Forget Trump, how about Eastwood 2016?

August 14, 2016

EsquireEastwoodFor the September print edition of Esquire magazine, Michael Hainey has the interview of a lifetime; Father Clint and son Scott of the Eastwood clan.

With 56 years separating them, you’d think a giant generation gap and chasms of difference right?  Wrong.  Their confluence of commonality is absolutely amazing.

Clint talks of learning from his dad, Scott from his, and both emphasizing a never look back, keep going forward, and by all means work for what you want mentality.  (The Eastwood family tree does not have an “entitlement” branch.)

While the media quickly pushed out the “angry white male” father Clint’s comments that people are ”getting tired of political correctness…the kiss-ass generation” and “Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff” that meme misses the deeper context.

The depth of the interview is found in Clint recalling his dad moving the family five hundred miles during the depression just to “get a job as a gas jockey at a Standard Station on the corner of PCH and Sunset Boulevard.”  And then juxtaposing that against today’s society with a “What would happen if he’d have said “Oh, I can’t do that?” Which then led to when he was 5 years old “and a guy comes to the back of our house and says to my mother, “There’s a bunch of wood in the back. Could I chop that up for you, ma’am?” And my mother says, “We don’t have money.” And he says, “I don’t want any money. Just a sandwich.”

When Hainey asked if that memory haunted him he replied: “It haunts me when I think of all the assholes out there who are complaining.  I saw people who really had it bad.”

I heard similar stories from my own parents and grandparents but Clint Eastwood remembers them personally for a new generation and provides a riveting testimony to what true hardship really is.

And when asked to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton he spoke for millions of Americans: “That’s a tough one, isn’t it? I’d have to go for Trump … you know, ’cause she’s declared that she’s gonna follow in Obama’s footsteps. There’s been just too much funny business on both sides of the aisle. She’s made a lot of dough out of being a politician. I gave up dough to be a politician. I’m sure that Ronald Reagan gave up dough to be a politician.”

If there is anything that explains the movement behind Donald Trump’s candidacy it is in that despite the media’s non-stop attempts to scare voters back to the stone-age with meme after apocalyptic meme, the real danger to the future of America is four more years of Obama policy.

Obama’s doubling of the national debt is real.  The budget deficit getting worse, not better is real.  That Crimea was taken by Russia under Obama is real.  Turkey, a NATO ally, is racing away from secularism and running pell mell towards Islamic theocracy.  Libya is a disaster, Syria has no end in sight, and ISIS is spreading, not contracting its reach across the globe.  Throw in open borders, sanctuary cities, and the $743 billion in new regulations the American Action Forum shows that the Obama administration has forced upon the country and you have a reality far worse than media managed memes.

The toxic stew of Obama arrogance and ineptness has had America’s future on slow burn for eight years.  The greatest danger to this Republic is not Trump’s “scary words” but rather Clinton’s documented corruption and the coming boil over of the Obama pot that will most assuredly burn us all if not removed this November.

PUBLISHER’s NOTE:  An edited version of this column first appeared in the August 14, 2016 print edition of the Joplin Globe.

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