Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Clint Eastwood, Political Expert.

I have just finished watching Clint Eastwood's speech to the Republican National Convention for the umpteenth time, and since just about everyone else has already sounded off on the matter, I have decided it is now my turn. Although as a liberal I am expected to disagree with everything Clint said, there are a few things with which I agree.
For example, I think it would be a good idea to end the adventure in Afghanistan. Our objective was to get Osama bin Laden, and we have done so. As Clint said, we should have consulted the Russians on the problems of stabilizing that country – if we had, we would have left when we got Osama.
It is not as if we are fighting for the security of the United States; it is extremely doubtful that the Afghans would attack us if we left. The rest of the world knows the tribal situation in Afghanistan, and is laughing at our stupidity.
Clint also mentioned that some of us in Obama's own party are disappointed that the economic problems of the country have not been solved, which is true, but we also realize that the solution is not dependent upon who is in office. As long as there are people in this world who are willing to work for pennies per hour, the jobs will flow in their direction. (Mr. Romney's tenure at Bain Capital is a prime example.) And as long as robots and software continue to displace people, the ranks of the unemployed will grow.
Mr. Eastwood may be correct in assuming that attorneys in government may not be a good thing - I won't speculate on that - but he neglected to mention that Mr. Romney has a Juris Doctorate from Harvard. Perhaps Clint forgot that during a senior moment.
Mr. Eastwood as well as the whole Republican party seems to be confused as to the goal of government as compared to that of business. Here is the difference – the object of business is to inflate the bottom line so that shareholders receive the highest possible return on their investments. Period!
The goal of government, at least that of the United States is to: form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
The last businessman who became president was Herbert Hoover. Clint, ask yourself how that worked out.
As Clint said, [ideally] we - not the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, Harold Simmons, Bob Perry nor any of the other billionaires who are attempting through SuperPACS to obtain the best [business friendly] government money can buy - own the country.
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entitled I Can't Believe Someone Really Said This.” To that list I wish to add the following from no less than Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the Citizens United decision: “We now conclude that independent expenditures, including those made by corporations, do not give rise to corruption or the appearance of corruption.” I wonder if he still believes that.
One more thing: To put vulgar sayings in the mouth of an absent individual, president or otherwise, is to my mind the epitome of disrespect. But it is also an outstanding display of the complete lack of class of the individual who does so.
Clint, stick to acting.
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