Vince Vaughn has a long career of making moviegoers laugh. He has had starring roles in many of the most successful cinema comedies of the last two decades. But he has recently taken a brave stand, by voicing his personal beliefs on many issues in a recent interview with Playboy, with those beliefs generally running in stark contrast to what’s considered acceptable in the ultra-left atmosphere of Hollywood.
Vaughn revealed that he considers himself a libertarian, and a great supporter of Ron Paul. “Ron Paul woke up a lot of people to the fact that government can’t handle everything for you,” Vaughn stated while maintaining that he was a “very big fan” of the two-time presidential candidate.
Vaughn embracing the principle that the more local a government is, the better it is run, and the more it meets the needs of its citizens. He expressed a preference for the pre-16th Amendment days, the Constitutional amendment that allowed the United States federal government to collect income tax from the citizenry. “I like the way it was until 1913, when locally you had sales taxes and property taxes. That seems ethical to me, because I can move to a different neighborhood or area if I like the services they provide. To this day, your police department and your fire department are paid for with local taxes, and that makes sense, because you might use those. But the federal government looking into your books to decide what to take from you, that feels wrong,” he said.
Another point the actor made is that he doesn’t believe trust should be given to the federal government to make good decisions on foreign policy. Using the Vietnam War to illustrate his point, Vaughn said “But I don’t agree with a foreign policy that says you can send troops places without declaring a war and without having a plan to win the war.”
On the right to bear arms, the actor felt it was up to the individual. He also cautioned “I believe in the right to defend yourself if need be. Hopefully, you’re never in that situation, but I think you’re fairly naive to believe there will never be a cause for self-defense.”
When posed with the hot potato of a question on race, specifically what he thought of affirmative action, Vaughn responded “Do you believe that using race as a factor in evaluating a person is a good way to operate?”
By providing honest opinions in the interview, Vince Vaughn displayed impressive bravery in sharing personal views that are anathema to 98% of Hollywood, where such thoughts can render someone virtually radioactive. Possibly, his A-list credentials may allow him to survive his expression of philosophies and views that could easily derail the career of a lesser star. We shall see.