Voight's first roles were almost uniformly counter-cultural roles. In his early life, his political views were liberal and he supported President John F. Kennedy, whose death "traumatized" him. He also worked for George McGovern's voter registrations efforts in the inner cities of Los Angeles. Voight actively protested against the Vietnam War. In the late 1970s, he made public appearances alongside Jane Fonda and Leonard Bernstein in support of the communist Unidad Popular group in Chile.
In a July 28, 2008 op-ed in The Washington Times, he wrote that he regrets his youthful anti-war activism, calling it the result of "Marxist propaganda." He pointed in particular to the massive human rights abuses in Vietnam and in Cambodia after the American withdrawal. Voight has said about his political transformation that:
We were traumatized in the Sixties and all of that behavior—the dancing in circles, the smoking pot and saying "all we need is love"—it was because we couldn't identify evil; we couldn't believe in evil—we didn't want to believe in evil so we just hid from it. It was a very disturbing time... overwhelmingly, it was a very bizarre, selfish and hedonistic philosophy that wasn't very helpful. It attacked the family—the attack on the family was very severe because not only was there this idea of [indiscriminate love] and that would solve the world's problems, which gave rise to teen pregnancy, but also this idea not to trust anyone over 30. This was from people who were over 30 and bombed out of their minds with every kind of drug they could put into their system. Then there was the romanticization of the drugs—there were people coming out with [pseudo] scientific evidence that [drugs] increase your enlightenment—it was devastating. Today, I find that people look back at that time in a romantic way and that's as dangerous as anything is. It wasn't a romantic time. It was a time of great distortion.
Voight appeared on Fox & Friends to endorse former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 Republican Party nomination. He contacted Giuliani's California finance chairperson in and asked to work on the campaign. According to The New York Times, his role in Giuliani's group "brought some high-wattage celebrity to a campaign that was in distress." He worked a variety of supporting side roles in the Florida primary, such as warming up crowds. He stated on that trail that New York City had became a much safer city in the 1990s, once remarking that "God sent an angel, his name was Rudy Giuliani." In another interview in Miami with AventuraUSA.com, Voight said he first met Giuliani "years ago" at a movie premiere in New York City and the main reason for his support was Giuliani's public poise in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
In March 2008, Voight appeared at a rally aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, California for the kick-off of Vets for Freedom's National Heroes Tour. In an April 11, 2008, interview on the Glenn Beck show Voight stated that he had thrown his support to Republican Senator John McCain for President.
In May 2008, Voight paid a solidarity visit to Israel in honor of its 60th birthday. "I’m coming to salute, encourage and strengthen the people of Israel on this joyous 60th birthday" said Voight. “This week is about highlighting Israel as a moral beacon. At a time when its enemies threaten nuclear destruction, Israel heals."
In September 2008 Voight appeared in a video available on YouTube from the Republican National Convention admonishing viewers to support the American Troops. He also provided the narration for a video biography of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, that appeared on John McCain's campaign website.
On June 8, 2009, Voight hosted a Republican congressional fundraiser, and he also made his own speech within the event. He said he was "embarrassed" by President Obama and referred to the Obama administration as "the oppression". He also described Obama as a "false prophet" who would bring about the downfall of the nation. Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised Voight's speech.
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