GQ magazine will release its annual Men of the Year issue next week with five separate covers featuring five different types of noteworthy men.
President Obama made the list for the second year in a row as the “Leader of the Year.” The magazine also honors Tom Brady for “Comeback of the Year”, Clint Eastwood as “Badass of the Year”, "The Hangover" stars Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, and Bradley Cooper as “Funnymen of the Year”, and Chris Pine of “Star Trek” for “Breakout of the Year”.
Eastwood, 79, whose latest film “Invictus” tells the true story of South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela, didn’t mince words in the magazine discussing his negative feelings toward modern America.
"[The U.S. is] becoming more juvenile as a nation. The guys who won World War II and that whole generation have disappeared, and now we have a bunch of teenage twits,” the Academy Award winning actor and director told the magazine. "The world needs this kind of story nowadays. It's just ... everybody's so screwed up. It seems like our country's in kind of a morbid mood, because of the recession or whatever."
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady broached a lighter subject in the magazine – his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bundchen, telling GQ that they planned their wedding in just over a week, after dating for nearly three years.
“We planned it in like ten days, and it was perfect,” the Super Bowl champion said of his nuptials.
“We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.’’
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Some of you think he is wrong. No! He is right on. Too many people out there wanting something for nothing. I see it everyday. Just open your eyes. The "change in Gov." is a prime example. They think if they give the people everything, everyone will be happy. What they don't say is that the people will feel in-debted to the gov. It makes too many people lazy and not wanting to make any effort to help themselves.
I have been to a couple of political rallys and that is where we can gather strength to stand up to BIG GOVERNMENT. If you don't start standing up for yourself, you will eventually wake up and it will be too late. You are not too old to make a difference, nor are you too young. Do what you can!
Clint Eastwood's movies have been an integral part of my life for many decades now. And I have passed that appreciation onto my son. Both of us turned out alright – so we can't blame Hollywood for the mess.
It boils down to one think – parent instilling values in their children. If a parent lacks discriminations, the ability to work out what is senseless and what is important, the child cannot be blamed for it.
What Clint talks about is not peculiar to America. It is happening everywhere.
It is time to take stock together as the world will be needing all people to buckle downa and do the right thing – cut out wastage, cut out unnecessary wants and do the needful – before we can live the life we want to.
The most important element in this success is to stop being judgemental and start interating with each other with understanding.
Sorry Clint, but you don't know what you are talking about. I am here with the young people of this generation who are serving in the military right now. They are the very same people that served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq/Afghanistan. The fact is, Clint, you're just getting older and cant hack it anymore. By the way, I'm 63 years old, and I've seen every "generation" since 1946. Once you start getting old you feel that somehow "your" generation was the greatest. It isn't true. It's just what you want to feel, because no one "appreciates" you as you grow older. And why should they? What have you done for them lately?
Try growing up, Clint. That's from a Vietnam vet, by the way.
While health care reform, the economy and global warming obviously are important, they pale in comparison with the dreadful perils faced by this country which is now the "turf" over which two major religions are fighting. One using "refugee resettlement" as a way to flood the Western world in general and the US in particular with its legions of more or less destitute Third World invaders; the hordes that once had Stalin wondering "How many divisions does the Pope have?" I personally call that one "Calculated Charities." The other is already bragging in Europe in general and France in particular about how it will soon conquer the entire world, the US in particular. It tells how Europeans will have a choice between converting to Islam or dying. And how it wil kill every Jew. I personally call that one a "new and improved version of Hitlerism. We should realize that both predatory forces, while they compete for the same supremacy and detest each other, do have the same one enemy which is the free-ranging, genuinely informed critical human mind and that they will stop at nothing to destroy it. We have the proof of this in their hatred for the enlightening study of History and Literature. Let's not be surprised if they ever collaborate on this point; they are doing it already in our institutions of higher (?) learning with the help of hijacked, perverted political correctness. The other thing they have in common is hatred for their worst nightmare: the liberated woman. They are perfectly capable of collaborating on that too. If we swallow the myth of "religions of peace" (I know of only three if them: Buddhism,Sufism and the Quakers' faith. Maybe there are others), we will fall into the trap that is being prepared for us with the help our shamefully silent media and our awakening will be brutal.
Driveduster: Agreed. Unfortunately, I see that in the meantime, people are still arguing about whether or not it it's a lack of religion, or working mothers, etc. etc. that have gotten us where we are. Seems America just doesn't understand that the state of our country is not the fault of any one (or two) administration(s), any particular religion, political affiliation, ethnic origin, or famlial background, but the result of the actions (or inactions) of us all. Yes, we are all equally to blame for where we are today! This should not be a shock to anyone, our nation was founded on the basis of equality, which includes equal responsibility for our condition as a nation at any given time doesn't it? Mr. Eastwood's point, that I echoed, is that everyone is sitting around whining about it instead of getting off their padded posteriors and making a difference in the world around them. That means both the current crop of whining kids and their equally inactive (both at home and in public), whining parents!
Has everyone really forgotten that one of the great things about America is that we, the individuals, through our actions, determine the direction of the entire nation and that when we sit around and deplore current conditions, but take no stand and defend it, we let those who are willing to speak out lead us all? If you are of the opinion that what happens in our country is misguided, misled and/or not representative of where our nation should be going, get off the couch, get out of your recliner, send an email, talk to your neighbor, send a letter to a Congressman or Congresswoman or even a newspaper and let them know. Use your vote, take a stand that you believe in and let the powers that be hear something other than whining or even worse, silence!
CNN is right, posters! Whenever you want to say something against a specific belief, NEVER USE OTHER PEOPLE'S NAMES! Attack the messag, not the messanger! I never mention anybody's name when I want to express my opinions (though I do call some ideas as "idiotic", but never people).
Also, have you noticed that, with very few exceptions, ALL atheists insult the religious side by calling them names? I have honestly never read any Christian calling atheists 'idiots' or 'stupids' Clean up your act, people!
Thank you Ed, I doubt if anyone could have said it better from scratch like you did.
On the other hand it's easy to improve on an existing entity so please allow me to add that the American Attitude you refer to demonstrated in the 50's is in fact the same attitude which created the country.
Stephanie Keen says Clint Eastowood is right but that he left out god. She fails to see that he is right precisely because he left out this INFANTILE concept of a deity. Can't Stephanie see that it is exactly this irrational belief in gods and demons that created this entire mess in the first place? From the people who hijack planes and fly them into buildings to Bush & Co., who do what they label god's work, it is all variations of the same theme, namely, irrational belief in supernatural beings that is used to justify very inhuman acts indeed. Let rationality, not religious superstition carry the day and you will have a much better world. The absurd concept of a god has been the true bane of humankind and we should not be pining for the "good old days" when god-related concept ruled every aspect of our lives.
Mr. Eastwood is right on the money in his comments. To put more os a fine point on this, we are in this situation because of two bad Administrations. The Clinton Administration put its mark on NAFTA and this opened doors for US Businesses to move American Jobs overseas. Heck just call anyone for customer support and see where your calls get routed to!
The Bush Administration could have fixed this issue, but because of his affiliations and investments he was not interested. However, he just had to pick up where hs daddy left off with Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now folks have voted for "Change". The only change I see coming is what is going to be left over from my paychecks after paying for all of the programs that are getting pushed through the White House.
So lets see here, I guess the TARP Program didn't work, The Wall Street Bail Out didn't work, the Stimulus Package we are still all waiting for hasn't worked, The Clunkers Program, well they messed that up and shut it down, the 7.4 BBBBillion Bucks going to The Afghani Government, and now a 1.2 Trillion Dollar Medical Take Over that will all have to be paid for.
Hmm, so where is the change?
Oh yeah, that is the clinking in my pocket of the two quarters I have left over after taxes to pay my bills and put food on my table.
So, lets ask our visionaries in Government.
How in the heck are we supposed to pay for things we need, yet still pay your salaries, and fund your programs, and pay our soldiers to defend our homes?
Do you folks on Capital Hill ask these questions?
I think not!
I guess anyone who thinks drugs (like MJ) taken by all the kids in the 60's was harmeless only have to look at the spawn of those kids now ... and find agreement in Mr. Eastwood's comments. The're "twits" he sais. I guess that could be take as the descriptor for kids of kids on drugs.
Clint is right on on this problem. And if somethings are going to destroy this great nation, this seemingly hard to reverse trend is one of them. And a lot of people are right here, each one of us must do what he/she can to reverse it.
It is funny how americans blame all the problems in the Bush's administration. We have lost respect and morals in this country. I would blame the hollywood culture, the divorce rate, drugs, teenanger pregnancy, and greedy.
Why you all don't blame mothers who would prefer to be a top executive in a company rather to take care of her own children. That is the problem with this country., Children being raised by the computer and TV,
"Our country is being taken over by "progressives""
Obviously you have no clue what a progressive is... it is the conservatives that want to tell everyone what to do and how to live.
"this nation has turned it's back on GOD; our creator; that's why America is in the shape it's "
LOL@God Nuts... all war over the past 2,000 years has occurred because of religious differences. How does it feel to have the blood of millions dead on your hands?
Dear Clint... I think your a good actor and all and I am certainly not depressed... of course it is alot easier to not be depressed when your sitting on millions of dollars like you probably are. You don't have to wake up every morning and worry how your going to pay your bills, keep the lights on, and feed your family.
Well, bravo for Mr. Eastwood getting a few people to actually look at a few things in this country. And I see that many true Americans approached his comments in just the manner he disparaged. I see people blaming our country's current condition on a lack of God, Hollywood, liberals, republicans, the voters, the lack of voters, politicians in general, even citing Native American policies as a cause. Wow! Didn't anyone hear what he said? It's not about who's to blame it's about what are YOU doing about it! Why aren't YOU doing something besides sitting on your butt searching for someone to blame for all the country's woes! That's the big difference between men of the 50's and today. When they saw something that needed to be fixed, they stood up and took action. It might not have always been the correct action, but at least they did something. Today, all I see is people looking for someone to blame the problems on. Well, there's only one person to blame and it's us! As Pogo said long ago, "I have met the enemy and they is us! So, quit looking for scapegoats, get off your overweight hind end, stand on two legs and work to resolve the problems you see in our society today. It ain't goin' to happen any other way!
Clint for President! Finally someone with guts to say the truth.
I was lucky enough to have a beer with Clint in the hogsbreath cafe in australia & he has the guts too speak his mind & knows how to make a statement worth lisening too.
Get your ACT tohether you yanks
60% of the eligible population voted in the last presidential election.
In the recent Virginia Governor's race, 39% of the people voted. Our last mayoral election here in Los Angeles brought out about 25% of the vote.
I certainly hope that everyone here with their varying interpretations of history, complaints about politicians who somehow keep getting re-elected, actually did the one thing we can all do to make things better. If statistics and probability are any guide, many people here haven't voted in years.
I'm not sure the current left-right debate is helpful any longer. In fact, in many ways we're the only country still talking about "socialism" as much as we do (other than perhaps Cuba). Maybe most of the people talking about socialism here don't really know what it is.
I think a good start on the road to reform would be turning on my computer and finding out that not only can people do more than regurgitate what they've been told by a greater fool, but they can actually spell it correctly.
In the name of God, there has been more wars and bloodshed than any Hollywood film could imagine. If God was out there, I think he would have done something about that already. Don't push your God into every discussion and you might actually grow your own brain.
It's not the lack of God, it's the lack of reality and respect within our families. Parents are too busy getting divorced or not getting married at all. And kids are babysat by the boobtube or youtube and are too busy texting to actually LIVE A LIFE. Until we start focusing on our youth and teaching some real world ethics and respect, there won't be any end to the spiral we are on.
Eastwood apparently likes the good old days, and apparently don't like what is going on now a days. I sure didn't like the hard core people of the forties, fifties and the sixties. People like Cold water ruled the day, JFK turn the entire event of Jim Crow and its followers.
I'm holding comments and reservation with present administration. we want peace not turmoil and not war!!! if we have to eat a little crow for peace why not. I noticed all this people yelling for tougher sanctions against other countries or war! Never been in the military stay late at night watching war movies, we have too many crack pots in our country..
Right on Ben. The people of America have all the power we just need to use it. Stop voting for buttheads and vote for representatives who will truly represent.
Any politician who votes against a public health care system should be on everyone's list to vote OUT OF OFFICE.
Mr. Eastwood is right! unfortunately its happening all over the world. Bill Cosby expressed something similar a couple of years ago. everyone should watch the movie "Idiocracy" to get a preview of what's to come.
Our problems are not because "we turned our backs on God." We are supposed to have seperation of church and state. A huge part of the story is a group of socipathic, right wing evangelicals tried to pull off a coup in this country. If you want to see an example of one of them just turn on the TV right now and listen to Sarah Palin display one of the characteristics of a sociopath, pathological lying.
The problem with the U.S. is because of YOU, the voters! You folks are the ones who voted for these boneheads who are making the laws and starting wars! Don't blame it on "them." You voted them into office. You need to have the balls to kick them out! Yeah, Clint is correct...but he fails to mention that it's our fault for electing the buttholes.
Today's kids are alright given the mess they're inheriting. It's the baby boomers who have the power and it's the baby boomers who have wrecked America like a spoiled teenager who is given a brand new Corvette and proceeds to drive it right through the garage wall.
Clint is right. It's the beginning of the end of the road for America. Whilst Bush fiddled we Asians were coming.
We will keep coming until we overtake America.
Our children will study harder, party less, work more and be successful.
One day America will wake up and think of the past: like the Romans, the Mongols and wonder what went wrong and then realize that when opportunity presented itself, they partied and made money by selling worthless assets for promises of worthless paper money
Just wait till 2050.
America either has to wake up or it will be too late and that would in a strange way be very sad.
I am so glad someone famous finally had the guts to say something about it. I have so much more respect for Mr. Eastwood now. Moral decline is a serious problem and it seems that government policies regarding social engineering are to blame. If we were to face even one iota of the bloodshed and terror that a lot of veterans faced in WWII, we would all die of shock according to today's PC psychology.
Lastly, the strength and stability of a democracy rests on the intelligence and morality of the voters. This explains America's current predicament.
Right on Paul – I'm sure there was plenty of blame to go around back in WWI and the Depression – but now everyone with an Internet connection has a say and opinion about everything – and think there opinion matters.
Too much talk-y, not enough walk-y.
I love it – everyone has an opinion – but no one has a solution.
Is Clint right or wrong? Honestly, he is just formulating an opinion. All Generations have their challenges.
He is comparing apples to oranges. There was a time in this country that one could join a company and you probably could work there till retirement. Not so now. Is that the worker's fault? No, it's modern corporate structure. 'Generation of Whiners' – does Clint even read?
Read In Cheap we Trust by Lauren Weber. People had things back in the day because they bought everything on credit – knowing that they couldn't lose their jobs just like that. Today the economic structure and safegaurds are totally different and millions of people willing to work can't – even volunteer opportunities are dwindling because of the rolls are filled with unemployed people that want to do some good – but can't contribute monetarily.
Let Clint say whatever he wants – it's a free country. But I would rather listen to someone that actually knows what he is talking about. Dismissed.
Some day we will all accept one another for who we are and not what our color, religion, race or other differences may be. We need to remember we are all Americans in the same boat and have to pull our oars together. Lets take care of us at home first before we tell others how to live.
Looks like a lot of misplaced faith in the words of an actor. Okay he stepped up and served as mayor of Carmel CA, but has he really done anything else to change the world?
Let's be real, no doubt the WWII gen made a great sacrifice to win the war, but why when they returned home did they not fight racism? Another 20 years for the Civil Rights Act to be passed? Now really, is that an example for the younger generations?
Every generation thinks the next is screwed up and under performing. I'm sure there was plenty of blame passed around for the Depression and WWII.
To Sid Halstead and other "believers",
Man always has been the ultimate judges of morals. One would think that 1 God would produce common "morals" and rules across the globe. The reality is far different.
It is man's interpretation of "Gods Will" that is the problem. One religion says it's fine to bomb children while another demonstrates at military funerals to say that god is punishing us for gay people. One of the big religions had no qualms with killing scientists for theories regarding the Earths position in space. Some factions of Christianity hold on to the fantasy that our planet is 6000 years old despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
One preacher made 900 plus people drink poison because of a religious belief.
Some conservative Jews bomb cinemas that are open on the Sabbath.
As for a merciful God, ever had the privilege of touring a pediatric cancer ward? Yea, God is testing the parents' faith by making their 4 year-old child, who cannot understand what's happening, die a slow and painful death. What about all the infants tossed into trash cans when they could have been dropped of at a Safe Haven site? Yes, we have a wonderful and caring God alright.
So don't try to lay the blame our "problems" on an absence of God. The very belief in his being has caused more death and suffering than any "heathen" behavior.
Look at history. North, Central and South America's indigenous peoples certainly had a brutal society but it broke down after the Europeans decided to "save them" with Christ. That didn't turn out so well. Same for much of Asia that was isolated from "civilization".
While you conservative Christians are at it. Take a look at the Amish at the center of the mass killings by a madman a few years back. Had that occurred to one of the "big 3" religions, there would have been hatred spit back on his family and lots of "fire and brimstone" tossed around. Do you know what the Amish did the day of the killings? Members went to the shooters house with food to comfort his family. At his funeral, 75 Amish showed to pay their respects. To this day the Amish and the killers family still help each other out. That is how Christianity is supposed to be practiced.
I'm an atheist who watched in awe during that event. Amish community forgave the shooter because their faith demands forgiveness. They actually practice what they preach. Unlike every other major religion on the planet. This is supposed to be the rule for all Christians but they seem to be only ones who remember.
Even from a political viewpoint, the conservative right are dead wrong. We are supposed to have freedom of religion but most religions seem to think that that is freedom to practice their own faith and have no respect for anyone else. If you are practice a "fringe" religion such as Wicca then you are labeled evil and have no rights.
