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The Conservative Counter-Culture: NRB Interviews Bill Whittle, Andrew Klavan, and Dana Loesch

Posted on March 2 2011 12:56 pm
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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Dana Loesch: That’s a great question. This is something that affects my family. My husband works in the music industry. So, being a conservative, a Tea Partier, being in the music industry and him doing what he does, it’s fun. It’s a real party.

That’s absolutely true. Politics is downstream from pop culture completely. I think the first and most important step that we can take is that we need to know that there are conservatives out there in the arts and entertainment community that are doing stuff, and they’re not afraid to be open and who they are. I think it’s incredibly important that we support them and show other people who are watching that you can still be in this industry, you can still be in [arts and entertainment], and be a true conservative, be a Tea Partier. And you’re not going to get completely sidelined and ostracized, because there are people that are going to come and support you.

Aaron Lewis, he’s the lead singer of Staind, a rock and roll band. He came out as a Tea Partier. He’s got a Gadsden flag that he says he flies in his yard. He’s kind of a private guy. He came out as a Tea Partier. There have been other individuals who have come out. Sophie B. Hawkins came out as a big time conservative. Danny Elfman who does Tim Burton’s [film scores] is conservative. I will purchase anything that these individuals do. And I’ve heard that Denzel Washington is also a conservative. I will go see any Denzel Washington movie. I will go purchase anything Danny Elfman does. I will buy anything Sophie B. Hawkins does. It’s very important that we support these individuals and encourage a younger generation too, that may want to go into something like this but may not be able to reconcile their conservative beliefs with what they want to do, to make sure that we give them support.

We have to make it to where conservatism is cool again. And it is cool. We’re truly the counter-culture generation. I was raised a big ol’ leftist. Part of my anti-authoritarian streak was never able to fully embrace it because of what it was. It was against everything that I believed in. I think when we advertise that out into pop culture, and the more that we talk about it the cooler we make it, the more that we support people, I think that we will begin to turn the tide of the stereotypes that are placed against conservatives.


Bill Whittle's innovative Declaration Entertainment is intent upon injecting conservatism back into Hollywood.

NRB: Bill Whittle is doing this with Declaration Entertainment. Do you see the advent of an alternative Hollywood? If so, does it really need to be an alternative like Christian movies that get made in this sort of subculture? Or can it merge with and become and supplant the mainstream.

Loesch: I’m a person of faith. I go to church every Sunday. I don’t believe in creating separate worlds. I think that [conservatism] can go out there in the mainstream and have it’s place in the mainstream just like everything else –

NRB: Confront real issues in a realistic way –

Loesch: I will not make my faith take a back seat by having a separate track for it. No, no, no. It’s good enough to be in the mainstream. And I think it’s an insult – Most God rock sucks. Let’s be honest. Most of it is not produced very well. It’s great music and all that. But it needs something. I think it would be very good of us to make sure that we make that as attractive as possible. It’s a form of ministry. You make it as attractive as possible. People will come to it. You can’t just kind of do it as an afterthought. So yeah, mainstream!

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