Skip to comments.Clint Eastwood and Disrespect (Must Read!)
Posted on 09/03/2012 6:11:00 AM PDT by Travis McGee
The political left in America is outraged at Clint Eastwood's recent presentation at the GOP convention. The shock and disbelief of Rachel Maddow at MSNBC and the Blitzer gang at CNN is heavy with condemnation of this inimitable American icon.
The establishment media response has basically come down as follows: "Weirdest thing I've ever seen." "What was he thinking?" "Have the Republicans gone daft?" "The Democrats must have sent Clint to the GOP so as to sabotage their convention." "This was inexcusably disrespectful."
Yes, indeed, it was disrespectful. But what kind of humans allow themselves to be enslaved by a Marxist mandarin and his bureaucratic henchmen with a smile on their face and kind words about their enslavers? Craven humans, that's who! Obedient victims who, as Ayn Rand told us, "sanction their enslavement." And unfortunately, that is what the American people have become, obedient sanctioners who are willing to give up their freedom with a smile on their face and kind words for the usurpers in Washington who are so zealously destroying the freedom and sanity of our lives.
Did Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry play nice-nice with King George? Did they remain respectful to the tyrants who were ruining their lives? They most certainly did not. They declared the English tyrant to be a corrupt and criminal despot. They rallied their countrymen to spring up in rebellion. They stood up for their fundamental rights, as all courageous men and women do when faced with despotic bullies. They did what the valiant Chinese student did in Tiananmen Square when he stood in front of those monstrous approaching tanks.
If Jefferson, Adams and Henry were alive today, they would have been cheering Clint on with vigorous enthusiasm. But what do we see from today's mealy-mouth media? We see a rush to defend the tyrant mandarins in Washington and smear the rebel Eastwood. We see squawking and crying and yelps of protest. But what we really see is what lurks in the subconscious of the establishment media fear that their emperor is as buck naked as Dirty Harry portrayed him. This is why the vacuities at CNN and MSNBC are so outraged. Eastwood pierced deeply. He showed Mr. Obama and the empty suit Biden up for precisely what they are.
This is what disrespect is, and why it is so important when a people are confronting tyrants. Those who obey their masters and play nice-nice with tyrannical regimes live miserable lives as doormats. Those recalcitrant rebels who boldly proclaim their disrespect for the despots of history have a chance to live in freedom. They might still get squashed; the tanks might still roll over them. But they at least know that they stood up for freedom and honor in their time. They know that they did the right thing, the manly thing, not the craven, accommodative thing. When bullies are breaking the cardinal laws of life and exploiting their fellow man (which is what the statists in Washington have been doing for over 80 years now), then there is only one course of action for honorable men disrespect courageous, colorful disrespect.
This is what Clint Eastwood did on August 30, 2012 in Tampa. He did the honorable thing the manly thing. He heaped contempt on the statist mandarins in Washington. He did not lie down and play nice-nice with them. He did not try to compromise with them. He did not pacify them so as to be popular. He excoriated them with his words and his attitude.
In his advice to America's young men, the twentieth century poet E. Merrill Root wrote, "I would ask you again to dream and dare, and thus to ride again the stallion of manhood whose back is known only by those who with a brave heart grasp the mane of life and ride bareback and shouting even in God's thunderstorm."
Reality demands this from man but the collectivists are at war with it. Thus their feminizing of our men today. This is not by accident. The collectivists want a neutered man; it makes their drive for world domination all the easier. What is horrifying is that large numbers of obedient men now welcome this travesty. To be forceful, unflinching and self-reliant in face of life's vicissitudes no longer appeals. Modern psychology tells us that the virile Clark Gable / Clint Eastwood persona is unhealthy for society. Dustin Hoffman is to be preferred. Softness is correct; toughness is detrimental. But this is decadence masquerading as progress.
The crucible of life demands that men strive to fulfill their natures, that they stand heroically in face of adversity, that they defend the female and family with gallantry in face of the subtleties of evil. The real man welcomes this and refuses to apologize for his toughness and masculinity, his stoic steel will. For him egalitarianism and collectivism are living death. Early in life he knows instinctively that he hates the amoeba-like image of man with which Marxian-Freudian collectivism is trying to poison his soul. He loathes what the professors in college teach him. The real man senses early on that, in the words of General MacArthur, "there is a constant conspiracy against the brave" in this world. The herd mentalities of humanity wish to neuter manliness, for it stands in their way of collectivizing the world. Thus it must be purged from our lessons to the young. The real man resolves to fight this. He chooses to be in life what in essence he must be a warrior for truth, a rock of granite, a seeker, a builder, a hero.
