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Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Bitter old rich white man angry over loss of political power

Film-maker and real estate developer Robert Redford lamented this weekend the loss of influence in Washington by him and other white liberals.

"Tonight, for the first time I can remember, I feel out of place in the country I was born into and the citizenship I’ve loved my whole life," wrote in a speech posted shortly after Brett Kavanaugh became the 114th justice in American history.

Redford wrote, "For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness, and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade."

Despite failing to call out the young Antifa mobs that have attacked older people they disagree with, Redford wrote, "It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess.

"But I want to encourage you to dig deep for hope and civility right now — to try to make connections with people you disagree with, to be better than our politicians."

The call for civility is strikingly at odds with the Democratic Party's encouragement of the harassment of Republicans in public places.

Indeed, I do not recall this bitter old rich white man Redford publicly saying a word when a Democratic Party resister shot and wounded Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Still his speech is a refreshing break from the numerous celebrity calls for resistance and street violence.

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24 comments:

  1. Redford’s still alive? More the pity. Among the many classic parodies of movies Mad magazine did through the years, my favorite had to be Botch Casually and the Sumdunce Kid. If you ever wonder who started this whole thing about “woke” actors and Serious Important Movies, pin the tail on Bob.

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    1. Bob is 82. Not a fun time for him I'm sure. He's looking back now, not ahead. He screwed up a long time ago and he's just realizing it.

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    2. When I first saw the picture of Redford, I thought it was Moe Howard. You know the one. Yuk,yuk, yuk. Really what a shocker it must be to loose your "beauty".

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    3. I loved that parody! In fact, I was a huge fan of Mad Magazine.

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    4. I remember that...and that gives you an idea of our age :>)

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  2. Redford is a drunk, I believe. He has crashed two planes, the last he was on the taxiway attempting a take off. If you are a sober pilot it is pretty easy to tell a taxiway from the runway.

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    1. Not Redford, Harrison Ford...

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  3. It was always hard for me to dislike Redford even as he became more left wing and more self righteous. But his message, if he has one, should be heeded by his Hollywood friends. But, The chance of this happening is zero. Hollywood is now run by the rich and Gay. They have no tolerance now and perhaps never will because they can indulge their prejudices protected by the very system they claim to dispise. 1A is all they need to get and stay rich and enjoy the pleasures of opulence and the Harem while staying unindicted, there only true concern. What Redford should really be wailing about is the destruction of his own industry by his fellow travelers. They inhierited something wonderful from men of his own generation, but were too self indulgent, too rich, too willful, not to waste and destroy it. Requiem in pace Hollywood land.

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    1. "run by rich and gay" ... Can't disagree however you might want to add a category! You sound learned and wise but would like to add a suggestion to review.

      Read this book written by ex-Communist whose parents were Communist as he grew up in Communist enclave in NYC and attended The Little Red School House.

      The author has moved from Marxist to Conservative!

      Red Star Over Hollywood: The Film Colony’s Long Romance with the Left

      by Ronald Radosh

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Radosh

      He also wrote

      Commies: A Journey Through the Old Left, the New Left, and the Leftover Left

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    2. Radosh is probably the most obnoxious and self-righteous NeverTrumper this side of the Weakly Standards cruise line. I wouldn't support him financially even if he were selling ice cream and bourbon.
      -TK

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  4. So when did quit going to the movies? If you don't dislike Robert Redford, then you have not seen his movies.

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    1. we don't share the same taste DNA I guess. His last film about a guy on a sinking boat that had no dialogue was pretty good I thought and his baseball film was very good. I never saw the one with Newman. DeNiro is a jerk but he was good in Godfather and Taxi Driver. Credit where credit is due. Actors are mostly not very smart. If they were they probably wouldn't do well as actors. But I haven't been inside a M theatre in about 8 years
      Pmd

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    2. Robert Redford and Paul Newman did two movies together. The first, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid is a classic. The second, the Sting was even better. The Sting was maybe the best in theater, first time viewing, of any movie I have ever seen, not named the Godfather.

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    3. "Unknown" above speaks for me too. The first film I ever saw more than once was Butch Cassidy, and I thought it was fantastic; The Sting too. He's done a lot of excellent films.

      The man could act, it's just a pity that his politics aren't as well thought out as his movies; it's the Hollywood Disease I guess.

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  5. "For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness, and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade."
    A perfect description of the democrats. Bigotry? How many of them are calling out Keith Ellison? How many of them are calling out HiLlARy for her attacks on worthless Willie's victims? What about what these false accusations have done to Brett Kavanaugh's wife and children?
    "It’s hard to blame young people for calling us out, and pointing to our conflicts between the values we declare, and those we stand behind only when it’s convenient to partisanship. Many people are rightly calling it a damn mess."
    Are any dems recanting their unwavering support of Worthless Willie? Have any of them apologized to his victims?
    Do better than our politicians? Howsa bout we elect a different set of liberal politicians? Lets send the socialist ones to Venezuela and let them help fix the problems socialism created there.
    REDford can join them.

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    1. Liberals live theory. They characterize people to fit their ends. As for making movies, that's what it's all about.

      People in society are not as easy to stereotype. As we go through life, all of us see the world based on thousands of considerations. And our views change as times change. Many of our individual beliefs are hypocritical. So?

      Agree with your comments 100%.

      The past 2 weeks - as in the past 2 years - it's the Marxist left by their actions and words that have given America "bigotry, mean-spiritedness, and mockery"...as well as violence.

      Like others in "the business" this man has spent his life in a make believe world. The truth is right in front of him, but he cannot see it.

      Sad.

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  6. He went to Van Nuys high school. He participated in theater. His best friend was on the baseball team. Don Drysdale.

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  7. What is stunning about the entire Kavanaugh confirmation process is that it broke the rules of the Senate, and was totally made up.

    Rush is correct when he says that the tide turned at a rally when President Trump brought up the facts that the "I believe her" accuser could not tell the date, day, or location this life-changing traumatic experience happened to her; how she got to the party and then home (the convenient Hillary defense - "I don't remember"); and that all of the people she claimed were there said they had no idea what she was talking about.

    A Kafkaesque construct that the sanctimonious left rung every bit of moisture out of. Until.....

    President Donald J. Trump stood up and said - "The Emperor has no clothes".

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    1. Trump is more like the Emperor who *does* have clothes :)

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  8. If we could get rid of a few more from the looney leftist like Redford and have the laws enforced that we passed the country might just survive the stupidity of the liberals in Washington.

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  9. If he doesn’t feel at home, leave. Shut up and leave.

    I doubt his words mean anything to the young monsters and commies on the left. They may not know who he is.

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  10. "For weeks I’ve watched with sadness as our civil servants have failed us, turning toward bigotry, mean-spiritedness, and mockery as the now-normal tools of the trade."

    Leftist like Redford have toiled for decades to create this political atmosphere...and then lament it as though it was somehow THRUST upon them! Ever hear of consequences for your actions, jackass?

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  11. This is Redford imitating one of Obama's transparent rhetorical tricks: his words are intentionally vague, so you must supply the meaning. His words mean whatever you think they mean. If you are on the Left, he is criticizing the Right. If you are on the Right, he is criticizing the Left. Or maybe you think he is criticizing everyone. Why doesn't he just spit it out and tell us precisely what words or what deeds by what politicians he finds unworthy of America and is lamenting? Maybe then we can do something about it to clear the air of toxic politics.

    Iapetus

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  12. Redford knew about Weinstein and did nothing, said nothing. He's a far left moralizing, virtue signaling fraud. His only defense is that 95 percent of Hollywood are as bad or worse.

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