Robert Redford, actor and environmentalist, speaks loudly

In an article by Zack Budryk of The Hill called “Robert Redford backs Biden, warns of slide toward autocracy if Trump wins,” the following three paragraphs paint the appropriate portrait of the election.

“The reelection of President Trump, Redford wrote, would ‘accelerate our slide toward autocracy. It would be taken as free license to punish more so-called ‘traitors’ and wage more petty vendettas – with the full weight of the Justice Department behind them.’

Redford predicted ‘untold damage’ to the environment under a second Trump term, citing the president’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement and rollback of Obama-era energy and environmental regulations.

In contrast, he wrote, ‘Biden leads with his heart. I don’t mean that in a soft and sentimental way. I’m talking about a fierce compassion – the kind that fuels him, that drives him to fight against racial and economic injustice, that won’t let him rest while people are struggling.'”

I can already hear the dissenting voices say Redford is just an actor, why should his opinion matter more than mine? It doesn’t. But, here is a man who has spent a life of trying to protect the environment, whose voice has a little more gravatas. Plus, any public figure who is paid based on consumers buying his product, risks more by making statements such as this.

Finally, while my opinion is just one voice, I agree with everything that Redford write above. So, that is at least two like minds on this issue. The full article can be linked to below.

13 thoughts on “Robert Redford, actor and environmentalist, speaks loudly

    • David, I agree. It is apparently obvious Redford studies what he talks about unlike the person in the White House who brags on not reading. Keith

    • Jill, of course, we should expect the inevitable Redford bashing from Trump and/ or his sycophants. I recall Trump belittling Meryl Streep’s acting chops, in spite of the fact she is the most awarded actress ever with twenty plus nominations. Keith

      • True, and like most bullies, if you stand up to him and don’t back down, he will yield. But, lean in with facts, something he has a hard time with.

  1. Biden was not my first choice, but I like the way Redford describes him as a person fueled by fierce compassion. Perhaps, Biden is indeed the vaccine we need to boost our weakened democracy against the pandemic of autocracy and divisiveness spreading across our nation.

    • Rosaliene, I like how Redford described him as well. We need to have a president who works to unite us. As you may recall General Mattis said Trump doesn’t even try to. Keith

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