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In the Reagan Mold: 10 Conservative Men in Hollywood

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Posted on September 9 2010 8:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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Hollywood has a well deserved reputation for so-called liberalism. As frustrating as it may be for mainstream America to cope with an entertainment industry which is often fundamentally opposed to its traditions and values, it is not difficult to understand why leftist thought is so attractive to entertainers.

Several years ago, my family celebrated a special occasion by taking a Caribbean cruise. Over the course of the five day journey, I noted a revealing change among my fellow passengers. On the first day, travelers accepted the royal treatment with grace and gratitude. It didn’t take long, however, for people to get used to having their way. As the trip wound down to the last couple of nights, what had earlier been gracious acceptance among the passengers turned into impatient demanding. The threshold for satisfaction had risen significantly.

If such a shift in expectation and deposition can take place over a five day cruise, imagine the effect of months and years of adulation, priming, primping, and accommodation. That is the experience of not just celebrities, but many producers and executives behind the scenes in Hollywood. It is therefore little wonder why they tend toward elitism. When you come to believe you have greater intrinsic worth than those around you, it’s a small step from there toward the statist characteristic of the Left.

That said, it is remarkable when folks retain their humility and manifest conservatism in spite of the star treatment. We here recognize such exceptions to the Hollywood rule, successful stars who break from the leftist ranks to stand up for tradition and individuality.

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