Funny thing there is that I have never seen a Wiccan show up at the funeral for a fallen soldier to blame his/her death on out treatment of trees.
I don't have a problem with a belief in a God, only a serious problem with human interpretation of dogma. Get rid of the religions and ridiculous tomes supposedly written by God and our world would be a far better place.
Funny how people scream "Did you forget 9/11?" at Liz.
My question to them... Did you forget that Dumbya FINALLY admitted that IRAQ had NOTHING to do with 9/11? Did you forget that Dumbya and Dicky are on their SIXTH reason as to why they invaded Iraq?
I have twin bumper stickers from 2005. They Read:
Support our troops in Afghanistan. They are on a noble mission.
Support our troops in Iraq. Impeach the idiot that sent them there.
Clint Eastwood is brilliant, as always! Get over yourselves, help others, and live life for your children. Technology has turned society into lazy zombies who have no interest in our history or making our own for the future generations after us. I absolutely adore Clint Eastwood!!!!!
I love Clint Eastwood, but why must every generation, when they reach his age, complain that the world has lost its way and is now filled with silly youngsters? It has been said over and over again with each passing generation, and was certainly said of the WWII generation when they were young. The young change the world – FOR THE BETTER – and come up with new ideas. Our planet will be saved by people who grow up in the age of the green movement. Equality will be pushed farther by children born into a country that just elected its first person of color. The economy will be restored by the development of new industry created by the young.
Clint should stick to movies. He just sounds like a cranky old man.
It's actually very complicated in this busy life to listen news on TV, therefore I simply use world wide web for that reason, and get the latest information.
Leave God, religion, and politics out of the discussion for just a moment.
The problem is clearly illustrated in these comments in this discussion. And no i have not read them all, only a few, but from what i gather nobody wants to stand up and take responsibility for the problems that exist today. The only thing people want to do is point fingers and cast stones.
Let history be a reference point only, not an excuse. Focus on the future, intelligently discuss the matters at hand, and proceed with caution as appropriate.
Then we will get somewhere.
I'm shocked that so many well-read adults on CNN.com have bickered on and on about what some old man in Hollywood is saying. Just cause he gets a front page cover doesn't mean he knows his head from his butt on anything other than acting. He has an opinion, let's leave it at that. He's not wise beyond his years, his thoughts don't validate the hatred Dems have for Bush, or the lack of political experience Obama has. It doesn't excuse the war, or mean it should stop before the country can sustain itself.
It doesn't mean "kids these days" are teenage twits (which he probably said b/c some 16-year-old cut in front of him at the drive thru), or that people are more juvenile as they age. He can't speak on the fact that more people are getting married older, which drives them to have more of a social life, that women are wanting careers and not babies which allows them the chance to experience a totally different life than before, or that Facebook, the mecca of immaturity, is popular even among the 40+ crowd.
The world is changing. We seriously don't need to give Clint so much credit for making some revolutionary statement that he probably just thought sounded good and made him look gritty and deep.
Mr. Eastwood is right on the money..!! This country is being currently run by those who are inept and have NO concept of history or sacrifice because they have never been faced with adversity themselves. Adversity builds character and that is another quality missing from our country today by our younger generation. Wake up folks..sometimes wisdom from those such as Mr. Eastwood is something we should note and never take for granted.
Amen Clint, it's because our moral compass has been broken and thrown away, so it seem impossible to repair!
Clint is right on. Also for those that are bashing on Bush for what he did you have to understand something, he did what he though was the best thing to do at the time. There is no book on how to run a country so get of it besides i believe time will show him to be a good president for what he did. I blame the parents that didnt want to spank thier kids and couldnt control them. They are the kids that grow up to be gang members and criminals. Parents have to take control of thier kids you had the fun to have them so now be an adult and raise them to respect the law and not be whinny little brats who think the world owes them an easy life just because they want it. Hard work is what it takes to get somewhere in life.
As I understand it, in today's military, a person going through Boot Camp gets a "stress card" to hand his DI when he feels he's being "picked on." Then, they head off to war, ever experiencing any "pressure" and suddenly, we have a whole slew of suicides.
Clint's got it right!!! I'm a combat vet from Nam (1-7th Cav) and I'd never allow one of today's "troops" to cover me. However, even at our ages today, I'd rather have Clint's back against mine instead of the many I've seen.
We're already seen now what being "PC" gets us. Thirteen dead at Ft. Hood. So, you can have your "PC" and your "stress cards." I'll take Clint! THEN, "I'll feel lucky!"
Clint is right!!! We need to get off our butts and stand up for hard work, integrity, and accountability. We have to strive to make the U.S. number one again! No more of this pansy stuff!
Clint says it like it is. Now if we could get millions of others to do the same, this nation might stand a chance.
I want to give thanks to my dad for being a great mentor to me. He saw things as Mr. Eastwood sees them.
Dad taught me that a book (especially autobiographies and History) are better than any toy ever created. He encouraged me to read, write, and speak with clarity. "Imagination creates genius" he often told me. Starting in my first grade of elementary school, he helped me with my homework and continued throughout high school, if needed, always making me do the work until I got it right. We were not given everything we wanted, but had everything we needed – good food and clothes to wear .... and the gift of his time. We had chores to perform on a daily basis and did not complain. Dad taught me how to balance a checkbook early in my life along with how to judge character and so many other things for which I am thankful.
Thanks dad .... and you too Clint for your astute observations. I respect you both for telling it like it is. I am 68 years old; my father died 33 years go at the age of 61, but he left a lasting impression on me by being a living example of "a good man". How I miss him!
Here is a tip for raising a respectful and respected child. START IN THE CRADLE!!!
@Bill B There is a film entitled "The Decline of the American Empire" released in 1986 and more or less about what Eastwood is complaining about viz. self-centered superficial people who have never really grown up. Ironically, it is a Canadian film, in French, and all the characters are French Canadian. It seems that the "juvenile twit" has been exported.
Clint is right on some points. We do have alot of kids still looking for the easy way. We parents are to blame also. We wanted to give our kids more than we had as our parents did for us. it is a vicious cycle until we decide to do something about it. Just because we want them to get up out in front of the TV, quit playing video games that constantly get a replay and extra lives and get into the real world doesn't mean that we don't love them. It means that we really love them. The thing that Clint missed is that unfortunately with war in Afganistan and Iraq we are making real men and women out of these kids. Kids that have had to grow up and will become that next "Great Generation". I love them all and my hat is off to them. So get up children and get moving. Life is out there but you get out of it what you put in it. Give it your all.
Love God, Love your Neighbor,
That will fix our bad behavior.
Mr. Eastwood is sooo right. America has become incredibly dumbed-down in recent decades. These teens and 20-somethings have this sense of entitlement about themselves, thinking they can do no-wrong, and to top it off, they have no respect for their elders, peers, or themselves.
I'm not sure "Badass" of the Year is such a bad thing in Mr. Eastwood's case.
Clint, Clint, Clint...this all started during the 60's...respect for God, Country and others wa tossed to the curb. We have reaped what we have sown. I was raised by 50's parents who loved me, made sure I had boundries and did not coddle me into believing I was the end all and be all.
Mr. Eastwood mourns peace and prosperity that has gone lost in the US. And then he goes and makes a film about a glorified terrorist.
Now that is called extreme PC.
The US has not become juvenile because of the recession. It has gone down that road because it has turned its back on Christ and embraced a lot of false gods. It is only a matter of time before this road is covered completely.
Quite honestly I agree whole heartedly with Mr. Eastwood. This nation is soft and laiden with politcly corrected douche bags. We need to get back to where we as americans not only had pride in our nation but in our selfes and dind't care who knew about it. Thats the true problem in our country.
Clint Eastwood is definitely vintage and he certainly makes our day, doesn't he?
I agree with what Clint said, but have to make a correction on something I've noticed in reading all of the past post. GW Bush did not get voted in for 8 years, he stole the last 4.
Tom Brady is a twit! Clint Eastwood knows his stuff.
Clint Eastwood is right, we are so juvenile. It begins with education–or the lack of it. We don't read; we don't think. Instead, thousands tune into these moronic, talking heads and let them dictate their every thought; their every every move–not unlike a child doing as he/she is told.
We are a nation in decline–led by these morons.
I think Mr. Eastwood is the coolest guy on the planet. But I'm confused about the point he's trying to make. The last generation that endured hardships through war and economic depression made a lot of sacrifices and worked really hard to ensure that their children and generations to come have it easier than themselves.
Now that this generation has it easier, why are we going around saying that kids today have it too easy. Isn't that what you would want for your kids, that they not face the same hardships you face?
Where we've gone wrong is in failing to instill the same values in our kids that we grew up. Our kids do not realize what they have to do so that their children have it better. Our kids are spoilt and do not think beyond their own needs. They need to realize that giving is part of the deal. I wish the American Dream was more about giving rather than taking.
Its about time someone with the ability to use the press ,finally uses it to tell it like it is. Our nation is going down the drain fast. Many people on here made great points and said some things I have thought and expressed my self for many years. Sometimes we feel that we as one small voice in our daily lives will never be heard...I'd like to think somehow maybe we could all find a way to band our individual voices into one loud one and take our country back. In the mean time I will continue to do my part, by raising my children to be respectful, strong and honest. And to work hard and know right from wrong. And to thread it into their minds as they grow up that integrity isn't just a word.
Clint is absolutely right as a nation we have changed dramatically even from my youth. It seems like every 2-3 generations (50-80 years) events happen that changes the character of the nation and the complexity of man.
Go back through history, there have been few quiet periods that lasted for long. Something usually happens economically, militarily or politically. Except this time we have all three happening at once. On top of that we are trying to venture into a new age when adoption and integration of our desires are being tugged and pulled in different directions.
It would be nice if we could all take a deep breath and relax x 3 and try to figure out what we can do to better our situations within our family and maintain structure. We are fragmented daily by what we read, see and hear and that invariably will create new dynamics. For many these changes have not been experienced before, for many there is denial of anything like this is another day in the life......and for many they have seen this picture before, but yet it is different because our problems are extending outside the boundaries of this country.
I applaud Clint in all things he has done but for him or anyone else to ignore or deny the obvious does not change the fact people are being tugged and pulled. When our children are being impacted in ways we do not like, the parents have to try and measure their responses.
When the adults do not respond in appropriate ways such as the bickering and anger on both sides of the parties, politics and issues we will experience angst. Pointing fingers is counter productive and until we can all agree this is not just any normal period and we will have to work together to make progress as we desire.
Teen-age twits? Dude, this isn't the seventies when men weren't allow to cry and all women were house wives. The whole down on the gen-x thing is a load of crap. It's actually the reverse. Read about "Don Tapscott", author of Wikinomics. and Grown Up digital. It's a new age. We are no longer in the "industrial age" and I find it very difficult for older folks to understand how kids think. They are smarter..period! You think some WWII vet made facebook and google? Wake up! Those were "stupid" gen-x college students who created some of the most incredible tools of this day that are making a world-wide political and social impact. So when you're sitting there judging some lazy "idiot teen" for sitting at the computer all day, don't be surprised if he turns out to be the next Bill Gates while you weren't looking. I work in technology at big 10 university. I see these kids everyday and they are amazing!
Clint you rock!!!
2 words here....bad parenting.
The world was a safer and better place back in the 40's and 50's. Parents did not allow bad behavior and did not tolerate 'back talk' either.
Nowadays there is no respect for others.
I believe that Clint Eastwood is correct and am glad that he had given an opinion that hardly any public figure of today will voice as they are too politically correct. As one of the Baby Boomers (1954) I have witnessed in my life time a shift towards immaturity with each subsequent generation. Isn't 35 the age set these days for the end of adolescence these days? I definitely miss the people I have known who were born before the 20th century or shortly after the beginning of the 20th century; they had a wisdom and maturity that I just can't find. I guess in hind sight this could very well be one of the fall outs from the switch from an agrarian society/economy to an industrial society/economy within the US. Whatever the cause silliness seems to be the norm now and it is very wearying.
Re: Mike in NYC: "'The world needs this kind of story nowadays.'
That line is right out of central casting. Like we haven't heard this particular story ten thousand and one times."
Yes, Mike, I'm so sick of seeing Hollywood films about guys like Nelson Mandela. We all know that tired story of the guy wrongly imprisoned for 27 years by a racially oppressive regime who through force of character remains such a powerful leader that he is released from prison and helps transition his government peacefully into a new era of relative harmony.
And you kids better stay off Mr. Clint's lawn, too, or he'll spray you with the hose!
All of you have an element of truth to our decline. But would it not be nice to close stores and restaurants and cook at home for the family at least one day a week? It would not hurt to go to your place of worship whatever it is.
We need less distractions and more conversation with each other and it needs to start at home.
Clint stop trying to take us back, this isn't the good, the bad, & the ulgy anymore. It's a new generation and its's suppose to be a new generation, and a new generation will bring about change. Yes there
juvinelle because they are young, but they are the generation we raised. They grew up watching your movies the ones you made and
directed. Now you don't like what you see, Get real.
Alex from Florida –
I get the government-is-too-big argument. I'm right there with you. But your notion that enlisting in the military is "relying on the government" is laughable. People don't enlist in the military to be "disciplined." People enlist in the military because they believe strongly in their country and what this country stands for, and because they are willing to fight to maintain the very liberties that give you and me the right to post on this board. Many, many people have died, and continue to die, to uphold these liberties.
It just so happens that the training received in the military helps to mold a young person into a strong, well-rounded, respectful citizen (characteristics that are sorely missing in today's youth). This is something the parents should be doing – I agree. But they are not. And any amount of shouting in capital letters on this comment board is not going to change the way parents bring up their children. Short of the government going into each and every home to ensure that child-rearing is being done correctly (which I know you would not support), do we instead just sit back and watch as our country vanishes into the sunset? Or do we come up with constructive solutions? I vote for the latter. I can only hope that you and others do too.
I happen to not believe in God. I feel that somehow religion has pretty much poisoned everything throughout history. However even without religion I am a responsible American citizen and chosen to be without believing in a God. I live within my means, I am respectful of other people, and am willing to help others financially or with my time whenever I can. And I agree that this country is in a downward spiral, but we can't blame it on lack of religion. You can't equate religion with doing good and being responsible
Clint Eastwood is a man who is "cut from the toughest part of the leather". Not just because he portrayed tough guy roles in his movies, but because he really does live his own life through his characters.
One of my favorite quotes from Clint is: "I've tried being reasonable...I didn't like it!"
Clint IS right about the country. Now days its all about the latest and greatest techo gizmo that can be had and "let's all not hurt each others feelings" attitude OR people not fessing up to their own. For example, someone speaks from the heart on TV and later on is accused of it hurting a specific gender, race, group or whatever, they turn around and say that they mis-spoke and tuck tail and run to hide it.
Be a man! Wear a thicker skin....just like Clint!
Funny, for a country founded by people fleeing religious persecution, you now think becoming narrow minded zealots is the solution to everything. History repeating itself?
The so called "Christian Right" uses more propaganda and disinformation than Stalin or Hitler ever considered. Like their false stories about unknown Christians standing up to battle the evils of science, philosophy, and common sense. Then they wonder why they're facing a backlash when they go around trying to opress ("convert") everyone unfortunate enough to cross their little crusading paths.
If the world is currently running butt backwards, so are the "Christians", they've come to embody every trait that Jesus didn't have;hypocricy, bigotry, holier-than-thou attitudes, self-rightousness, judgemental attitudes, arrogance, and greed. I can guarantee if Jesus happened to pay them a visit, they'd be run out of their respective churches (cults might be better terminology) so fast even the moneylenders of the temples would cringe.....
Yes we need a military to protect our freedoms here at home. Im glad you do no think our troops should be used to police the world. No koolaid drinking here but to have the government "discipline" our young instead of the parents taking responsibility for there own children is ubsurd. Thats the problem with with this country we rely to much on government .... your kid is your rresponsibility not uncle sams. My parents have had a major influence in my life and they have made me who I am today. I don't need to be forced into the military to "understands the meaning of freedom and sacrifice, and the definition of hard work" beacuse my parents taught me those types of values. TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY and be involved in your childs life.
Too much credit available and the young and old people took advantage of it, now EVERYONE has to pay for it. Too many greedy, low lifes on Wallstreet made the problem worse when they screwed with people's life savings. Somebody needs to do some prison time for it.
Clint Eastwood is just an awesome guy...I wish I was born in his generatiion because he was such a hottie when he was younger!
After being raised outside of the country, I can wholeheartedly agree with Clint Eastwood regarding this particular issue. Each time I would return to the States as child, at three year intervals, the decline in maturity and perspective increased. In the media, in the those afforded a public platform, in politicians. And it's continuing today; even reading these posts, noticing how so much stock is placed in political parties cleaning up our mess, is a resounding affirmation of Eastwood's statement. This mess cannot to be cleaned up by Republicans, Democrats, not even by our oft-lauded "Messiah-like" President. These leaders can contribute to the repair, but they cannot magically eradicate it.
We need to stop getting angry at each other and start fixing the problems that we have. Let's not wait for govt' to change it for us, let's do it for ourselves. It seems we can all agree on one thing and that is, we all want to be heard. Stop complaining, start doing something about it!
Is he Correct? Maybe. Personally I'm glad to have kids that are "twits". I would rather have my childs only concern in the world be their family, job, putting food on the table and education. The only thing missing there right now is caring about their neighbors and the rest of the world – which really boils down to compassion and ethics. If that is what Mr. Eastwood is saying – kudos. However don't blame the children of the world because they grew up without the fear of the cold war and nuclear destruction. Embrace it.
