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Clint Eastwood: The old new face of the GOP

By Marcel Elfers
Posted Sep 9, 2012 in Politics
Clint Eastwood has his opinions and is entitled to have them. His fame and fortune came as a film star and as a director he scored many, even better, accolades starting with the movie “Unforgiven” back in 1992. Needless to say I am a fan and look forward to “Trouble with the Curve.”
Eastwood arrived fifteen minutes before his turn to speak at the Republican National Convention. His speech was unprepared and on the spur of the moment he talked to an empty chair. Clint Eastwood became unknowingly the proud flag bearer what the Republican Party stands for.
One of the most important features of the GOP is individualism which I applaud. It is the driving force behind personal success, whether that is on a social basis or financially. And Clint agrees with the GOP: You will not tell me what to say, I do what I want. He also disregarded the needs of his party despite millions of dollars being used to place Mitt Romney in the driver’s seat.
On the spur of the moment, unprepared, he placed an empty chair on deck. He asked the empty chair questions and answered them himself. That is a monologue, another symptomatic GOP issue. The attitude to speak for oneself without expecting an answer has been the GOP’s perspective for the last four years, earning them the nick name “the Grand Obstructionist Party”. Like the GOP, Clint Eastwood is not concerned about being part of the whole. The GOP, like Eastwood, has talked to empty chairs for the last four years with their excessive use of filibustering.
The GOP initiated, and passed, many laws to restrict access to women’s health and abortion rights. They initiated and passed voter’s suppressing laws aimed to restrict Democratic voters. They dismantled Unions to reduce Democratic Party donations.
The Republican Party has, alas, become so rigid and so religious based they are bound to lose their base. And they know it, which is why they have to go through extraordinary measures to win their campaign.
Voter Suppression and de-unionizing are such measures. Go ahead, talk to empty chairs. Just don’t expect the answer you provide yourself is the correct one. And Mr. Clint Eastwood, with due respect, you are the face of today’s GOP.

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