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ashling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:30 AM
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Interview w/ George Clooney - Esquire
I hope this is not a dupe, I had trouble with the search function - if so, i apologize in advance

in it he talks about liberalism, his dad, etc.

excerpts:

My dad . . . was an idealist, too, and it's easier to be the friend of an idealist than the child of an idealistbecause the idealist will make his child an example.

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You know, my dad just ran for Congress. I did stump speeches for him, and I'd have to get up and apologize to everybody for being a liberal. For some reason, we've gotten to this place where liberal is a bad word again, which is truly insane. Look at American history. Start with the Salem witch hunt. The conservative view was, "Well, they're all witches and they should be burned at the stake." But the liberal view was, "Maybe there aren't any such things as witches." Liberals thought that women should be allowed to vote. We thought it'd be okay for blacks to sit at any lunch counter they wanted and wherever they liked on a public bus. We thought that'd be all right. We've always been on the right side of history eventually. So I don't understand how you lose the moral argument.

-this part is great!-

We don't have to put the word compassionate in front of liberal the way conservatives do to prove that we give a shit about people. I think we should change what we call ourselves. I think we should be ruthless liberals. We need to show that we're tough, that we really give a shit about people.

I remember when I was a kid, going out to eat with my family and other families. Going out to dinner was a very big thing in Kentucky back then. We weren't wealthy at all, and shrimp cocktail was something you really looked forward to. And just as the waiter put the shrimp cocktail in front of you, the man from the other family would say something like, "What's the problem with those people?" And my mom would immediately be telling us, "Eat fast! Eat fast!" Because we all knew " those people" meant " black people," and my father was going to make a scene, and we'd all have to leave the restaurant.
At the time, I was thinking, Can't you just shut up and let it go so we can all eat our shrimp cocktails? But he never did let it go. And I'm really proud of that. But now, years later, I had to watch him say, "I'm fiscally somewhat liberal and morally somewhat liberal, but no, I'm not a liberal."

Are you kidding? We should be embracing the word!


And let's not forget gay marriage. Now, what's the big argument about? Who really thinks the sanctity of marriage works? What is there, a 50 percent divorce rate? So the argument about gay marriage becomes "What's next? Can you marry a goat?" And you come back with "Okay, let's make marrying a goat legal. Let's make it legal! If you're some backward jackass who wants to marry a goat, go right ahead!" It's illegal to jump off a building. Now, if you made it legal, there wouldn't be a rush of people wanting to jump off a building. But you get these people saying, "This is destroying our morals." What? Because two people love each other and want to express it?

The gay-marriage argument is ridiculous. Eventually it's going to happen, and everyone who stood against it is going to look like George Wallace on the steps of the schoolhouse trying to keep black kids from entering white schools, and we're going to have to explain why these people acted like dumbasses and how they were actually not such bad people after all.
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VioletLake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:40 AM
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1. I knew he was a tasty morsel.
It's nice to see that he's nutritious too. :9
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Sannum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 08:43 AM
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2. I love his body, face, and mind.
I want to have his babies :7 :loveya:
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Sporadicus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 09:26 AM
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3. That Was a Terrific Interview
I've subscribed to Esquire since age 20, but they published an interview with some US Army Lt. Col. neocon apologist on the eve of invasion of Iraq that caused me to cancel my subscription. The George Clooney interview made me glad I had renewed! Great comments like George Clooney's don't make it into mainstream print nearly often enough.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:33 AM
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4. YOU SAY IT GEORGE
"We don't have to put the word compassionate in front of liberal the way conservatives do to prove that we give a shit about people."

AMEN BUDDY. :D
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