Stephanie, We as a nation turned from God? In what sense? The stats I have seen indicate that church attendance is WAY up from past decades. A agnostic or atheist prez candidate wouldn't make it today, nor would most senators or reps. Do you mean our Constitution? If so, it does not and never has had "God" at its center, nor should it, in my view. The religious right wields massive influence on American society; do you equate that with "God"? (I hope not; I think they it is of the devil!) Many on Fox News beat their chests about God, telling us all how ungodly liberals are, but there was no Fox News fifteen years ago.
I think we are overcorporatized. Overconsumerized. We have sold our souls down the river. We are too interdependent. We don't know how to do things–make cars or clothing or even read books. The dollar is the American God, not Yahweh (or Allah, etc.), so in that sense, I agree with you.
I agree with GQ, because that's what this article is about – FYI y'all, Clint Eastwood as “Badass of the Year”!!!
Alex from Florida –
Your thinking is muddled. Bringing the troops home has nothing to do with mandatory enlistment. I, too, believe that we should not be sending our troops to "police the world's problems" as my father used to say.
However, we still need a military, and that job usually falls on the shoulders of a few very young, brave citizens. Are you actually suggesting that we do away with the military altogether? I believe that you, sir, are the one drinking the Kool-Aid.
I have never once met a soldier – man or woman – who was not respectful, mature, giving, and humble. A training in the military would benefit a majority of the youth in this country a great deal.
"Take away your god and insert common sense and reality and we'll be much better off."
Isn't that what the Liberals and other "enlightened" folk have been doing for the past 10-15 years? And see where that's gotten us.
Don't like something? Sue to have it removed, instead of having to somehow incorporate it into your life, beliefs and morals. You don't have to agree with other people, but you should accept their position and take it into account, not erase it completely and ignore it. As a child, that was called "getting your way" - too bad it doesn't work so well in adulthood.
Remember, your views on "common sense and reality" aren't necessarily the correct ones either...
All these whiny comments blaming the Bush administration for our problems are making me sick. Our decline started waaaayyyy before that and we were doomed by the time Slick Willy Clinton was elected. I do not respect people who do not respect themselves...and I don't see much self-respect in our nation. (Self-absorbed doesn't count as self-respecting, by the way) We should understand that the United States is a young nation and it can be a lot worse, so we should be thankful that it is NOT. Clint Eastwood is a gift: he is a respected and popular icon that experienced postwar America–a prosperous time. Can you blame him for being angry? This is no easy fix and if you all sit around waiting for our President to "fix" it, you'll rot where you sit. WE have to fix it, but there are few who are willing to do anything. So before any of you start spouting out GOD and BUSH and REAGAN, look in the mirror and ask yourself what you would do if you were president...and then do it. What's holding you back?
I agree fully with what Clint Eastwood says, I don't know where this
is all going to end.
It’s funny how an empty, generic, and frankly dimwitted 63-word comment from Clint provided such fertile rant fodder for many of the posters here.
Eastwood is right. I hate it but he's right. The U.S. has lost so much and now look at us. Does anybody wonder why the rest of the world is laughing at us anymore?
Jim November 18th, 2009 12:29 pm ET WROTE:
…The real problem is that no one in DC wants to do what is right for their constituents, just what is right for their pocketbooks...
So true! BUT it's also because honesty and good values and ethics are not being practiced by the majority of the nation and are therefore not being instilled in the children.
This is starkly and graphically depicted by the horrendous, shameless greed and me-istic total disregard of others demonstrated by the Execs and people in power in big business, as well as government (and 2-year olds everywhere (mine, mine!)).
As long as everyone just accepts this type of behavior as permissible or even acceptable, i.e. :
* Citizens keep voting in the same politicians,
* Stockholders keep paying their execs obscene amounts of money to steal from others and send jobs overseas,
* Parents keep leaving child-rearing to the game-boxes and school system,
then we as a nation ARE "screwed up" as Mr. Eastwood says, and we're in serious trouble.
Liz are you really stating that America is George Bush's fault?
How about the last 10 months of Barak Obamas double the deficit!
Here's some money now go buy a new car! Bailout wall street and banks. We don't have the money! When businesses failed before, new ones came in and did better. Who bailed out the buggies when they were no longer needed because we had cars and trucks? Oh yeah, NOBODY! They went and did something else because they depended on themselves not the government.
Clint is right, everybody wants everything given to them. They don't want to have to work for it. Obama's dream is to spread the wealth. Well, the people working are getting tired of giving half to the people who don't want to work!
Ms Keen, It's because of religion that this world has been so evil for so long
I love the condensed version of our modern zeitgeist: teenage twits. It makes it easy for the twit to understand.
I LOVE CLINT! Couldn't have said it better myself. I am so sick of "children" thinking they have all the answers and they're dumber than dirt.
MEREDITH – Preach On! I totally agree. especially now-a-days with our forces stretched so thin. A small percentage of the population does all the fighting and suffering. If we all had to do our part for 2-4 years right out of high school this nation would do a 180 in about 30 years. Good luck passing that legislation though!
"If service in our military was mandatory for all men and women at age 18, we would suddenly see a respectful, grateful generation that truly understands the meaning of freedom and sacrifice, and the definition of hard work – not the entitled brats we see everywhere today"
Really? Are you going to volunteer you kids to join? and be sent to Iraq and Afghanistan? Iraq a war we should not be in....and Afghanistan thats looking more and more like Vietnam? Think before you write something. We need to Bring our trrops home and shut down the empire. Stop drinking obamas koolaid. What we need is a change in foreign policy.
I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Eastwood. There is no respect for one another, no commitment to a job and do it well, and no value for anything but material stuff. The generation from WWI and WWII way outshined what this country was built on and what it stood for; today not matters by ME! Mr. Eastwood is one of the few people in Hollywood who have a backbone.
I was joking on the way to a serious point, but call me corrected if you like.
The over-representation of whites among Harry's screen perps and his glorious rainbow parade of partners show that Clint's PC rot started a long time ago.
I agree....I'm 22 and I feel like all my friends (or most of them) dont care about whats going on in the country...and im talking about myself and younger. Everyone is to worried about thier own lives and interests....and not about these 2 neverending wars we are in and how more and more everyday we lose our freedoms and invite more government into our lives. We need more transparency in our political system. Both parties are the same and obama has pursued bush's policies . People who think Obama is some kind of political savor...is kidding themselves. America is stupid...at least most americans are...thats why bush had two terms and now why obama has been voted in on his false claim of "change". Are the troops home? Is NAFTA off the table? Has The Spending and devalue of our dollar stopped? Has He gotton rid of the patriot act? ...I could go on. We need real leaders ...and we need people to get off thier coach and stop listeing to everything the media outlets tell us. There is no "CHANGE" coming ...just more of the same. We need more people like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich in office. We need less government...and we nned to stick to what has made this country so great...which is capitilasim and the constitution.
I personally don't blame any particular group so much as ourselves. Let's face it people, all this country is is a whiny teenager getting baked and crying for some food to curb the munchies. But we spent all our money on the high, so we stay on the couch, crying for the necessities, but instead we, in our immaturity, just care about the temporary high and blame the guy who sold the goods to us for our misery.
The WW2 degeneration might have had no one to blame but they DID have:
1. No reason to have to worry about saving for retirment..they have SS and pentions.
2. No worries about anything like a credit score when they went to buy a house or even apply for a job.
3. No worries about health care..all jobs just gave it out...
STOP idolizing them. This new generation is going to have it tougher than they ever did.
Thank you, Stephanie. You are 100% correct. This country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Most of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were Christians. Our modern-day administrations have made it a priority to eliminate more and more of those principles. Our leaders have forgotten about principles and morals, acting like they are above the law (and THE Law). Greed has replaced all that and more. Look back at how time after time the Chosen People turned their backs on God, sometimes right after they had been, yet again, rescued by Him. The US keeps making the same mistakes time after time, expecting a different result. Even Einstein said that was insane. We are now $12 trillion in debt. That is NOT good stewardship. Our kids can't read the Bible in school, but they'll be able to in prison. My prayer is that God has not already turned His back on this country.
What Clint says MUST be right–he makes movies for a living. He's tough on screen, so he MUST be right. He talks tough on screen and makes an impression on tiny brains. This product of Hollywood is absolutely correct–let's put him in office and call it a day.
It makes me hopeful to see how many comments agree with Mr. Eastwood. However, many of you have missed the reason why America is in such shambles today. Our country is being taken over by "progressives" which is a term used for those who think they what's best for everyone else. This country experienced the great booms because of freedom: the freedom to help your name, give generously, or not give at all. You cannot force people to help each other, this only leads to rebellion. There are so many laws on the books today that they are impossible to enforce. You cannot protect people from themselves!! If someone wants to do drugs or sniff glue, that should be their choice, not the responsibility of police officers or store managers. I know many of you will read this and argue that there will be more crime if there are less laws, but over hundreds of years, the facts show exactly the opposite. If you are responsible for your own choices, not forced to make a choice based on legality, you become a responsible, respectable person.
Couldn't have said it better myself, Mr. Eastwood.
Every generation gets old and then thinks that the younger generations are screwed up. it's natural but also juvenile itself.
And I say this 10 days before my 45 birthday.
Americans have become spoiled. We have the freedom that others fought for. But now everyone takes it all for granted. The media has a lot to do with it's downfall. We can't get the truth anymore just a bunch of stories about egotistical actors and all the serial killers out there. No one is interested in helping anyone but themselves.
Well said Clint, I'm 24 and i think everyone in my generation has an excuse for everything. People now-a-days take the easy way out and are lackadaisical with their work ethic and education. It's getting to the point where college, once deemed a privaledge, is now a necessity that people don't take seriously enough. It seems as if the major focus now is on drinking and having fun as opposed to getting and retaining your education.
You know what is really wrong with this country? Nobody wants to accept any responsibility for what has happened. The left wing nut jobs blame the right wing nut jobs who blame the left wing nut jobs and so on... Nothing ever gets done properly and the average american gets stuck on this Merry-go-round of BS with nothing positive happening. How did we go from being the most powerful nation in the world to owing China 800 BILLION dollars and yet we still spend that amount on a bank "stimulus" package that has done nothing but make the rich even richer and you and me stuck holding the bag wondering why even though we have excellent credit, down pymnts, and job history we couldn't get a home loan to save our life. If everybody would just suck up and accept some responsibility instead of playing the blame game this world would be a much better place
I think BabyDaddy hit the nail on the head. People need to learn a little more respect. Parents need to start some parenting, and Children need to stop having babies!!! We are doing this to ourselves. Our once great nation is turning into a cesspool. I am so fearful for our future generations. If I get one more child calling me by my first name instead of Mrs. LastName, I'm going to scream. Teenage Twits indeed!!!
Not sure if every single person has the right context for which to judge this generation. I think we'd be very surprised how many people would respond when challenged to do something greater than themselves. I just don't see a lot of people challenging this generation.
Once you've made the determination that it's a lost cause despair becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. What we really need are attainable goals and to be challenged on a regular basis.
Again, I'd watch one of Clint's movies anyday if I needed a sure thing. How do you fix a generation that is broken? Start with the next generation. If you plant a seed in early childhood that generation will grow with a better set of standards and at least there will be standards.
Clint is correct. To illustrate this point, read the comments left by readers. At this moment, there are 248 comments on this page, and most of them blame "the Boogeyman". The Boogeyman is apparently:
Etc, etc, etc
I believe that what Clint is saying, is that the "WWII Generation" didn't have the luxury of blaming each other for the nation's ills. They just took individual responsibility and took action to change things as needed. Clint doesn't take to whiners.
Clint does not mention God or any political party. I have to laugh at how people interpret his words to match their own views. If you have ever been to his Mission Ranch in Carmel and followed his career you'd know that he is not supportive of far right or left agendas. He's a common sense guy, with an artist's soul and has a hefty independent streak. He is married to an hispanic women and is a gentleman who lives a rather unconventional life.
If service in our military was mandatory for all men and women at age 18, we would suddenly see a respectful, grateful generation that truly understands the meaning of freedom and sacrifice, and the definition of hard work – not the entitled brats we see everywhere today.
i wish people from the baby boomer generation would STOP blaming youth for the ills of the world. let me just point out some things that apparently Mr. Eastwood and his generation tend to forget:
(1) nobody from my generation are in ANY leadership positions, therefore we aren't in ANY position to make policy and economic changes.
(2) the previous generation is NOTORIOUS for blaming "other people" for problems they create. they have, and continue to, shy away from taking responsibility for actions and lack thereof.
(3) isn't the previous generation responsible for the astronomical divorce rate? which i'm sure leads to the breakdown of family, values, morals, discipline and respect.
(4) the baby boomer generation controls the MAJORITY of the wealth in the nation (and the world). therefore, the baby boomer generation is also responsible for their high consumer debts (which weakens the economy), low savings rate and absurd mortgage defaults.
mr eastwood, come on now. you just sound old...lol (means Laugh Out Loud...in case the older generation isn't keeping up). i'm STILL a fan tho, but crap is crap. hey baby boomers, instead of chasing that million dollars, $500K home and 2 BMWs how about spending some time with your kids? maybe helping with homeork, or go to a game or just play video games with your kids? i dunno...just a suggestion. then maybe there wouldn't be a need to "put out these fires"
Clint and Bill Cosby for Pres/Vice and we'll get this country back on track.
They both tell it like it is, but people prefer the easy way out and won't make tough decisions and actions.
I agree with Mr. Eastwood. Our children our killing each other. Manners has gone out the window. No one gets to know their neighbors. No one helps each other out of fear. Our children are kidnapped on a daily basis and being murdered left and right. No respect for each other. Car jacking, drive by shooting, gangs, and now recently people in california carrying guns openly as long as the gun is not loaded but oh it's okay to carry the clips on the opposite hip. What message are we sending to our future generations? I worry about my Sons 31 and 34 and all my Grandchildren. I am a babyboomer and my heart cries for all the up heavel of today. I wish more of our youth would stand proud of our country and defend it in many ways other than just war. When young men beat elderly people, abuse children and women too. Tatoo' s, vulger language, boozing, drugs what message are the children getting. I am John Travolta's age, I once disco'd and wore the platform shoes and I love old school music. We use to have fun going to nightclubs and dancing, flirting, today all anyone seems to want to do is shoot you. Doesn't life mean anything to anyone anymore.
There is so much to comment on. Clint is a bad ass and always will be. We are God's entertainment and that's about it. I'm sure we are considered a B rated movie. Education, Education, Education!!! Can't stress it enough. This country does not care enough about it. People care more about making sure Tom Brady has an awesome stadium to play in. We need more money to go to educating these children. Teachers need to be paid more to take care of them. They see them more than their own parents do. They are the ones taking the time to do what so many others don't want to do. Reason being, there's no money in it. Other countries are preparing their future leaders and those children are ready. The teaching has to also come from the parents. The parents are just as lazy as the children. Get involved with their lives and really talk to them about their future. Not just about what boy or girl they like now. Talk to them about this country and what is happening to it. Ask them what they would like to see happen or what they would do to fix it. They need to be aware of what is going on. Everyone in this country needs to get involved. Things need to change and we all are the solution. We can't count on one man to do everything for us. If we want something changed, we need to change it ourselves.
The war in Iraq has nothing to do with 9/11. Bush was just continuing the grudge his father had. He wanted to make daddy proud so he started this ridiculous and unwanted war. He used 9/11 as an excuse and we let him. As a result, we have lost a lot of good people. Extremely brave soldiers that love this country so much that they will put their lives on the line for it without batting an eye. We need to get this take country back and make it worth loving again.
eastwood sounds like the stereotypical "old guy" lamenting the direction of the country and yearning for the "good old days" that never existed. just because an elderly actor says something doesn't mean it's true.
reminds me of a simpsons episode:
Teenage Homer: You wouldn't get it! You're not with it!
Grandpa: I used to be with it...now I don't know what "it" is, and everything is weird and scary to me...
should i apologize for being in my 20's and not having responded to crises that havent existed?
Sounds like another out-of-touch rant by someone who has lived a privileged life. Time to evolve, Clint.
i think he is right but some of these posts are a way off a cliff.
clint is gettin old and what he deems as entertainment isn't all there is anymore. creativity is still without boundaries and if that includes a void in conscience then that is what it is but it is up to each individual to decide what it is that they want to see and what they want to participate in. i'd agree with clint but maybe his gripes are more along the lines of success in the box office and that is what his comment is guided towards.
Clint Eastwood is absolutely and fundamentaly correct about the ills of American society. As a collective society, we care more about "American Idol" and other utterly stupid entertainment choices than the important issues facing this country.
For all those who have seen Demolition Man. Our future is heading towards this kinda of future. "violation, violation!"
The standard of living here in the US has gone a lot up since WWII. I'm not sure why much of America thinks the system has failed. Maybe it didn't live up to some potential that people pinned to it? I'm quite content with things the way they aree. I went to college, earn a good salary and have few complaints. As for Clint, I think he doesn't care for the whining that so many people put out. We don't have a great depression or a WWII to force us to rise up, so I guess those junior generations don't have a means to measure up in the elder's eyes. Oh well. The system works so maybe if pople bitched less and applied themselves more they'd be happier.
I am so appalled that everyone seems to be callnig this generation twits and morons. excuse me, but i am part of this generation, and as many twits and morons are part of this, its the same reasoning i use in disliking children, it is the parents fault. My generation is unfortunately like this because of the parenting and misguiding behaviors that thier parents brought them up with. the Boomers spoiled their children trying to make up for the things they lacked, coinsidentally making the monsters they preach about. i think its disgusting looking at some of the people my age and how they act, but i cannot say it is their fault because i also look around and see many well rounded bright and inspiring young people. Stop whinning and go out and work for what you believe in. No one can tell you something cant be done. i graduated this year and had a job the day i graduated. yes there are hard times, but do not give up and work for what you want. I cant imagine what the next generation will be like since there are so many people popping out kids when they are still kids themselves. so for all those complaining about my generation, understand thats its hard to punish someone for something you turned them into. all the problems now are arising from past issues that are jsut being addressed now. everyone can complain about the war the bush or obama administration, the truth is we turn around presidents with different ideas not allowing a plan to be put fully in effect. this takes time. there were environmental problems in Russia that thier plan was to change course every 5 years. yeah that got us far.
