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October 14th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Sean Penn on protests: "I applaud the spirit of what's happening now on Wall Street"

Actor and activist Sean Penn is a guest on "Piers Morgan Tonight" this evening, and talks about the 2012 election, Haiti (and his foundation) and more. He specifically addresses the Occupy Wall Street protests that are growing nationwide. "It resonates a great deal, and in many ways," he tells Piers Morgan. "I applaud the spirit of what's happening now on Wall Street. I hope that increased organization can come to it."

Penn says the country needs to give the protests some time to evolve. "I think you have to be a little patient with something like this being organized," he says. Watch the full interview tonight, 9pmET/PT.

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  1. Connie Driscoll

    I can't wait to see tonight's show with Sean Penn. His group in Haiti, JP HRO, is doing tremendous things for the community and is a great example of how to do things right, that one person can make a difference. Sean's pretty terrific as an advocate and activist - and of course, an actor. Piers, I do enjoy your show quite a bit. You have good guests and your style is very classy. I love that you mention what you'll be asking a guest after the commercial break. You show a great deal of courtesy and class. Five minutes until your show with Sean! Ciao! Connie Driscoll

    October 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Melanie Judd

    Sean Penn for President! Of course he will have to up against corrupt congressmen and senators that owe their fannies to their rich corporate backers who run the Tea Party. Our current President can not get anything done because Congress will not do their job.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan Campbell

      I thinkk you have that backwards. The rank and file demos and repubs are the ones owned by the corps. The tea party is an organization that has evolved from the ground up. The corps fear them more than you do.

      October 15, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • pete

      Melanie, you are a joke and so is your tool Sean Penn who continously endorses dictators like Hugo Chavez and Fidel castro. This is the same lunatic that said that Iran is a great place to live but off course would never live there because the hypocrite enjoys his riches and running his loud mouth in this country. Get a life! for any of his good works, this is all for show as he always has to have a camera on him and has to make political statements. His works have an agenda and they are not from the heart

      October 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • john

        Your claims about Sean Penn, such as that he said Iran is a great place to live, sound questionable at best. He would have no reason to make such a statement. If you can't back up your claims with evidence, you're just shooting off your mouth. RE people such as Hugo Chavez, Penn probably indicated that the relationship between Chavez, Venezuela, and the U.S. is more complex than it looks on first glance.The U.S. has a track record of propping up dictatirs, then villainizing them when they no longer do the U.S.'s bidding (e.g.,see Saddam Hussein). One thing is for sure: you're in no position to be telling someone else to get a life.

        October 28, 2011 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. dona brooks

    piers you are wrong ..there were plenty of people protesting what is happening ....sean thanks for the words ..i do so admire you ...

    October 14, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Suzana

    Sean, I applaud the good things you do. And, I don't mind that you criticize U.S. military involvement in the Middle East. It is your right. But, be fair. You addressed the issue in Libya as though it only involved its citizens. Libyan people that have rebelled against their nation's dictator have done much and sacrificed much. But, they would not have accomplished this without the NATO's help and the continuous bombings of that regime's establishments. That movement would have been squashed like every other without our help. So, don't ignore the fact that our bombs were used in this situation, which you view as positive. So, when you criticize our military actions in Iraq, that's fine. But, be fair enough to say that our military actions in Libya were utilized in the right manner. Don't just pretend those didn't happen because the outcome worked out.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • kaluwitharana

      Which military of the world have to support wall street occupation. What about Russia and China military supporting this. For the same reasons, US military supported many cops against democratic governments in south America. What a hypocrisy? However, I agree with your freedom of opinion.

      October 24, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Kaladevababa

    I applaud you Mr. Penn. You have a big heart, you speak the truth and you have a wisdom that reflects your spirituality. Stay the path for what you seek will be. Bravo. If only there could be 2 of Mr. Penn I'm sure his connection with the media/film industry could in some way help rebirth true, unbiased, uninfluenced reporting by the mainstream media. Thank you Mr. Morgan for asking the right questions. Respect.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. michael

    I was watching CNN and saw this gut Pier Morgan who sounds like an idiot. Along with Sean Penn idiot who says the Tea Party is get the "N" word party of out of White HOuse. Moron the Tea PArty back Herman Cain who is in the lead for GOP nomination. And for your info Herman Cain is Black..... Guess Penn has smoked to much Marijuana in his life. And Pier Morgan could you hide how Liberal you are c'mon be a little objective. Both morons...

