Skip to comments.Is Bono a Conservative? (Are pop stars ALLOWED to be conservative?)
Posted on 10/14/2009 6:00:07 AM PDT by markomalley
Bonos 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.
If Bono speaks to the Labour party (as he did last week, introducing Gordon Browns 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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...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.
Bono is certainly a fiscal conservative with his own personal finances. But then again so are most liberals.
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.
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....
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.
LOL. I remember once when a reporter asked him what he thought about illegal immigration, and Sonny replied, "It's...illegal."
Yep. Bono is not a moonbat leftist and that pisses off all the moonbat leftists. Bono is pretty liberal but has some common sense.
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.
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.)
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.
Any more questions?
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.
Whatever his political views are, he’s MONSTROUSLY overrated as a musical performer.
More people should be like that.
No, he’s Irish.
A conservative in the political sense? Nah.
But an idealist who actually has his heart in the right place? I’d go with that.