While some may say it doesn’t matter what famous people think about politics, the fact is, famous people do influence their fans with their opinions, whether their opinions are well-informed or not.
Here is a listing of famous persons we feel are “well informed”. After all, they’re Libertarians!
As anti-hero Snake Plissken in 1996′s Escape from L.A., he sneers about freedom, “In America? That died a long time ago.” As genetically engineered trooper Sgt. Todd in 1998′s Soldier, he defends peaceful farmers on the planet Arcadia 234 against murderous cyborg supermen sent by a militaristic government. As real-life Olympic hockey coach Herb Brooks in 2004′s Miracle, he defies authority and uses unconventional coaching methods to mold a ragtag collection of American college kids into a team that beat the unbeatable Soviets.
That libertarian streak is no coincidence; Russell himself is one of Hollywood highest-profile libertarians — one who has talked about his pro-liberty beliefs on numerous occasions.
In the British magazine Talking Pictures (Spring 1997), Russell said, “I am by nature libertarian… don’t tread on me, just leave me alone, that’s all.” When he introduced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a speech in Los Angeles, Russell went out of his way to note, “I’m not a Republican; I’m a libertarian.” (Variety, January 19, 1998.) At the 20th anniversary celebration of the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, Russell said, “I’m a libertarian. I think a lot of people are libertarians and are afraid to admit it — or don’t know.” (TheWashington Post, May 2, 1997.) And on Fox TV’s The O’Reilly Factor (February 6, 2004), Russell said his politics are “limited constitutional government. I believe in that. Freedom, freedom, freedom. Being a libertarian, I do believe that limited government is good.”
Russell wasn’t always a libertarian. He told the Toronto Sun (August 4, 1996), “I was brought up as a Republican. But when I realized that at the end of the day there wasn’t much difference between a Democrat and Republican, I became a libertarian.”
Kane (Glenn Jacobs)
Glen Jacobs talks about why he became a Libertarian in this interview with FOX News’s “The Independents”:
In a lengthy discussion with Vince Vaughn, star of blockbuster films from “Swingers” to “Wedding Crashers,” the author opened up about his views on topics ranging from federal versus local government, to affirmative action and the non-aggression principle.
Below are the pertinent excerpts:
On the superiority of local over federal government
“I like the way it was until 1913 [when the 16th Amendment was ratified, legalizing a federal income tax], when locally you had sales taxes and property taxes. That seems ethical to me, because I can move to a different neighborhood or area if I like the services they provide. To this day, your police department and your fire department are paid for with local taxes, and that makes sense, because you might use those. But the federal government looking into your books to decide what to take from you, that feels wrong.
Trusting the federal government to know what we need and to run things well feels like a bad idea. You see that in the foreign policy of force, where the United States decides to go into another country to make things turn out a certain way. It doesn’t work. It causes more problems. Just look at any of these undeclared wars. You’re suggesting at gunpoint that you’ll decide how things will go. The results haven’t gone well. I’ve been over to Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve been with the USO. I’ve gone over with movies and done stuff. I care a lot about all the kids and families in those situations. It can’t be easy. But I don’t agree with a foreign policy that says you can send troops places without declaring a war and without having a plan to win the war. I would think you would look at Vietnam and suggest it wasn’t the best-laid plan.
I feel the same way domestically. If you look at America today, there’s a real want to use force for the issues people believe in. You want whatever you believe in to become law. You’re going to make this drug legal and that one illegal. I don’t think that’s the government’s job to decide. I think it’s up to the individual. We’re all different…We don’t all share the same consistent behavior, and the individual should be innocent until proven guilty. They should be allowed to decide what’s in their interest, what makes sense for them, unless they commit fraud or physical force or take someone’s property.”
During the 2012 Presidential elections Kelly Clarkson had this to say about then Presidential candidate, Ron Paul.