No1 has turned a back to god, people are just done with anyone of power using that word to prosper. I believe people just worship more internally now.
This country needs a better awareness and love of God and more people with the character and awareness of Clint Eastwood. There'll only be one Tom Brady however, which is fine as long as he stays healthy and is quarterbacking the Patriots. They were robbed on that 4th down play last week by the way.
Clint is right. And the reason for the current behavior of many of our youths today is this: Back during the time of the Depression and WWII, there was truly a sense of urgencey in that we had everything to lose in this country both in war and in our economy. Hunger, homelessness, and communist rallies were all over the place. So we banded together and put everything on the line to fight for and achieve success with those challenges – which we did in fact achieve. That sense of hard work, patriotism, sacrifice, (and ultimately) pride for our country paid off and lasted for quite some time – although it may have wavered during other recessions, Vietnam, etc.
We are at a crossroads now in which war and a poor economic situation are front and center again. Add to that – the war now is unjust, unlike before. However, unemployment benefits, baloon boy, Sarah Palin "going rogue", and inane reality shows are diversions that cause us to not care and fight for improvement. They shield us from the reality of our dire situation. They especially cause our teens not to care since they are the furthest from remembering the way things were. Having divorced parents and being fat doesn't help either, it just makes you more apathetic. I don't think it'll last forever, though.
Eventually the diversions and apathy will erode away, and the reality will set in and cause us to come together once again, hopefully sooner than later so that Clint may see that revolution in his lifetime...
To the person who proclaimed that the economy was great during the Bush and Reagan years. I would ask that they look up the official unemployment numbers and the rise in the national debt during those years. I am not going to list those numbers because, coming from me they would be liberal lies.
The idea that we've abandoned God in this country is silly. There's more God and religion talk everywhere you go than there has been in my whole life.
Hey Clint, How about the guys who fought in Korea, Vietnam,
Grenada, Kuwait, Iraq,Afghanistan, there still around.
1. Clint is right on target.
2. Liz's comments above are also right on target when shea wrote "...In 2000, we 'voted' out peace and prosperity in favor of the village idiot and 8 years of mismanagement and illegal, unnecessary war. we've basically screwed the pooch the past decade."
How quickly we forget. As the saying goes "Those who ignore the past are condemned to repeat it."
Mr. Eastwood is absolutely right.
All members of congress behave worse than kindergardeners no matter their age.
GOD is not an American and never was.
Trust in your abilities and your judgement.
Do not sit on your lazy stupid ass and say "it is GOD's wish how and what happens". It is not. It is your own wish to be lazy and stupid and ignorant.
I totally agree with Clint, but the main problem throughout this country is simple: THEY JUST DON'T CARE. Four little words but it says it all, THEY JUST DON'T CARE
There are lots of people/groups to blame...The ACLU, The Teachers Union, the bleeding heart/tree hugging liberals, Doctor Spock to name a few..Our schools have been training grounds in political correctness (Re. Doctor Hasan) more interested in teaching about alternative lifestyles than the three "R"'s..That is why we are near dead last in the world in test scores and even college students cannot name who the combatants were in WWII, or what century the Civil War was fought in. Technology has kids more interested in playing computer games than learning about how computers actually work...Every kid (and most adults) dont have the character to meditate, read, enjoy nature...but have to have a cell phone stuck to their ears every waking moment of the day.
So, keep telling it like it is Mr. Eastwood and Mr. Cosby..we need to hear your message
"What is destroying America is something most people can not say out load. It is not hidden...it is all around us...and it is well documented...
But it is not allowed to be said or even thought."
Tom is exactly right. Stupidity (or mental laziness), has replaced critical thinking. The elevation of stupidity into the status of being relevant by nature of it's multitude of followers and the proliferation of tabloid journalism, has replaced critical thought processes in masses of BORG-like adherents, whose screeds of ignorance rarely encompass more than a few words they learned in the latest blatherings of some manipulative talk-radio-type host, almost all of whom are employed by the same individual. The internet, in its own way has contributed to this demise of intelligence, this age of enlightened stupidity.
But there are other reasons: the love of money, and the divine worship of physical beauty. The love of money and physical beauty has destroyed the honorable things we have striven for in the past. We take one step forward, and now we have taken a hundred steps backward.
The thing is, this new generation has so many new tools to get used to. It's not like another generation came about and had the exact same circumstances and tools our grandfathers did. Still love Clint's movies and in a heartbeat would choose one of his movies over 99% of the movies coming out today if I needed a sure thing.
Best thing the latter generations can do is stay involved and part of the whole picture. As soon as they drop out for one reason or another......it's up to those who are left, to make mistakes for better or for worse.
The saving grace is we have Eastwood movies so his mark will definitely be felt for a long time to come.
God doesnt exist. I would say its peoples belief in the unproven is why our country is on the downslide. God, Leaders, Magic, Advertisements and polititions. I swear if people spent half the money they do on snuggies, bibles, and political bumper stickers to pay off their debt this country would be in much better shape!
I agree 100% with Dianne H. You nailed it. However, I also believe that the solution to these bad economic times is more accountability, personal responsibility, and moral conduct with everything we do, and this requires patience and commitment. It's not easy, but we have no choice. It's not only an American problem, the whole world needs to contribute in wanting to resolve the issues of the environment and the economy. We'll make it!!
We're in this mess because of all the wimps who have set about changing this country ... No God in our lives, no peanut butter sandwiches, no playing tag, no corporal punishment, everyone gets a participation trophy, no red ink on papers ... I could on and on ... We have allowed the meek to inheret the world and now we must endure that tyranny of the squeamish! That's what's wrong with this country and I'm not afraid to say it.
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Liz – I don't think you get it....he is not talking about politics. He is talking about us, you and me. the next generation. Those that feel entitled to have everything handed to them instead of earning something. The problem with all politicians since you brought it up, instead of "what can you do for your country" they "do what they can for themselves and greedy corporate America"!
No, this country hasn't turned its back on God. It's the other way around. Too many God-crazies are misinterpreting everything for their own greedy, prejudiced, bigoted, vile purposes. BIG difference.
I am of the opinion that Clint Eastwood makes a valid point. Popular entertainment anymore is almost un-watchable. Movie consist of special effect diasters like 2012 or crash and violence movies. Televison consists of un-funny sit-com or reality programs interupted constantly by commericals. Popular music, with rare exceptions, is terrible.
Just a few things that always enter my mind when I hear such commentary:
1) We have been told since 9/11 that “we are at war.” OK, fine. Why don’t we act like it, as a nation? As we’re going about our business – eating, sleeping, working (if we’re lucky), downloading apps, shopping, watching tee-vee, drinking, gearing up for the holidays, etc. – do we really and truly feel like our country is “at war”? Do we curb any self-serving aspects of our lifestyles? Have our government leaders asked us to? If we’re a nation at war, we should act like (i.e., adopt some of the fortitude of the so-called Greatest Generation and act accordingly).
2) I am embarrassed by children’s behavior. I know every generation says this about “the kids these days,” but I think there’s plenty of evidence to support the claim that today’s youth, as a whole, are not developing into viable human beings. What makes this especially depressing for me is that these kids are being raised by my generation, which was, by no means, coddled by its parents (most of whom were born in the 1930s and 1940s). Today, every child – ergo, every “tween,” teen and 20-something – has to be special, made aware that they are unique and wonderful and deserving of everything the USA and the world has to offer. An example: My friend’s daughter received an ornate certificate of achievement from her kindergarten. For what? “Best Napper.”
3) I’m an atheist but I live by the Golden Rule. Just as a “religious person” could argue with me about how turning our collective back on God is the cause of America’s woe/decline/troubles/end days, I could argue that God has absolutely nothing to do with these things. It’s a non-starter for both sides. So, instead of couching “what’s right” in religious terms, we should couch it in Golden Rule terms.
4) This leads to our politicians, to whom I referred generously as our government leaders. Politics will never, ever change. Never. (“Change we can believe in” was a great clarion call – one I bought in to – but it was just a slogan, alas. I think we’ve confused a great speaker and motivator for a great leader. I did, at least.) I’m not expressing my point to well … . I just think …
5) We should secure our nation from within, not without. Spend money on systems that secure our borders from people who mean to do us harm. (And hey, if that means “profiling,” so be it. If you have nothing to hide and you want to come to America, then you should accept the realities of today’s world and “suck it up” and deal with any figurative poking and prodding the U.S. government requests.) Then we can focus on education, bolstering infrastructure, ridding ourselves of our “oil addiction” … All the things we all know we have to do but haven’t done for whatever reasons. I’m not suggesting a policy of isolationism – that’s a 20th century political tenet; I’m suggesting truly putting “America first” by, well, putting America first. Let the Taliban overrun Afghanistan. They can have all the monkey bars and Potemkin villages they want – but they’ll never get across our borders. (And if they happen to, we’ll have the systems in place to thwart them.)
6) Last, call a spade a spade. In other words, Hey, America! Hey, Americans! Grow a pair! Sensitivity breeds just that: sensitivity. To the point where our little, fragile feelings get hurt if somebody says “Merry Christmas” or if little Becky-Sue doesn’t get recognition for being the Best Napper. From not having to apologize or be self-conscious about saying “Happy Thanksgiving” to saying “Hey, the Ft. Hood shooter was a Muslim extremist” to telling a joke that begins, say, “A blind guy, a homosexual, a priest, a rabbi and Christopher Reeves walk into a bar … ” Lighten up, Francis! Sticks and stones, remember? Political correctness is garbage. And as the old saying goes, garbage in, garbage out.
Seeing as we're a nation that:
– can name the winners of all the American Idol seasons but not who our state senators are;
– know what cosmetic surgery the Real Housewives of Orange County had but can't locate Canada on a map;
– drowns in debt but owns Wiis, Blackberrys, iPhones and designer purses
– whine about too much homework but can't hold our own against other developed nations
– largely believes the Earth is only 10000 years old and that some mysterious entity in the sky poofed us all into existence fully evolved
one wonders if we're really worth making a fuss about?
I love America. It's the damn people I can't stand.
Mr. Eastwood is completely right. Millions in our nation are going to spend their money on "Twilight: New Moon", which has no substance, but probably pay no attention to such a powerful and moving true story. (Invictus) One of the greatest moment in not only South African history but our human history.
Amen, Clint! And you sir are in a unique and powerful position to bring attention to this through editorials and artistic efforts. I think there is a lot of public interest in what you have expressed, both in terms of the message and the messenger. This thing has legs!!! Not that the responsibility is yours, it's up to each of us to chime in any way we can, and to stop being so silent about our dismay at how this country seems to be backsliding culturally and intellectually. Thank you, Clint.
You people who have a problem with God....it's the god made in man's image you have a real problem with. humans ahve a way of making God into someone they are comfortable with and can relate too. That's not the God of the Bible.
Stephanie Keen seems to forget that it was religious fanatics who allegedly piloted aircraft into the WTC on 9/11. Undoubtedly, before their alleged demise, they were praying to god. Undoubtedly seconds before they allegedly impacted with those buildings, they would allegedly be heard to be saying Allahu Akbar (god is great).
I am sure they, like you, felt the same about god. Unfortunately, by the time they realized it was all a huge lie, it was too late.
Every Generation thinks that everyone Younger then them are idiots. Unfortunately everyone is right, because every Generation is full of idiots.
Don't condemn those that try and bring up foundational values being lost as part of the problem in this fast paced electronic age of instant messaging and instant gratification. No matter what religion you look at there are basic tenets that are common in all. Those tenets are being lost in our pursuit of what we have been led to believe is success. We judge others by their clothes, school, cars, homes, position, association, on and on. Hollywood helps in that brain washing with a lot of the dribble that is released today, but they are merely reflecting what is going on in our country today. The Golden Rule is lost in our hurried up existence. Get the hell out of my way is a common experience we all come in contact with today! Where are the leaders of tomorrow that have the moral fiber to help lead us out of the abyss? The new generations have not produced many of them yet, but I believe they are out there. May they come forward , and may each of us take responsibility for trying to make things better in our own little way.
Hey, Clint has it right. It's darn near time USA got it's kick butt attitude back. WE CAN DO ANYTHING. That's the American way. We got kicked down in the past and our grandfathers got up brushed themselves off and showed the world how it's done. Time to dump all the PC/Lawyer whining !
Clint Eastwood.....Here! Here! I couldn't agree with you more, and I certainly couldn't have said it better. This generation doesn't have what it takes! God help us.
Eastwood is correct, but your reader Stephanie who said it was because we turned our back on God couldn't be more wrong. Too many people with "God" on their agenda have gotten into politics and steered us in a direction of fundamentalism. Old school values, which I think Eastwood is referring to would dictate we all have our own spiritual compass to guide us. The moral war that is being waged is dividing us and erasing the moderate moral middle ground that existed in this culture for hundreds of years.
Come back of the year, What a Joke. Why would you not wait till the season is over before you make that decision. How many kids does Brady have from this woman? Doesen't he have 3 or 4 kids from 3 or women? Oh yes it's GQ now I understand. HA
Clint Eastwood is absolutely right and, thank you , sir, politically incorrect!
Well said Mr. Eastwood. More faith and prayer from this country would help.
I couldn’t agree with Clint more and I’m certainly happy that finally someone in entertainment has come forward to say something. Marketing/advertising and a perverted sense of capitalism (in the last 20 years) has chipped away at our mentality and berated any sense of value. It’s has gotten so bad to the point that our goals and any source of happiness would come only in a pursuit of unrealistic lifestyle. (An American dream on steroids!) Great work Clint! You of coarse are the only one who has the guts to say so. I hope others are encouraged (especially in Hollywood) to offer some good healthy constructive criticism in the future.
It's funny that each older generation accuses the succeeding younger generation of being out of touch, immoral, degenerate, and on, and on (re Mr Eastwood's comments). I think that Mr Eastwood forgot that not only did his generation fight in WWII, they also started it. Do I want to go backwards.. nope, not me, and I'm no whipper-snapper either – I'm 56.
He's right for example the Jon and Kate + 8 crap. A couple of stupid immature parents and we are giving them more than their share in the spotlight. Sad...
Go get em Clint!!!!!!!!!!!!
@ Stephanie Keen- the nation didn't turn it's back on GOD-
Morons voted in a right wing religious whack job (GWB) who ran the country off a cliff, violated citizens rights, invaded a country based on lies, maxed out the US credit cards, went to bed when citizens were in need during a natural disaster (Katrina anyone?)
THAT's why the country is in the shape it's in. The God-Squaders had their chance for 8 years.
Good for Tom Brady. When I got married there were 4 people present besides my soon to be wife and I. That was 60 1/2 years ago. How I wish she were here today. Miss you Hon.
I have a comment in general after reading all those that have been posted. First I would like to say that I do believe in GOD, but that doesn't mean you have to see it to believe it. i don't go trying to put my religion on anyone, I don't think it is right for a person to do that. I totally agree 100% with what Clint Eastwood has said.
I am a Marine and I did Three tours in Iraq and I have seen things first hand on how the real world works and upon coming back from each one, I questioned as to why I went over there when there are kids shooting kids, kids involved in gangs, and any other crime that goes on out there in society. There is no respect left for all the fallen, who have made this country what it is today, and again I agree with Clint, because todays society has forgotten all the FALLEN MEN AND WOMEN, who mad this country what it is. I think we just need to get back to the basics. Oh and one more thing I would like to add, Bill T, you are 100% right about the Non-citizens and the veterans of today and the way it use to be.
I agree with Mr. Eastwood, and if we're looking for someone to blame, let's all look in the mirror. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's do something constructive, we've identified the problem, let's take steps to fix it. Set a goal for improvement, determine what it's going to take to achieve it, and set to WORKING on it. None of the things we need to do are magic wand fixes, they take determination, dedication and sacrifice, but they are worth it.
If we don't, the title of the movie Mr. Eastwood's successor would make about our once great nation may be "The Decline and Fall of the American Empire".
Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them.
I love Clint, he's one of my favorite actors of all time...but in this interview he just sounds like a bitter old man. Crotchety like his character in Gran Torino. It's not that I disagree with him...it's just that HE shouldn't be making this argument. He had his years as a young buck in Hollywood, but now that his time is coming to a close, he's having difficulty coming to terms with the facts. I hate that teen-trash like Twilight gets so much publicity...but it comes with the territory. As long as movies like "No Country for Old Men" can win Oscars, I can put up with all the teen-crap.
it has nothing to do with teenagers.. it has to do with the government not knowing when to just let the other countries kill and blow themselvs up.. instead of trying to help them be civilized which they will never learn to do clearly.. lets worry about ourselvs for once!
The problem in America today is that a parent cannot punish their own children in private let alone in public without facing charges of abuse or child endangerment. The rules we have place upon ourselves have limited the very thing that once made us great. Knowing the difference between right and wrong and knowing we would face punishment if we chose the wrong path in life. It has nothing to do with politics, hollywood, or generations. It has every thing to do with our current laws and people not respecting other peoples rights to live and life itself.
Now days people are given a free ride for just being around. What happened to a honest hard days work for an honest days wage. Even if it is flipping burgers or asking do you want fries with that. America is slipping into a society of give it to me and so what if I do not work or even if I do not want to work for anything just give it to me.
