Robert Redford Talks Government Shutdown

By: WebProNews - October 16, 2013

What do you call a person who uses belligerent language and demagogy to demonize and stigmatize the opposition while contributing zero ideas to solve the tsunami of American debt?

What do you call a person who lectures the 99% to cough up more of their hard earned money to finance the parasites in Washington DC, while sitting on a cool $170 million?

You call this person Robert Redford. Just when you thought the actor could not say something more inflammatory, Redford doubled down on his own venomous tirades on CNN today on the causes and consequences of government shutdown:

According to Redford, bigotry and politics of personal attacks against President Barack Obama have paralyzed the U.S. government, not the determination to protect future generations from dollar crisis and hyperinflation.

So when a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to stop the White House campaign to bleed and bankrupt America by inaugurating new wars to support Sunni Islamists in Syria, Turkey and Yemen, it is nothing but tea-party bigotry. When a bipartisan group of tea-party and progressive lawmakers want to Audit the Pentagon, Audit the Federal Reserve, despite intense hostility against transparency by White House, that is all bigotry and hate.

According to Redford, women and young people will solve all the problems in Washington, if they are given the reins. “Give them the reins…I think they can do better than we have,” said Redford. Of course, the hypocritical actor did not offer to give the reins of all the $170 million he is hoarding, to poor people, struggling women and needy children.

This is exactly why many who oppose the size and power of Federal Government are so disgusted at holier than thou celebrities who masquerade as moral judges over the 99% masses, while hoarding all their wealth in off-shore accounts to avoid paying taxes they vociferously support.

Redford pontificated further on the events surrounding the ongoing tussle in Washington over government shutdown:

“It’s so divided now with the people that are so narrow and so limited that they would take us back into the past…And I was trying to figure out, why are these people behaving so stupidly? Why are they behaving so horribly that it’s crippling our whole country? …And I think it has to do with fear. I think it’s a group of people that are so afraid of change, and they’re so narrow-minded that some people — when they see change coming — get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized, and then they get vicious. I think that’s who these people are. They’re so afraid of change that they’re behaving miserably.

Obama is “a compassionate man who can’t function. It is so decrepit, it is so paralyzed, and the worst of it is it is paralyzed by intention…There is a body of congressional people that wants to paralyze the system. I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there’s probably some racism involved, which is really awful…because their determination was to destroy this person…They wanted, if it meant destroying the government, anything to keep him from succeeding…I think just the idea of giving credit to this President, giving him credit for anything, is abhorrent to them, so they’ll go against it. Never mind that it’s the better good of the people, never mind that they’re supposed to be in office representing the interest of the public. They’re representing their own self-interests, which is very narrow and in some cases bigoted.”

To polish his image further, Redford ranted again,

“Susan Collins, who is a Republican (Senator from Maine), is saying: ‘Enough of this. This is not the job I signed up for. I’ve got to do something,’ …So she’s bringing a bipartisan group together of women. I think the future should belong more to women and young people….a lot of men that were in control were behaving stupidly…I mean, sometimes you say: ‘Can we actually be this dumbed down, or am I actually hearing what I’m hearing from some of these people? Are they really, is that really happening?’ It’s sad.”

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  • jay

    who the hell is andy may?

  • http://webpronews Keith Oberg

    Finally someone in media providing a balanced attack to the liberal meida. Thanks Andy May.

  • Tina

    Mr. Redford has a resume of achievement that is astounding and contributory to American cinema and culture. His Sundance Institute has been and continues to be a force in Independent film and gives those that haven’t a chance in the field to explore their imaginations and talents. He does offer scholarships to those of need and has established many foundations and grants to schools, workshops, academies and individuals to have the opportunity to learn, explore and realize their goals in cinema. Cornering Robert Redford for hypocrisy is not the right disposition to take either.

    You have an argument about the wars and operations of the US and the costs of those efforts has been staggering in money and peoples. Please take a harder look at your perspective and try to encompass a higher ground on these matters.

    I will always admire Robert Redford for the man he is and continues to be. He is a true American and one of the greatest supporters of the art of film.

    • Roxanne


  • Keith Pinster

    Wow, Andy, talk about misdirection and cognitive dissidence. The quotes that you point out that RR said have nothing at all to do with your ranting. You go on and on about expecting RR to give up his hard earned money, but nothing in the quotes you pulled have anything to do with who should pay more taxes. Not only that, but it is the liberals that expect the filthy rich to actually buck up to the bar and pay their fair share. It’s the Republicans that fight tooth and nail against tax reform and equality in taxation.

    It’s pretty obvious that the Religious selfRIGHTeous is doing exactly what RR is saying: they would prefer the entire country implode rather than to have a black man actually succeed, let alone a Democrat. These people have actually said as much out loud! They are so desperate to strip civil rights way from the people that they disapprove of and their hatred runs so deep for those that expect equality that they just can’t stand it. Republicans love to talk about “lesser government” and then turn around and demand state constitutions change to include civil restrictions on people for no reason at all (except, of course, to reflect their own personal prejudices). They also strive to force their delusional superstitions into our public school system, knowing that they have to prevent our children from learning critical thinking or they will lose their hold on the superstitious masses.

    The Tea Baggers are destroying this country. A lot of southerners say “I believe the south is going to raise again”, but unfortunately they are raising now. That’s what this is all about; the south raising to destroy the union. If you look at almost any statistic of success of civilization, the south is failing miserably. The highest rate of teen pregnancy, the worst educational scores (in ALL grades), the worst health care, the most STDs in colleges, the highest rate of illness and death due to delusional superstitious people thinking that prayer and faith healing works, the highest poverty levels, all centered right through the bible belt. But these people are who are taking over our government. The only saving value that the Republican party contributes to our freedom is their fight against gun control, but I almost suspect that the only reason that many of them are against it is that the liberals are for it. Other than that, they are tearing this country apart and the masses seem to be completely oblivious, despite what people like you like to call the “liberal media”. All in all, it’s sadly pathetic. People need to wake up and stop the lunacy and get responsible people into our congress and not these crazy extremest.

  • Roxanne

    Stick with what you know well what you dont know either because you can’t act either Redford but butt out of politics. I hate Obama because he is an ass not because he is black.