    October 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SharonM

      Michael, if the intention of your submission was to show us what a venomous ass you choose to be...emphasis on "choose"...congratulations, you succeeded beautifully.

      October 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Dan Campbell

        Here we have one person calling another person venomous ass because that person called someone else an idiot moron. The important point that Micheal was making was totally ignored by Sharon.

        October 15, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Pete

        That is your best argument. You are a tool. Sean Penn is a loud mouth hypocrite whose ridiculous comments go unchallenged by the left wing media. Penn is too chicken shi* to be interviewed by any real journalists. This jerk once said Iran is a great place to live, but would he ever live there, of course not. He talks shi* along with that slob Michael Moron sitting on his 50 million taking advantage of fools laughing himslef to the wall street banks. What brain dead folls you all are.

        October 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Francisco

        What, are you an armadilla chasing' whack job(bush)

        October 28, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • truthfl1

      Read something about Piers(whatever his name is), not a bright guy, what's with CNN hiring all the losers like him, Joy (mouth) Behar, Kathy Griffin (ugh) No wonder Fox is #1 in cable, can't stand these people. It's not just their blatant biased interviews, but their intelligence is geared more toward entertainment TV than serious issues.

      As for s. penn? He is no authority on anything. Can't act worth a damn, as if that were an accomplishment, no wonder CNN lost all credibility. It's not news anymore. It's far leftist propaganda. Nothing more.

      October 15, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Phil

        If you check out Mystic River and Dead Man Walking S. Penn Can act; I would like him to travel to Tehran , give a short travelogue , ask some women there how they like living as second class people, hmmmm; the lesson : everyone has an opinion

        April 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Mr. Michael you clearly have no clue what you're talking about primarily you have no common sense , secondly prior to making posts about politics learn proper grammar and spelling that would make you look a lot less stupid.

      February 10, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JWnTX

        You mean like your brilliantly edited comment? Do you know what a period is?

        February 10, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Teresa

    Mr. Penn might be interested in knowing that a black American, Herman Cain, is the Tea Party's top ranked candidate. I'm sure Mr. Cain would love to enlighten him on his brilliant 9-9-9 plan.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kathy

      Thank you Teresa. I am not personaly a member of the Tea Party, but I have friends and family who are (and they are neither racist nor being controlled by "Corporate America.") I agree, having Herman Cain as their front runner.proves Sean Penn's claim of racism wrong. I have heard Tea Party activists are fed up with Democrats and Republicans alike who have mis-managed our government.

      October 15, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. The Geeky Teacher

    Can we please use the term "socialism" or "socialist" correctly? Socialism is not simply defined as offering social programs such unemployment insurance, welfare, healthcare, etc to a given population of people. Canada, for example. is NOT socialist. Yes social programs are provided however, the government does not have full control over absolutely everything and not all utilities are publicly owned. Not to mention that the distribution of wealth is not equal. There is a rich, a poor and a middle class.
    In a truly socialist society wealth and power are all equal and EVERYTHING is controlled by the government and distributed equally amongst it's people.
    Wikipedia provides quite a nice definition. Please refer to it.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • johnmwilliams

      I agree with the definition and socialism is exactly what people like Freeman, Penn and this administration–and by extension, the Democratic Party–want, whether they're aware of it or not. All we hear today is class warfare, another industry being taken over or regulated out of existence, and complaints about "fairness" when 100% of the taxes are paid by 50% of the citizenry. IT's a surreal world leftists inhabit and one that can only exist with coercion–either through regulation or rationing (including creating false markets like they have done with healthcare), and, inevitably both when the leftists run out of money for their schemes. The USA will become a 3rd world country if the fantasies of Penn/Freeman/Obama/the Democratic Party become reality.

