Liberals give Eastwood the Soviet treatment
Clint Eastwood’s remarkable and original take-down of Obama Thursday night seems to have the entire liberal system in a tizzy. They’ve gone Soviet on him—claiming, in a single, swelling voice heard throughout the media, that he’s nuts, senile, a crazy old coot, or, as the “conservative” New York Post has it on today’s front page, “Off His Rocker.”
Do readers know what I mean here by “Soviet”? In the old USSR, dissidents were officially classified as mentally ill. It is instructive to see the liberal system giving the same treatment to a celebrity—whom for the last 20 years they had lauded for his fashionably liberal, anti-American movies—solely because he has now expressed, in an extremely effective manner, the damaging truth about Obama.
I’ve been saying since last year that no leftward turn taken by America in the future would surprise me, including its turning into a Soviet-style tyranny. Not that I expect that to happen, but I no longer consider it impossible.
Yes, Eastwood is getting the Soviet treatment. The left has been doing this for a long time. At bottom, a leftist thinks a conservative is crazy or mentally ill to hold such views.Clark Coleman writes:
Michael Savage wrote a book in 2005 called “Liberalism is a Mental Disorder.” I realize that you have never condoned the excesses of Michael Savage and others like him in the conservative media, but it is sobering to contemplate that many conservatives feel justified in stooping to the level of leftists in their rhetoric. Doing so erases some important distinctions. It used to be that I could say that there was an asymmetry between left and right; the conservative considers the liberal to be naive in his utopianism, while the liberal cannot comprehend anyone whose thinking is not utopian, and concludes that conservatives don’t oppose utopian schemes because the conservative believes they won’t work, but because the conservative truly does not care about women, children, the elderly, etc. I was proud that we occupied the high ground. Now, I cannot say that conservatives as a group occupy the high ground, only that I try to do so personally.Matt Bracken writes:
You wrote:Paul K. writes:
Michael Moore thought Eastwood’s presentation was self-evidently senile—in fact, one of the most bizarre “senior moments” in the history of the Republic:Alexis Zarkov writes:
I found Clint Eastwood’s little skit the most creative moment of the whole convention. Everything else I saw was scripted and stiff, although I didn’t watch the whole thing. The liberal world would have been effusive with praise for an actor poking fun at Romney. They would have excused any transgression of protocol under artistic license. Eastwood did seem somewhat frail, but hardly demented. Flinging a “senile” or “off-his-rocker” charge at Eastwood for his politics does indeed resemble Soviet methods of dealing with dissidents. State psychiatrists invented a whole new category of mental illness called “sluggish schizophrenia,” a medical diagnosis so vague it could apply to anyone.LA writes:
On a side point, I’ve noticed people using the initials “RNC” for Republican National Convention. I’ve never seen this before, and I think it’s incorrect. RNC has always stood for Republican National Committee, just as DNC stands for Democratic National Committee. To apply those same initials to the respective party conventions is confusing and wrong.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 01, 2012 04:15 PM | Send