Last week's opening of an exhibit on Bruce Springsteen at the National Constitution Center raises a question: What in Asbury Park does Bruce Springsteen have to do with the Constitution?
True, both were born in the same country (the U.S.A.) and, in fact, within about 50 miles of Trenton. And both were born to run (in the Constitution's case, a nation). And, of course, both continue to enjoy rock-star adulation despite advanced age and significant imperfections.
Springsteen is not the most incongruous figure the Independence Mall museum has featured. At least the Boss' title was, in the American tradition, earned rather than inherited - unlike that of Princess Diana, the subject of another recent Constitution Center exhibit. What, after all, could be more diametrically opposed to American democracy than British royalty?