MORE POLITICAL ACTIVISM FROM THE HOLLYWOOD ELITE…. Conservatives are supposed to loathe Hollywood celebrities who get involved in politics. Why, we’re told, should anyone care what actors and entertainers think about political news of the day?

The question doesn’t seem to apply to Republican Hollywood celebrities. Take Jon Voight, for example, who by all appearances, has gone completely over the edge.

Voight was an enthusiastic Giuliani cheerleader in early 2008 (at one event in St. Petersburg, 120 people showed up at a Giuliani event, and Voight compared it to traveling with the Beatles), before campaigning for McCain. Since the inauguration, Voight has been an unhinged right-wing activist, attacking President Obama as a “false prophet” and headlining Republican fundraisers.

This week, Voight started accusing the president of “creating a civil war.”

“We are witnessing a slow, steady takeover of our true freedoms. We are becoming a socialist nation, and whoever can’t see this is probably hoping it isn’t true. […]

“Do not let the Obama administration fool you with all their cunning Alinsky methods…. The real truth is that the Obama administration is professional at bullying, as we have witnessed with ACORN at work during the presidential campaign. It seems to me they are sending down their bullies to create fist fights among average American citizens who don’t want a government-run health care plan forced upon them. So I ask again: Is President Obama creating a civil war in our own country?”

This awfully nutty stuff, especially for a high-profile actor.

But the amusing part is how the right picks and chooses which celebrities are allowed to engage in political activism and which should remain silent. Sean Hannity has bashed Hollywood entertainers who get involved in public affairs, but Hannity has now asked Voight to travel with him to participate in a series of “Freedom Concerts.”

So, for the record, Sean Penn and Angelina Jolie should remain silent about politics, because they’re the Hollywood Elite. Jon Voight, Craig T. Nelson, Chuck Norris, and Fred Thompson should be prominent political players, no matter how radical their rhetoric, despite being members of the Hollywood Elite.

Got it.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.