From Nancy Robison's 1985 “unauthorized biography” of Bruce Springsteen, written for his youngest fans (all misplaced commas original to the text):
“The year the album, Born in the USA was released, was an election year and some wondered if Bruce was being political. They wondered if he was favoring President Ronald Reagan. Although his songs reflected social concerns, he claimed no such thing. A registered voter, Bruce votes, but won't say who he votes for. That's the American way.
“Some think that because the Born in the USA album cover has a picture of the American flag that Bruce is into politics and trying to make a statement. But actually he's not. The flag has nothing to do with his feelings or beliefs. Having the American flag on the cover is impressive, as the American flag always is, and it fit with the title song. That's all.”
(In case you've never listened to Springsteen, this passage was ridiculous then and is ridiculous now.)