Clint Eastwood has exemplified such traits all his life. The weasels dislike him, and the naked emperors try to smear him with sociobabble. But there is a strain of man out there that knows his kind are the Atlases who hold the world up, that America was exceptional because she unleashed such men to climb as tall as they could dream. What we need so desperately today is for these kind of men to rise up and show massive disrespect toward the despots of Washington. Hoorah for Clint Eastwood.
[Nelson Hultberg is a freelance writer in Dallas, Texas and serves as the Director of Americans for a Free Republic, www.afr.org, an educational organization founded to promote sound money and fair taxation. Mr. Hultberg's articles have appeared in publications such as The Dallas Morning News, The American Conservative, The Freeman and Liberty and on numerous Internet sites such as The Daily Bell, Financial Sense Online and Safe Haven. He is the author of a forthcoming book, The Golden Mean: Libertarian Politics, Conservative Values.]
I’m sure if Clint did the same referring to George Bush the left would be standing and cheering about it.
Yet dancing vaginas are perfectly okay to these loons.
This is by far the best essay I have read on the Clint Eastwood flap. It covers the "cultural civil war," so I'm pinging the list.
"Yes, indeed, it was disrespectful. But what kind of humans allow themselves to be enslaved by a Marxist mandarin and his bureaucratic henchmen with a smile on their face and kind words about their enslavers? Craven humans, that's who! Obedient victims who, as Ayn Rand told us, "sanction their enslavement." And unfortunately, that is what the American people have become, obedient sanctioners who are willing to give up their freedom with a smile on their face and kind words for the usurpers in Washington who are so zealously destroying the freedom and sanity of our lives."
The “left” accusing Romney of not paying his taxes and killing a woman are different how?
Im sure if Clint did the same referring to George Bush the left would be standing and cheering about it.
And we would be panning it. This is all politics.
Good article. (I only paid attention to the “Must Read!” because it was from you.)
The real “disrespect” was given to Mr. Eastwood who was simply telling it just like it is.
Eastwood’s skit hit a nerve with the Libs/Lefties/MSM, because they are still talking/writing/reporting about it.
It was possibly the most stinging aspect of the Convention because it was delivered by a big name from Hollywood, rather than a long time politician.
Excellent, and very well written.
You made my day with your comment in the ( pars ). Thank you.
Of course. Empty chair, Bush. It would fit their world view perfectly.
Palin or Reagan also.
Thanks Travis McGee.
We supported Chick-Fil-A when Cathy stood up against the liberal Marxists gay manifesto. It’s time to do the same for Clint Eastwwod. When he has a new movie coming out we should all go to see it to pay back his standing up against the evil Left. Sure he may have rambled at times but who wouldn’t at 82?
You’re welcome. I disapprove, on principle, of comments in the titles, but there are exceptions.
Because these leftist attacks are based in a world of fantasy whereas Clint Eastwood's monologue was based in a world of reality.
We have learned the cardinal rule for American Politics.
Never, ever try to tell Clint Eastwood, that he did not build that.
Where did you get the empty chair with the word “Hope” below? I would love to see it changed to HOPIUM - including a warning label that lists the possible side effects and dangers for addiction :-)
I do too, so I use them sparingly.
Is that Gerry Spence the attorney who wrote “Every Knee Must Bend” about Ruby Ridge?
We (my female wife and I) had seen the previews a few weeks ago and weren’t sure if we would go see the new movie but after the performance in Tampa we will for sure go see it now. Hopefully a lot of folks will also go see it. Of course the ones with their man-purses won’t for sure. Maybe uncle obie will go see it and pick up some tips on throwing a baseball. We all know he needs some pointers on that. LOL!
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
Empty Chair Monday for Mr. Eastwood Bump!
I liberated it from Michelle Malkin’s blog ...
The left accusing Romney of not paying his taxes and killing a woman are different how
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On my regular (Tues/Fri) bank ran last week the head teller (F) and Manager (M) were subject to one of my ‘digs’ at BO, not really outlandish as I am pretty sure he is one of us but not quite so sure about her, which is the way it should be as I do not ‘socialize’ with either.
Anyway after my ‘dig’, one of them said (matter of factly, NOT accusingly) “It appears Romney only paid 14%(?) taxes etc”.
I just calmly replied, “Well, the loopholes are there for all of us, but realize him paying 14% is more than what everyone else in this building paid, and probably about equal to the whole county - or pretty close”.
They both said ‘good point’ and I didn’t even get an argument so they both are probably on ‘our side’.
I had a person tell me years ago that the CO I was contracting out to only paid 65% to the Independent Contractors (I got 72%) while his company paid 90%.
I pointed out that since ‘my’ guy had a ‘base’ price of about 2.00 per mile and his had 1.40, he was making less than I.
BUT I am getting 90% and you are only getting 65%.
He never did figure it out.
The reason ‘we’ got away with the higher price is we handled more ‘sensitive’ type material and were nationwide, while the CO he worked with was really about the same level I was at.
