Certainly, this should come as no surprise – actor George Clooney is a liberal. Yet, in an era when fewer and fewer people want to admit this in mixed company – with polls showing that the ranks of “declared” liberals have significantly declined in the last decade – it is fascinating to see someone – even a Hollywoodian – so proudly proclaim their leftist affiliation.
Yet, that’s exactly what George Clooney did today at HuffPo. In a blog post entitled “I Am a Liberal. There, I Said It!” Clooney couldn’t have been more clear:
“I am a liberal. And I make no apologies for it. Hell, I'm proud of it.”
“Too many people run away from the label. They whisper it like you'd whisper "I'm a Nazi." Like it's dirty word.”
Then, Clooney – as only a liberal can – had the unmitigated gall to suggest that only liberals care about civil rights issues or women’s suffrage: “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.”
But Clooney wasn’t only attacking folks on the right. He also used an expletive (edited for our youthful readers) to defame those Democrats that went along with the Iraq War:
“Which is why it drives me crazy to hear all these Democrats saying, "We were misled." It makes me want to shout, "F--- you, you weren't misled. You were afraid of being called unpatriotic."
Actually, George, it's great to see someone on your side of the aisle admit that these folks weren't misled. However, their votes weren't out of fear of being called unpatriotic. Instead, and significantly more important and disgraceful, they were afraid of losing their Congressional seats in the upcoming elections.
If you want to be mad at your party members, at least be honest in assailing their motives.