Sometimes celebrities are such commies that you can hardly stomach their movies or music. So here is a list of 5 Libertarian celebrities that you can love for their movies, music and their politics.
#1 Vince Vaughn. From playing Norman Bates in the remake of “Psycho”, to the party animal in “Wedding Crashers”, Vince Vaughn was already one of my favorite celebs. I was thrilled to find out that his political philosophy is libertarian, and that he is rightfully skeptical of the Federal Reserve. Now you can watch “Dodgeball” and not feel like you are feeding into the Hollywood destruction of America. Vaughn even became friends with Ron Paul after calling the former Texas Rep. to discuss politics. In an interview with Adam Carolla, Vaughn said:
I think that what you come, as you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything… And that you start to realize when you really go back and look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual’s right to sort of think and pursue what they have interest in. And that when you start drawing the lines, saying, as a society, we think this is inappropriate, we’re going to pass laws to protect them from themselves and or take things away to protect themselves or move money from here to there, that you realize that you wake up with corruption and without the unintended consequences you’ll wake up with a lot of problems that didn’t exist prior.
# 2 Bruce Willis. Good thing he’s on the right side, Willis is in so many movies he would be hard to avoid. He hasn’t exactly labeled himself as a libertarian, but who needs labels anyway? Bruce Willis is pro-gun, saying “Everyone has a right to bear arms… If you take guns away from legal gun owners, then the only people who have guns are the bad guys”. He has also said that if you take away one right in the Bill of Rights, what is to stop the rest from going? And here’s a quote from Willis that pretty much sums up how most libertarians and disenfranchised Republicans feel.
I’m a Republican only as far as 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. Do that and I’ll say I’m a Republican… Okay. I admit it. I hate government and I hate political parties.10
# 3 Drew Carey. Go ahead and watch those re-runs of “Who’s Line is it Anyway” and “The Drew Carey Show”, and don’t feel bad about tuning into “The Price is Right” which Carey still hosts (although if you still read this blog, you are likely working at 11am on weekdays). Maybe his spot on the game-show centered around the price of consumer goods fueled his views: “I believe the answers to all the problems we face as a society won’t come from Washington, it will come from us. So the way we decide to live our lives and our decisions about what we buy or don’t buy are much more important than who we vote for.” And in true libertarian form Carey has spoken out against how Bush managed the war in Iraq, and has donated to Ron Paul’s campaigns.
# 4 Big Boi. Former member of the group “Outkast” and music producer Big Boi said in an interview after the 2012 election that he had voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, and identified most with libertarian political views. He was annoyed that some people assumed he was an Obama supporter just because of his race, with one women coming up to him and saying, “Congratulations on y’all win last night”. When it comes to gun rights, Big Boi could not be clearer: “Where I stand at is on the Second Amendment where the right to bear arms is not just for hunting and fishing and things like that. But it’s the right of the American people to have a means of defense against a tyrannical government. So, sometimes you got to have that back-up plan.” He also expressed distaste for an assault weapons ban stating: “I think that people can have whatever they want to as long as they’re responsible”.
# 5 Johnny Ramone. Lead guitarist for the band that laid the foundation for Punk music to this day, The Ramones, the late Johnny Ramone was a member of the NRA and Reagan supporter calling him the “greatest President of my lifetime”. Okay, so maybe libertarian is a bit of a stretch, but he was a staunch Republican who saw through the biased media which brutalizes conservatives. He was reading Drudge Report before it was cool, and remembered during the John F. Kennedy election, “People around me were saying, ‘Oh, Kennedy’s so handsome,’ and I thought, ‘Well, if these people are going to vote for someone based on how he looks, I don’t want to be party to that.’” His focus seemed mostly on how biased celebrities and media were when it came to politics, preferring Newsmax.com for his political info. Let’s just chalk up his support for Bush as backlash for years of deafening liberal media and rock music.
This list of 70 conservative celebrities helped me compile this post. Hopefully knowing that there are some famous people with brains will start your weekend off on the right foot, so to speak.