Mitt Romney must be feeling lucky, because it sounds like tonight's "Mystery Speaker" at the Republican National Convention will indeed be Dirty Harry himself. "Sources" say Clint Eastwood is planning to surprise the crowd with a speech before Romney takes the podium, and reactions are predictably mixed: While many members of the GOP are thrilled (I mean, come on! He's Clint Eastwood!), others find Eastwood a touch too liberal (he's pro-gay marriage and his Super Bowl commercial seemed to give Obama credit for saving the auto industry).
Then there are the non-Republicans, like me, who have a tough time believing Clint Eastwood is really one of them. Yeah, I know he's rich and really into guns, but he's still a thinking man with progressive ideals. Don't believe me? Here are 10 Clint Eastwood quotes that prove he's nothing like Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan:
1. I don't see myself as conservative, but I'm not ultra-leftist. You build a philosophy of your own. I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live.
2. Maybe I'm getting to the age when I'm starting to be senile or nostalgic or both, but people are so angry now. You used to be able to disagree with people and still be friends. Now you hear these talk shows, and everyone who believes differently from you is a moron and an idiot -- both on the Right and the Left.
3. I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
4. Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
5. The Korean War was only a few years after World War II. We all went. But you couldn't help but think, Shit. What the hell? What have we gained? One minute you're unleashing the tremendous power of nuclear fission, and then a few years later you're jockeying back and forth on the 38th parallel. It seemed so futile.
6. It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives.
7. A good man always knows his limitations.
8. It's making sure that the words "public servant" are not forgotten. That's why I did it. 'Cause I thought, I don't need this. The fact that I didn't need it made me think I could do more. It's the people who need it that I'm suspect of.
9. Sometimes if you want to see a change for the better, you have to take things into your own hands.
10. Hollywood, as everyone knows, glamorizes physical courage ... if I had to define courage myself, I wouldn't say it's about shooting people. I'd say it's the quality that stimulates people, that enables them to move ahead and look beyond themselves.
Hmm. Maybe Clint Eastwood should run for president.
What do you think about Clint Eastwood as the RNC's Mystery Speaker?
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