by Steve Lancaster 4/12/14
MATT KIBBE is the president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a national grassroots organization that serves citizens in their fight for more individual freedom and less government control. An economist by training, Kibbe is a well-respected policy expert, bestselling author, and a regular guest on CNN, Fox News, The Blaze TV, and MSNBC. He also serves as Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna, Austria. Kibbe is author of the national bestseller Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government’s Stranglehold on America (2012) and coauthor of Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto (2010).
When you boil it down to the demi-gloss, this is the essence of conservative and libertarian political philosophy. Matt has taken much of libertarian thought that often wanders into the weeds and lays out what most libertarians and conservatives believe and strive to achieve. Many posters on these pages have attacked libertarians as closet progressives that all we want is drugs, sex and rock and roll. Of course, those faux “libertarians” have little or no knowledge of libertarian principles and sadly many critics of libertarians have even less knowledge. On the first page Matt asks the question that guides the book, “Do you believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own futures and solve problems cooperatively working together, or do you believe that a powerful but benevolent government can and should rearrange outcomes and make things better?”
I do not doubt that many social conservatives and RINO’s will have real problems with Matt’s opinions. In many ways they have bought into the idea that government solves more problems than it creates. I have been there and done that myself. “But is it really any of my business to mind the business of the millions of other people working out their own dreams? I don’t think so. I don’t have to accept their choices or their values. But as long as they tolerate mine, as long as they don’t try to hurt me or take my stuff, or try to petition the government to do it for them, why should I care?”
“DO YOU EVER FEEL like politicians want just one thing from you? That maybe, just maybe, they don’t really care about you, your dignity, or your freedoms at all?” Is there a conservative or libertarian who doesn’t feel this way? It is a fight for the heart of our country our liberty to live as we please, where we please and with who we please. It’s time to make some real changes to the political class, tar and feathers may be considered extreme but not excessive.
Take the time to read Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff. Think for yourself about libertarian solutions rather than listen to the rhetoric of the progressives and RINO’s who are only intent on keeping power in the self-righteous little claws. The book is available from Amazon kindle for $11.89.
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