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Clint Eastwood: Lawyers as President? Not a ‘Good Idea’
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/31/12 | Joe Palazzola

Posted on 08/31/2012 8:00:59 AM PDT by AtlasStalled

Clint Eastwood doesn’t think you’re fit for the presidency. His speech at the RNC last night, an embarrassment of riches for late-night comedians, included an argument against attorneys leading the free world.

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1 posted on 08/31/2012 8:01:01 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: AtlasStalled

“Lawyer” is racist code for black. - MSNBC


2 posted on 08/31/2012 8:02:38 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: AtlasStalled

I loved his entire speech. the take off on Harvey and James Stewart was great.


3 posted on 08/31/2012 8:03:12 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: AtlasStalled

They are probably replacing all the TV’s at the WH as I’m sure Moochelle broke all of them.


4 posted on 08/31/2012 8:04:57 AM PDT by patriotspride
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To: AtlasStalled
I like Clint but doesn't Romney have a law degree?
5 posted on 08/31/2012 8:07:04 AM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: AtlasStalled

Dang; obama a lawyer? I thought his degree was in community organizing and race-bating!


6 posted on 08/31/2012 8:09:09 AM PDT by onlylewis (libs want a two class system, one rich one poor)
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To: patriotspride

Tha author claims Mitt is a “trained lawyer.” I received my JD in 1976 and have practised law since then. Getting a law degree is not the same thing as being a lawyer. Mitt may have received training to become a lawyer, but he is not a lawyer.


7 posted on 08/31/2012 8:09:13 AM PDT by p. henry
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To: AtlasStalled

Philo Beddoe Lampooned the Zero like SNL should have done years ago if it weren’t a commie rat trap.

Too bad Clyde wasn’t sitting in the chair eating his GD Oreo’s.


8 posted on 08/31/2012 8:09:54 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: AtlasStalled
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I question the good but that bad and the ugly seems about right.

9 posted on 08/31/2012 8:10:24 AM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: AtlasStalled
Judging by the criticism from the left I think it is obvious Clint scored a few direct hits.


10 posted on 08/31/2012 8:10:26 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." - Ayn Rand)
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To: AtlasStalled

I know many were taken by Clint’s speech, but this was just one of the many embarrassing things that Clint said. I have $50 bucks that someone told him afterwards, “Uh..you do know that Mitt graduated from the Harvard School of Law, right?”


11 posted on 08/31/2012 8:11:03 AM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: montanajoe

Yes he does, but decided it was not his cup of tea so went for his business degree. He graduated with honors in both cases.

The man does not have fail in his vocabulary.


12 posted on 08/31/2012 8:11:51 AM PDT by crz
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To: AtlasStalled

Ted Cruz is a lawyer, & he would make a fantastic president. Since he’s not eligible, we’ll have to settle for him making a fantastic senator & perhaps one day a SCOTUS justice.


13 posted on 08/31/2012 8:13:37 AM PDT by TropicanaRose
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To: dragonblustar
I question the good but that bad and the ugly seems about right.

It's the hair. They have to be talking about the hair in the picture on the left. By the way, Romney furthest left and Mooshell furthest right in the picture?

14 posted on 08/31/2012 8:13:43 AM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: AtlasStalled

You have to give the 82-year old patriot real credit. He has been so successful, and provided so much entertainment all while being a patriot and not having to grovel to the radical leftist nutjobs of Hollywood to be one of the best actors, producers, directors in all of it.

Clint got his message across last night. There was no doubting it. Especially when you mix in the themes and messages in his latest movies. God bless you Clint — one of the REAL Americans in Hollywood.


15 posted on 08/31/2012 8:13:47 AM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: dalebert
I loved his entire speech. the take off on Harvey and James Stewart was great.

How very astute of you to recognize what Eastwood was doing while legions of "journalists" and "historians" missed it completely and attributed this masterful presentation to ramblings of a demented senior.

16 posted on 08/31/2012 8:14:51 AM PDT by varon (The silent patriots stand guard!)
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To: AtlasStalled

Oh, I thought he said “LIARS” in another swipe at Obamugabe.


