Vince Vaughn: Rand Paul's the Best in 2016, But Ron's 'the most consistent'

Actor talks libertarianism at a Young Americans for Liberty conference


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Comic actor Vince Vaughn (Swingers, Wedding Crashers, the upcoming second season of True Detective), who has been talking openly of late about his libertarianism, continued that process this past weekend at UCLA, where he headlined a conference Young Americans for Liberty, the large campus libertarian group associated with Ron Paul.

According to an account over at The College Fix, Vaughn's talk covered Hollywood, free speech, campus political indoctrination, Edward Snowden ("I think Snowden is great"), and of course, the Paul family:

"I have gotten to know Rand through Ron and I have found him to be very consistent on a lot of the issues where liberty is concerned, and liked him very much," Vaughn said. "There are some things I wasn't totally understanding of [regarding Rand Paul's politics, but] … he is the candidate that is currently running that I am most sort of aligned with in sort of his thoughts and philosophies."

"But to me, Ron was the most consistent in the tradition of liberty," Vaughn said, prompting another wave of cheers from students.

This section about the intersection of Hollywood and libertarianism and art is pretty interesting:

"My thing isn't necessarily to try and get out there and try to get people to join the movement," he said. "I find it important to be consistent with what your truth is and to be direct about that in conversations."

He said it's gotten him some praise on the down low in Hollywood: "I have people come up to me, because I have spoken about it, and they are always like, hush hush, like: 'I am so glad you said something, I can't say anything, but I am with you.'"

When pressed on whether libertarians should do more in pop culture to argue their cause, Vaughn said he isn't out to push his beliefs through projects.

Link via the kids over at The Federalist.

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  1. Wow – another “celebrity” about whose opinion I don’t give even one shit!

    Thanks, Reason!

    1. I always read your comments as if made by Randy Marsh.

      1. You some creme fraiche?! Yeah! Who wants some creme fraiche?!!!

        /shakeweight episode

        1. Sometimes an old fashioned really is the best remedy.

    2. Be he is paid to pretend!

    3. He lives in town. Actually a very nice guy.

      /goes back to shakeweight

    4. Almanian — And you are another “nobody” whose opinion I don’t give even one shit!

      1. How dare you!

  2. Oh come on Vince. Push your beliefs through your projects. After all, the personal is the political.

    Seriously though, who’d have thought the motor mouth from wedding crashers would seem to be such a thoughtful and reasonable guy.

    (Were they built for comfort or built for speed ? Did you motor boat ’em? You motor boated ’em, didn’t you? You motor boatin’ son of a bitch.)

    1. Damn, that last line still makes me laugh.

  3. I am really happy to see a celebrity come out as Libertarian. But why Vince Vaughn? I hate that guy and his movies suck. I guess it could have been worse. It could have been Jim Carry who came out of the closet.

    1. Dodgeball was entertaining.

    2. Jim Carrey ? What if it was Adam Sandler ?

      1. If you can’t enjoy Wedding Crashers and derive a chuckle or guffaw or two out of it, you must be one misanthropic son of a bitch.

        Besides, I got to shake Vince’s hand at South Bend, in the driving rain, on Saturday, October 13, 2012. He was there for the ND v Stanford classic that day as were Mrs. Libertymike and myself.


    3. I’m not a huge Vaughn fan but he’s better than most comedic actors. And he’s not Canadian.

      1. His mother is Canadian. He was born in the USA but has dual citizenship.

        His best friend, John Favreau, as French Canadian ancestry. Face it… Canadians are probably the most talented nation in terms of the arts.

        Its ok… USA is still number 1 at raping, theft and pillaging. 😉

  4. I somewhat enjoyed The Internship.

    1. “Can we talk about the on the line thing for a minute?”

    2. It was the funniest comedy of 2006!

  5. Of course my first reaction is of the “who gives a fuck what this guy thinks, he gets paid to play pretend.” But really we can use any and every ally we can get and the soft power of Hollywood has much potential to convert people over to our evil cause of letting people make their own decisions in life.

  6. His mother was ranked as one of the top money managers in America by Bloomberg. Must have gifted him some common sense.

  7. When pressed on whether libertarians should do more in pop culture to argue their cause, Vaughn said he isn’t out to push his beliefs through projects.

    I respect that, but we need people to do it. Progressives didn’t get to where they are by keeping their mouths shut.

    1. And isn’t that why more than half of Americans don’t identify as progressive? Because they’re tired of hearing the BS?

  8. OK, which of you guys is really Vince Vaughn? I’m guessing Almanian!, sharp misdirect.
    And yeah he’s made some questionable gig choices but don’t act like Swingers didn’t happen. Stole a lot of scenes from Will Farrell in Old School. He’s done good serious work before too, Return to Paradise. We’ll see how he holds up in True Detective – first season was awesome but previews make it look like they’ll spend the whole second season Intensely Feeling At the Camera.

  9. If anyone read the Vince Vaughn interview in Playboy last month you had to be sold on Mr Vaughn’s intellect. Never have I heard a person, Ron Paul included, present the Libertarian philosophy as well as he did.

    Vince Vaughn for President in 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040, etc, etc.

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