Furthering the Marxist push in this country is all it cares about now.
If half the media were neutral or even a shade left of center, the Republic wouldn’t be in this terrible predicament.
There’s no doubt that the media IS public enemy #1.
Ideology aside, more than half the public is ignorant of this mortal danger and is too lazy to even think about it.
Whenever you want to know the origin of any posted inage on FR, right-click on it. That opens a dropdown menu that shows in the last entry “properties”. That will give you the URL. This one was photobucket.
You might be surprised to find how many of those man-purses contain full size handguns.....
Respect is earned, not given to someone.
I have ZER0 respect for MARXISTS.
I just cannot comprehend all of the stupid Republicans on the talk shows this weekend not capitalizing on Clint's message!!!!
There were so many ways to capitalize on the "empty chair." Did Clint say Barry said to "go f himself?" NO. Did Clint say Barry said to "go screw himself?" NO. Did he imply it? YES. This is the language of the common man. Republicans are not supposed to use this language. How dare they!! Does anyone remember Rahm Emanuel in the 2006 election? The election that Barry Ubama came in on? The Republicans can go F themselves!! This _resident has been telling the American public since he was sworn into office to go screw themselves. While he has been off vacationing and golfing he has been telling the American public to "go screw yourselves, I am the Emperor."
Carly Fiorna may as well have been the voice for the Democrats on the talk show this weekend! She dissed Clint, she dissed a fellow Republican instead of capitalizing and focusing on the empty suit president! Thank God Newt was on with her. He nailed her to the wall. Carly was all upset that whenever women are brought up the issue always focuses on abortion. Women are more involved in many more issues than abortion.
The American taxpayer does not want to pay for abortion! Barack does - he is telling the American public to screw themselves!
The American public does not want homosexual marriage sanctioned as a "right." Barack does - he is telling the American public to screw themselves!
The American public wants illegal aliens dealt with! Barack wants them as Democrat voters - he is telling the American public to screw themselves!
It is time to capitalize on the "empty chair" message! Let Barack Go!
Respect is earned.
One of the fundamental problems the world has with Baraq-al Husayn bin Obama is that he thinks respect is expected.
When Baraq does something worthy of respect, he'll get it. Not a moment before.
you write” The left accusing Romney of not paying his taxes and killing a woman are different how?”
There is a huge difference! Clint spoke the truth and that is why the left is squawking. The bits about Romney are lies and so they evaporated.
We supported Chick-Fil-A when Cathy stood up against the liberal Marxists gay manifesto. Its time to do the same for Clint Eastwwod. When he has a new movie coming out we should all go to see it to pay back his standing up against the evil Left. Sure he may have rambled at times but who wouldnt at 82?
“Trouble with the Curve” due out in September.
Resonates with me inasmuch as I lost my cool yesterday while defending Palin to a client of mine who mockingly said while discussing politics "well at least you guys have Sarah Palin!"
I asked her what she disliked about Palin and she said "everything you read and hear about her...."
I about exploded when pointing out that the MSM is biased against any political conservative to say the least and I could hardly get her to admit that.
Even though this client of mine loves to hunt and fish she claimed, turns out she was on permanent disability (go figure, this explains her political affiliation: entitlement mentality) and had met with Obama personally to discuss Health insurance.
Turns my stomach. I don't typically discuss politics while on the boat but if somebody brings it up you can bet I'm not going to smile and say anything kind about our enslavers. I say bring it on!
This single act of political performance art, without notes or teleprompter, will have a greater impact in 2012 than the SNL skit of Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin...go ahead, make my day.
Thanks for posting the link - great, great essay. So many good points.
Aye, Matt. The very one.
I haven't heard. What did he do, cut his pubic hair to ridicule the President's last name? Make a movie where he gets assassinated? No? Oh, wait....
Gruffness has a place in this world, as does strong, silent and deep.
Replacing emasculated men with macho, loud women does neither any good, but nature abhors a vacuum.
Over the course of my life, it has really struck me that women now fall into two basic camps: the I-can-do-anything-a-man-can type and even more of a sex toy trophy American stick insect.
I think it’s sad, disconcerting and downright disgusting.
I don’t appreciate Svengalis, either, but the compelling masculinity of a man who knows who he is and what he believes draws others to him as a leader. Men and women alike, unless the women want to BE who he is.
LOL! Not in NYC though. Or............maybe if they want to ignore hizonor mr, bloomberg’s edict about evil guns.
Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years.
Excellent take here by the author. The contrast of Eastwood with our emasculated culture is poignant. That the Left is countering with Eva Longoria and Sandra "are your condoms are belong to me" Fluke is telling.
But on your standing and cheering: this sounds like a vigorous, even strenuous activity, and such, should in an abundance of caution be regarded as potentially dangerous. I trust you were wearing a helmet for safety.
w, A Must Read....
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