"Hercules" actor Kevin Sorbo says the upcoming midterm elections are critical to turning the nation around from its socialist-leaning direction under the Democrats.
"This country needs to be taken back, we're going on completely opposite direction and people need to wake up and see that," Sorbo said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The reason why history repeats itself is [because] nobody reads history."
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The hunky star, whose latest movie is the smash hit, "God's Not Dead," is appalled at the scandals that have rocked the United States in the past several years, as well as the political direction of the nation.
"There's never been a socialist country that has had long-term success, there's never been a communist country," Sorbo said.
"People aren't rushing to move to Russia, people aren't rushing to move to Cuba, they still want to come to America, but we have so many problems in this country.
"Look at Watergate. That pales in comparison to Benghazi, to the gun-running down in Mexico, to the IRS scandal … the list goes on and on."
Sorbo believes Americans are so used to seeing scandal after scandal that apathy has set in.
"People go, oh what the heck. I mean we're so apathetic to what's happening at D.C. that it's very, very sad, and we need to turn it around."
Sorbo recently stirred controversy when he insisted atheists secretly believe that God exists and protest too much about religion.
"They’re just filled with anger and hatred. On the one hand, I feel sorry for them, but then I kind of laugh at them. Why would anybody spend so much time ranting and raving about something they don’t believe in?" Sorbo said.
He stood by those comments on Thursday, telling Steve Malzberg:
"What amazes me when I see these guys on TV is the amount of anger and hatred — like their veins are popping out of their necks … I'm going wait a minute, why are you so angry about something you don't believe in?" he said.
"Why do these jokers get the power to take down nativity scenes in front of government buildings, office buildings, because they say it offends them?
"If you don't believe in something, how can anything that has to do with that offend you? It offends 90 percent of this country when nativity scenes get pulled down … Why do we not get a voice?"
Sorbo fears Americans are losing their freedom of speech.
"The political correct world is taking over because someone is going to be offended by something that somebody said," he said.
"You know you can say I like the color blue while a person who hates blue is going to sue you for saying that. I mean, it's insane to where we're going right now, and it's sad.
"We [are] hopefully reaching a tipping point where the majority are saying, enough is enough."
In "God's Not Dead," Sorbo plays an atheist college professor who challenges a student to prove the existence of God. It has been a hit in theaters, raking in $60 million against a $2 million budget.
Nobody expected that kind of success from the modest PG-rated production, which features cameos by Willie Robertson and his wife, Korie, of "Duck Dynasty" fame.
"It kind of shows Hollywood that they're not really paying attention to all those middle states that they call fly-over states between California and New York City," he said.
"Well, there's people living in those states, people that care about values, care about morals. They care about product that's coming out of Hollywood that they don't want their kids to see.
"Now here's a movie that's family friendly. It shows a very interesting point of view from the atheist, an interesting point of view from the Christians. People are going to decide for themselves if they think God is real or God is not real, and it just hit a chord with people."
Sorbo, 55, believes in God and had his faith dramatically renewed through a terrifying brush with death.
"My arm had been bugging me for a long time, and before I had a chance to do anything about it, it ended up being an aneurysm that opened up, sent [out] hundreds of clots … and unfortunately three clots went to my brain," he said.
"I suffered three strokes, and obviously, I could've been killed instantly. Two strokes went to my balance center, one went to my vision, and I still have 10 percent loss in both eyes.
"I had to spend the next four months learning how to balance and walk again ... I slowly worked my way back up, but it took me three full years to recover."
Sorbo's health issues are recounted in his 2012 book "True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal — and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life,"
published by Da Capo Lifelong Books.
His films include "Soul Surfer," "Bitch Slap" and "Slaughter of the Innocents."
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