17 posted on 08/31/2012 8:15:07 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: montanajoe
Romney still wanted to pursue a business path, but his father advised him that a law degree would be valuable to his career.[59][60] Thus he became one of only fifteen students to enroll at the recently created joint Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration four-year program coordinated between Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.[61] Fellow students considered him guilelessly optimistic, noting his solid work ethic and buttoned-down demeanor and appearance.[61][62] He readily adapted to the business school's pragmatic, data-driven case study method of teaching, participated in class well, and led a study group whom he pushed to get all A's.[60] He had a different social experience from most of his classmates, since he lived in a Belmont, Massachusetts house with Ann and two children.[47][60] He was non-ideological and did not involve himself in the political or social issues of the day.[47][60] He graduated in 1975 cum laude from the law school, in the top third of that class, and was named a Baker Scholar for graduating in the top five percent of his business school class.[57][61]

but he never practiced law.....

18 posted on 08/31/2012 8:16:00 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: montanajoe

I’d bet that the JD was to the MBA as, in a saner world, a .45 would be for a walk on Chicago streets.


19 posted on 08/31/2012 8:16:33 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: varon

Exactly.

Eastwood nailed it. Libs are in meltdown mode.


20 posted on 08/31/2012 8:17:05 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Lawyers as legislators is also a bad idea, they have an automatic conflict of interest.


21 posted on 08/31/2012 8:22:59 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: AtlasStalled

So, big deal, the lawyers are arguing with Clint. What did you expect?


22 posted on 08/31/2012 8:25:17 AM PDT by Belteshazzar (We are not justified by our works but by faith - De Jacob et vita beata 2 +Ambrose of Milan)
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To: montanajoe

Yes. And Mrs. Ryan is a lawyer too.


23 posted on 08/31/2012 8:26:02 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (ABO)
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To: patriotspride

Nah, she was to busy eating her 12 big mac, 6 large fries and washing them down with 4 diet coke ( she watching her diet you know) and 3 apple pies for desert.


24 posted on 08/31/2012 8:26:35 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: tomkat
I don't have a problem with the JD I have one. I think a legal education is an excellent way to round out your education especially in the accounting, science and engineering disciplines.

But regular folks don't make the distinction between having a law degree and being a lawyer and might scratch their head abit at Clint's comment.

25 posted on 08/31/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: AtlasStalled

I agree with Clint.


26 posted on 08/31/2012 8:28:30 AM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (If you voted for "O" last election, shame on him!.If you do it again, shame on you.)
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To: dragonblustar

What a GREAT BUMPER STICKER...


27 posted on 08/31/2012 8:30:38 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: SoFloFreeper
"Oh, I thought he said “LIARS” in another swipe at Obamugabe."

Liars, lawyers same difference... (In fact if you check the dictionary they are synonyms for each other...)

28 posted on 08/31/2012 8:32:51 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: crz

I think he was dual enrolled, and received both degrees at the same time.


29 posted on 08/31/2012 8:33:12 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Vaquero

EXCELLENT RESEARCH...Thanx.


30 posted on 08/31/2012 8:34:11 AM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: AtlasStalled

Specifically an ex-ACLU lawyer!...


31 posted on 08/31/2012 8:36:54 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AtlasStalled
I don't have a problem with lawyers as long as words have some meaning to them. I think Eastwood was referring to lawyers in the sense of the Roberts ruling on the ACA or Clinton's inability to understand the word “is”.
32 posted on 08/31/2012 8:47:12 AM PDT by throwback (The object of opening the mind, is as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.)
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To: fella
Lawyers as legislators is also a bad idea, they have an automatic conflict of interest.

Excellent point.

The other day I was considering just how much of today's complexity and expense was due to lawyers and legislators. Must ask a physician for his opinion on the subject, when he has time to deliver a complete answer.

33 posted on 08/31/2012 8:47:36 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: montanajoe

Yes, Romney has a law degree but doesn’t work as a lawyer.


34 posted on 08/31/2012 8:50:46 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: varon

Oye, varoncita,
Anyone familiar with American movies and theater knows the iconic play and movie “Harvey” and knows Jimmy Stewart’s performance in the latter.


35 posted on 08/31/2012 8:51:05 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: dalebert
I loved his entire speech. the take off on Harvey and James Stewart was great.