      October 17, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. rod

    I would like to thank you for having Sean Penn tell us that our thoughts are simple. Having made many movies over the
    years has enabled him to think above the very people who have made him insanely rich. While I agree with alot of his
    opinions, it is obvious that the ultra rich on the left are just as out of touch with reality as the ultra rich on the right.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mike

    And why are we going to listen to Sean Penn, ex husband of Madonna who spent how many millions on a superficial wedding only good for the media exposure. this spoiled little dude knows nothing about a hard life, NOTHING. Mr. Penn I'm a black man, please don't help us.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • carol D

      This man you are calling spoiled has been involved personally working and helping many,after the camera lens is covered. Many talk, Sean Penn talks the talk and unlike others he walks the walk. Have you made a life better today?

      October 15, 2011 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • mike

        As a matter of fact I do each and everyday, as I work with street people. Sean Penn you might remember married Madonna and spent millions on security to keep the common folk out so please lady learn before you open you mouth !

        October 16, 2011 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenifer

      Sean admitted that life was different before his experiences in Haiti. He didn't truly see what was going on, the suffering, until he went there and then it truly hit him. It is because he was a well-paid actor that the experience was offered up to him and he took it. while most of us druge on with the same low paying job as before and know that we are helpless to do much more, he took the initiative and did something. Sometimes a blessing is in the disguise of fame and fortune. He has made amazing changes in the lives of people who need help. And that is the only thing that matters.

      October 16, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • johnmwilliams

        Who said he's done great things? Sean? Wouldn't doubt it. That's the way the left works. Lip service and then make everybody else pay up so they feel better. I'd like to see his income tax return and see just how much he truly "helps." Liberals are known for talking a good game and doing nothing (see our current POTUS).

        October 16, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jill

    Come on Piers, Sean Penn as an authority on ANYTHING? You've got to be kidding.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • erkcyclisme

      Jill, so pithy and ignorant about Penn. Anybody who doesn't bow to corporate and Tea Bag insanity is anti-American, right? What good cause have you volunteered for other than greed?

      October 15, 2011 at 2:12 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. charlie johnson

    piers, I admire you for all of your accomplishments and I would say the same about sean penn (I will continue to watch both of you). I also admire the work that sean penn is doing personnally in Haiti and elsewhere (although I do know others who are equally admnireable but whom will never have a platform on your show). what has always rubbed me wrong is your consistent style at trying to bridge the gap between hollywood and politics. call me synical and probably not sympathetic to your need for ratings but I don't accept one word of any hollywood actor as being anything but self-promotional and of course, none of us should believe the motives of any career politician regardless of affiliation. Sorry, call me stodgey but news & opinion is different than hollywood gossip. as I said, while I will continue to watch.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jill

    So who will follow the super-intellect Sean Penn? Michael Moore? Oh yeah, if the subect is EGO and OBESITY.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jo

    Piers, Piers, have got to elevate the caliber of iyour nterviewees. Sinking into mediocrity here.

    October 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Steve Sullivan

    I am usually comfortable watching the show but it sickened me to sick there and watch Piers Morgan gush over Sean Penn while he classifies the entire Tea Party as racists who only want tio "get the n-word out of the white house". I do not belong to or agree with a lot of what the Tea Party stands for but I am tired of these ultra liberal Hollywood morons who think that the only people who have the right to an opinion are themselves. Hank williams is an idiot but he says something stupid and loses his job. Sean Penn says stupid things and people think he is a wonderful brave person withb great insight. If it wasn't for his money he would just be a poor broke moron with a big mouth. Piers Morgan has disappointed me greatly bu letting Sean Penn have the "bully pulpit" without at least calling him out on it.

    October 14, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Sara Chappelle

    Can't fault anything Sean Penn has said tonight. However, I am a writer, a political analyst in that vein, a very "in-tune-with-things" person , myself. I am writing a book; in fact, two. I have also been working as a server in restaurants to actually make money in life happen, right now. Have "waited' on Sean Penn at least three times. If it had been once, I would , perhaps, have thought he was preoccupied. Still. Three times, when I asked him for his order, he could not be bothered to even look up and address me. His (then) wife had to order for him, clearly uncomfortable about that. Worked out with her at my gym. A lovely woman. She did not know how to apologize for his lack of manners. I only say this to point out that while some people may take on great causes, and even be effective about them, really, charity (call it what you will) begins at home. Am not that interested in hearing about his great contributions to people in other countries (deserving as they are; and I am doing my own bit for them, as well) if he cannot give the same respect to people in his everyday world. This may seem petty, but it goes to character. I may seem unimportant to you right now. However, one day, soon enough, I may be a guest on your show.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike

      Your writing is awful !

