Clint Eastwood’s Skit At The Republican National Convention

When the truth cannot be expressed in seriousness because of individual or social armor, it can nevertheless be expressed in humor especially in politics.  Clint Eastwood’s skit at the Republican National Convention last week that broke through the barrier of political correctness was a case in point.  In it, Eastwood is conducting an imaginary interview with Barack Obama.  Eastwood asks Obama to comment on some contentious issues involving his policies as President.  We only know what Obama is saying from Eastwood’s response to it which is repeatedly said in his typically quiet, no-nonsense style: ” I can’t do that to myself.”

The audience’s response showed they understood the significance of the exchange.  It not only gave a clear picture of Obama’s utter contempt for anyone who questions his policies but also his relentless determination to unilaterally carry them out.

In my book, The Emotional Plague, The Root of Human Evil, I characterize the pseudo-liberal/communist as someone who expresses his genital revenge against society through his intellect.  This central aspect of Obama’s character and his defense against it, his churlishness when challenged, was clearly  revealed in Eastwood’s humorous, imaginary interchange.


  1. Apropos humor in social analysis. One of the best humorists is the post-structuralist Judith Butler who said:

    The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

    That is real, i.e., scientific social analysis 😉

  2. Eastwood about his speech:

    It was all completely spontaneous and, thus, so absolutely compelling.

  3. I do get some pleasure when the truth is expressed in the more “socially acceptable” form of humor. The problem with such expressions is that they have little, and usually no, long term effect on the “hidden” truths (i.e problems) they reveal.

    There is a continuity (or a specific sustained focus) that has to take place in the social arena if social armor is to be lessened so as to allow a specific truth to take hold in those who can make use of it.

    Those with a functional understanding of socio-political characterology will need to stand be side by side with other people of substance in the social arena in order to create the sustained focus necessary in the fight against the most dangerous manifestation of emotional plague activity in today’s world (i.e the pseudo liberal movement).

    It is so well hidden that even the most rational people are somewhat infected and affected.

    This is the way it is with social armor – there is no getting away from it even if you one of the healthy ones. True you can move to a desert island or remain isolated from social interaction and social institutions but if you put you toes into the pseudo-liberal “waters” you will need to be well prepared.

    I draw some hope from the fact that the Obama presidency has helped awaken many people of substance to the horrors yet to come after 90 years of pseudo-liberal infestation in the western world.

    If some of the significant awakened ones can be aided by those who are the experts in socio-political characterolgy the sustained focus necessary to fight this bio-social disease might be possible.

    I forget where the humor is in this ……………………just kidding!!

    • Your strategy makes sense. Finding a way to make contact with these people is the key. Let me know if you have any suggestions.

  4. The strategy that I envision is a work in progress and is beginning to take on a practical form. I am hoping that by the end of the year it will be worth sharing.

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