Rob Lowe: ‘I want the government out of almost everything’

Taylor Bigler Entertainment Editor
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Handsome actor Rob Lowe says he wants the government to stay out of everyone’s business.

In an interview with the New York Times, the former “really, really liberal Democrat” said: “My thing is personal freedoms, freedoms for the individual to love whom they want, do with what they want. In fact, I want the government out of almost everything.”

Lowe played a Democratic speechwriter on “The West Wing,” a Republican senator on “Brothers and Sisters,” a city manager of an unspecified political party on “Parks and Recreation” and President John F. Kennedy in “Killing Kennedy.”

Lowe also told the Times that being loyal to a political party is like using drugs, because both are acceptable in the U.S. today.

Hesaid: “I find them both [drug use and political parties] highly overrated. Each day another state makes it O.K. for my 18-year-old — any 18-year-old — to go and buy pot like he’s buying a Pepsi-Cola, and so let’s face it: In the United States, recreational drug use is sort of acceptable. Belonging to one party is acceptable. But my days of just ticking the party box are long over. I judge the candidates for who they are.”

In an interview with The Guardian in 2009, Lowe said that he was formerly a Democrat, but switched to being an Independent.

“You know, there’s that great quote: ‘If you’re young and you’re not a liberal, you have no heart. If you’re older and not a conservative, you have no brain,'” Lowe said. “I started out being a really, really liberal Democrat. [That changes] as you get older and you have children and you get more life experience. I’m what you would call an independent moderate. I haven’t crossed the aisle, so to speak.”

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