I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins t… http://t.co/bJRm1FUT
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) December 29, 2011
Here’s what TV sitcom star Drew Carey doesn’t like: censorship, anti-smoking laws, drug laws, immigration laws, “stupid big government in general” — and award shows. (They’re “publicity stunts” for needy actors, he explains.)
Here’s what Drew Carey does like: freedom, competition, free minds, free markets, and — he won’t deny — beer, dirty jokes, and gambling.
Those likes and dislikes tell you pretty much everything you need to know about Carey. He’s not afraid to speak his mind. He’s proud of his blue-collar sensibilities. And he’s a libertarian.
Carey left no doubts about his political philosophy in a November 1997 interview with Reason magazine. He had a quick answer when asked, “What’s your basic attitude toward government?” Carey said: “The less the better. As far as your personal goals are and what you actually want to do with your life, it should never have to do with the government. You should never depend on the government for your retirement, your financial security, for anything. If you do, you’re screwed.”
For me, [Rand’s writing] was an affirmation that it’s alright to totally believe in something and live for it and not compromise. It was a simple as that. On that 2112album, again I was in my early 20s. I was a kid. Now I call myself a bleeding heart libertarian. Because I do believe in the principles of Libertarianism as an ideal – because I’m an idealist. Paul Theroux’s definition of a cynic is a disappointed idealist. So as you go through past your 20s, your idealism is going to be disappointed many many times. And so, I’ve brought my view and also – I’ve just realized this – Libertarianism as I understood it was very good and pure and we’re all going to be successful and generous to the less fortunate and it was, to me, not dark or cynical. But then I soon saw, of course, the way that it gets twisted by the flaws of humanity. And that’s when I evolve now into … a bleeding heart Libertarian. That’ll do.
ALYONA MINKOVSKI, HUFFPOST LIVE: There was a radio interview that you did where you recounted a story of a woman coming up to you after Barack Obama’s election saying, “We won.” And then you said, “I voted for Gary Johnson.” What’s the story behind that? Did you really vote for Gary Johnson?
ANTWAN ANDRE PATTON AKA BIG BOI: Well, I was, you know, leaving to go out of town, and it was a lady — a Caucasian lady — and she was like, “Oh yeah, congratulations on y’all win last night,” you know, with like an attitude. And, you know, just to let her know I was on my P’s and Q’s, I was like, “I don’t know what you talkin’ bout, I voted for Gary Johnson.” And she looked shocked to even know that I knew there were other candidates on the ballot, you know what I’m saying? So, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
MINKOVSKI: Did you vote for Gary Johnson?
PATTON: Yes, I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.
Aaron Lewis (Country Singer)
I’m an outspoken Constitutionalist conservative. I guess that I’m Libertarian in a lot of my views, as well. It’s like, “I’m not bothering or hurting you. What I do in my own time is my business.” Some conservatives would be like, “Whoa! Weren’t you on the cover of ‘High Times’ back in 2001.” Yeah, in that sense, I’m not that conservative, but you would be surprised at what views that I have that are conservative.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone
South Park is rife with libertarian themes. It has mocked the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, anti-smoking activists, the War On Drugs, government-mandated diversity (when the children shun a nasty gay teacher, they are sent to the “Death Camp of Tolerance”), public school sex education and nature-worshipping environmentalists. It also tees off mercilessly on left-wing celebrities like Jesse Jackson, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore and Rob Reiner.
Given its eagerness to poke fun at liberal icons, it’s no surprise that some conservatives rushed to claim South Park as their own. In his 2005 book South Park Conservatives, author Brian Anderson argued that the show is at the forefront of a conservative revolt against liberal media. (Although Anderson is honest enough to note that the show makes “wicked fun of conservatives” too.)
But Parker rejects the “South Park Conservative” label — as well as the notion that he can only choose between liberal and conservative. In an interview with In Focus magazine (October 4, 2004), he said, “What we’re sick of — and it’s getting even worse — is: You either like Michael Moore or you wanna f**kin’ go overseas and shoot Iraqis. We find just as many things to rip on the left as we do on the right. People on the far-left and the far-right are the same exact person to us.”
