I don't see the hypocrisy. I feel the same way as Matt Damon. I received
a first-class public eduction that I think was second to none. I think that the
US can, and should, offer the kind of education I received to every child. The problem is that I don't live where such an public education is
offered. It is not even close. Therefore, to my chagrin, we've opted to
home-school (with high school diplomas via correspondence schools). We
can't afford private schools. If there was any hope of even moving the
local public school needle a little bit, I would be lobbying for that.
We've tried each of our children in at least one year of public school.
One of them tried a second year, latter on, in a Charter-school Middle School.
Public Education in the US needs to be resuscitate because it is pretty well
flat-lined in many places.I think everyone should be calling him a realist
instead of a hypocrite.
The elite always exempt themselves from whatever they want to impose on the
masses. No surprise here.
SurfIsUp: "...although you gave some stirling examples of other hypocrites
who are SUPPOSEDLY conservatives..." [emphasis added]The
examples I gave are people with impeccable conservative credentials. Can you
get more conservative than the Utah legislature? If you choose to dismiss them
as RINOs or CINOs and thus not worthy of being called conservatives, please look
up the "No True Scotsman" logical fallacy.SurfIsUp:
"...in them you seem to have insinuated that I'm tolerant of those
hypocrites as well...To the contrary I condemn them also."Good
for you. But you seem to be the minority. They keep getting re-elected or
their careers keep getting rehabilitated. Liberals are not the only ones who
"get a pass" from their constituents or the media (as suggested by some
commenters above). Conservatives seem plenty willing to overlook double
standards when it suits them. Given that conservatives like to claim the
"unwavering adherence to unbending moral principles" high ground while
dismissing liberals as squishy moral relativists and situational ethicists, such
tolerance double standards is itself a bit hypocritical.
I think that's fine, that's the great thing about wealth in America.
You really CAN have YOUR cake and EAT it too!
Damon is one of our celebrity aristocrat champions of the common man, like Sir
Joseph Porter, K.C.B., of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. "The British sailor is
the equal of any man -- excepting me."
Priceless! A politician labeling someone else a "hypocrite." Matt
Damon may be a hypocrite, but so are politicians--and on a much bigger scale on
a host of issues.
@Lagomorph. Perhaps hypocrisy is not indigenous to liberals; but they are well
represented in it. And although you gave some stirling examples of other
hypocrites who are supposedly conservatives-- in them you seem to have
insinuated that I'm tolerant of those hypocrites as well, or that we should
all ignore it. To the contrary I condemn them also. I have spent
much of my life focusing on practicing what I preace; and I call it out when
displayed by family, friends, and most especially those who are constantly in
the public eye preaching one thing and doing another. These are usually
politicians and celebrities.We have a president who seems to enact
policies and then he spends his time campaigning against that policy and the
results it has yielded. This article reminds me of that kind of hypocrisy which
is killing our society.
patriot: " Hypocrisy is part of the DNA of every liberal...they can't
help themselves."SurfIsUp: "But those rules don't apply to
Hollywood elites and liberal hypocrites."I believe that "the
personal is political" as much as anyone, but the drive to find a political
dimension to events goes to absurd lengths sometimes. Hypocrisy is a universal
human trait not confined to any particular band of the political spectrum.
Everyone is guilty of actions not matching words at one time or another. In
case you need reminding, there have been some notable cases of hypocrisy amongst
the conservative set, viz.- a pro-family governor who went off
"hiking the Appalachian Trail" with his mistress- a staunchly
pro-life, pro-family Tennessee legislator recorded urging his pregnant mistress
to get an abortion- a legislature full of anti-socialists that puts the
warehousing, distribution, and retail of a legal product in the complete control
of the state- strident antihomosexual legislators and televangelists who
get caught soliciting or cavorting with boy toys- and on and on...There is plenty of hypocrisy to go around. There is no truth or useful
argument in saying hypocrisy is a liberal trait.
