Sunday, April 22, 2012

Actor John Cusack moves from Left to Left-Libertarian

by Eric Dondero

It's a start.  Actor John Cusack, best known to 1980's hipsters (like me), as the star of the off-beat love saga "Say Anything," is talking politics.  And what's coming out of his mouth, doesn't sound so Pro-Obama these days.

From, "John Cusack: He'll say Anything":
Because unlike much of Hollywood, the contrarian Cusack doesn’t believe in dull, automatic, uncritical devotion to the Democratic Party. Not that the die-hard progressive is going to vote Republican anytime soon. But “intellectual honesty should trump brand loyalty,” he insists. “Just because you might like how Obama handled the auto bailout doesn’t mean you should give him a pass on civil liberties.”
And sounding very Judge Andrew Napolitano-ish:
"We all keep getting caught up in this argument over what’s good for the party,” he says of Democrats. "How about what’s good for the republic?  In the end, people have to vote their conscience,” Cusack says with a sigh. “It’s a complex question. It’s complex stuff. But in the end, for me, the answer couldn’t be simpler, which is that there are some things you can’t support. … Politicians can’t take away our rights. We own those. They can’t act like that — in fact, the framers of the Constitution set it up the way they did precisely so they could not act like that."
He even goes so far as to quote an icon of right-libertarians:
He talks about “random felonies on Wall Street.” He quotes Winston Churchill on the “odious” practice of jailing people without charge. (“And that’s not Eugene V. Debs talking, that’s Winston Churchill!”) He says sadly, “It’s a very frightening time when something as basic as due process is seen as somehow radical.”
No doubt, Cusack would feel right at home with the Ron Paul camp.  He's seems to have gotten it on opposition to Big Government.  Here's hoping one day, he'll also recognize the threat that Big Islam poses to our individual liberties.


The Right Guy said...

I liked him in Better Off Dead.

Eric Dondero said...

And I'd like him better if he'd turn all the way to right-libertarian.

Being a Ron Paulist is the first step towards being a true all-around pro-liberty advocate for a Leftist.

The Right Guy said...

Does it really matter? He's an actor...You might be more impressed if Steven Speilberg went left libertarian.

Gary said...

On civil liberty he sounds better than the Big Brother Republicans in Congress fucking us over with attacks on the internet and forcing car makers to install black boxes on all cars.

Funny, I don't remember any article on LR attacking the Big Brother GOP House for fucking us.

I guess the truth does not fit the template of nearly every Republican being some type of "Libertarian-Republican".

The Right Guy said...

THat's because it's AIATT.

jgeleff said...

"It's a shame to throw away a perfectly good white boy like that."

Eric, how can you lump him in with Ron Paul when Cusack said he liked the way the auto bailout went? When have you heard Ron Paul espouse that position? Hyperbole, plain and simply.

"Funny, I don't remember any article on LR attacking the Big Brother GOP House for fucking us."-Agreed.