I'm with you! Some of Clint's speech was lost on the culturally illiterate, alas.

36 posted on 08/31/2012 8:52:16 AM PDT by Poincare (Reality is not a fool.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Edmund Burke in “Reflections on the Revolution in France” cited the French lawyers involved as a reason for predicting disaster.
He distinguished between those trained in the law which can lead to Statecraft and middle ranking practitioners who thrive on conflict and live off the creation of such as their sole motivation in life.

He felt that their level of involvement in the formation of the structures and first actions would lead to internal death fights as the new Republic in France progressed and eventually a turn to a Dictator would result.


37 posted on 08/31/2012 8:54:12 AM PDT by KC Burke (Plain Conservative opinions and common sense correction for thirteen years.)
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To: AtlasStalled
Clint Eastwood doesn’t think [lawyers] are fit for the presidency.

For present-day lawyers, I 100% agree with Mr. Eastwood.

The lawyers even in Coolidge's day were something different: true handmaidens of the law. Now, most trial lawyers are soulless Alinskyite ambulance-chasers like John Edwards-- and Obama.

38 posted on 08/31/2012 8:55:07 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: dalebert
That went over my head...which is exploding this morning because I've been watching CNN to get their take. They are pathetic.

Soledad had Christine O'Donnell!!!! on and Christine ate her lunch. SOB kept saying that COD called Obama a communist.

SOB is really stupid!

39 posted on 08/31/2012 8:56:44 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: EEGator

At least we know. Unlike someone else running.

I do believe we might see some adds that will adress that.


40 posted on 08/31/2012 9:18:15 AM PDT by crz
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To: p. henry

Right. There are people with law degrees (Mitt Romney) and then there are “lawyers” (John Edwards).


41 posted on 08/31/2012 9:21:12 AM PDT by kevao (Obama didn't kill Bin Laden. Someone else made that happen!)
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To: KC Burke
My argument has always been this...As admitted members of the bar, practicing attorneys are, while not necessarily government employees, de facto members of the judicial branch. As such, their holding office in either the legislative or executive branches is a conflict of interest.

I'm not saying these persons should not be eligible to run for executive or legislative office, but in order to do so they should voluntarily resign from the bar and maintain no active associations (i.e. partnerships) with active practices, firms, etc.

JMHO.

42 posted on 08/31/2012 9:26:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: AtlasStalled

Disbarred lawyers become politicians. For life.


43 posted on 08/31/2012 9:33:01 AM PDT by crosshairs (America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
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To: harpu

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.

John Adams


44 posted on 08/31/2012 9:34:22 AM PDT by Ge0ffrey
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To: AtlasStalled

My personal opinion is that lawyers should be barred from even serving in congress, and/or engaging in lobbying, in any way, shape, or form.


45 posted on 08/31/2012 9:35:28 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Ge0ffrey

The opposite of pro is con
That fact is clearly seen
If progress means move forward
Then what does Congress mean?

-Nipsey Russell


46 posted on 08/31/2012 9:36:18 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: AtlasStalled

Ladies and gentlemen, won’t you please give $5, $10 or whatever you can to THE SEND A LAWYER TO PLUMBER SCHOOL FOUNDATION. Help save another poor boy or girl from a life of avarice and bickering!


47 posted on 08/31/2012 9:41:18 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: dalebert

You know, I missed it. I’d heard the Harvey referrence, but completely forgot Mr. Stewart the angle when I was wincing while watching Clint stumble and stutter.

Now it makes perfect sense. He was playing Mr. Stewart; WWII bomber pilot and Airforce Reserve General, and all around patriot and conservative.

Thanks!


48 posted on 08/31/2012 9:41:18 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: onlylewis

Both Obama’s had a law license in Illinois.

Michelle: Rumor #1 says she lost hers in the early 90’s involving insurance fraud. She was headed for indictment & got a plea bargain by giving up her law license permanently.

Barry lost his in 2008 when it came to light that he had been in Indonesia under a different name—Barry Soetero.

He had filled out his application for his law license in Illinois stating that he NEVER had been known by any other name than Barack Hussein Obama. They cancelled his license, I believe permanently, also.


49 posted on 08/31/2012 9:57:33 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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50 posted on 08/31/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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