Clint is right but then again, what do you think the old guys of WWI and II were saying of the 60's and 70's gen. Yep, "the exact same thing"
Clint Eastwood is just teling like it is. BRAVO for him. Todays generation wants every thing for free ( health care is an example). They ought to get off their butts and work toward the country being what it was before the electrictronic age. Oh I am 84 years old and remember the good times.
He is completely correct, adults today are adults in age only. No one wants to grow up and act like an adult, let alone take responsiblity. They are more concerned with playing beer pong and video games then to have intellectual discussions or take time to better themselves (why the internet is my brain now). Worst of all they think they are entitled to everything, no such comprehension about working for it.
For the God comments, there is actually something to that line of thinking. When you recognize you are part of something bigger than you tend to be more respectful and do your part in whatever you believe your role is. When you are thinking me, me, me, me there is no reason to do anything but what satisfies you. It may be God or country or community, but when everyone starts valuing themselves above everything else then society falls apart. Rome is an excellent example. Don't think I'm right, how many times do you update your facebook status, do you really think all your friends need to know you are taking out the trash, that is pretty self centered.
I think someone needs to take a trip in a flying house.
Besides, its easy to complain about others complaining when you are rolling in riches yourself.
But, Eastwood is an icon and he deserves his quotes and 'you feel lucky punk' stares.
Liz, you mis-guided fool.....blame everything on Bush.....well take a look at what we have stuck in Washington and what it's doing. Clint is right, we are focused on the wrong things America. The Roman Empire lasted 600 years until they did the same.....at the rate were going and where Obama and his chief moron Pelosi want to take us we won't make 300 years......
Mr. Eastwood is so correct. We have nothing but twits with no morals growing up in this country. I know in 20 years I won't be alive but things had better change or this country is doomed. I wasn't born till after the great depression, but hold on we haven't seen anything yet if this country doesn't start educating our young people. Great depression heck that will look like a cake bake before it is over if things do not change.
What is destroying America is something most people can not say out load. It is not hidden...it is all around us...and it is well documented...
But it is not allowed to be said or even thought.
I think every poster here is doing what Mr. Eastwood is complaining about. Not being a part of the story and blaming all the bad on someone else. Eight years of George Bush did not make a country of twits. Religion has been around long before WWII. Yet, the U.S. was still able to get stuff done. Hollywood tells a story, but people choose how much they want to apply those stories to their lives. If you have a better story get it out there and try to inspire people.
Clint is a good actor and director, but lets not forget that he was a typical self centered Hollywood actor for most of his life. It is great to be all rightous later in life, but that wasn't true when he was young.
The one thing that impresses ( depresses? ) me about your letters is the appalling spelling and grammer........
Didn't yuse gys go @ skool?
Clint needs to take some Metamucil and a good, long nap. He's getting too cranky in his old age.
I'm ready to try some 'teenage twits' because we have too many morons running this country. The average age of our lawmakers are pushing 60.
That's right, don't blame Hollywood for our problems. They have nothing to do with 11 months of incompetence, arrogance, cronyism, cluelessness etc. from the Obama administration. People like you who voted once for the worst president ever are the ones who are responsible for our mess.
What we have today are the children of the digital revolution. They've all but raised each other with technology that their parents were not familiar with, so parents couldn't give them much guidance. They grew up more connected to their peers and less so to their parents than any generation before.
Eventually the cycle will turn, and future generations parents will have more savvy and be able to get involved in their child's development in the digital world.
I have a technical background, and I raised a child in the 1990s, 2000s, and it was still impossible to manage the various channels different influences would come from.
as the great philosopher Bob Dylan says...Don't follow leaders..watch them parkin meters..
I agree with Mr. Eastwood, and if we're looking for someone to blame, let's all look in the mirror. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's do something constructive, we've identified the problem, let's take steps to fix it. Set a goal for improvement, determine what it's going to take to achieve it, and set to WORKING on it. None of the things we need to do are majic wand fixes, they take determination, dedication and sacrifice, but they are worth it.
I think Clint is right. This generation is so vastly different from the WWII generation it's not funny. How many people today would sacrifice their gas, butter, sugar? I am only 41 but my grandparents got married in the Depression and they struggled to survive. The youth of today want it all now and with no effort on their part. They expect the best job and don't think they must work to get it. Parents do not teach personal responsibility or morals. I have 2 children and it is very hard to teach them these things when so many of their friends do not get the same lessons at home. Our society is celebrity obsessed and it's pitiful. Our children can name and identify the latest celebs but not the leaders of our country. There is something deeply disturbing about that. Just hope our country wakes up before it is too late.
Why wouldn't he be pissed? Dancing with stars is a feature story on the evening news. Jon & Kate are headlined on CNN. Why isn't everybody pissed?
While Clint Eastwood is an amazing actor and director, he is way off about teenagers being a problem. He grew up in a time when young people rebelled against anything and now that his generation is now the older generation; he should be complaining about his generation not doing enough to make the world a better place. But, someone taking blame for is own actions is unheard of; so, he's gotta blame the other generation (which is young people).
Isn't it funny how somebody makes an observation about the state of society in America and everybody instantly uses to bash one political party or the other? We truly can't see the forest for the trees. I agree with Clint to a point. Those people who lived through the depression and fought in the second world war GAVE us everything because they couldn't have it. So in essence they sacrificed for us then spoiled us rotten. That's where we are today. A nation of spoiled rotten brats who stamp our feet when we don't get what we want pointing fingers and blaming THEM (whoever they are) rather than take responsibility for they way things are and try to fix them. That will be the legacy of the new generations. What a shame. Our founding fathers are rolling in their graves.
I'm not a fan of Eastwood's politics, though I have enjoyed a great many of his movies. In that light, I have to take exception with the comment by Mike in NYC, who infers that Eastwood is only making racially correct films because of contractual restraints. Please check out his early movies, when his career was in take-off mode, and you'll see a rainbow of leading ladies: black, Asian, and American Indian as well as white. This was in the 1970s, when things were a lot less tolerant than today, and on-screen interracial parings were usually limited to "issue" pictures like "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner."
Clint is right! We only pay lip service to what the media has always dubbed "the greatest generation" but then our government and the general population live thier lives in total contradiction to what the WWII generation stood for. It's time we got back to a hard working society where the people provide for themselves and have no expectation or sense of entitlement for the government to take care of them.
I have to say I agree with Clint, something is wrong here and reading over all these posts makes it incredibly clear. Everyone immediately jumped on the "blame X" be it religion or a previous/current administration. Part of what has gotten us into this situation is that we choose to blame and critique while doing nothing productive. We have become experts in what has happened and cannot control our present situation. We as a culture need to stop expecting handouts, programs, aide, and fallback measures. We need to conduct ourselves as if those things aren't there to help us and only rely on them as a truely last resort. In response to religious morals, be you religious or not we could all stand a little application of the Golden Rule.
Maybe a bit of Libertarian logic would help too. Personally, if you want to smoke a pack a day despite the health risks, that's fine with me if you're not forcing me to smoke with you. At the same time if I want to spend my Saturday shooting tin cans at the dump with the scariest looking gun I own, it should be fine with you as long as i'm not endangering you and yours.
A little common sense and courtesy never hurt anyone and maybe if we embrace that and the culture of freedom our forefathers tried to instill upon the country while rejecting the more radical behavior seen in the way some people (worldwide) chose to conduct their lives we'll all be better off.
Clint put the word out, now it's time to act instead of make fools of ourselves bickering over what we think should have happened in the past or what I think is right for you and vice versa.
I agree with Clint when he says "we have a bunch of teenage twits" in our nation.
Who raised these teenage twits? Oh yeah. Kids learn the right path from their parents, so where do we need to place the blame? Not with the current generation, but the one before.
I agree with Mr. Eastwood. The biggest problem is simply a lack of respect. Both for ourselves and for others. Yes, there are huge problems in our school. The fault lies in both parents and the school itself. At what point will we begin to teach our children about respect and responsibility. The current students don't remember the WWII generation at all. Most middle schoolers don't even remember 9/11. Children need to be held accountable and given actual boundries. None of that happens anymore. So of course they are going to grow up to be twits.
Mr. Eastwood is exactly right. This country and it's people are infantalized by all the hype and non-issues that cover our magazines and headline our news stories. It is getting worse out there.........
Thank you clint. I think everyone here needs to travel to some third world countries to see how people live there. That would be a wakeup call, especially for some of our teen agers to quit complaining and to grow up more. As far as Tom Brady goes, there is life besides football.
SteveO the economy was good during those times because of who came before them. There is a certain lag time between cause and effect.
Typical how people are agreeing with Clint Eastwood and pointing fingers at these teen aged twits, but no one is taking responsibility. These teen aged twits learn their behavior from someone. I think My generation (i am 34) were treated better than my parent's generation. Now, the kids run the place because we dont want to be too hard on them. It isnt their fault, its our parents and our generation that are messing it all up. The teen aged twits are a symptom of our problem, not the cause. Get it right...take responsibility.
Yeah, G-d will fix everything if we all pray hard enough. Prayer is a fallacy that helps the weak minded feel secure when there is a bump in the night.
Okay, looks like we've blamed God, a lack of God, Hollywood, lawyers, corporations, quarterbacks, teachers, parents, Democrats, W, teenagers, did I miss anyone? I guess that just leaves one person:
It's all my fault.
Oh please....this is the same Clint Eastwood that's had 7 kids by 6 different women? The one who kept a mistress and put her in his movies only to dump her when she got old?
This is our role model?
And you wonder why we're screwed up.....
well maybe we should blame the last generation like I was raised by a mother who was a flower child and a selfish father who never was a father.. let's blame that generation who raised the future generation we are blaiming right now.. these are the grandparents who are too selfish to even want to watch their grandchildren and carry on values.. so blame your generation Clinton.. you are right what you said but we were raised by your generation they are just as selfish
What I find disturbiing is the comments here. Clint is absolutely right. And while many of you are singing the prasies of the current administration, may I remind you that currently, the "chosen one" has spent MORE in 8 months, than the dope before him spent in 8 years. It doesn't matter who gets into office – Democrat or Republican because they are all money hunger and out for power. The government's plan to take over healthcare is going to cripple this country. They have yet to run a successful organization.
There are MANY issues with why the world is so messed up. Lack of respect (for one another, for authority, for ourselves), lack of responsibility, lack of morals... we could go on and on. What it boils down to is getting our act together – as individuals and as a nation. We need to start respecting one another and each other, we need to take responsibility for ourselves and our actions, we need to bring back our morals and ethics and believe in something... we need hope. We are a hopeless nation right now. We feel defeated and undermined, powerless. We need to get that back. And it begins with ourselves.
Let's start waking up and appreciating what we do have and working hard for what we don't or what we want. Have pride and take responsibility for ourselves. Bring back respect and we'll be headiing in the right direction again.
One thing we cannot do right now is turn on one another... that will only bring us down further. We all are individuals and have individual views but one thing we can all agree on is that good common sense and moral ethics is the key.
Clint is so right...this has nothing to do with god religion or if you believe in the sun god or jesus or buddha. It's all about being respectful to one another and not running around acting like 2 year old kids all the time, and I guess the idea now is whoever yells that loudest feels better about themselves and feels like they won.
We see it on TV; we see it on our newscasts, we see it in our politics and i'm sure each of us see it everyday at work and in our personal lives. Its depressing that grown people can act this way and even more depressing that the rest of us tolerate it.
I agree with Clint's sentiments about the new generation gowing old but not growing up. I was born in the late '50s and have seen a lot of change. I have more respect for my generation than I do for this new generation, but I have even more respect for my parents generation and more yet for my grandparents generation. They were far more mature by the time they were 25 than most people twice their age are today. They taught themselves self-sufficiency whereas we are wholesale dependent. We are not the same nation our forefathers were, and I'm not just talking about the generation that fought in the two world wars and went through the depression but everyone before that as well. we are in name only. We are riding on the coattails of greatness. The people who built this great nation went through hardships we can't imagine. They built their own homes out of wood or sod or whatever else they could find, they grew their own food, rode horses and walked, had no refrigeration or electricity and didn't even have convenience stores, but they built huge cities, bridges and skyscrapers like the world has never seen before. We on the other hand play with toys and watch cartoons from the cradle to the grave. And now have no choice but to depend on our computerized technology. And when I see the new generation growing up like this, it gives me great concern. I keep thinking of that maternity ward scene in the movie Wall-e where infants are being brainwashed to become wholly dependent on technology and consumerisim. The problem doesn't lie in our government or our society but ourselves. If we SAY that it is someONE or someTHING else's fault it just goes to show that we are no longer the self-sufficient individuals that our forefathers were that built this great country, but rather we are a completely dependent nation. We've sold our souls to the Devil.
I don't think there is anything wrong with this new generation per se. It's not like they're genetically different from the older generation, rather they both lack the perspective of the older generation having not lived in pre-technology times, and they have been raised in a world where they never knew what it was like to live without mass computerization and mindless masses blindly following Hollywood, consumerisim, entitlement and the pursuit of happiness. This cannot be held against them, these were in place when they came into the world, and if there's something wrong with this generation it's not their fault – It's OUR'S! WE were the ones who told them, "It's not $100, it's $99.99." WE were the ones who set them down in front of the TV set and let it be their electronic babysitter. WE were the ones that taught them not to be responsible for ourselves but rather to become dependent on our government, churches, material goods, mass media and society in general. WE were the ones who brainwashed them. And then we wonder why there's something wrong with them.
Ironic isn't it?
When I look at the new generation I don't hold these things against them personally, because if I was born in this day and age I would be the same too. I'm very GLAD I was born when I was if only because I have the perspective the new generation can't have. And when I look at the new generation I think, "But for the grace of God there go I."
As I read all these posts, I'm amazed at all the judging going on. Some of you believe in God and some don't...that's the whole point of God's gift to us. We have to CHOOSE Him, He will not force Himself on us. The two most important commandments from God are to love Him with all your heart, soul and mind...second; love your neighbor as yourself. As a whole, our country is soooo far from these two commandments, why would you expect anything but the chaos that we have today??
Believe whatever you want regarding God...He gave you the gift of a free will.
But believe this too...God WILL judge you when you die & that judgement will determine if you spend eternity in heaven or hell!!
"This country has turned it's back on God" are you kidding? So what China, India, etc... God does not like them as much? That has to be the most ridiculous comment I have read thus far. America, this country, is made up of many different nationalities and diverse beliefs, and to say that "we" as a nation has turned it's back on God, is negating the thousands if not millions of us out there (myself included) that do not believe in a God. My respect for this country, my patriotism, does not hinge on such metaphysical nonsense, as I am every bit as involved both in spirit and in process as those who believe in such things.
Our society, standards, education system, judicial b.s., have all been on a downhill slide for a long time. The tail now wags the dog in this country and we subsidize the weakest and least educated of our citizens with government money, laws and political correctness.
And I use the word Standards as if we had any. It's actually not that our standards have gotten too low. It's that we don't have any at all. Everything goes, everything is acceptable, every behavior is applauded as "free speech, freedom of expression, civil freedoms, etc and etc". There is no personal discipline required. No one dares to say "you're wrong", "you can't say that or sing that". Look at some of the MTV performances. Listen to the words of some of the songs our kids hear. The disgusting trash among us makes millions spreading their sick music, movies and print media. We have given away the values any society needs to have. Laws don't regulate our morals and belief system. We, as individuals, must do that. And somewhere in the 70's, the family and neighborhood and institutional rules that were strictly enforced for my generation, vanished. It started with families and spread out from there. Until and if our country ever has strong family structures again, I don't see any any change possible. The government can't raise families.
Clint is right, but I wonder if conservatives realize why. The generation that fought WW2 was not too selfish to do things for others. Tax rates on the wealthiest Americans in the 1950s were as high as 90%, which they accepted in part because they had to pay down the massive debts incurred by WW2, and in part because they weren't as incredibly whiny and selfish as modern people.
Well, we have a huge debt today, and we blew a ton of money on a war, and guess what: nobody wants to pay taxes to deal with it. Instead, everyone says it's someone ELSE's problem. Everyone wants his taxes to go down while someone ELSE solves the debt.
Are social programs excessive? Perhaps; that is a worthy subject of debate. But if we're going to revere the WW2 generation and preach emulation of their behaviour, then perhaps we should remember that they willingly paid higher taxes than we do.
The death of the grown-up began shortly after the end of WWII with economic prosperity fueling the endless trough of consumerism. Remember when TV Dinners were touted as the best way to eat dinner as a family? Those shiny aluminum disasters fed not only the cultural need for speed, but also for convenience. Teenagers no longer needed to hand their money over to the parents to help support the family. They were allowed to spend it as they saw fit. After 50 years of worhipping the youth culture, we wonder why things are the way they are?
Clint lost me. I was a fan of his for decades. But what the hell is he talking about? Sure the WW2 gen is dying out. No one lives forever. They gave us one of the deadliest wars in history, nuclear weapons, and Vietnam, amongst many other things. Would he be happy if our teens started another senseless war? Or maybe just shoot up the place? He sounds like an angry old man, possible dementia
I agree with Clint. Not only is our nation a bunch of teenage twits.
The USA is taking second place to China who abuses more human rights then the US has ever done (in it's 200+ history).
All I can say with the type of idiots we have in Charge (both Dem and Rep) I hope China never rules the US or lot of the cry babies will be shot. Hey maybe that ain't a bad idea.
It does not apear to me that our country has turned it's back to God. I believe we have become to controled and manipulated by our religious beliefs. We, as a people, have lost our inner fire as individuals and are now puppets to a corrupt system. Stop the maddness.
I'm so in agreement with Clint. I am so worried about our Country. It is fading fast and I'm sure the rest of the world is laughing at us. Besides the lack of respect, we have wackos pretending they are journalists taking over an entired television station or the radio inciting violence to some of our leaders–who were VOTED IN by the majority. We have militias who think they are "taking back the country" when it again voted in by the majority. They are so concerned about their rights but don't realize they are a MINORITY and they are infringing on our rights it they try to force their issues. They are concerned about the debt we leave to our children but they don't realize they are destroying our country and there won't be anything left for them but violence and division.