      October 16, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Kat

        You fault his style of writing, and yet you can't even use the correct form of "your're"

        October 16, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam Cass

      I completely agree with this. How you treat people in day to day life says a lot more than putting on a show in front of a camera.

      October 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. June Dowad

    Piers will you please stop speaking over your interviewees and listen to what it is they have to say – believe it or not they are more compelling than you think you are. I thought Sean Penn showed admirable restraint as he was talked over even as he was attempting to answer a previous question. I hoped you would be an improvement on the sloppy Larry King – but so far, I cannot stay watching the program because every time I have watched, you have done the same thing. Learn to listen and show respect for your guest Piers – you don't have to compete or parade your intellect.

    October 15, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Sara Chappelle

    What is it that is said? It's "what one does when no one is watching, that matters".

    October 15, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  19. truthfl1

    Sean Penn, high school grad, so much to be proud of.

    Appeared on 'Liittle House on Prairie', only because his 'DADDY DIRECTED IT A FEW TIMES'

    penn is a stupid, low life tool for the democrat party, no accomplishments, high school grad thinks he is an authority on politics and smarter than those with advanced degrees, but then again, penn is a high school graduate, never bothered to educate himself, go to college, has no clue how stupid he is, just a loudmouthed uneducated tool.

    October 15, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scott

      You are so off base it isn't even funny. To think that a degree, advanced or otherwise is a prerequisite to anything in life (with the exception of a doctor in medicine) is foolish. A degree is something you purchase. That is all it is. If you have the money, you can almost any degree you want. Certainly Sean has the money to buy degree's. The most succesful people I know in business and in life have no degree whatsoever. And I know a lot of peeople who are fools who have advanced degrees. And although I don;t know you, you are most likley one of them.

      April 8, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Theresa

    Please don't insult me with Sean Penn's economic opinions on CNN. How about a Nobel Prize winning economist's opinions on the economy? The caption "Penn: Capitalism Not Working" cracked me up. Capitalism is working pretty darn well for the likes of Penn, Moore, Sarandon, Jolie, (insert your own self-righteous celebrity millionaire who thinks the world should be subjected to their naive politics). If Penn is truly anti-capitalist, why doesn't he refuse his million dollars plus per year and work for a living wage like the rest of us? It frightens me that others here don't see through this guy's b.s and naivete, regardless of political persuasions. I am a teacher, Sean, and since you claim to be so concerned about the "real people," I am sending you an open invitation to trade jobs and salaries with me for a year. Better yet, trade places with a Venezuelan teacher for a year (without access to your buddy Hugo's luxuries).

    October 15, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
  21. truthfl1

    just noticed- only 24 comments- NO wonder, S. penn is irrelevant.

    October 15, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse | Reply
  22. craig cotora

    Dear Mr. Morgan and Mr. Penn:

    Actually there are plans circulated for America to "start making things again"–i.e. to reindustrialize–which would ,of course, over time elminate both chronic un/underemployment and The Deficit.

    One such plan is offered at: "The Economy Needs Fundamental Reforms, Not Just More "Stimulus" at

    October 15, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Nancy

    Watching and listening to two men who consider themselves smarter than "simple minded Republican", I know exactly where these two will be meeting up after their time on earth, you going to need some ice to cool yourselves with. Arab spring, it more like mirroring itself to Iran. What these commie protesters want is to break and bring America to its knees, NO! I know the true evil that pushes for collective salvation and to get to that place where people have to shed themselves of their faith to God. When Harry Belefante talked about Herman Cain, it disgusted me. How can a person that leans to the commie left, perceive themselves to care about the "people", yet you are only half a person if you are a conservative. You lefties are actually going back to your original roots, I've studied who you really are. You are the Robert Byrds, Al Gore Sr.'s, the Bull Connors of yesterday. I looked back, didn't have to go that far back, more like 50 years back. You are not who you say you are, anyone just has to read a simple archive to find out for themselves. I will leave you with the link, read it, if you can handle the truth. Your so called "movement" is no surprise to those who have planned out the dates of the so called "movement". Van Jones, with his own words and Stephen Lerner has already given the details, also his own words. This movement will fail, it's you against America and America will win!,9171,871159-1,00.html

