be

Since the 1960s, Lewistown’s population had decreased by twenty-nine percent. Around 12,000 resided in the borough when it was named an All-American City in 1973. By 2004, only 8,000 were left within the city limits. And though there were fewer people competing for employment openings, even dead-end jobs became increasingly difficult to find. The options for high school graduates ebbed. Grandfathers, fathers, and sons who had defined themselves by their lineage at plants searched for something different. Their old factories were left standing, mausoleums of the town’s industrial past. The windows were boarded up; the insides were stripped, boxed, and shipped overseas. Parking lots the size of football fields sat empty.

-- JV, "Down to the River"

Twenty-five years ago, Bruce Springsteen saw the destruction of corporate rule, and he wrote the sung the story from the working man's point of view, because life goes on, even as a war rages.

"Is a dream a lie if it don't come true, or is it something worse?"

Taken on a national level, I can definitively answer that question now.

Which leaves me in the same boat as Robert, whose thoughts were published on

I am like "Neo", just without any skills, answers or super-powers. I'm useless, but getting wise.

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