Vince Vaughn has been a comedy staple ever since he made his tv debut on 21 Jump Street all the way back in 1989. It’s hard to believe, but a man who has been in the spotlight has long kept his political leaning under wraps. Often, that is a sign that an actor is more right-leaning than the Hollywood elites deem socially acceptable.
However, in 2015, Vaughn finally made his political opinion heard as he spoke at a Young Americans for Liberty conference at UCLA on April 27. According to Jennifer Kabbany over at The College Fix, Vaughn’s speech was attended by roughly 250 students who heard him begin with the following.
“I think the message of individual liberty is contagious.”
And if you’re starting to feel some excitement about what he’s going to say next, then we’re in the same boat. It’s not often that a member of the Hollywood upper echelon of actors is willing to talk about the beauties of individual liberty as an alternative to the diseased group think of modern progressive ideology. Here are a couple more awesome tidbits from the actor’s UCLA speech.
“Raise your kids to think for themselves and have respect for both their own individual thoughts and other individuals.”
“There is a challenge because you are up against such a system in place that kind of indoctrinates if you will, that this is good and that is bad. A lot of that to me is really laughable. If you can sit with someone individually and just point out how crazy some of these things are, right?”
““I feel bad for the kids who are going there, their parents are just kind of sending them there. But I think a lot of kids also will kind of wake up at some point and say, ‘This feels a little suffocating, some of these ideas feel like it’s really being jammed down my throat,’ which is a good reason to kind of question it, right? Like, why is every week, you know, global warming week?”
Vaughn even says that he speaks to other Hollywood stars about his political beliefs, and I would love to be a fly on the wall for some of those conversations.
“If you kind of stay in the logic of it, they usually always end up with the same thing, which is: ‘We have to try something,’ or ‘I just don’t believe we can trust individuals that much.’ At which point I always say, ‘Well, who runs the government?’”
Vaughn even says that he likes to have fun with these conversations, saying that he sometime will “debate them and sometimes aggravate them as well.” Finally, here’s the best part of Vaughn’s speech, where he eloquently explains why so many Conservatives lean towards a small government philosophy.
“They start to realize it’s really the principal you are talking about … whether it’s drugs or freedom of speech, you can decide for yourself what your comfort zone is, but the principle of it is, you know, should people be allowed to say what they want, and I think that can be contagious to people as they start to understand it. Once people realize that a lot of government action is forced, that you’re really empowering people to decide what is OK or not OK, that usually leads to some people getting mistreated and some people abusing it and causing more problems than solving.”
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