Sep 07 2012
Sorry again for the complete lack of posting. Life has become incredibly hectic, and not always in a good way. At least we squeaked some vacation time in at the end of August, or else I would have gone mad with the conflicting priorities of aging parents, an endless stream of work/business issues (in no small part thanks to government intrusion and incompetence), while raising the young ones and letting go of the older ones. Not sure if I am still sane…
Anyway, just a short post on the GOP and Dem conventions: neither really inspired, each had less good than bad and ugly (yes, Clint Eastwood will be addressed here). I missed Romney’s and Obama’s speeches, and pretty much ignored the liberal meltdown in Charlotte.
That’s because I sit firmly in the vast majority of insurgent Tea Party/Libertarian voters who will be bringing a second wave of whoop-ass to the voting booth come Nov 6th.
Let me begin with Clint Eastwood’s ingenious play at the GOP convention. It was ingenious because it represents a symphony of messages, metaphors and devices that hit the individual in multiple subtle ways. I must note I missed his ‘speech’ as well the night he gave it, and was already expecting – from the news – to see a rambling, out of touch, and sad event when I watched it early in the week after the convention.
And boy do most people have it wrong. Especially the talking heads and inside the beltway types (see Geraldo Rivera for an example of someone totally missing it). This post over at Hot Air by “Karl” explains much of what happened that night.
After all, who is Clint Eastwood? He is one of the top actors, directors and producers of motion pictures in the world. Most of the world — and almost certainly everyone tuning in to the RNC Thursday night — knows this. Yet most of the analyses of his RNC appearance are based on the notion that we were not witnessing acting.
Karl walks through the set up, the hook and the morals of this amazing short play. But having time to listen to the response and see how it played out with the Dems is amazing. From the union thug who goes ballistic on his own empty chair to the fact Obama cannot now afford to be seen in any venue containing empty chairs, the symbology now stuck to the President appears to be as damning as it is permanent. The empty suite metaphor is hard to encounter on a day to day basis – not the empty chair!
Eastwood used the hook of a rambling old man to bring down everyone’s guard. If he was Dirty Harry, then most people would have some level of defense up – making a message hard to get through. The rambling man, hard to hear, removed this wall and forced people to try and hear. But as Karl said, once the hook was implanted, the message was tough. Going from tears of joy at the swearing in January 2009 to the tears of sadness as we see the results of 4 wasted years and so many people out of work and without their hard earned nest eggs. Eastwood applied the velvet glove with surgical precision, until finally he dropped the act with his “Make My Day” summary…
Compare that to the floor fight by the Dems over the existence and support of “God”. As I noted before, everyone outside the far left believes in a Creator who is above humankind, and from whom we receive the gift of life and all its potential. To the liberals, they are the Creator and through government they provide the required carrots and sticks to manage the unruly masses. One side is confident, the other compensating for deep rooted insecurities.
The conventions simply cemented where this election was headed. The left arrogant and over confident, the right being tested once again to see if this time they can do what the people want (which is to tear down government to its minimal core and free people to pursue Life, Liberty and Happiness). The question is will the GOP be like Todd Akin or Paul Ryan….
So far they are marching basically in the right direction. But they will not have a mandate if they win. They will simply be on parole.