|'A Man's GOT to Know His Limitations'|
These are clips from some of Clint Eastwood's movies and interviews that we think he may have left behind on a sheet of paper when he came out onto the podium in Tampa last night.
He is 82 now, and after all, he is Clint Eastwood. He can sorta do whatever he wants by now, can't he?
We are not 100% sure...and we are not going to ever ask Mr. Eastwood in person either. But we think the quotes below, along with some judicious editing from us, might have been what he had in mind beyond his simple direct truth that all sides can agree on whether it is President Obama or was President Bush or any elected official you can vote for or against at any level of government:
'We own this country. Politicians work for us. When they don't do the job, we gotta let them go'.
- 'There are aspects of characters I've played that I might like but I don't like all the things about him. In 'Dirty Harry', the whole romance of the film is the fact that he's a guy who hates bureaucracy. Well, who doesn't hate bureaucracy?'
We all hate bureacracy, don't we? Red, blue, purple, white, black, Asian. America as a nation that has always been suspicious and wary of concentrated power in the hands of the few. Why should our generation be any different than any that has gone before us?
That is the main problem I have with President Obama. He seems to love more bureaucracy! Show me where he hasn't exhibited a predisposition to pass more legislation and regulations and rely more on the ingenuity and resiliency of the American entrepreneur and worker and I might change my mind. Some. But I doubt it.
- 'If you approach a film with the feeling that you are going to have some impact on society then you're liable to get carried away with yourself. Alfred Hitchcock once told me, when I was analyzing a lot of things about his pictures, "Clint, you must remember, it's only a movie.'
Same with politics. It is 'only' politics. I was Mayor of Carmel, California for 2 years, remember, so I know the difference between campaigning and governing. The important part to remember that once the 'fun' and the 'dirty' parts of politics are over and done with on Election Day, you have to govern this nation as a whole, not as part of a whole. President Obama has failed to unite us a nation and has instead chosen to use division and class warfare to separate us from each other.
I can't abide by that.
- 'I don't believe in pessimism. If something doesn't come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it's going to rain, it will.'
'President Obama: Quit complaining about the bad economy you inherited. You wanted this job bad enough to run for it for 2 straight years and spend about $1 billion to win the nomination and the general election. George Bush didn't tell you to pass the policies you did that haven't worked to get us out of this economic slump. Those are entirely your own job and your own responsibility. George Washington didn't complain about having to cross the Delaware on that cold Christmas Eve night in 1776. He just did it. Be a leader, not a whiner.'
- 'Extremism is so easy. You've got your position, and that's it. It doesn't take much thought. And when you go far enough to the right you meet the same idiots coming around from the left.'
(We can't say it any better than Clint Eastwood. Cause it is most definitely 'true')
- 'There's a rebel lying deep in my soul. Anytime anybody tells me the trend is such and such, I go the opposite direction. I hate the idea of trends. I hate imitation; I have a reverence for individuality.'
America was made by rebels. Rebels who left Europe and England because of religious oppression. Rebels who couldn't stand the dictates of a distant King across the ocean. Rebels who fought the Civil War before America could be birthed a new freedom in 1865. Rebels who fought for the rights of women to vote in the early 20th century. Rebels like Martin Luther King who fought for the full rights of our fellow African-American citizens.
The day America loses its sense of James Dean, John Wayne, and, yes, Clint Eastwood, then we will really have problems. 'A Little Rebellion is a Good Thing' as Thomas Jefferson would say.
- 'Westerns. In a Western you can think, Jesus, there was a time when man was alone, on horseback, out there where man hasn't spoiled the land yet.'
We all have our failures and our faults. It isn't just the Republicans who are bad or the liberals. We want a leader who will bring out the 'better part of our angels' as Ronald Reagan referred repeatedly. That is how we are going to solve these problems and heal this nation, together, as one nation, one society, one America.
- 'A Man's GOT To Know His Limitations'
'President Obama seems like a nice man. Except when he allows his political henchmen such as David Axelrod and David Plouffe to run those awful ads accusing Mitt Romney of murdering that lady who contracted cancer after working at a company in which Bain Capital had invested.
He is just not a budget or a numbers guy. He has not shown any predisposition to attack or arrest the explosion of these budget deficits which have now AVERAGED $1.3 trillion per year during the 3 years he had full control of the budget. He has personally allowed $12 trillion of new debt to be either created or not eliminated due to his actions/inactions as Budget Commander-in-Chief. He has not seen one federal program outside of the defense program that he thinks is bloated, wasteful or due for major significant reforms and reductions. Everything in the federal budget has gone way up in cost and price under President Obama, not down.
He has got to know his limitations in this regard. If he doesn't, then that is reason enough to just 'let him go'.
- 'Go ahead. Make my day.'
Vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. There! I have said it. I am from Hollywood and I approve this message.
* most of this list comes courtesy of 10 Top Best