At Huffington Post, Robert Redford starts off strong and then whimpers to an end. Here's the strong start:
One reason I supported President Obama is because he said we must protect clean air, water and lands. But what good is it to say the right thing unless you act on it?
Since early August, three administration decisions -- on Arctic drilling, the Keystone XL pipeline and the ozone that causes smog -- have all favored dirty industry over public health and a clean environment. Like so many others, I'm beginning to wonder just where the man stands.
For months, the Environmental Protection Agency has been poised to issue new ozone rules to reduce the smog that causes asthma attacks and other respiratory ills. We badly need these new standards, which the EPA estimates could prevent 12,000 premature deaths a year.Where he stands? With the corporations.
Good God, Redford, you made a film called The Electric Horseman. Did you never watch it?
Barack isn't Sonny (Redford's character) he's the soul-less execs trying to sell Morning Star Cereal and worse.
No one's done more to demonstrate hypocrisy with their body of work than Redford.
Whether it's that film, Quiz Show, Inside Daisy Clover, Brubaker, hell, even Ordinary People. (And a lot of films I didn't name.)
While Newman was off playing the antihero, Redford was making these films about good people (like his character in 3 Days of the Condor) attacked by a hypocrite-ridden system. He's played the characters who believe in the dream and then have to face reality.
So my point here is, Redford, it's the last 30 minutes of the film. It's not the time to play fresh faced and innocent. It's time to bring in that last reel wisdom your films specialize in.
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