Help us brainstorm… Who was really sitting in Eastwood’s chair?
Clint Eastwood channeled Ron Paul
Ki and I were talking about how a US Congressperson (Ron Paul) had to have his speech vetted before he spoke at the Republican convention, but an entertainer (Clint Eastwood) was allowed to speak extemporaneously for as long as he liked. We then realized that the bright side in Eastwood’s dialogue with a chair was that he raised two substantive issues that neither the Republicans, Democrats, or the corporate media want to talk about:
- Immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay.
- Immediate end of the Afghanistan War.
Ki then realized that they are both issues that Ron Paul agrees with. So, ultimately, Paul’s voice was heard.
The Republican Party tried to kill Ron Paul’s speech at the convention. But, Clint Eastwood channeled the voice of Ron Paul: The Afghanistan War is a bad idea; Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp should be closed.
I would be sure to distinguish Ron Paul’s views from his son, Rand Paul, who would agree with the public face of the Democratic Party and Republican Party in opposing those stances. I would also say that Green Party presidential Candidate Jill Stein does support the immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay and the immediate end of the Afghan War.
Stein’s stance is not surprising since in 2008, Ron Paul, then-Green party candidate Cynthia McKinney, Ralph Nader, and then-constitution party candidate Chuck Baldwin, all agreed on a four-point platform in opposition to the Republican and Democratic parties.
The platform these four candidates agreed on is:
[A 2008 joint statement from Ron Paul, Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin]
Foreign Policy: The Iraq War must end as quickly as possible with removal of all our soldiers from the region. We must initiate the return of our soldiers from around the world, including Korea, Japan, Europe and the entire Middle East. We must cease the war propaganda, threats of a blockade and plans for attacks on Iran, nor should we re-ignite the cold war with Russia over Georgia. We must be willing to talk to all countries and offer friendship and trade and travel to all who are willing. We must take off the table the threat of a nuclear first strike against all nations.
Privacy: We must protect the privacy and civil liberties of all persons under US jurisdiction. We must repeal or radically change the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the FISA legislation. We must reject the notion and practice of torture, eliminations of Habeas Corpus, secret tribunals, and secret prisons. We must deny immunity for corporations that spy willingly on the people for the benefit of the government. We must reject the unitary presidency, the illegal use of signing statements and excessive use of executive orders.
The National Debt: We believe that there should be no increase in the national debt. The burden of debt placed on the next generation is unjust and already threatening our economy and the value of our dollar. We must pay our bills as we go along and not unfairly place this burden on a future generation.
The Federal Reserve: We seek a thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System and its cozy relationships with the banking, corporate, and other financial institutions. The arbitrary power to create money and credit out of thin air behind closed doors for the benefit ofcommercial interests must be ended. There should be no taxpayer bailouts of corporations and no corporate subsidies. Corporations should be aggressively prosecuted for their crimes and frauds.
The Seattle Times
At Least Clint Eastwood said “Afghanistan” at GOP convention
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