    October 15, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Mark

    I just finished watching Piers Morgan's interview with Sean Penn. I am thankfull to you, Mr. penn, for your years of service to our government in gathering and developing information gathered on intelligence missions. Your doctorates in political science must assist you in this field greatly. Also you MBAs and additional doctorates in international finance, plus all of the published works you have painstakingly researched are going to be a great boon to the restructuring of Wall Street. The fact that your foundation assists Haiti is admirable. The money you have made, and received, from various donors is certainly helping those in areas affected. And thank YOU Mr. Morgan, for such an enlightening expose'! Without your interview with Mr. Penn, we might have been in doubt of what pompous, self righteous morons you both are.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Thank God that not everyone who replied to the interview is a nut case crack pot....and thank God for Sean Penn.

      October 22, 2011 at 6:42 am | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Mike Lyman

    Piers – When are you going to change your ways, and get real? It is now 3 times in the last month, Morgan Freeman, Harry Belafonte, now Sean Penn all saying the Tea Party is racist. When are you going to get some cohones and challenge these people on their absurd racist notions. Sean Penn says, "get the N word out of the White House", please just once Piers ask these people the following: Isn't it possible to want Obama to be a one term president because you disagree with his policies, because he has been ineffective?? Millions of people wanted Jimmie Carter to be a one term President also, what would Sean Penn's answer to that be?? Will we ever know, or are you going to just faun over them??
    I applaud Sean Penn's work in Haiti, but he has to stop the obsession with race, like his many liberal friends. The country has gotten beyond it many years ago. I spent most of my life in LA, where we had Tom Bradley for 5 terms as Mayor, and there was never a black majority in this city. Grow up Sean Penn & Piers Morgan!!

    October 15, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sickofpolitics

      Thank you for telling it like it is, Mike.

      October 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. sophie

    sean penn you are the king!!!!!!
    love your words love your soul.....
    you are the voice of reason

    October 15, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    October 15, 2011 at 7:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  28. sean penn rocks

    if i had 5 minutes with this guy i would let him talk and LISTEN to him!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ROCK STAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NUMERO UNO!!!
    Best interview ever x x x x

    October 15, 2011 at 7:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Theresa

      Hmmm. Could "Sean Penn Rocks" possibly be "Sophie?" Pretty blatant. I really hope your comments (!!!!!!!!) are sarcastic. If not, this is blind celebrity worship.

      October 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Larry Merriam

    Right now the marchers have no unified cause.

    Here' a cause that would unify the marchers with Wall Street and the American people.

    Warren Buffet recently said "I could end the deficit in 5 minutes, you just
    pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more
    than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible
    for re-election

    The Unifying Message for the marchers should be ACCOUNTABLITY.

    American's have a right just like any employer to come up with goals and expectations. Our goals can be expressed in terms of the unemployment rate, deficity vs. GDP or even customer satisfaction on an individual basis with our leaders.

    If they don't meet the expectations that either can't run again or can only run for one more term unless the problem is cured.



    October 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Scott

    Sean Penn spews lies and hate. He is obviously frustrated about not having any women to beat up

    October 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. randy

    If I had ran into Sean Penn back in the 80'S, there would have been a fist fight.

    I think Sean Penn has come a LONG way (as have I – trying to see the other side of things). He is much more balanced than in the past. And the man put's his money and his time where is mouth is.

    He has earned my respect. He deserves yours.

    Not part of the Tea Party, but know many who are. They are not racist, they do not hate. Their message is simple. Cut spending and no more increase taxes. Get our fiscal house in order. They are not 'to the right' as many think. They want cuts EVERYWHERE in our budget. And that includes in our military – understanding that the both wars need to come to an end. (Sean is wrong here).

