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Is Bono a Conservative? (Are pop stars ALLOWED to be conservative?)
Telegraph ^ | 10/9/2009 | Neil McCormick

Posted on 10/14/2009 6:00:07 AM PDT by markomalley

Bono’s appearance in a pre-recorded video message at the Conservative Party Conference caused a bit of an internet uproar. Such was the outpouring of hostile comments on Twitter (with popular taglines including #Bonoisat— and #BonoToryScum) that the social networking site temporarily broke down. So you are a rock superstar for 30 years, a Nobel peace prize nominee and tireless charity proselytiser and what do you have to do to become a trending topic on Twitter? Talk to the Tories.

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If Bono speaks to the Labour party (as he did last week, introducing Gordon Brown’s key note speech), or sends a pre-recorded message of support to a small gathering of academics discussing AIDS Support at an American university (as he did at the weekend), it is either deemed not worth mentioning, or greeted with a weary sigh. If he serenades Barack Obama or Gordon Brown or any left-leaning politician, he may be mocked for his presumption at putting himself on a political platform but the response rarely stirs any controversy. But when he is spotted in the company of the former President Bush or, as we saw this week, with prime minister in waiting David Cameron, then all hell breaks loose.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bono; tories; u2
No, I don't think that Bono is a conservative...

...but the article really highlights the intolerant nature of the left...on both sides of the pond...

...and makes a good piece to share with your "more enlightened" liberal colleagues at work, school, etc.

1 posted on 10/14/2009 6:00:07 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
He did give Jesse Helms a great compliment at the show in Raleigh a week or two ago, and gave Dot Helms a backstage pass to express to her how much he appreciated her husband's efforts to fight AIDS in Africa. I can't stand Bono, but that killed a little bit of my hatred for him. No leftist would even say Jesse's name these days (except as a curse word.)
2 posted on 10/14/2009 6:03:58 AM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: markomalley

Bono is certainly a fiscal conservative with his own personal finances. But then again so are most liberals.


3 posted on 10/14/2009 6:04:12 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: markomalley

This isn’t really political. Bono has pet causes (AIDS in Africa, for example) and he’ll work with anybody, from any side of the political spectrum, to push those causes. Doesn’t matter if it’s Jesse Helms or George W. Bush or Gordon Brown. This really does show the political intolerance of the left...even for what most of them would think would be a worthy cause (stopping the spread of AIDS in Africa), it’s a capital offense to speak with anyone on the right about it.

}:-)4


4 posted on 10/14/2009 6:08:25 AM PDT by Moose4 (Ted Kennedy: "If they bring up Camelot, we get to bring up the lady in the lake.")
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To: markomalley
"Sonny" Bono was. :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonny_Bono#Political_career

5 posted on 10/14/2009 6:10:03 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: markomalley

the left and liberals are all about big government, control by big government and big brother....

any true “artist” worth thier weight in salt would be disgusted....


6 posted on 10/14/2009 6:11:49 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: markomalley

My uneducated opinion of Bono is that he has no ulterior motive behind his actions. I believe he seriously wants to do good. He seems to be willing to talk to anybody regardless of their political affiliation. I think he even had good things to say about Bush after they talked.


7 posted on 10/14/2009 6:12:00 AM PDT by TruthBeforeAll (The Top 10 Most Murderous Cities in the US (per capita) Are All Run By Dem Mayors - 2005 Report)
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To: ETL
"Sonny" Bono was. :)

LOL. I remember once when a reporter asked him what he thought about illegal immigration, and Sonny replied, "It's...illegal."

8 posted on 10/14/2009 6:13:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: markomalley
No, I don't think that Bono is a conservative...

Yep. Bono is not a moonbat leftist and that pisses off all the moonbat leftists. Bono is pretty liberal but has some common sense.

9 posted on 10/14/2009 6:14:45 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Joe 6-pack
LOL. I remember once when a reporter asked him what he thought about illegal immigration, and Sonny replied, "It's...illegal."

Sonny would have eventually become a great presidential candidate. It was a tragic loss for conservatives. I think he was greatly underestimated as a politician.

10 posted on 10/14/2009 6:16:04 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: markomalley

I think he is definitely a leaning conservative.

I changed my opinion of him personally (musically... I LOVE U2, so shoot me) when he praised George W. Bush for the help he gave to Africa and even said it was ok that he (Bush) said no to more funds. He ‘respected him for it’.

Being outspoken about a charitable cause doesn’t always make you a liberal. It seems that Bono has genuinely been involved in helping Africa since Band Aid and becoming friends with Bob Geldof (who also spoke praise of Bush.)


11 posted on 10/14/2009 6:17:53 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: TruthBeforeAll

Exactly! And as I said, he really got involved after he worked on Band Aid and Live Aid. So this seems to be a genuine charitable act.


12 posted on 10/14/2009 6:20:04 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: markomalley
No.

Any more questions?

13 posted on 10/14/2009 6:20:56 AM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: TruthBeforeAll
My uneducated opinion of Bono is that he has no ulterior motive behind his actions. I believe he seriously wants to do good. He seems to be willing to talk to anybody regardless of their political affiliation. I think he even had good things to say about Bush after they talked.

Ditto. Bono may be a liberal, but he's one of the last of a dying breed: the honest liberal. He's a true believer in his objectives, and he is politically savvy enough to court anyone who can help him achieve them.

What this whole affair does illustrate is how partisan modern politics has become, especially on the left, where any form of cooperation with the enemy (no longer just the opposition) is considered too high of a cost, regardless of the objectives that can be reached by doing so.

14 posted on 10/14/2009 6:21:09 AM PDT by kevkrom (Obama's Waterloo: a "hockey mom" with a laptop and a Facebook account)
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To: markomalley

Whatever his political views are, he’s MONSTROUSLY overrated as a musical performer.


15 posted on 10/14/2009 6:22:45 AM PDT by BertWheeler (Dance and the World Dances With You!)
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To: markomalley
He's a classless jerk.

Obama praised Bono for dodging hug from George W. Bush.

16 posted on 10/14/2009 6:24:29 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: markomalley
Maybe, just maybe, Bono doesn't give a crap about the labels or affiliation of people. If he likes what someone is doing he will say so and vice versa.

More people should be like that.

17 posted on 10/14/2009 6:29:40 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: markomalley

No, he’s Irish.


18 posted on 10/14/2009 6:33:39 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: markomalley

A conservative in the political sense? Nah.

But an idealist who actually has his heart in the right place? I’d go with that.


19 posted on 10/14/2009 6:44:23 AM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: markomalley

Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, as "Sonny Christy," wrote this 1958 hit
20 posted on 10/14/2009 7:11:04 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: kevkrom

Bono is a convervative who THINKS he is a liberal.

He is all in favor of the ‘right’ liberal causes (AIDS, Starvation in Africa)

But he DOES SOMETHING about it other then pay lip service and expect government tax money to fix it. He WORKS to change things and spends his own time and money and effort.

Liberals cannot believe a conservative can care about these things. The also expect ‘the government’ to fix them if all they do is tax “the rich” more.

He will take tax money- he’s not stupid


21 posted on 10/14/2009 7:13:12 AM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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