Clooney: I’m not just a movie star, I’m a liberal movie star

George Clooney has publicly declared his political orientation with a blog entry at the Huffington Post headlined ‘I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It!‘ Here’s what Clooney says about liberalism:

Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you’d whisper “I’m a Nazi.” Like it’s dirty word. But turn away from saying “I’m a liberal” and it’s like you’re turning away from saying that blacks should be allowed to sit in the front of the bus, that women should be able to vote and get paid the same as a man, that McCarthy was wrong, that Vietnam was a mistake. And that Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11.

This is an incredibly polarized time (wonder how that happened?). But I find that, more and more, people are trying to find things we can agree on. And, for me, one of the things we absolutely need to agree on is the idea that we’re all allowed to question authority. We have to agree that it’s not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out.

Funny, I didn’t realize that supporting human rights and being skeptical of powerful people were traits confined to liberalism. I thought being a liberal meant that you favored redistributive tax programs and a social contract which balances public goods with individual property rights, which is why I call myself a liberal. But it turns out it’s much simpler than that, because anyone who isn’t a self-identified liberal is a gullible bigot. Thanks for the political philosophy lesson!

By the way, has anyone besides George Clooney ever actually heard anyone whisper “I’m a liberal” or “I’m a Nazi?”