Most of us live obscure lives. Because of this, we never have to give much
attention to security from the press, whackos, or or crazy people seeking the
public spotlight. Check on the "big names" throwing stones in this
discussion and you will find that they have security people protecting their
children, and often their children attend secure schools. Yes, we are
all vulnerable to some degree, but most of us do not experience the insecurity
that American notoriety creates. Remember John Lennon, President Reagan, etc.
Give this actor a break, standing up for public schools should not be grounds
Please don't let the thought enter your mind that the "private
schools' being discussed by either Matt Damon or the "private
schools" attended by Jeb Bush are in any way equivalent to the "charter
schools' being touted in Utah. The private schools Matt Damon and Jeb Bush
have the wealth to afford DON"T use taxpayer money to survive.Liberals will
always be the first to defend the taxpayer's choice of a private school
over a public school if the school in question operates with it's own money
and the parent has an informed choice.Here in Utah, the only state in the Union
that has legislated away(HB 220, Jul 2010)the teaching of Democracy in our
schools, we are trying to create "private education" funded by the
taxpayers through taxation revenue for the charter schools or vouchers
subsidized by the taxpayers, who may or may not have any school age children at
No, vouchers are a way for rich people to get a discount on private school. Even
with a voucher, poor families will still have to go public because vouchers will
only pay for part of the private school tuition. Private schools will raise
their prices the second that vouchers are passed.
He must have a new movie coming out, seems to be when he surfaces. Hypocrisy is
a way of life for this young man!
Anyone who puts their kids in the public education system is setting them up for
failure. Public schools are run mostly by liberals with a socialist agenda. I
home schooled all my kids. I accomplished more in less than four hours
instruction than a public school does in two days.
It's not automatically hypocritical at all. I love the public education I
had, that doesn't mean having kids then moving to L.A. would mean the same
thing. A public school in L.A. and Utah aren't the same thing. In fact, the
differences can be vast. Damon even made that point basically, so again... not
hypocritical.A lot of judgement on here. I don't like how left
Hollywood is, but stereotyping a human being because of their profession
isn't good. Even if he was, it is still inappropriate and judgmental.Maybe the better we treat Hollywood actors, the more receptive they will
be to us.There's a thought, being nice to someone. Who'd
There are rules that we,the unwashed masses, should follow. But those rules
don't apply to Hollywood elites and liberal hypocrites. But I
Damon 'has criticized and opposed efforts by those who are working to make
sure low-income parents have the same choice he had.’ Let's be honest, there Republicans and the elite are not trying to
provide choices for families, they are trying to further marginalize public
education. The Des New had an article on Charter and Private schools in Utah vs
Public Schools, the results of the Charter and Private Schools were not as
impressive as many would expect.
@no fitThere is no irony at all, and no one said other individuals
have to keep their opinions to themselves. But if an individual like damon
engages in the hypocrisy he is engaging in then he deserves to be called out for
it.Everyone has the right to say whatever they want to say but no
one has the right to avoid the consequences of saying it.
Does anyone see the irony in this?American governmental(Republican)
legislators are wealthy men, sending their children to private schools. These prominent, powerful, frequently "in the news" individuals are
making decisions about public education.So other individuals with
different careers, in the same economic category, have to keep their opinions to
Wow that's a good one 007. It's the Republicans fault. The only way
the Republicans contributed to the mess this country is in is by not winning
elections, leaving people like Obama to make policy.
downhill since saving private ryan
He explained it pretty well. Republicans have ruined the schools. So what? No
liberal says everyone has to go to public schools. Only republicans make all or
nothing fallacy arguments.
But because he a PC liberal, he gets the waiver of criticism for any hyprocracy.
You know, it's not just Hollywood types that say one policy for us 99%ers,
and then do the 1% thing. In D.C. you will get the most pro public education/
anti-voucher private school Democrats who talk that talk while driving their
children to the most expensive private schools in the area. I will give
President Jimmy Carter credit for sending Amy to public school though.
Damon is a typical liberal leftist....do what I say NOT what I do. Hypocrisy is
part of the DNA of every liberal...they can't help themselves.
Vouchers are the way to get choice and they save tax payer money too.
damon is a typical hollywood liberal hypocrite. No news in that.