Had I been watching the Democrat National Convention, I would not have been surprised. They have years of experience in grooming the extreme left that makes California, and more specifically, Hollywood, their home. Every convention and in every occupancy of the White House by Democrats, you can anticipate a constant stream of starlets and stud-muffins “gracing” the people’s house with their glamor and celebrity. I’d expect no less.
But, the longer I think about the Republicans giving Clint Eastwood a prime-time spot last night, the angrier I get.
Forget the fact that he gave one of the most incoherent and ridiculous “speeches” in the history of party conventions, there’s more. In fact, inviting him for such a prime time slot just embodies much of what is wrong with American politics in general and in this case, the Republicans specifically.
Clint Eastwood is a reprehensible person. For all his talent in which he pretends to be people that never existed in stories that never happened, his moral character makes Obama’s look like a Pope (or should I say an Oman”). Rubio’s speech included the line that said, “It’s not that Obama is not a good person; it’s that he’s not a good President.” Well, Mr. Eastwood isn’t a good person.
I’m not sure how many times he’s been married, but in an industry where philandering is common place, Eastwood is legendary. He’s been married more times than I can recall. He’s fathered 9 children by at least 5 different women and 2 of those were murdered in the womb. Many of my FB friends went on and on about his “wonderful” movies. I’m not sure whether or not he’s all that as an actor because I don’t generally attend R-Rated movies which is what the majority of his are. Before you call me a legalist — Let me ask if you’d take your kids to see “Dirty Harry” or most any other movie in which he is the star? Not if you’re a good parent. He’s not pro-life, he’s not pro-family, he’s not family values friendly, he’s not known for being a moral example, an entrepreneur, a patriot, a war hero or a statesman. He’s most certainly NOT a standup comedian.
He’s a Libertarian, not a Conservative — at best. (You aren’t going to believe I’m typing this next line.) If they wanted a Libertarian to speak, why didn’t they let someone who is at least a person of morality, a good example, a family man, an intellectual, consistent and at least pretended to be a Republican for a while — someone, like, well…..Ron Paul? (And I’m a renowned Paul critic.) At least he “earned” a spot on the podium.
No, the reason that Eastwood was invited is because of one word — Celebrity. That’s it. He’s famous. He uttered a famous line or two that people found “catchy” and worked their way into the cultural lexicon. Whoopee. What is with our national obsession with Hollywood and the entertainment industry? What makes us bow and scrape before their alleged talents? Why are we so quick to genuflect before their worthless opinions? Why are they not held to any level of scrutiny, accountability or apparently vetting? Ironically and justly,. the Republicans had it all blow up in their faces. It was a travesty. It was silliness. It lowered the ambient IQ in the room by 20 points. It was childish. At times it was unintelligible. AND it revealed the shallowness of the leadership of too many politicians….again.
The worst job in the house last night was Marco Rubio’s, who had to follow that dog and pony show. Like the class act that he is, Rubio ignored what had preceded him and went right on to deliver what was arguably one of the best speeches of the conventions — nearly over-shadowing the candidate’s and making more than one conservative say under his breath, “We’ve nominated the wrong man.”
I doubt that anything will change in the future. Both sides of the aisle are enamored with the superficiality of the Eastwoods, Moores, Depps, Clooney’s, Streisands, and Goldbergs of the industry that pollutes our culture, morality and reputation around the world.
But it is what it is.
I’m sure some will disagree.
To those I simply say, “Go ahead. Make my day.”