What does this image say to you? Clint Eastwood’s bad boy westerns appeal to people because they’re full of the “take it into your own hands” machismo, the rugged individual, the “I don’t take nothin’ from nobody” images.
What this says about the current state of the Republican Party: lawless, take things into your own hands (see vigilante), whatever we want at whatever cost.
I don’t believe in this. I believe that we, as people, are bound by law, laws made of, by and for the people (corporations are NOT people, my friends). I believe we do NOT take things into our own hands, but rather, if we want change we talk about issues with others and work within the system (as broken as it may be) to make changes. That means that we must send politicians packing who don’t listen to us but listen to donors and lobbyists. That means that we invite everyone to vote, not just those that we know agree with us. We talk, we listen, we do NOT attack someone just because they don’t think about things the same way we do.
My problem right now is with those who organized the convention and chose this image to represent the Republican Party. Regardless of what Clint Eastwood said, or of what anyone said in response (he was shooting from the hip, took us all by surprise, he was improvising), the organizers selected the image to put up behind him and made a visual statement for the entire convention, the party and Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee. Shame on them.