I saw the headline, “Joe Biden Gets My Vote in 2020.” And the byline, “Robert Redford.” How could I resist? But save yourself the trouble. It’s not worth the couple of minutes it takes to read. It starts off with Redford hearkening back to when he was just a wee lad listening to FDR during WWII. He heard a voice that combined strength with compassion and a call to unity. Then he fast forwards to now and disparages President Trump for being divisive. And then he ends up with an encomium of the FDR-like Joe Biden. It’s quite a tour de force of nonsense. FDR’s ability to bring everyone together must have been a real comfort to the Japanese that he interned. And did FDR ever have J Edgar Hoover planting false evidence against his cabinet officers? I doubt it. And the idea of Joe Biden projecting a patrician dignity under any circumstances is not even a joke. It’s more like a reversal of reality. The idea that the hair-sniffing, shoulder-rubbing conqueror of Corn Pop could be anything other than a delusional sociopath is ludicrous.
It’s clear that Redford is just writing whatever sounds good in his own head regardless of the absurd divergence from reality. A couple of sentences will highlight this departure from the real world, “You can see it in the peaceful protests of the past several weeks — Americans of all races and classes coming together to fight against racism. You can see it in the ways that communities are pulling together in the face of this pandemic, even if the White House has left them to fend for themselves.”
Peaceful protests? That might surprise those in the graveyard after the riots put them there. And the pandemic has certainly given some blue state governors the chance to show how little they care for their constituencies. Favoring rioters over churchgoers in terms of social distancing rules is just one example of how division is what the Left sows.
Robert Redford stars in two or three movies I really enjoy. But true to form, he is a dishonest Hollywood nitwit. If he were on my side, I would start to doubt myself. But it is a good reminder to read what he has to say about important issues of the day. Someone who can call the two weeks of rioting “peaceful protests” reveals all you need to know about the delusional nature of his thinking. And this is right in line with what you’ll hear from the rest of the entertainment industry. Actors and artists can paint pretty pictures out of thin air and try to convince the feeble-minded that it’s reality they’re providing. And being delusional maybe they actually believe it themselves. That’s harder to know.
But one thing I’ll guarantee, for all his talk about peaceful protests, if the mob ever came down his street and headed for his door, Mr. Redford would sell his soul and even his Oscars for a platoon of policemen with automatic weapons. And if that meant he had to call Donald Trump on the phone and grovel through an apology for all the foul things he’s said about him, Redford would do it in a heartbeat. After all what’s the good of being an actor if you can’t give the performance that’s needed?