    Finally, I watched Mr. Morgan multipe times. He has proved himself to have an agenda – no problem with that, if you 'own up' to it.t. Done with him; but listening to Penn was worth putting up with Morgan.

    October 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mike

      I got a bridge in Brooklyn for sale to. and by the way why is it when white folk look for cred they always go looking to help us po black folk, then they see the light ?

      October 17, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse | Reply
  32. joe dugan

    Piers Morgan, sycophant to the stars. His continued obsequious flattery takes full flight from beginning to end. Where is Anderson Cooper when we need him? Even Erin Burnett will do. Show the door to Piers, the Poser.

    October 15, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Karl

    As a tea partier, I want to see no one lynched, Mr. Penn, but you can stay in Egypt, and Mr. Obama can vacate the Whitehouse in January, 2013. You are both embarrassments to America.

    October 16, 2011 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sophie

      Karl if you and the rest of your "tea party" / America have it all right then why is your country doing so economically well? You should stay at war and send as many citizens as you can off to fight in the desert so they can die fighting for your land of "freedom"!!!!

      October 16, 2011 at 3:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • johnmwilliams

        Sophie–why don't you read something besides Daily Kos or Democratic Underground? Why must you waste the time of intelligent people spewing your ignorance? This economy–such as it is–is entirely a product of policies by this administration that anyone with any sense of people and the incentives it takes to creates jobs could have told you would result in abject disaster. It doesn't have jack to do with the Tea Party–it has to do with a Democratic Congress that spent money like there was no tomorrow for four years (yes, they took Congress in 2006). So please, go spout your agitprop talking points someplace else. Those who can read and think for themselves know better.

        October 16, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • sophie

        Great advice johnwilliams you know it all buddy.
        All the best and thank you!

        October 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Steve

    I am pretty well educated (have two Masters degrees), have no negative feelings about any minorities and absolutely LOVE the Tea Party! This has NOTHING to do about race (look how the Tea Party is supporting Herman Cain!). It is about terrible leftist policies that are simply bankrupting this country! Unfortunately for Mr. Penn, this country will never become another Cuba or Venezuela socialist regime.. Mr. Penn would NEVER have enjoyed the personal success he has in the USA in either of those two countries. But now that he has his millions, he can go on criticizing the country that allowed and made it possible for him him to be successful? You just have to wonder at the guys childhood..
    I was also extremely disappointed at Morgan Freeman's comments on Pier's show.. Suggesting that people jwant Obama out of the White House just because he is black is just so ridiculous... THAT is a racist comment! Nobody I know who wants Obama out wants him out for THAT reason, it is because he is driving the country into bankruptcy, THAT is why! Grow up Morgan!
    This country was founded on the principles of personal freedom and free markets, not to be a total welfare State as Mr. Penn hungers for..

    October 16, 2011 at 6:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      Point proven. 2 Masters Degrees as nothing to do with intelligence.

      October 22, 2011 at 6:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Mike

        then that would mean you have a PHD ?

        October 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  35. johnmwilliams

    Sean's exactly right. The Tea Party wants the socialist NAIF that inhabits the White House out of there so this country can get back to work. The man who loves Chavez, Castro, and now Obama, pretends that he cares about America. What a loon.

    October 16, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
  36. FreedomFighter

    Communist and Nazi Party Support Occupy Wall Street. So do Democrats. Not good!

    Figures. Nazi Party Throws Support Behind Occupy Wall Street Movement | The Gateway Pundit
    The American Nazi Party likes what it sees. Today the American Nazi Party released a statement in support of Occupy Wall Street movement.

    October 16, 2011 at 10:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Cat

    Between Morgan Freeman, and now Sean Penn, it appears that Piers Morgan's shaow has now become a forum for all celebrities to bash the Tea Party or anything right of left , without fair debate by Mr. Morgan. Since Morgan's show has become the Stars for the DNC program, I choose to no longer tune in.......

    October 16, 2011 at 10:50 am | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Teresa

    This is why CNN's ratings have dropped so low. You are alienating so many people with these celebrity fools. Do you really think they represent any of us? It's almost laughable!

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