Skip to comments.Praising a Hollywood Liberal
Posted on 03/11/2013 7:14:44 AM PDT by Kaslin
Its no surprise that many Hollywood actors and actresses are on the left side of the aisle. But what is a surprise -- and a nice one at that -- is to see some of them stand by their ideology even when many liberals on Capitol Hill will not. Last Wednesday, while many Democrats on Capitol Hill stood silent on a big civil liberties issue, one major celebrity went on twitter to chastise some of his ideological allies. On an issue that they are both passionate about, the liberal actor John Cusack -- the star of films like Being John Malkovich, High Fidelity and 2012-- stood up and praised Rand Paul, the conservative Senator from Kentucky.
On Wednesday (and into early Thursday), in a much-discussed and highly-publicized filibuster, Paul spoke out about President Obamas domestic drone policy. Paul simply wanted answers from the Obama administration about whether such drones could be used to kill United States citizens in America. Much has been said about what Paul was standing up for that day, but a more revealing story can be told about who wasnt on the floor with him questioning the Obama administration with the intensity and tenacity that Paul and his Republican colleagues displayed.
That question seemed obvious to Cusack, who voiced his displeasure with his liberal brothers-in-arms on twitter. The actor, who famously held up a boom box in Say Anything to proclaim his characters feelings to the world, played a similar role in supporting Pauls filibuster.
Sure, the boom box that Cusack used this time was a social networking website and its music was the sound of Pauls voice rather than the musical stylings of Peter Gabriel. But the principle was the same.
Cusack was standing up for something -- not someone, in this scenario -- that was important to him. He simply wanted Democratic Senators to make a similar stand by standing alongside Paul. For gods sake where are democrats ??, he tweeted during the filibuster.
While many senators on the right joined the filibuster -- including Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) -- only one lawmaker on the Left did: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR). Many of the other lawmakers who took offense to some of the Bush administrations policies were oddly silent as Paul conducted his filibuster.
Cusack, in supporting the filibuster, wasnt exactly standing alone on the Left. Former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur and the Washington Posts Eugene Robinson, to name two examples, applauded Pauls nearly-thirteen hour filibuster. As for members of the Democratic Senate Majority (who could have spoken out on the floor), many were left explaining their absence. The Huffington Post even published an article on the subject, which quoted many prominent Democrats giving vague excuses. The article quoted Senator Sherrod Brown saying he was doing a lot of other things and the piece noted that Senator Bernie Sanders never considered joining Paul's effort -- but added that the absence of most Democrats was a good question.
A good question, indeed.
I disagree with Cusack on many political issues but its hard not to appreciate the actors firm stance on subjects like this. He could have stayed silent during the filibuster. But he didnt. He put principles above politics, which is more than can be said of those whom questioned the Bush administrations policies but kept quiet when Obama became president. Cusack has faced criticism on twitter for his candor but regardless of your stance on the issue, it is encouraging to see him stand up for his beliefs no matter what party the president belongs to.
In the end, thats something to applaud when so many liberals werent courageous enough to do the same.
When a “celebrity” speaks on any issue, the best response is to mock it. Celebrity worship and actually caring about their vapid rants is a sign of decadence.
I also don’t like this idea of praising Hollywood Libs for going against the Liberal trend. Before this, Cusack was calling George Bush a murderer. When he did, everyone said he was a typical Hollywood lunatic and told him to shut up. Now he says something against Obama and he’s “brave” and “principled” to the Right. Tomorrow, he’ll be back to calling conservatives greedy, racist murderers. I’m not going give much credit to anything he says.
Hahaha! There is only one(1) party anymore.
Unlike 99% of his liberal bretheren.
“dems? Do U have any thoughts on Obama’s transition from a progressive academic humanist 2 a regressive corporate warlord” - One of Cusack’s tweets
Kudos to John for a little honesty on the drone thingy but I wonder if it ever occurred to him that BOzo didn’t transition from A to B, he was simply a lying, traitorous POS from the get-go?
I’m at the point that I’ll take honest questioning of the current admin’s policies from about any sector. I just want to see educated civil discourse from all sides instead of the state sanctioned progandists hogging the media. So, with that in mind, I found Mr. Cusak’s tweets refreshing.