I think all Darlene was trying to say is that Americans as a whole just may have their priorities wrong ...if you ask 100 teenagers who Kim Kardashian is they'll all know, but if you ask them who Miles Standish was maybe not even half would know.
As I look at the current links below this comment box I see that we, as a country, are too concerned with what Brad and Angelina are doing and who is on 'Dancing With the Stars'.
More Clint, less Obama
I agree with Liz and Mr Eastwood completely. Greed and out of control vanity, laced with by any means necessary, even if it means braking the law is where America was at during the last administration. This is the attitude of my ten year old right now. And all kids, children have that kind of attitude because they are young, and do not understand that, in order for we the people, in to have a more perfect union, must resist the dark side of our hearts. That instead we would imbrace morals and ethics of goodness, justice for ALL. This means that if one american is in trouble, every american would come to that persons aid. Instead, what we have is this. (My name is doctor SoandSo, and I have the skills to save your little girl from what ills her, but if you can't pay me for my service, then I will not help you. I am of the elite class of people, and I need your money to stay in the elite class. I went to medical school to make alot of money, I am only interested in the people who can pay me my money). or (My name is Big oil, and I am the elite. We are running low on oil, and in fifty years or so will run out and would have to use our reserves. Hmmm, where can I get a new source oil. OH yea Irag, now how can I and the rest of the elite class distract the common people). And it just goes on. It is we the people who must grow up, not be distracted by fear. We must grow up and make that change.
Same old song and dance, every generation thinks the next generation is messed up. It happend in the twenties, sixties,eighties , etc. Kids today are voluntering more and getting more involved in their communities, then my Gen X group ever did. The issues are just different, our current generation is being raised to be the multitasking, short attention span people that our technology and hollywood industries are leading us to. Clint I am a fan but it seems to me with that comment you suddenly became a crotchety old man.
Steve0, were you even born during the Bush and Reagan years? We lost jobs under Bush, and Clinton left him with the largest surplus we ever had and he turned it into the biggest deficit we ever had. And I know historians have furiously rewritten history to try and portray Reagan as a good president, but I was there. Jobs were nowhere to be found. His best efforts was at trying to stare down Russia until they crumbled from within. his whole trickle down economics was disastrous, and Bush proved it: when you cut taxes continuously to supposedly help big business, does it trickle down? NOOOOOO. The CEOs rake in big bonuses and they leave the rest of us with zilch.
Clint is right! We have grown a country full of lazy parents who would rather park their kids in front of the Wii than to engage them in LIFE. So how can we expect these lazy kids who have their brain drained by TV and its violence be creative and industrious? They are incapable.
To the person who thinks we were more prosperous a nation under Reagan and Bush squared, I say....you are an idiot. The only people who got rich were those already rich. As John Mellencamp so eloquently put it, Country Gentleman walked a crooked mile, got our money in his pocket...did it all with a very handsome smile...now he's livin' it up in a great big office!
To the person who thinks our problems stem from us turning our back on God.....we are fighting the Arab nations and they are fighting us in the name of God. What does that tell you? Unspeakable acts are committed in the name of beliefs in God....on the other hand, you can be a moral upright citizen without believing in God.
I agree 100% with Mr. Eastwood. We need leaders with a strong, civic background and moral principles, but good luck finding that. The more we "keep up with the Joneses" the worst we get. We can no longer be happy with what we have and give thanks for that. Heaven forbid we mention GOD in public, of course it is ok to say it in vain and on national TV....Oh and doesn't the Bible say "thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself? Why is the newspaper filled with nothing but? WE LET IT GET THIS WAY! Too bad the only place we can read the Bible anymore is locked in your own home.
Did have to take Clint Eastwood to come around an let everyone know that this country is in some serious troubles...........were living in times of the Bible furfilling its word..............I pray for a better day to come.
clint is right on target. and, it's not a politcal thing. it's the culture of america. it's embarassing.
Every generation has its challenges. As times change, so do the problems that occur. It is difficult for and older gerneration to emplathize with a younger generation's challenges (and vice versa) because each generation lives in their generational time and continuously draws comparisons from the present to "how it used to be." Well times change, and with this comes new challenges, ideals, and a way of life. You cannot say say that my generation (I'm 24) "are a bunch of twits" because we "have it easy." Its a whole different ball game today and 65 years ago. Things change, we have our own unique challenges to deal with.
Clint is right, however there is reason to have hope. That is the overwhelming agreement with him in the responses here. There are many reasons for the decline we've all seen in our country: corruption, cronyism, rampant greed, and a general lack of respect and accountability. It was not started by any one event or person, i.e. 9/11, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, but by our success as a nation. We have become accustomed to a very good lifestyle and now take it for granted. We need to refocus ourselves in our daily lives and with our children. Teach them right from wrong, the value of hard work and doing a job right, and we need to lead by example. Don't let yourself take the easy route. We need to remember that our quality of life is a product of our values and work ethic. Help out your fellow citizen and pay it forward when you are lent a hand. It's not easy, but taking the easy road isn't what made this country the greatest in the history of the human race.
With so many agreeing with Mr. Eastwood's comments (including myself), it begs the question, why have things gotten this way? If everyone wants a better country, more personal responsibility, etc., then why isn't it happening? Rhetorical, I know, but I am curious.
A quote from Teddy Roosevelt I believe that has come to pass:
....ruin in its worst form is inevitable if our national life brings us nothing better than swollen fortunes for the few and the triumph in both politics and business of a sordid and selfish materialism.
Everyone, to put in simple terms , our prioritys in life should be God, Family and Country. If we get this right America will be a better nation.
I couldn't agree with Clint Eastwood more, the generations from 30 and under are the most self-centered, lazy, dishonest crybabies I have ever seen. They think the whole world revolves around them and everyone who has to work/deal with them has to put up with their "MTV Real World" like drama. And for them to have to earn something by working for it first.....God forbid!!!
Not sure how Politics got involved in this but here is my $.02 worth...... Do NOT blame the President.... HE is but ONE man!!!! IF YOU want change... then start voting out your Senators and Congressmen/women out of office!!!! They are the ones with the power and the big companies in their pockets.... why doesn't anyone see this?? It is always... President this.... President that..... Change does not start with one man.... Use your power as a people and vote out the Crusty, and Corrupt Politicians that have been in for waaayyy toooo long!!!!
Parents, for a while now, overwhelmingly, worship their children. As a result, you get spoiled brats, who rarely have to work hard for anything. Of course, this is not always the case. Also, companies/technologies have emerged that try to make life as pleasurable and convenient as possible. As a result here, people now don't have to work as hard as generations before, and we've believed the hype that it's all about ourselves. The American spirit seems to be aged at about 13 years old. There are terrible consequences to this if we don't grow up.
US believed for a long time they were the perfect nation, always arrogant and self suficient. now... they have the consequences. also everyone is so focus on kim kardashian, beyonce, and what kind of dog did the president got, that they dont even have time to look at the things that really matters. For the person that said Brady is inmature, he is not... he is just an athlete, how do you expect him to be smart, and be able to talk about things like a 79 years old person, with Clint experiences would.
I am amazed that we can't have a conversation about morals without bringing politics or the economy into the discussion. I am not a religious man, but I feel like I live a decent moral life. Most religions are pretty violent organizations and they have been that way since they were created. Most of what I see from these post are uneducated people that what me to believe in what they believe. Why do people care what I believe? Leave me alone and worry about yourselves and your family. For the record, the problems we have today were started back when Nixon took us of the gold standard and gave us the unlimited capacity to print money whenever we needed it. 50 years of bad monetary policy, politcal policy, and greed has created where we are at today. Educate yourselves people befor you post.
Clint – thank you for saying what should be said daily to the entire country.
Every commerical should be health tips, information about missing children, and ways to help your community and country.
Children should be playing outside and using their imaginations – not playing video games and being driven to nightly after school activities.
No comments should be added to blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc if they are not written in complete sentences and contain correct spelling.
Lets get back to basics. Lets get everyone back to work. Lets make the prison population grow their own food, do their own cleaning, and work to repay their victims.
I have thought Clint was losing it for years but with his comments my only wonderment now is why he isn't wearing a drool bib when he gums his food.
While I feel Clint is right, I think back to when the current baby-boomer generation received very similary views from their elders.
That baby-boomer generation was said to have revolutionized our culture.
Perhaps we should give these twits a chance.
"Changes" – David Bowie
It has been a long time coming... the spoiled kids from the 70's and 80's are now parents and their kids are even more spoiled and bratty. I mean the majority of them have no manners whatsoever! It is a ME generation! The country has also become a "scared" place, with goverment control due to terrorist attacks and threats. I suggest we all remember the fall of Rome as we get more and more selfish and materialistic :( I am glad I put my trust in God and not man!
Clint is right. I've seen the citizens of this country become like mummies. Sometimes I wonder where is our patriotism. It's like the more we progressed in this country, the more morbid we become.
Its hard not to disagree with Clint. After watching our country lose its collective conscience over the last decade is so disheartening. The media echoes, perpetuates and personify it in their 24 hour news cycle.
Stephanie Keen: I love that Clint does not mention god. The reason this country is in such poor shape is because we've allowed it to be overrun by religious zealots. We need a world that is free from the delusion of god, one that allows equal rights to all, and one that I am not afraid to raise my children in. Praise reality.
Clint is, as usual, completely correct. We teach our kids no accountability for their behavior (time out? how is that a punishment?), we reward them for mediocrity (everyone gets an award for trying), we teach them to take NO chances (some parents would wrap their kids in bubble wrap before leaving the house), etc. Instead of teaching them to be strong and competitive, we emasculate our boys and defeminize our girls. We'd better learn to get along with the rest of the world quick, because the pansies our children are becoming will have no chance against a nation with real guts.
We really are spoiled twits. And now our standard of living and its toys are being taken away, so we're all in a morbid mood.
Clint hit it right on the head! Sadly, while we're dancing, singing, and playing video games the rest of the world is engineering, building, manufacturing, and financing the world for tomorrow. We, as a country are getting fat and failing in those areas (mainly wanting everything and providing nothing). I'm in the middle (in age and economic standing) and will depend on this next generation to provide leadership....ha ha ha. And why not? The political leadership runing the Country today (Republicans & Democrats alike) push their agendas, completely divided with one another (mainly, on principle that is) with what's really best for everyone (in every single issue). Where are we going folks; you really want to know ??? Straight down the tubes, in flames!! Well, that's my two-cents (which is where my retirement funds are about now)!
Clint is the best director present day. He seems to feel everything
in the script and what the actor should feel. He's honest and out
spoken. A quality many of us are not accustom to hearing. He's
aan intelligent, loving, talented man and also a badass but he's
Clint's right about America turning morbid and juvenile. But after eight years of incompetence, lies, deceit, policy failures and an economy in the toilet (thank you, Bush and the Republicans), what can you expect?
I love Clint and agree with him to a degree, but only to a degree. If you focus on popular culture, of course you're going to see the twits. That might as well be the definition of pop culture. It's impossible to look at the Twilights, Twitters, Dancing With the Stars, Jon and Kates, Kanye Wests, and so on and NOT become concerned with the validity of what we value (if anything) as a nation, civilization, and world.
But to generalize and say this is constitutes a whole generation? Give me a break. I study and work with some of the brightest, most dedicated, most ambitious people I know–and yes, most of them use Facebook and cell phones. Because the world has progressed (and I agree it doesn't necessarily mean "progress") to a point you don't understand does not mean it is without its positives. You can either be on the train or off it, but it's on its going one way or the other. All politics aside (please!), there are the virtuous, hard-working, intelligent Americans out there, and not all of them define themselves according to the same God or ethic you do.
Respect, diligence, fortitude, empathy, and sincerity all seem to be in short supply nowadays, but I believe it's because we focus on the most accessible examples to define our reality. Unfortunately, that usually means pop culture and celebrity worship. What's being said in this discussion is not all that dissimilar than critiques against 19th century aristocratic culture, the early-20th century tycoons and robber barons, the Roaring Twenties, the interwar period, or the 1960s, just for a few examples. Every generation has its faults. To argue otherwise just makes you sound like some bitter relic whose time has passed.
Another older person complaining about the younger generation. It's a complaint as old as time. When Clint was young, his elders complained about his generation, the way Clint is complaining about the previous one.
Every generation thinks the newer generation has lost its values and its way... but we're all still here.
Juvenile says the man who is married to a woman who is 35 years younger than he is.
Tidbit: @Mike in NYC:
As to your comment: "Is this per a clause in his contract, to atone for all the black perps he blew away on screen in his Dirty Harry days..."
If you really watched the Dirty Harry films you'd know almost none of his perp targets were black. They included a white serial killer, white bad cops, white internal terrorists, etc.
And notably, his partners were African American, Latino, and female and I seem to recall one of his girlfriends as Asian; all in the '70s and ahead of his time.
Do your research dude!
Mr. Eastwood, you have good insight in these challenging days of America's leadership at home and in the world. Thank you!!
"Clint Eastwood is exactly right! He just left out one important thing;
this nation has turned it's back on GOD; our creator; that's why America is in the shape it's in."
Um, the US was created by our foreward thinking founding fathers, not by some nonexistent omniscient super-ghost that lives in the sky.
We don't need to believe in fairy tales in order to be a righteous nation; we just need to stop being so selfish, petty and self-absorbed.
Clint Eastwood for President!
Kids need to be taught to say maam and sir and know what that means in terms of respect. We have lost nearly two generations of respect. Anyway – that discussion could go on for ages as many who read this may not even understand where the comments come from.
Tom Brady – Comeback of the Year? He is pathetic. What is wrong with America Tom? Getting your beautiful girlfriend pregnant and then dumping her for the supermodel of the moment. I hope 21 years of child support and your kid figuring out how you behaved in deserving awards like this will be priceless.
Clint needs to kick your sory butt.
I am a high school teacher and I am going to buy GQ, rip out the article, read it to my students and say, " Well if Clint Eastwood says it, it MUST be true . . . . "
Mr. Eastwood is 100% correct! There are NO values in this country..In the past ten years..9/11 and Mr. Bush, that's all we needed to go down in history as absolute "twits"..The whole of the U.S.A.!
This country doesn't give a damn about it's people, and sadly i believe it never will serve it's people. We WERE a strong nation, we are now at the bottom of the ladder..Who could possibly respect us now? President Obama is, without question, our only hope!
This is not a political statement by Clint, so why are so many of you trying to make it into one. This is not about Bush or Obama, Conservative or Liberal, it's about a generation (or two) of people that lack the internal fortitude of previous generations that helped build this great country into what it is today.
It's nice that so many people think Clint is right. Gee, didn't anyone else ever think that on their own? I have. I am very disappointed and discouraged to have to feel that many Americans just don't get it. We let our own government, financial institutions, family, strangers,and such, take advantage of us so why not anyone else? Are we just so beat down that we have become complacent? It's hard to make more comments without the illusion that I'm advocating the overthrow of the government or expressing my true disgust for the lack of American pride. I'm not. But it boils down to, We the people... Everyone else works for US! If we don't like something, change it! Sometimes it takes radical actions to make radical changes. That's part of how our country was established in the first place.
Please, if all the worlds' problems could be simply fixed by talking to God. The world and its workings are more complex than that. That is very simplistic thinking. Don't wear religion on your shoulder. Thats what got the last president in trouble. Think the details through and make a educated decision for yourself.
Clint hit the nail right on the head! We have become a nation of twits! God has nothing to do with it. Ignorance is the leading cause of our demise. Having the village idiot in office for 8 years didn't help either. He was the poster boy for what we have become.
people there is no God. what a bunch of losers religion is worthless in our society. clint i think you needs to see MJ DOCTORS LMAO loser
Fall of the Roman republic due to political in-fighting, power plays, etc., read your history, and if you don't learn from it, you will get to live it yourself.
Jeeze, can't Clint express an opinion without being attacked from every angle?
Mr. Eastwood is correct. However the problem is our leadership in D.C is run by big business, where our rights no longer are in play. Eliminate the Jackass and the Elephant and the country will correct itself....they (politicians) are all worthless self serving mongers whom sell their votes to the highest bidder.(BIG BUSINESS)...Who profited from Iraq....The Bush family and large corporations......who is going to profit from health care changes? Big business and the current President "O"
This country needs honest leaders....where did they go...this country needs more then two political parties to select from.....get rid of the DC good ole boy I help you you help me.....
I named my only son born in 1995 after Clint Eastwood. He represents a strong, courageous "real man" who has good sense to tell it how it is. Everytime a movie of his comes on be it from his early years to now, I am proud to tell my son that he is named after a true legend who it the epitomy of a real man. They don't make them like you anymore Mr. Eastwood.
The simple answer to returning America to the way it was is to bring back World War Two.
Perfectly said! In fact, his comments really echo for the whole of the Western World. Looking at yesterday's men, particularly the WWII vets, you really do get a sense that they were "real" men who gave up so much, in some cases everything they had, including their lives, for our freedoms. So often today, I look around me and wonder what they fought for. Where on Earth has our identity gone? Obesity, greed, drug and alcohol abuse, political and financial corruption, a floundering criminal justice system. You go to many Eastern countries in the World, and you know very clearly what they stand for. Did we just get too civilized in the Western World? Today's comparatively "girlie men", myself included, really do not stand up to to our forefathers (and my own father) of whom I am truly proud. One way or another, we need to regain our manhood, toughen up and start to stand for something that is really worthwhile again.
CLINT RULES !!
