After narrating the "half-time in America" ad for Chrysler during the Super Bowl, actor Clint Eastwood — well known for his opposition to automotive and bank bailouts — needs a second-half redemption.
The clear identity of President Barack Obama with guys like Hugo Chavez in Venezuela is only a re-election away. Along with the automotive bondholders' retirement, he also stole their liberty, and gifted it to the Fiat car company of Italy and the United Autoworkers, for a payback that they delivered — a gift that keeps on giving as the second half begins.
Eastwood's assignment now is to redeem his good name in a big way by running for president.
I can see his speech now: the closing scene of a movie called "Redemption" with the Statue of Liberty as backdrop:
"It's Labor Day in the land of the free. The light of liberty still shines on our beloved country, for the world to see and seek. Since the days of our founding fathers, we have survived foreign attack and internal strife. We have sent our sons to die in foreign wars so that the New World might rescue the old from the folly our forefathers left behind. But, that folly has relentlessly pursued us across the ocean.
"It has infected our media, our entertainment, our work life and, most alarming of all, our education. Is it any wonder that it now threatens our freedom, right from the White House?
"Four years ago, an Ivy League graduate won the hearts of Americans who were tired of the crony capitalism of my party. He promised change we could believe in. Though he was relatively unknown and inexperienced, we put our hopes on his young shoulders. The years have passed. Now we know the change he had in mind, the change in which he still truly believes, the change to which he wants to commit our country's future.
"You know, about half of our states have laws protecting the right to work without having to join a labor union. The other half believe they are better off with compulsory unionism and dues, much of which is channeled to support the other party. But this administration wants total support from all unions. So it attacks a major corporation, Boeing, seeking to deny it the right to spend its own money to create jobs in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, with double-digit unemployment. That's payback.
"Obama's administration gives $535 million of our tax dollars to a company, Solyndra, backed by a big political contributor, to produce the kind of utopian solar-electric power only the rich can afford. He bails them out because they couldn't compete. That's payback. He also knows the Keystone pipeline will create shovel-ready jobs. But his big contributors are paying him back for greening those jobs away.
"America was built by workers who saved their money, invested in a new idea and hired workers in pursuit of it. The workers got rich and became investors. The investors got richer and the country took off. Yes, there were risks involved. But through it all, workers educated their children, paid their taxes, contributed to their favorite charities and helped the down-and-out. No payback required.
"That's the America I'm campaigning for — individual initiative, freedom of choice, personal accountability, paying your way, freely helping the helpless, with the government off your back. The higher the tax rate, the worse the economy, the fewer jobs, the lower the tax collections and still, this White House wants more punishment for the taxpayer, always pitting one class against another, always seeing the solution in higher taxes for somebody, but never, never, lowering spending.
"In his State of the Union address Obama said, "Everyone gets a fair shot. Everyone does his fair share. Everyone plays by the rules." Chavez knows he's heard it before: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." That's Karl Marx. Our president makes rules restricting everybody equally. But as his friends are more equal than others, he simply relaxes the rules for them, in return for their support. More payback.
"Well, my friends, I helped him with that payback. I'm here to make amends. I ask for your vote so together we can restore the great American values. My payback to you, and Obama, is to drive European socialism from the White House and replace it with personal responsibility, less government interference and more of the traditional, God-given freedom our great country deserves.
"In the home of the brave, with God's help, I know we can do it."