All South Park Conservative claims aside, most commentators understand that the show is decidedly libertarian. On LewRockwell.com (April 27, 2004), Michael Cust said the program is “sharp, witty, funny and very libertarian.”
Selleck might have gone most of his career dodging political and religious labels, but in 2000, he showed his hand during an interview with the Chicago Tribune, saying:
I prefer libertarian. I’m a registered independent with a lot of libertarian leanings [but] I think we should have stoplights, fire departments, and [a] strategic missile defense.9
Selleck is also a long-time member of the National Rifle Association and has taken some flak for this. On the Rosie O’Donnell show, Selleck unexpectedly found himself the target of O’Donnell’s liberal agenda and put in a position where O’Donnell clearly wanted him to defend legal gun ownership. Selleck, though, in classic libertarian fashion, said:
We all agree we need to solve social problems. My leanings tend toward individualist solutions.10
Beyond that, Selleck has asserted the libertarian viewpoint, saying:
The 20th century has been a collectivist century. We’ve had this global experiment, and we’re starting to see the end of the chain letter. I say let’s try new things. It’s just time to reassess things and say that maybe this idea of the common good has to be translated through the individual.11
And regarding anti-smoking legislation, Selleck said:
Solutions to problems in a free society are messy. There are no magic bullets, no bumper-sticker solutions. If we want an authoritarian state, we can continue to do the kind of stuff we’re doing now about smoking.12
“I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat, either. If I’m anything, I am Libertarian. Yes, I believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. That’s what I believe in. The rest of it is a bunch of horseshit. All that politically correct stuff is just political bullshit.
Jimmy Vaughan also endorsed 2008 Presidential candidate Ron Paul and performed at his “Rally for the Republic” event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Post: Are you political?
Yoakam: Yeah, but I don’t like to get into a discussion of it because that’s not what I do. I don’t know if, as a performer, I have the right to impose my political views on other people. My views might not always be that correct. There might be humor in them that could be misinterpreted. Now that I’ve said all that, libertarianism, the pure Jeffersonian ideal to me is appealing. I’m not an active member of the Libertarian Party, but I do think there is room for their concepts in our experiment in democracy. We are responsible for our actions. We should consider taking that road less traveled with less government. I guess I rambled into a pretty big ditch for a guy who didn’t want to talk about politics.
Penn and Teller
“Penn & Teller” star Penn Jillette says he has inventor Tim Jenison to thank for helping him shed his liberal leanings and embrace libertarianism. In an interview to promote his documentary,” Tim’s Vermeer,” about Jenison, Jillette opened up about why he ditched the liberal ideology of many of his Hollywood pals.
“I used to be kind of your standard-release Hollywood liberal. And it was Tim’s views — his love of individualism and his love of accomplishment, his love of enterprise, his love of entrepreneurship — that really, as I became close to Tim, really turned me around. Tim’s idea of the individual is a love of being able to fight for something in a free-market situation,” he told Salon.
Jillette ultimately has found common ground with his Hollywood friends, and believes that everyone wants the same thing — for people to be happy. How one arrives at that happiness is where the disagreements begin.
During an interview with Associated Press, Bruce Willis, who stars in the upcoming film, A Good Day to Die Hard, gave his opinion on the Second Amendment and the gun control proposals that have been introduced in Congress.
Willis explained that the conversation may start with guns, but eventually other rights would be put in jeopardy after the time of a crisis or a tragedy. “I think that you can’t start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it’s all going to become undone,” said Willis. “If you take one out or change one law, then why wouldn’t they take all your rights away from you?”
I want a smaller government. I want less government intrusion. I want them to stop pissing on my money and your money, the tax dollars that we give 50 percent of, or 40 percent of, every year, and I want them to be fiscally responsible, and I want these goddamn lobbyists out of Washington.
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