"If we ever forget that we're One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under."... Ronald Reagan
clint please crawl back under the rock which you came from your comments arent going to fix anything in this screwed up so called america. as for the commandments there what we strive to break its the american way of life.
Clint Eastwood is being honest. Everyone is grasping for their 15 minutes of fame and fortune. We have forgotten about what it means to be an American and a good citizen. How many people do you know that are truly genuine?
The current generation needed more of our time and less of our electronic innovations. Kids are being raised on video games, television and the internet. That's why they can't grasp the reality of our current political and economic situation. Its too real for them.
God or gods or goddesses or what ever you believe or don't believe have nothing to do with this and in fact may be one of the reasons why Americans are immature. Clint is right we are under educated, close minded, scared of our own shadow and money hungry. The great generation were folks who lived with out like I am having to do now in this recession. I am dissatisfied because certain groups want the billionairs to have all the free speech, all the money, all the good benefits all the good jobs. This morbid reaction is merely America waking up after 30 years of failed economic policies and religion (as a business) and greed taking over our media and our thinking. Our morality is within us and our parents should be teaching it but we are too busy playing video games, talking on the phone, watching TV, playing with gadgets to actually ask ourselves "what do I believe in" or "what future to I see for our country"..instead we grab someone else's opinion and take it for our own. Well folks that opinion you take from Faux news or talk radio or church is SOMEBODY's simplified view....think for yourself America!
I'm sorry but isn't our country currently engaged in two wars being fought on the ground, mainly, by these same "teenage twits." Most of the junior officers leading these men are in their early to mid-twenties only a few years past being teenage twits.
When, exactly, did Clint Eastwood enlist? And what war did he serve in ? Oh, that's right. Never and no war.
Please. This Greatest Generation thing, while well-earned, is getting tired as an excuse to bash on the current generation.
World War II was 4 years long. We've currently been in Afghanistan for 9 years. And the soldiers and Marines, still, aren't complaining.
This is a cheap shot by Eastwood. More importantly it is factually wrong, belied by the facts and slightly disparaging to the troops.
If the country's in a sour mood it's, at least partially, because of crap like this.
At least join the USO or preface your comments by thanking the troops Clint. Sour grapes and embarassing from his standpoint.
I love how Brady talks about his 'quite little wedding'. Didn't 2 photogs get shot at during the reception?
Clint, may the rest of the country read your comments and get off it's pathetic, lazy butt and do the things that made us the great country we once were. Don't people realize the terrible future our children will inherit because of our soft, plastic direction?
I love Clint Eastwood, I wish we had 250 million of him, it is impossible to have too many Eastwoods. Oh and Liz if you think Obama along with Pelosi and Reid are going to turn this country around you are sadly mistaken. They are taking us in a different direction it is on the path of destruction. In reality it is not Obama and his cronies but rather our government turning in on itself , the sad part is that in our quest to have the government or rather any willing entity provide for our every need we have been too successful. The cost, our freedom of course, we have become the ring nosed Americans, led by the powerful few to do their bidding. Hope you enjoy it.
Clint is right on and calling like he sees it. All this political correctness and entitlement thinking has resulted in a generation that lives in the moment, takes what they can get and don't strive to be great achievers. They are just waiting for the government to take away more of their freedom and make decisions for them and give handouts. Without free enterprise, hard work and ingenuity, we get mediocrity. Why excel in school or go to college if the jobs aren't there when you get out? With the government spending money that must be paid back by our children and grandchildren, what's the motivation to excel. The message is clear – the more you make, the more we take. It's not just the younger generations that see our government as out of date and out of touch. They want to see term limits, eliminate their pensions (young generations no longer get them from their employers) and insist that politicians sign on to the same health plans that they will dump on Americans – whether they approve of it or not. If they are serious about reducing the debt,quit paying their salaries for life after they leave office – – or make this possible for the rest of us.
Yes – Clint is right, but there is more behind twits than just too much cell phone and twittering. They aren't seeing a lot of things to be motivated or optomistic about.
Reward families that stay together, invest in education, work hard and instill responsibility and accountability.
Kevin, what would you call the Harvard Elite cronies that Obama has on his staff they are nothing but a bunch scholars with no real life experience that are trying to conduct a large experiment on the US public. This experiment err, socialism, err communism hasn't worked anywhere else. Why would you expect it to work in a country where there are more than 100 different cultures? Cuba is a paradise, in weather only. How many inventions that help the world have come from Cuba? Vietnam? North Korea? Russia? Venezeula? Even France? Why are we the only country without Universal Health care? Because we have the best heath care system in the world? Where would rather get sick? USA or the rest of the world? More Government is not the solution it is the problem. "Don't tread on me"
And, to the Bible Thumpers posting here. REALITY CHECK!
MOST of the horrors in the world currently are caused by people who profess to be from one religion or anther!
Muslims, Jews, Catholics, doesn't matter. They ALL yak about God, then go out and KILL.
We should BAN all religion! Won't happen. But, we should. Just like we should cease all AID to every country. ESPECIALLY, Israel, the original Terrorists!
Part of the problem is that so many people view everything in the world today through the prism of partisan politics. Just look at this thread. The article really has nothing at all to do with politics and yet many of these posts here are pointing to Dems or Republicans as either the source of the problem or the solution. You people need to wake up and stop engaging in this kind of divisive and delusional thinking. George Bush is not satan. Barak Obama is not Hitler. Every issue we face today cannot be explained away through partisan politics. I find it utterly amazing that environmental conservation has become a political issue. I guess only one political party needs clear air, water, etc. You people are mindless cattle running straight for the edge of the cliff. Enjoy the plunge.
So far commenters have laid the blame for America's ills on:
Self centeredness (which has always existed)
turning our back on God (which we haven't)
our young people (whom we have raised)
the Bush administration (which was simply a continuation of policy)
political correctness (because we're always better off as racists)
and of course the hollywood crowd (who apparently made this country what it was)
It apparently has nothing to do with 40 years of gutting our manufacturing economy(making useful things that people want) through poor trade policies that have eliminated millions of jobs that are the entry way to the middle class lifestyle. Years of promoting consumerism over thrift that has left us with a nation of debtors. A half century of pouring blood and money into securing oil company profits instead of investing in alternatives. And years of hyper-partisanship that continuously puts party power over country.
Damn those self centered young hollywood type non-racist athiests that have been in power all these years.
Sorry Clint, but you can't compare the world today with what it was like during WW2. We have a whole different set of circumstances now than we did back then. People aren't as "tough" these days because quite frankly we don't need to be. "Toughness" is measured differently.
the Golden Age of America is over, so is The Silver. Welcome to the Bronze Age...
Yes, Clint is right. There is no respect for the Constitution from either our leaders or the public. We have lost the republican desire for individual liberty because we sell out to fear and refuse to take accountability for ourselves and our actions. We look to government for a solution to our problems instead of looking to ourselves. Overgrown teenagers and infants (which is what American adults seem to have become) don't want freedom. They want government to keep them as pets. You can't have freedom without civility (and the tone of political discourse in this country is increasingly rude and vulgar), and you can't have freedom unless you take responsibility for yourself.
Grow up and stop looking towards Washington for your salvation!
Good for you Clint! Keep them doggies rollin'........Rawhide!
Generalized statements like 'turn our backs on GOD' and 'remember 9/11' just amaze me.
Comments like these are made by people who stopped doing any critical thinking a long time ago. Organized religion stays in power by dictating week after week what they want people to think – and the younger they get them, the better. The right wing conservatives picked up on this and play all their voters like a harp when election time comes – don't for a second believe these folks practice what they preach – they just want the voter to think they do. And since their voters have long since stopped thinking for themselves, it's an easy task!
Remember 9/11? The people who directly caused 9/11 are still out there alive and well. The Bush administration, like the typical bullies they were/are, turned around and picked on a small third world country that HAD NO WEAPONS OF MASS DISTRUCTION. It's pitiful how many times I have seen and heard this explained to everyone and yet the non-thinkers stay faithful to those who lie and lie and lie for their own personal power goals.
We have some fine intelligent young folks in this country now. They just need to start thinking for themselves. Question everything!! Don't just take what someone in power says as true! Read as much as you can before you decide on an issue!! Stand up, ask why or why not!! Buck the bad rules and help establish the good ones. Promote peace and well-being for everyone. Never let yourself fall into the trap of thinking you are in an exclusive group that pushes out the rest of the world. Welcome everyone – the world is your neighbor. Above all – THINK THINK THINK for yourselves!!!
You Republicans love to bring up 9/11 to justify your wars.
Word up. the MAJORITY of hijackers were SAUDI ARABIAN, thats right the same guys you buy your oil from to transport your lazy fat asses around.
Bush attacks Afghanistan and Iraq.... go figure!
As for God. His one saving grace. He gave us Republicans so we all could have something to laugh at.
Clint is totally right and always has been. "A man has to know his limitations" from one of his movies. We have elected pinheads to run our government who then turn around and work for lobbyists, not us. The last two Presidents have been so stupid that I wonder how they found their way home at night before the Secret Service drove them. Bush, an IQ of 90 and is still AWOL. This new pinhead doubled the National Debt in his first few months, with zero affect on the economy and 10 months later he is STILL on a Victory Lap. He has put more hours on Air Force One that Bush did in 8 years!
I believe what Clint was saying was that what has killed this once great country is Political Correctness. ie: Just a week ago, a Muslim Terrorist killed 13 soldiers and wounded 38 and the mass of articles I see are justifying this terrorist, saying he "was under a lot of stress!" When America was great, a traitor like this would have been put up against the wall, and shot at daylight! In today's Politically Correct world, the medics saved his life by putting an IV into him and transporting him in the same ambulance that the cop who shot him was in!!! WTF happened there? IF they gave him ANY medical care at all, it should have been AFTER every other American hero soldier was treated!!
Thank you Clint. We need MORE people in the public eye to state what SHOULD be the obvious.
Stephanie said we're in trouble because we've "turned our back on God." Steph, we are constantly inundated in this supposed free society by religion. We still don't teach evolution in many of our classrooms, people are denied marriage rights, and we went to war with Islam, all because of Christian claptrap. Heck, a majority of Americans believe Jesus will be here any minute.
Quite the contrary, Stephanie, it's time for the U.S. to move into the 21st century, not further into the darkness of past superstitions.
Stephanie, you are so right. We, as a nation, have turned our backs on God. We are here because of his mighty creation. For those nonbelievers, just ask him to show you. He will demonstrate his power and love in you life like you couldn't imagine. I am so happy that I have found my way back to God. I have peace now.
Celebrities are great at complianing about 'the way things are,' but when it comes to actual action taken to make things better, they fall flat on their face. I'd like to see Eastwood do something to change what he wants to change, kind of like how Bono leads efforts to actually reduce AIDS in Africa instead of just whining about it.
Our country's obsession with the celebrity/hollywood world is an embarassement! Why do we keep supporting that world by watching these ridiculous reality shows and making stars out of people that have no talent and ignorant?!
and to Steve-o - economy was the best during Bush and Reagan??? what?? the recession started in 2007 during the Bush era!!
Liz is right....it's all Bush's fault.
Is there anyway Clint Eastwood could help mentor SOMEONE or do the job to help American return to God and our values of what they
should be? Get rid of the freeloaders & money driven....
some dude I share your setiments...God and religion have been the most harmful issue ever known to mankind. It is the primary cause of conflict around the world, past and present...
What kind of example for 'responsibility' are we creating when we are blaming the younger generation, the president, or anyone else? I'd encourage everyone to remember who raised this generation of 'teenage twits'. Ultimately each and every one of us is responsible and it is not sufficient to sit back, point fingers and complain.
If you are truly concerned about the lack of morals, become a mentor and become a role model. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. We all talk a good game about hard work but what are you, me...what are we DOING about it? This country is not lost, but it will be if the older generations don't take the time to reteach the younger generations about integrity before it is too late (read: the older, more respectable generations pass on). This won't be done by preaching to them about how easy they have it and how they have no character because of that, it will be done with one on one relationships SHOWING them what being a productive citizen is all about.
Removing God from our country is definitely at the heart of the problem. Once God is removed, then man becomes the ultimate authority for morales, ethics, right and wrong. That is why human life is so devalued, because we have been taught we are souless animals evolved from micro organisms. That makes it easier to justify our own actions – such as abortion, euthenasia, etc. Having God as the ultimate authority brings back the things we are missing – common courtesy, respect, work ethics, volunteerism and more. But we, as a society, want to be the ultimate authority on these things. We prefer not to have to answer to God.
Clint is right. No sense of honor or decency anymore because no has been asked to sacrifice for anything bigger than themselves.
The greatest generation led into the worst generation. Who woulda thunk it.
We so desperately need a billion more of these "badasses" like Clint Eastwood out there speaking their minds on these PANZY–MEN (and I'm talking to straight, married men too) out there. It's ridiculous, there is no more masculinity left in society except what people term redneck, truck-drivin hillbillies. We need decent men, willing to stand up and show these upcoming, feminised young boys of today that our country is gonna get SLAMMED (and already is) because we care more about I-pods and Flat-screens and Leisure than the fact that the rest of the world is quickly losing all respect for us as a powerful force. Sorry to those out there who cringe at the thought of God but, get it into your thick skulls, without God, the Commandments, without virtue, respect and national pride, we have turned on ourselves, and yes, He is turning on us as well (why shouldn't He)? Now, everything is wishy washy, all-inclusive, politically correct and there's no black or white, just shades of gray. Good, Christian morality is looked on now as an enemy and look where it's heading. Without a bible-based belief system in place, which is what this country was built on, we ARE DOOMED. Better read your Bible people. It's all happening exactly how it said, because we've turned our backs on the very One who made us.
The problem is statism. Both parties are willing to give up federalism to force everyone to live under a strong central government. It won't work. I know I don't want to live under Obama rule, and others don't want to live under Conservative government that I want. So let states be the difference and let the federal government get back to providing liberty and protection, instead of welfare.
Clint is exactly right. What America needs to do is go back to the wonderful "Leave it to Beaver" days, when the American flag flew proudly, kids played baseball in the street, and the President of the United States was white. GOD Bless America, but America is slowly descending into a poor, snot-nosed, minorty-run slum of a country.
Children, please!!! All Clint said is we're acting like children. So stop bickering like children. Just for this one thread. Please stop bickering! We're all Americans here. With a boatload of problems. Can't we just shut up and work together to try to find some solutions? The greatest generation was a generation where America came together to do some great things. Not a bunch of fractured fraturnities vying for popularity. Come on people!
WE LOST FAITH, FAMILY VALUES, AND WE ENGAGE INTO TOO MUCH OF FREE WILL, WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT THE NEXT PERSON OR KIDS. ALONG AS IT MAKES MONEY IT'S EXCEPTABLE....THAT'S THE ATTITUDE FOR ALOT OF AMERICANS OVER THE YEARS. OH BY THE WAY TOO MUCH TV!!
The problem is too much religion, not enough understanding.
Clint Eastwood is an awesome actor and director but I believe his desire to blame our problems on generations of people other than his generation is not just wrong but very self-serving and smug. There is nothing wrong with believing we have problems but there is something very wrong with blaming everyone except himself and his generation.
America has become the land of the lazy and whiney "entitlement addicts". The percentage of American's that do not pay ANY Federal taxes at all is increasing. And these non-taxpayers are the people that are voting for the folks providing Government entitlements that are being paid for by those that DO pay Federal taxes.
Once the non-taxpayers exceed 50% of the American population (won't be long now), and the non-taxpayer majority continues to vote for Democrats implementing socialist entitlement programs, our country will be doomed to a transformation from a Democratic Republic to permanent Socialism. You can then kiss the America you used to know – the most robust financial and military power on earth – goodbye.
Solution: stop supporting politicians that pander to people that want government handouts.
GET IT NOW?
Good luck with all of that.
KUDOs to Mr. Eastwood, he is right. This country is going to hell and the political system is not working when they keep taking money from corporations. There are no jobs here compared to what it was and when we buy from China, it makes them stronger and makes us weaker. I am glad Bush is gone, he caused a lot of our troubles, but I don't know if we can ever recover from the damage he did. Obama is going the right direction but there is a long ways to go...
Yes – Stephanie – it is all because we turned our back on GOD..he is so wonderful and devine and will make everything better as soon as we poney up more $ at our local churches... grow up...
Slim: point well made. I think we are supposed to evolve but I would like to evolve with courtesy and respect for all.
Clint is not directing attention to anything less than the most important of issues. Way to go! Straight-talking, matter-of-fact men...step up!
Stephanie Keen November 18th, 2009 9:39 am ET
Clint Eastwood is exactly right! He just left out one important thing;
this nation has turned it's back on GOD; our creator; that's why America is in the shape it's in.
Umm, yeah.. you mean, we should all be more like Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean, and the "FOX Bunch"?? Yeah, I'm pretty sure that's NOT the problem. More like, part of the problem.
I agree with the one reader that stated that Hollywood is to blame. At least in part. As is the music and television industry. More importantly, we are to blame for allowing such extremes to be broadcast on the airwaves.
But keep in mind... the kids are twits because their parents are twits, too. Hmmmm? Twitters? It was a convenient fit. I apologize.
Eastwood and Stephanie Keen are both right on the money. As for Darlene who wants to blame Hollywood for our country's moral compass, who's fault do you think it is that kids see those movies before they're ready to? That's right...parents. Take all the blame you are dying to lay on Hollywood's doorstep and give it to the parents of this generation (the parents that deserve it). I'm guessing Darlene is one of them...there's the immaturity.
