JACKSBORO, Texas, September 1, 2012 — What can you say? No one made Clint Eastwood’s Day. He made it himself.
Eastwood’s performance at the RNC has created a lot of consternation. Some are saying that he bungled it; others say he hit the ball out of the park. From my perspective, his performance was an audacious breath of fresh air.
The conventions usually give us hours of prepared, thoroughly tested, fine-tuned speeches that have been carefully crafted for the maximum effect. We listen to them hoping for something new, sometimes impressed by a smartly crafted phrase here and there, but hearing very little that came from the heart or pen of the person who delivers it. The speakers perform speeches like actors reading scripts.
Then along came Clint. Taking his good old easy time, pausing every so often, he seemed at first uncertain what he was doing. And then he started talking to the chair. At first I found it disconcerting, and then comprehension came with a big smile. He was talking to President Obama, whose chair has been empty now for three and a half years. As usual, the occupant of that chair had little to say.
At age eighty three, after spending all those years on a cattle drive (we knew him as Rowdy Yates), and spending his time as a gun fighter, a bare-knuckled fighter, an astronaut, then a real-life mayor and award-winning director, he knew exactly what he was doing. And I think he done rather well.
With his gravelly voice and low-key style, Eastwood reminded us that we own this country. We, the people of the United States, have the right to fire those who run this country for us if they don’t do their jobs.
It’s always tough dealing with an empty chair, whether on stage or in the White House, but Clint Eastwood made my day.
Clint Eastwood isn’t running for president, so what he had to say is ultimately a side show, but he delivered a plain and simple truth. And because the left has never understood plain truths, let alone the plain morals of Eastwood’s movies or the plain directness of the man, they didn’t get it. They had no chance of getting it, they’ll never get it. And so they’ll chatter on about it for as long as they can, as if Clint showed up at the RNC and spoke nonsense.
To the left, most of what was said during the three days of the convention was nonsense. But to those who had ears to listen, the messages were as plain as they could be.
Ann Romney gave a heart-felt, rousing and inspiring speech. She walked us through the years of their marriage, the tough times as well as the good, the years of hard work and long hours that Governor Romney spent building a successful business. She told us about a busy man who still took time to serve in his church and be of help to people in need. He wasn’t helpful at a distance, like liberal lovers of humanity who don’t have much time for people; he was directly, personally his brother’s keeper. Ann Romney’s message of love of family and adoration for her husband was deeply moving. She will be a great First Lady.
Mitt Romney laid out his plan for the country in a plain and simple fashion for all to understand: prosperity for anyone willing to work. It was that simple. He’s done the work. He’s “chopped wood and hauled water,” that is, he’s done those things that build good character, and in the process has acquired the humility to be the leader of the free world.
President Obama’s campaign has spent millions of dollars to discredit Romney and denigrate the success he has had in life. That is all they can do, for Obama has no record of his own to run on.
But now we know Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.We know their lives and accomplishments, and we’ll know more as this campaign goes on.
Now that the confetti and the balloons have been swept away and this GOP convention has been put in the history books, America is ready to go forward. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are the men to lead us there.
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