‘Leave everyone alone’
This chapter discusses Clint Eastwood's politics. Eastwood has supported both Republicans and Democrats over the years. As to his own beliefs, he told liberal New York Times columnist Frank Rich in 2005 that he ‘professes the libertarian creed of “less government” and “was never a big enthusiast for going to Iraq but never spoke against it once the troops were there”’. This puts Eastwood in ‘the same middle as most Americans’, according to Rich, who quotes the star as saying, ‘I vote for what I like. I'm not a loyalist to any party. I'm only a loyalist to the country’. Eastwood's best-known statement of his libertarian leanings appeared in a 2004 interview with USA Weekend. After summarizing his ‘philosophy’ in three little words — ‘leave everyone alone’ — he acknowledged the longevity of his political views. ‘Even as a kid,’ he said, ‘I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live’.
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