The Clint Eastwood Ad is Right: It’s Time to Come Together… and Defeat Liberalism
Feb 7, 2012
RUSH: I’ve had two people e-mail me recently calling Clint Eastwood, “Eastman.” Clint, you gotta do something. They think you’re related to a film company here, Eastman instead of Eastwood. Anyway, I think Eastwood got scammed. I think he got scammed. I think he got roped into doing something he thought was patriotic, and ended up being played. I do.
RUSH: It doesn’t matter where I am. As long as I’m here, it doesn’t matter where “here” is. Rush Limbaugh, the Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies.
We have chopped up the Clint “Eastman” “PSA.” Why would they be calling him “Eastman” on purpose? Why would people telling me about this be calling him that? You know what I think’s going on? They’re using Apples. I think this autocorrect is changing “Eastwood” to “Eastman,” ’cause these people know that it’s Eastwood. It is Eastwood, right? By the way, Snerdley, did you find any evidence of that ad with the Chinese guy you were telling me about? ‘Cause I don’t remember that ad. If I don’t remember it, I can’t talk about it. Anyway, we’ve chopped up the Clint Eastwood ad. And, by the way, a two-minute commercial? It’s not a commercial. It’s a PSA. And it’s for Chrysler. This was Sunday night on the Super Bowl during halftime.
EASTWOOD: (whispering) It’s halftime in America, too. People are out of work and they’re hurting, and they’re all wondering what they’re gonna do to make a comeback.
RUSH: (whispering) Yeah.
EASTWOOD: And we’re all scared because this isn’t the game.
RUSH: (whispering) That’s right.
EASTWOOD: People of Detroit know a little something about this.
RUSH: (whispering) Yeah.
EASTWOOD: They almost lost everything.
RUSH: (whispering) Yeah, they did.
EASTWOOD: But we all pulled together. Now Motor City is fighting again.
RUSH: Now, I’m sure you’ve heard by now that they didn’t film any of this commercial in Detroit. They filmed it in New Orleans and Los Angeles. Why do that? If you want to show Detroit rebounding, go there! How do you show that, anyway? Anyway, that’s the first bit of it. Here’s a little bit more from the same ad.
EASTWOOD: I’ve seen a lot of tough eras, a lot of downturns in my life, times where we didn’t understand each other. Seems like we’ve lost our heart at times. In the fog of division, discord, and blame —
RUSH: Oh, no.
EASTWOOD: — it’s hard to see what lies ahead.
RUSH: Oh, gee.
EASTWOOD: But after those trials, we all rallied around what was right and acted as one, because that’s what we do. We find a way through tough times. And if we can’t find a way, then we’ll make one. All that matters now is what’s ahead. How do we come from behind? How do we come together —
RUSH: Oh, no.
EASTWOOD: — and how do we win?
RUSH: Oh, Puke City.
EASTWOOD: Detroit’s showing us it can be done.
EASTWOOD: And what’s true about them —
EASTWOOD: — is true about all of us. This country can’t be knocked out with one punch! We get right back up again and, when we do, the world is gonna hear the roar of our engines. Yeah, it’s halftime, America — and our second half’s about to begin.
RUSH: Jay Leno had the best spin on this. Jay Leno had the best line. Last night, Jay Leno said, “It may be halftime in America, but China’s got the ball and we’re down by 16 trillion.” I can’t think of a better way of putting it. Jay Leno. So that’s Clint Eastwood. By the way, they didn’t film this in Detroit. You want to know why? Because of the weather. They go where it’s cheaper. It’s always cheaper in a good weather location. A bad weather location’s risky. You might have to delay production, which costs a lot of money. Well, after I heard that, that’s not what I expected. When somebody tells me that Clint Eastwood did a halftime commercial for Chrysler, I expect it to be something like this…
(playing of parody commercial)
RUSH: That’s the Clint Eastwood ad that I would expect to hear at halftime if somebody tells me that there was one. This ad obviously that Eastwood did… I’m just gonna give him the benefit of the doubt and suggest he got suckered into this. All this talk of “working together”? You know, that’s always what people say when the Democrats are about to get shellacked. When the Democrats are about to get creamed, when the Democrats are on the ropes, “Time-out! Time-out, time-out! We gotta stop the criticism. We gotta stop all the partisanship. Time-out, time-out! We gotta all start working together.” Of course that means, “Republicans need to shut up. Conservatives need to shut up. Stop being critical! We gotta all come together now.
“We can’t change horses here in the middle of the stream. Obama’s policies are finally starting to work. It doesn’t matter who gets screwed, doesn’t matter who got screwed.” The only thing missing was (impression), “Go ahead, make my halftime.” (laughing) I just think this is so predictable and so typical. “Got to come together.” I can’t tell you the number of people that approached me now and say the same thing. Last December, a friend of mine requested to come to my house and talk to me for two hours about this, a friend from out of town. “I’m really worried about America, Rush. Just gotta… Gotta find some way to come together. Gotta start finding a way to get along.”
I said, “Well, I appreciate what you’re saying. I know. I’m gonna tell you what we need to do: We need to all come together and stop liberalism, and that means stopping liberals. That’s Barack Obama or Kathleen Sebelius or Harry Reid or John Kerry. I don’t care who. They need to be stopped. They are the ones. We don’t have much in common with them. There isn’t a whole lot of common ground between the two sides, the two primary sides that disagree here.” The Obama position is pretty radical. And because of the Obama position, because of where the Democrat Party is today, it could be argued that any opposition to it also is radical.
