Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Party of Two

I have long referred to myself as a small "l" libertarian. I don't know nor remember where that came from. I always thought of it as a response to some of the wacko ideas of the large "L" Liberians (as in Libertarian Party), as I understood them.

I dislike electoral and party politics. I think they are largely about dividing an illusory pie or winning a piece of the action.

I would describe myself as a 'small l' libertarian. I am not a member of the wacko Libertarian party or the wacko Democrat Party or the wacko Republican Party. Screw'em all.

Like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson , Sam Adams and many of the original drafters of our Constitution , I don't believe in parties. Parties are the second largest obstacle to progress in New Orleans.

I was recently on an airplane and someone thoughtfully left a copy Readers Digest in the seat pocket in front of me. I discovered there was another small "l" libertarian.

Clint Eastwood says he is a registered Republican, and describes himself as a small "l" libertarian. Chills ran through my spine. I had found a soul mate. After publication of this post I'm pretty sure he'll call.

I'm sure many people love Clint. He has been recognized by the Academy for many films ;

2006 Best Director Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Nominated
2006 Best Picture Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) Nominated
2004 Best Actor Million Dollar Baby (2004) Nominated
2004 Best Director Million Dollar Baby (2004) Win
2004 Best Picture Million Dollar Baby (2004) Win
2003 Best Director Mystic River (2003) Nominated
2003 Best Picture Mystic River (2003) Nominated
1992 Best Actor Unforgiven (1992) Nominated
1992 Best Director Unforgiven (1992) Win

His earliest Institutional Recognition as a film maker came from the Golden Globes;

1988 Best Director Bird (1988) Win

Even before that Clint garnered rave reviews for "Play Misty for Me", a great movie.

Clint Eastwood is to me one of the last of a great line of movie stars who over the course of a career established a screen persona which transcends a single role. Clint's "Man with No Name" of the "spaghetti westerns" is an extension of Rowdy Yates and is further extended in his later westerns High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, and Unforgiven.

The much derided Dirty Harry movies are, in my view, also an extension of the American myths of an individual acting in the absence of effective societal structure, a direct line including Stage Coach, Shane, Destry Rides Again, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, High Noon and many others.

At the age of 78, he's still ahead of me. I'm proud to be part of his party.