Stephanie Keen, it has nothing to do with God. For Christ sake!!! That is kind of an immature speach as well, and quite intolerant towards people who do not believe in GOD. Many great men and women were not believers. Personnally I am, but I can stand someone who says America is in bad shape because God is not the "leader" anymore whereas our values mention freedom of speech and thinking. Plus, most "believers", "God freaks" voted for Bush (the one who said he represented God's choice) and look where we are now, in the America you do not seem to enjoy...
our government and our society is to blame for all this mess. there is no god. its all propaganda , we all live in a make believe world, it is only going to get worse there is no hope for this screwed up country. so live with it,
Clint East is absolutely RIGHT! Our Country needs a HUGE wake-up call. We have Obama in the White House (a man with no experience, who preaches th word 'change' like its going out of style YET does nothing that would actually institute positive "change", blames everything on everyone else and apologizes for Americans being... Americans). Nobody creates a film with any depth... don't get me wrong I love 'Twilight' and other great fiction movies... but what about movies on 'actual events'... a move, based on facts, that will 'move you'? And where on earth have everyone's priorities gone? All I hear about is Brittney's failed diet or Kendra's pregnancy, or the Gosslings flippen divorce... do you really think we care? Give me REAL news, REAL information... something that is going to interest someone who DOESN'T live through the lives of others. Clint Eastwood is an amazing Actor... more integrity in his big toe then most have in their entire body. The ONLY Actor of our time that even comes close is Will Smith... if you haven't seen 7 Pounds- see it and you'll know exactly why I said that.
darlene get a clue
this mess is due to the mismanagement of bushco and company for 8 long years
you all werent yelling about spending billions a month in Iraq but dare spend some on hepling Americans and you all up in arms over the cost
you people are so easy to see through its not even funny
I'm just glad we didn't have our current lack of leadership back in WWII.
They didn't give awards for people who talked a good talk back then, you had to actually do something for it to matter.
Men/women of action have built this great nation... armchair quarterbacks are nothing more than a small blip on screen of history.
At least he's black... he'll be remembered for something good.
Too funny, Clint Eastwood trying to be the voice of morality? This is the same guy that drops kids with girlfriends for the past 30 years and he has the nerve to say the rest of us are teenage twits?
He acts about as irresponsible as any kid I have ever known. How many illegitimate kids the guy has? Knocking up and paying off, a real American hero there.
He just proves, he who has the money, thinks he is always right and the rest need to be preached too. What an hypocritical butthole.
And by the way... the same "techies" with "lack of morals" that Clint talks down on are the same people programming Patriot missiles so that US soldiers don't have to fight on the front lines.
Clint is right. The reason for this trend is that baby-boomers, themselves never very mature, were over-bearing as parents, never actually allowing their children to grow up. Thus, in the '90's college "kids," formerly known as men and women in their twenties, were breaking all kinds of laws on campus and getting away with it because, well, they were just kids. So an entire generation then grew up believing that adult-hood was either optional, or didn't begin in earnest until you were well past thirty.
@Darlene's November 18th, 2009 11:45 am ET comment:
Bullcrap... you can thank parents that don't want to play an active part in their children's lives & development.
Quit passing the buck. That's why we're where we are.
There is no concept of self-sacrifice in this nation. Our grandparents gave up their lives and their livelihoods, the perks and privileges, during troubled times like WWII.
Today, we're spending millions if not billions on entertainment, video games, music, technology, vehicles – things we don't really need – while this country continues to spiral downward.
Salvation comes from within, and Americans must learn to sacrifice excess in order for this country to survive.
Clint... you play bad in movies but i guarantee that your lifestyle is more plush and "teenage twit" like then the "teenage twits" that you speak on in such a condescending tone.
Because we'd rather progress technologically instead of glorifying war... does that make us immature or unintelligent... NO! The more "hard ass" you are correlates to the more barbaric you are... and human kind as a whole is supposed to evolve... not stay stagnant. If that was the case, well then... we'd still be cave men.
It's comical when people make comments like Darlene's and the one about "Turning our backs on GOD!"...
This country has been headed in this direction for decades. Not just the last year. Wake up and smell what you are shoveling. The current situation is not due to 9 months of Obama's management. It's due to 30+ years of not thinking about the future. Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 all contributed to the problem. So don't blame Obama, or "turning our back on GOD!" for this. It's the course we were put on by not just one but the last several administrations. The Religious Right is a convenient weapon when it suits any of the parties. The real problem is that no one in DC wants to do what is right for their constituents, just what is right for their pocketbooks. Quit blaming Hollywood, or a lack of Christianity (Since, let's be honest, that's the GOD you are all talking about!). This is about greed and the lust for power. On all parts. By both parties. Quit looking for someone to blame, and let's start changing things by voting for the people who will make a difference.
I understand what he is saying but, I disagree. I think the crisis has been with America's leadership, (IE. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld) and not with the American People, who have been suffering the worst economic conditions since the great depression, fighting 2 wars for the last 8 years and have shown amazing fortitude. Still love ya, Clint.
Eastwood is so right. How pathetic - especially compared to the "Greatest Generation" of WWII and The Depression - modern day America looks.
We live in a society where millions of Americans think "hardship" is an IPOD with only a 2,000 song capacity and where an "affront to our liberty" is having Facebook limiting what nonsense you could put on their webpage.
I mean half the country would probably start full scale looting and rioting if the internet was down for a week.
Mr. Eastwood is right.
What this country needs is more personal responsibility. The political correctness of this nation has gone overboard allowing all problems to be sloughed off on "the system". Get over it... sometimes you ARE to blame.
I also completely disagree with Stephanie Keen's comment above. More religion is a move in the opposite direction from personal responsibility. Religion perpetuates the idea that some unfathomable power(s) is/are responsible for what happens in our lives rather than the truth: humanity is responsible for its own woes & wows.
Mr. Eastwood is right on with his observation. In many ways we are still living in the aftershock of 8 years of Bush/Cheney fiascos which did more to destabilize America than any other single presidency in history. Couldn't imagine if we gave them 9 years?
The adults are still in America, Clint. They just have zero interest in "popular" culture. You won't see any of them on Oprah or Dr Phil, because they handle their own problems, and they are too busy earning a living to pose for pictures.
I am of the WW11 generation and I am appalled at the drastic changes being made in this country. I no longer recognize stability, morals, personal responsibility, My generation worked hard during WW11 to win an impossible war–and then struggled to bring this country back into prosperity.I don't see how that could happen today with all of the druggies, me first's, lack of morals. I fear for my country–going down the road to socialism. The government taking over all aspect of our lives is NOT THE WAY TO GO.
Eastwood is justifiably frustrated with society. I believe there are thousands of people that are likewise aggravated – but the number of those holding a reverence for respect is not great enough to overcome the collective problem. Further, even those of us that would join Eastwood and raise our fists shouting for common courtesy and respect likely turn around just a few moments later and inadvertently put ourselves first simply ignoring or dismissing our fellow man's rights. But I differ with many of you here. This is a collective problem not isolated to the "kids of today." It is top to bottom and bottom to top; it is perhaps rooted in self-entitlement, but the self-entitlement was not fabricated by the "kids." It was made by all of us. I cannot imagine an answer that does not involve a cataclysmic shift in the way we treat each other. Finally, Hollywood gives us what we want. So, I find it laughable to blame Hollywood for anything when in a way – we are all Hollywood.
in response to Liz – did you forget 9/11 ????
God really has nothing to do with it. Im 16 and i believe Clint Eastwood is absolutly right. We are the next generation in line to inherite the world and take care of it yet 3/4 of us cant even take care of ourselves. I believe as a generation we are hopelessly doomed unless people like Mr. Eastwood should tell my generation how it is. The truth hurts and my generation is used to that, most of them are a bunch of panzys who will run away at the first sign of responsibility.
Clint....welcome to the Democrat party! Grab yourself a fattie and party all night long!!!! Liz....you have it backwards sweetheart....that fake in the White House is idolized by everyone Clint is talking about – and YOU'RE one of them! You're part of the problem – not the solution. Stephanie....EXACTLY!....and pray God shows mercy on this country when the effects of this presidency hit a brick wall. Thanks for pointing out THE most important person and the most important issue that's wrong with this country today. Nail on the head girl....
Well, too bad no one will pay much attention to that sound bite. The attention span of these kids nowadays is no more than a gnat anyway. When the bad guys of this century come calling, where's their heroes going to come from, these teen aged twits? Hollywood? Lawyers, entertainers, and the clergy will all have been killed first. Thank God for the 2nd amendment and all of us Vets. That's who's gonna save America when the Wolf comes to call.
As an educator, I could not agree more with Mr. Eastwood. Our Country has an overwhelming number of young people who are lazy and violent. they expect everything to be given to them without working for it.
Mike and Darlene:
And your positive input for change is – what?
Be part of the solution, not a sit-on-your-butt whiner!
Well, finally someone of influance sees the samethings the rest of us have seen for years.Now lets do something about it.Who is Tom Brady and why should we care who he is married too?
I think Clint has a point. Too many different belief systems fighting with eachother over whose point of view is the right one, instead of working together to find common ground.
With all due respect to Mr. Eastwood ., Nothing has changed in Our country regarding all of US when WE were teenagers .AND as for pseudo patriotism ..., We still have greedy politicians that start wars , And then innocent soldiers to die for the politicians . Mr. Eastwood lives in Utopia to believe that there was something " Noble " about ANY war .
I agree with Clint. I'm sure it's 10 times worse in LaLa land but I see it where I'm at to. And we're so concerned now about being politically correct, that we let the inmates run the assylum because we don't want to offend anyone. We need some common sense back.
Perhaps it not the youth of today that is the problem, its the adults that surround them.....just saying....
Right on Liz! You hit the nail on the head!!!
Clint is right. I honestly think my generation (I'm 42) and the ones after never really had to deal with a crisis.
Sure, 9/11 was bad, but it lasted one day. WW2 raged for four to six years (depending on where you lived). And the Great Depression dragged on for 12 long years.
The morbidity is exactly what we deserve.
Reality TV, Celebrity Worship and fascination with fame coupled with the instant gratification culture of cell phones and the internet have come upon us in the past 10 years and people are more and more disconnected than ever. The music sucks now. Most of the movies suck now. Glamour and Flash have replaced substance and we are slowly becoming the drooling dolts that Europeans have tagged us for. The insane popularity and media fascination with Sarah Palin is a perfect example. I just don't get it.
That's right, blame Hollywood for our problems. They have nothing to do with 8 years of imcompetence, arrogance, cronyism, cluelessness etc. from the Bush administration. People like you who voted twice for the worst president ever are the ones who are responsible for our mess.
I agree with Mr, Eastwood. I don't agree that it's the "hollywood crowd" as "darlene" states as the root of our problems. Hollywood doesn't run this country. Each generation has had it easier than the one before. But it's gotten out of control, now. Too many of us think we're owed something. "Little Johnny" is no longer responsible for his actions. We've lost our manners. It's sad to see what we've become, as a society, in recent years.
Thank God someone is saying it the way it is. It worries me that many of the children of the baby boomers are being taken care of by their parents even when they are in their 30's and 40's. I see it in my job where the parents call to see if their children paid their bills, etc. It is a little unnerving that the future is in their hands when the tough guys are gone.
Mr. Eastwood I have a story for you for a movie. I just hope I can finish it before you aren't working anymore! You are the greatest actor, director there ever was.
Where is the common sense and decency anymore?
You are the twit
I agree with Clint. I don't know about the comment saying that the reason we're a troubled nation is because we turned our backs on "God". We're a troubled nation because people judge each other too quickly–often using religion as a justification.
Clint is correct and mimics my own feelings. My father was in WWII, my mother in the Army Nurse corp. and myself in the USAF.
Currently, there are many non-us citizens who have jobs while veterans who have defended this country get limited assistance and are not hired. What's worse is that companies are increasingly closed to communication with the very people who would like to work for them.
Corporations have gotten too large, wealthy and powerful and it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the average person to have the monetary and legal power to take them on for unfair and unethical hiring practices.
Most of us will just be run over by whatever policies and plans they come up with. I see a bleak future of a nation where the top 1% have it all and the rest of us having nothing.
Learning starts in the home, Darlene.
Clint is and always has been a complete bad ass.
Stephanie Keen has it completely backwards. God and religion have been the most harmful issue ever known to mankind. Take away your god and insert common sense and reality and we'll be much better off.
Stephanie Keen – God is YOUR creator, not mine.
Clint is talking about twits like Darlene.
I love how on the left of my CNN page, we have Clint yelling, "Grow up already" and then to the right, as if to mock the very words he is saying, there are tag lines reading, "Brad and Angelina Bring the Bling" and "Nicole Kidman loves her new Boobs" Et Tu, CNN?
Liz, "unnecessary war?" – Do you remember 9/11?!?!
Ana, Read the article before badmouthing Tom. He's getting "Comeback of the Year" – what do you expect him to talk about?
We need to be engaged in something bigger than ourselves, that is true. Many of us are so comfortable we never really have to grow up. But based on what I know of my parents' lives during the Depression and WWII we don't truly want our kids to lead lives of poverty, hardship and war.
Most Americans are at work and live the American dream. We hope the rest of us can catch up financially. Don't worry about the National Dept. We saw a quick shift from financial debt to in the Black through the Bill Clinton administration. We have a Democratic Party that has defeated the worlds worst depression thanks in full to mainland China for there loan and because the Democrats with a few Republicians passed the stimulous package. In time we will be back in the Black with less than 5 percent employment after our stock market jumps up 33%. Europe and Asia will bounce up like us and we all could be floating pretty in 6 months. Nay sayers beware. Get your head out of your @?? and breathe the fresh air of a new beginning.
Stephanie Keen, this nation never had God. It began by killing millions of native americans then enslaving millions of Africans then taking advantage of cheap european labor and now abusing latino immigrants. This nation has never respected the laws of God! I do believe that adolescence lasts a lot longer than it used to.
All our problems are because we have turned our backs on God?!?! You are nuts lady!!!
I agree with Mr. Eastwood–we have become spoiled twits. I think the greatness of America, like all great empires, is now beginning its eventual decline. Americans have been distracted into accumulating more toys (and getting into debt) while our government aligns itself more with interests of corporations–just look at the corporate welfare they have given out while multitudes of ordinary people lose their homes and jobs! They are ignoring the distress of the poor and working middle-class in this country and those that are oppressed in the rest of the world. Where are our leaders? They are standing up for $pecial interests and corporations and not the American people. They are sending people to fight in wars for $pecial interests. If they were really concerned about the People, they would put through health reform rather than be influenced by insurance companies and their bottom lines. They would stop corporations from downsizing to outsource our jobs. They would also do right by future generations and the world community by implementing real changes (instead of holding meetings) to save the environmental instead of what greedy oil companies want.
Thanks Clint!!! Finally "someone" noteable is stating outloud what many of us have thought for years! It's way past time for America to wake up and smell the roses before what was once a great nation is lost!
God has nothing to due with selfishness and immaturity (or anything else, for that matter!) Get out from behind your computers and love your neighbor, God Damn it!!!
Darlene... are you that warped to think the Hollywood crowd is the reason the world is the way it is today? Wow, put on those rose colored glasses you wear... I don't know WHAT you are seeing, but Hollywood is NOT the problem; far from it.
And Clint Eastwood is right on target. What the world needs is discipline and a strong Justice system that doesn't slap people on teh wrist. Taht's a grea tplace to start!
Omg Liz....Why does everyone need to bring politics into everything. How people have lost personal accountability, responsibility, and are beyond selfish is not the fault of a single president that made mistakes. Are you mistake free? Perfect? Didn't think so. History has had many mistakes and many have turned out just fine. The factors that include the ignorant and clueless of this time is not the fault of a political figure. There are many other more dominating factors involved and it's people like you that have made it this way with your blaming and lack of accountability.
R E S P E C T..........There is no respect for anything or any body. It's not shown by our government, big business, families, children, etc.. What I see is nothing but selfishness and out right greed. It seems like this system doesn't care about the most important thing we have in this country....Our Children! Look at what's happening to education in this society, and we wonder why the Asians are surpassing us in technology and science. W A K E U P America!
CLINT EASTWOOD FOR PRESIDENT!!
You "Make my Day"
Well Joel, the problem with your and Mr. Eastwood's comments are that everyone has to take responsibility. If you're 41 then its partially your fault for not instilling your values on our youth and raising a generation that strives to achieve success.
If "something has happened" between when you were 18 and 41 then maybe you should have manned up and done something about it?
Sorry but the economy was the best during both Bush and Reagan years. There were jobs, money was made and spent.
Well, Mr. Eastwood – you can thank your Hollywood "crowd" for what's going on in this country.
I couldn't agree with Clint more.
This is the second racially correct film Clint has cranked out in as many years. Is this per a clause in his contract, to atone for all the black perps he blew away on screen in his Dirty Harry days, or has he just gotten soft in the head in his declining years?
"The world needs this kind of story nowadays."
That line is right out of central casting. Like we haven't heard this particular story ten thousand and one times.
Well, what do you expect, Clint? In 2000, we 'voted' out peace and prosperity in favor of the village idiot and 8 years of mismanagement and illegal, unnecessary war. we've basically screwed the pooch the past decade. Give Obama and the Democrats a chance to get things turned around and put this country back on the right path again and folks will start to feel a whole lot better.
Clint ...errr, I mean Mr. Eastwood is the MAN!!!
He is so correct in saying "we have a bunch of teen aged twits".
I am part of that whole Gen. X thing and I must say that I feel like something has happened to this great land of ours from the time I was 18 until now (I'm 41).
Today's kids have it way too easy and it concerns me for them.
We need more folks like Mr. Eastwood to speak up and tell it like it is.
Maybe if we all got on board -kids of today would get up and become motivated instead of thinking their life is owed to them.
Bravo Mr. Eastwood!!!
Clint Eastwood is exactly right! He just left out one important thing;
this nation has turned it's back on GOD; our creator; that's why America is in the shape it's in.
Clint is right.
In the next paragraph Tom Brady talks about himself, himself and his wife, and his wife.
That is immature!
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