Actor and comedian Adam Carolla tells Newsmax TV that family values, such as the importance of caring for one's children, were a matter of collective wisdom in America until culture warriors got hold of child-rearing as an issue and made common sense sound ideological.
Carolla, himself a father of twins, joined "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth on Tuesday to talk about his new book, "President Me: The America That's In My Head,"
and to despair of the polarized political climate in the United States that insists on labeling him "conservative.
"If you would have talked to people left and right 50 years ago and said, 'Do you think you should provide breakfast for your child or do you think the school should provide it or the state should provide it?' If you'd asked them about having an ID to vote, if you'd asked them about many of the things that we're arguing about today — raising a family, staying intact, educating your kids, being responsible for your kids — those things didn't fall under partisan politics, left and right. They fell under 'No duh,' " Carolla said.
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Carolla, host of the daily "Adam Carolla Show"
podcast and former co-host with Jimmy Kimmel of "The Man Show" on Comedy Central, said raising kids in Los Angeles inspired him to write his latest manifesto.
"I see society sort of crumbling around me, and I thought at least I'd go on record giving some of the solutions to fix it," he said.
Carolla as "President Me" doesn't spare any political constituency. He's especially merciless about his fellow celebrities
, writing, "When they're not pretending to be climatologists, they have a lot of thoughts on 'Western medicine' or, as I like to call it, medicine."
But he's called conservative for supporting proof of ID and employment as fair requirements for voting. Carolla told "America's Forum" viewers, "Look, if you got laid off last Wednesday and we vote on a Monday, I'll give you some slack. But if you've been unemployed for, let's say, more than 18 months and you don't have ID, no. You don't need to vote."
"I just flew out to New York and I had to show ID to get on the airplane, and then I had to show ID to get into the hotel and then I had to show ID to get into this building," he added. "So, without ID, you ain't getting anywhere in this country, and I don't know why the folks are arguing with me. Instead they should be trying to help the folks that don't have an ID get an ID."
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