The 5 Best Lines in Clint Eastwood’s ‘Empty Chair’ Speech

There were few GOP speeches I enjoyed more than Clint Eastwood’s. There were five things he said in his short speech that resonated with me. I suspect, too, that they resonated with a lot of people.

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1. “Conservative people by the nature of the word itself play it close to the chest. They don’t go around hotdogging it.”

I can so identify. I get turned off by overzealous conservatives, but thankfully there aren’t very many of them. I like to think of conservatives as cool, collected, caring folks who – frankly – view life in a more functional light than those on the other side of the ideological spectrum. We’re pretty easy going and open to other ideas, but we analyze those ideas and aren’t easily swept up by hype or emotion.

You know, like Clint Eastwood.

Businesspeople are, for the most part, conservative. We “play it close to the chest,” and “don’t go around hotdogging it.” I like to believe we’re results-orientated and no-nonsense. That’s why I especially liked what followed:

2. “There are 23 million people unemployed. That is something to cry over. That is a national disgrace.”

Eastwood reflected on the great emotion when Obama was elected in 2008. “Opera was crying,” which returned a good amount of laughter. But remember the conservative, “no hotdogging it” perspective. We have to come to terms with the rotten economy. “Disgrace” is a good word for it because there is no excuse for it.

Unless you believe that it is still Bush’s fault. The only thing that Bush did wrong was cave to liberal social ideas and overspending that gave our economy the dip that Obama “inherited.” But Obama is guilty of driving that car right off the cliff. Not only is 23 million unemployed a national disgrace, but so are a few others…

The promises that were made in 2008 by candidate Obama – low unemployment, higher wages, roaring economy, peaceful world, etc. – were based off lofty socialist ideas. A lot of people with big hearts wanted “hope and change” more than anything else, but the ideas that President Obama have promoted have not worked. Conservatives knew they wouldn’t. They have never worked in the history of the world.

And the consequence of following after socialist ideas is millions of unemployed. My heart bleeds for them because, for the most part, it could have been different. The social restructuring of the Obama movement is a national disgrace.

3. “It is time for someone else to come along and solve the problem…It’s time for a businessman.”

I know some who are still holding on to the Obama high. They insist on validating that promise of “hope and change.” There comes a time, though, to size up the results and find a new leader.

I remember the early criticism of Obama. Come to think of it, Bill and Hillary Clinton were a couple of the cheerleaders. I’m beginning to think how right that early criticism was. I don’t believe Obama knows how to lead this country back to prosperity. And I suspect Romney and Ryan do.

And here’s a little validation for my suspicion: Obama has been running ads vilifying Romney for successfully saving businesses from collapse. I can’t shake this from my mind. Bane Capital was in the business of saving businesses. And that, in Obama’s mind, is a bad thing.

That’s totally backward. That’s contrary to business reality. We have to turn those tables around and realize that the contrary ideas are needed. Like this old idea…

4. “We own this country.”

Darn right. “Politicians are employees of ours,” Clint followed. There is a Messiah-type attitude toward Obama, and that attitude is backward. Government works for us, not the other way around. This flies in the face of Obama’s recent comments, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that,” then he went on to explain how government made it happen.

Obama is now taking out ads saying we was taken out of context. Not true. Here’s Obama’s ad, and a very thoughtful analysis from Jake Tapper of ABC News. You decide.

Conservatives aren’t buying it. Conservatives know better. They know…

5. “When someone isn’t doing the job…you gotta let him go.”

Makes sense to me. Clint Eastwood made up my mind, and I hope he made up a lot of people’s minds during the speech. O’s gotta go.

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  • Garrett Nelson

    I agree 100%!