Vince Vaughn is a rare breed in Hollywood that seldom comes out of the shadows: a conservative. He’s campaigned for Ron Paul and teamed up with Glenn Beck. This, the actor opened up about his politics on the podcast of fellow conservative and frequent O’Reilly Factor guest Adam Carolla.
Asked if he considers himself to be a conservative, Vaughn said “I do, yeah. I mean, I’m very supportive of Ron Paul, but I’ve always been, you know, more conservative than not.”
For his part, Carolla said, “I’m not conservative, but I’ve been made conservative by the direction that the country’s been going.” While he’s more liberal on social issues like abortion and marijuana, when it comes to “pulling yourself up by your own bootstaps,” he’s more of a conservative.
Vaughn then expanded on his own conservative principles:
“I think that what you come, as you get older, you just get less trust in the government running anything. And that you start to realize when you really go back and look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual’s right to sort of think and pursue what they have interest in. And that when you start drawing the lines, saying, as a society, we think this is inappropriate, we’re going to pass laws to protect them from themselves and or take things away to protect themselves or move money from here to there, that you realize that you wake up with corruption and without the unintended consequences you’ll wake up with a lot of problems that didn’t exist prior.”
Asked by Carolla if his views have caused “friction” with his Hollywood friends, Vaughn said “I think there can be sort of a bias against people who don’t agree with what’s popular.” But when he talks to people, he thinks they “kind of understand where I stand. And I can disagree with people but not have it be at the forefront of all conversations.”
Listen to audio below, via The Adam Carolla Show:
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