The film, Invictus? Its title means Unconquered.
Its message today? Particularly today!
Of course, Clint Eastwood, as the director and major producer of Invictus is self-evidently the driving force behind both that film’s success and its exceptional excellence as well. Rising to stardom out of Italy, this quintessentially American Super-Star has risen out of his massive popularity and into becoming one of the most powerful and distinctive creators of film in the entire history of movie-making.
As an admiring, former employee of his, I have a certain bias. (Note: Mr. Moriarty co-starred with Eastwood in The Pale Rider.)
That bias, however, has informed me of why and how this particular film of his, Invictus, sums up most of his own personal ethics and standards for living.
In addition to having produced and directed Invictus, Clint Eastwood is publically supporting Donald Trump for the Presidency of the United States.
What brings all three of these names – Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump and Clint Eastwood – together?
The meaning of Invictus.
Not that all three of these men were never defeated!
Mandela spent 18 years in jail.
Trump went bankrupt four times. And Clint Eastwood lost at the Academy Awards more often than the world might know.
When it comes to Rugby, Nelson Mandela was very American in his desire to win. More pugnacious than that untiring desire to win was Mandela’s refusal to accept defeat.
The Prize, whatever that meant to each of these men, was always there before them.
Though on a much larger scale for these men than for most men, The Prize meant and still means Individual Freedom!
For them and, and in their eyes, for all others.
Few in their lives achieve the power and/or influence of Nelson Mandela, Donald Trump and Clint Eastwood.
Watching the Democrat Party’s National Convention… for as long as I could bear it… I see a woman I don’t particularly like, Hillary Clinton, trying to compete with The Big Boys.
Her life is so filled with an inevitable mediocrity, all due to her profound slipperiness. Her compulsion to appear like a great leader rather than simply being such an extraordinary human being. She reminds me, in a most revealing way, of George H. W. Bush.
Huge ambitions, coupled with a chronic inability to be a true leader, get both of them and their country of America into increasingly lethal situations.
And such embarrassments only get worse as they get older.
Her E-Mail Scandal and H. W. Bush’s dreams of a treasonously conceived New World Order Sell-Out of America to the United Nations? Both enterprises seem way beyond their own ability to comprehend right from wrong.
Like adolescents who believe that they are “Spay-shall”?!
Or as the National Review described Hillary’s basic attitude toward Life: “Consequences Are For Schmucks”
Here’s a most startling view of both Hillary and basically the entire Bush Family.
First Ladies With Hillary Dressed For A Coronation
Hillary’s eternal daydreams
From the above mentioned article about The Bushes and Hillary:
“If (George H. W. Bush) he can
get past naked partisanship,
it should be easy
to endorse Hillary Clinton—
the only nominee
in at least a century
and preparation for the presidency
when he was a candidate.”
As surprising as such a statement might be, it is really no great leap for writers at the New Republic.
I increasingly grew up in surroundings dominated by mind-sets at the New Republic.
What experience liberated me from the Eastern Seaboard Hierarchies?!
What I didn’t know at the time of that meeting was what the article I cite tells me, yea, 15 years after the event.
The above cited declaration of true guilt
for the massacre in Waco, Texas,
until February 14th, 2008.
Waco happened in the Spring of 1993 and my first and, God willing, my only meeting with Attorney General Janet Reno occurred in that Fall of 1993.
A bit insensitive perhaps? Or cold-bloodedly ruthless?!
And that was motivated by concerns for her husband’s Presidency.
With her own, seemingly inexhaustible ambition?!
“Since I’m headed
for the White House,
does it make?!”
She’s always wanted to put “The Big Boys” on their knees before her.
Her final chance is coming up.
Vengeance is not hers.
It is God’s.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.