Let me start by saying I have been a fan of Craig T. Nelson's since I was 14 years old. I remember watching him in Poltergeist on HBO and just really enjoying his work. I felt he was as fine of an actor as can be found in Hollywood, and I was a big fan of his throughout the 80s.
Then along came Coach. I cannot help being biased here because Coach is my all time favorite show, ever. Bar none. I think it was the best and greatest sitcom ever. (Everybody Loves Raymond being a close second.) Coach is one of those shows that I can watch over and over and over again. Most of that is due to Nelson, who was incredible as Coach Hayden Fox. Coach also had one of the best supporting casts in the history of television, but Nelson is what propelled the show.
I have always wondered what Craig T. Nelson's politics are. Considering he is a Hollywood actor I didn't have much hope, and I have always given actors like him and Brendan Frasier a ton of credit for staying out of politics, at least publicly. They are entertainers and shouldn't be running around the country stumping for candidates and expounding on social issues.
Then the 1990s and 2000s happened. And every liberal actor and actress (yes I still use the feminine word to describe female actors, sue me) came out of the woodwork to endorse Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama. You couldn't go a day without a liberal actor bashing a conservative politician. Or bad mouthing our country. Or disparaging our troops. Or bashing big business, espousing big government, or endorsing the murdering of innocent, unborn humans. And, of course, bashing the 2nd amendment.
So now when an actor or actress comes out and espouses conservative ideals I stand and applaud. After all I like to be entertained, and I like to think some of the people that entertain me are like-minded with my thinking. It isn't a necessity as I still am a fan of Billy Joel (a Democratic atheist) and John Cusack (a liberal Democrat). So it was so refreshing to come across this at one of my favorite blogs, Big Hollywood.
Preach on Coach, errr, Mr. Nelson. Seriously, this guy is well-spoken, and funny, and he is right on with these issues.
Now the Coach theme song (fictional Minnesota State fight song) will be stuck in my head all day!