Not that it’s realized in and of itself, but appears to be simply because it’s so different. But the people on the opposite side of Obama don’t have ill will toward the country. We don’t have a grand design to transform it. The things that we think are wrong with it are not intrinsic. They’re not because of the way the country was founded and put together. What’s wrong with the country is things that have been done to it in the name of liberalism or progressivism by people like Obama, by people like Bill Clinton, by people like Nancy Pelosi.
The list is long. It’s not just Obama, but he’s at the top of the totem pole on all this. And there’s not a whole lot of common ground there. There are two competing versions of America. I don’t know when it last was. I’m sure there was a time in the modern era where it could be said that the Democrat Party and the Republican Party shared a few common objectives. National defense. The country remaining a superpower because it was thought that that was good for the world, that America is the solution to the world’s problems.
But that doesn’t even exist on the left anymore. From Obama on down, America’s the problem in the world. America is the reason the world is in its current state of unrest. America has caused this with its imperialism, its massive superpower status, its military. It’s run all over the earth conquering it, stealing resources from other peoples and other nations and bringing them back home so that we can have lives of relative luxury compared to the rest of the world. It’s not that we did anything differently. It’s not that we’re more creative or have more freedom. It’s not that our Declaration of Independence, founding documents, promote the concept of the pursuit of happiness. Oh, it’s because we’re evil people. We are put together with evil intent. We have a slave past, racist, sexist, bigot, homophobes. We’ve got human rights violators all over the place. Those are the people, according to Obama, who built the nation. The Founders are no different than the current modern-day critics.
Now, where is the common ground with that? There’s not a sliver of that that I agree with. I don’t agree that the founding of this country is immoral or unjust. I think it’s one of the most miraculous things that’s happened in human history. I believe the founding of the country was blessed by God because it is so indicated in our founding documents. Those are fighting words to the Democrat Party today. Those are fighting words to progressives. Where’s the common ground? Where’s all this talk about coming together and acting as one? “Mr. Limbaugh, what Mr. Eastwood meant was the nation is at war.” Yeah, right. You guys really came together during the Iraq war. You really joined with the effort to defeat Al-Qaeda and others in Iraq. You guys on the left were among the obstacles this country were fighting.
All these allegations about the Marines at Haditha and whatever atrocious acts were alleged by the military, Democrat Party agreed with ’em, believed every one of them, from Abu Ghraib to, you name it, wanted war crimes trials, wanted Bush and Rove and people frog-marched out of the White House. There wasn’t any coming together. Subprime mortgage crisis. Who caused it? The Democrat Party caused that with a silly notion that there’s this concept of affordable housing and everybody should and could have the same kind of home as everybody else. Obamacare, another failed, flawed premise behind the construction and the writing of the whole thing. With every major piece of liberalism that’s found its way to legislation you find abject failure. From the war on poverty to dealing with poverty, to dealing with any notion of our safety net, it’s an absolute disaster.
I don’t know where the common ground is. I don’t know where there is to agree with them. Isn’t this, in fact, the problem that we conservatives have with the Republican establishment? We’ve got people that we think are blind bats who disagree with us and think there is a reason to cross the aisle and work with the other side. We don’t see it. We want to beat them. It’s politics. We want to beat ’em big. We want landslide victories. We want them rendered electorally the minority they are proportionately. In terms of the number of people in this country who are actually progressive and liberal, no more than 25%, maybe 30% at tops, we want that represented in the number of elections they win, the number of representatives they have in Congress. That’s what we’re after, a political victory that represents proportionately the population of the country, the thinking of the country.
Now, we’ve got an administration, a regime, a Democrat Party, which must and does govern against the will of the people in order to achieve its objectives, and they’re perfectly happy to do so, and they celebrate when they’re victorious. Govern against the will of the people. Now, I don’t have anything in common with those people. I don’t know where I’m supposed to give up what I believe in and agree with them about, when they must govern against the will of the people. Where do you agree with that? And, finally, how come we’re the ones that always have to do the crossing the aisle? How come we’re the ones — the only ones — who have to set aside our core beliefs? Why is it never said that Obama’s gonna have to back down or that the Democrats at large are gonna have to compromise on what they want?
RUSH: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Eric. Great to have you on the program, sir. Hello.
CALLER: Yes. This Rush?
RUSH: Yes, it is.
CALLER: How you doing, sir. This is Eric from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. How you doing today?
RUSH: Very well, sir. Thanks very much.
CALLER: I just wanted to comment on that parody with Clint Eastwood. When I heard that, that gave chills down my back. I mean that is something else. That is fantastic. That really set a nice tone, with the Top Gun sound at the end, it was well done.
RUSH: Well, thank you. I know. This is exactly what we expected. When I heard there was a Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad, this is what I thought. Grab it again, Mike, I want to hear it again. We need to have something like this ready to go next August-September when college football kicks up. How many halftimes are there going to be starting next football season prior to the election where this could run?
(replaying of spoof)
RUSH: “Go ahead. Make my halftime.” And I’m sure we’ll be receiving countless other requests to air this in the future, even later on in today’s program, which we will do. This is Steven in New Orleans. Steven, thank you for calling. Great to have you on the Rush Limbaugh program. Hi.
CALLER: Mr. Limbaugh.
CALLER: It is an honor. Well, you know when I first heard the ad, I didn’t really give it a lot of thought. I was thinking, well, it’s a nice message.
RUSH: Hang on a minute, what did you think the message was? Remember it’s an ad for Chrysler. Now, I’ve seen excerpts, the close-up of Eastwood.
RUSH: What was there about Chrysler in this ad?
CALLER: Well, you know, I looked at it and listened to it and every now and then you can get a glimpse of a Chrysler product.
RUSH: Very quickly, what was the message to you?
CALLER: To me, at first, you know, it was we’re coming back, but the more I listened to it the more it was political.
RUSH: Yep. Okay. That’s probably what was desired by the producer.