Robert Redford spoke out in an interview with CNN’s Nischelle Turner to talk about his new film, "All Is Lost," and to talk about the country, which the 77-year-old actor and director says is paralyzed with “bigotry, fear of change and a determination to personally destroy President Barack Obama,” reported CNN on Oct. 16, 2013.
In his movie, “All Is Lost,” Robert Redford plays the character of a lone sailor who is struggling to stay alive after his sailboat is crippled by a collision with a container ship.
Not unlike his sailboat in the movie, Robert Redford also considers the government to be crippled. Even though the government shutdown might have come to an end, the “crippled” institution of the United States government is far from having been rescued.
As part of the reason for the “crippled” government, Robert Redford says that "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?”
Much of the division in the government is due to fear, says Robert Redford.
"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."
The group of people that Robert Redford is referring to is likely the hardline conservatives who have triggered a 16-day budget battle demanding of President Obama to gut his signature healthcare overhaul plan.
As Robert Redford sees it, Obama is "a compassionate man who can't function" in a political environment in which he is being kept from achieving anything.
"I think what sits underneath it, unfortunately, is there's probably some racism involved, which is really awful."
Robert Redford believes that Obama’s opponents are so determined to destroy him, that anything close to him has to suffer also.
"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."
While many people might disagree with Robert Redford, no one would argue against his observation that politicians get elected to work “for” the people and not “against” the people.
One man, be it a president or any other politician, cannot inflict alone the kind of economic suffering that Americans have experienced for the past few years.
As in Robert Redford’s movie, “All Is Lost,” it took a container ship (a group of politicians) to jeopardize his sailboat.
Robert Redford does not believe that “all is lost” because he believes in women and young people. Women must save the country "because a lot of men that were in control were behaving stupidly," said Robert Redford.
Robert Redford commented in his interview that he is not thinking of any specific woman or any specific young person that can make a difference but that it is “time to give more women a chance."
"Susan Collins, who is a Republican, is saying: 'Enough of this. This is not the job I signed up for. I've got to do something,' " said Robert Redford, referring to the U.S. senator from Maine. "So she's bringing a bipartisan group together of women. I think the future should belong more to women and young people."