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Jon Voight: Obama's Policies Spark Unrest

Thursday, 05 Nov 2009 01:44 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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In Minnesota this week, actor and activist Jon Voight launched a fresh verbal missile against the President and his administration, saying, “We’re becoming a socialist nation, and Obama is causing civil unrest in this country. … I say that they’re taking away God’s first gift to man: our free will.”

The Minnesota Independent further reported that Voight made the pointed comment while appearing with Gov. Tim Pawlenty at the first local fundraising event for his new Freedom First PAC in Minneapolis.

Voight, an Academy Award winner, said he stopped at Pawlenty's event on his way to Washington to speak at U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's rally at the Capitol to oppose the House Democratic healthcare bill, according to a report in the Pioneer Press.

Voight noted he hadn't met Pawlenty until just this week, "but I've seen him in his media appearances, and I've always been very impressed with him. I think he's a very graceful figure, very thoughtful and has the right principles," reported the Press.

He stopped short of supporting Pawlenty in a presidential bid in 2012.

Since Pawlenty announced in June that he would not seek a third term, he has been hitting the national TV news and talk shows. But he insists he hasn't decided whether he'll run for president.

Pawlenty formally kicked-off his national political action committee Wednesday night at the Minneapolis Hilton hotel with the help of about 300 big-money donors and political supporters, including Voight and John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff on the TV classic "Cheers."

Pawlenty's "Freedom First" PAC could serve as the foundation for a 2012 president campaign.

However the governor said, "This PAC is about 2010. (Its purpose) is to support candidates in Minnesota and across the country that support the idea of keeping government spending under control, trying to keep a lid on taxes and trying to get more accountability out of government."

Meanwhile, Bachmann is urging the public to storm the Capitol to protest the health care bill that's being considered. Voight told reporters in D.C. that he doesn't like the bill:

"If this thing passes, it's disastrous to our country -- both economically and to healthcare. It's going to diminish everyone's healthcare and it's going to be a huge bureaucracy that people are going to suffer under."

Voight isn't the only actor getting verbal in the healthcare debate. MoveOn dot Org filmed ads featuring Heather Graham and Will Ferrell, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.

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