Open Letter to Glenn Beck
Dear Mr. Glenn Beck,
Recently on your program, you’ve been openly stating your disdain and disenfranchisement with the Republican Party and a little more than hinting at your switch to Libertarianism. You’ve even acknowledging that you had scored at the top of the Libertarian quadrant on the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.
With that in mind and on behalf of the Libertarian National Campaign Committee (LNCC), I would like to welcome you to the Libertarian Party and to the movement to limit government and protect the individual right to personal and economic freedom.
Very few people come to Libertarianism with a “pure” Libertarian ideology. I for one came to the party still supporting the War on Terror. But after being involved with Libertarian campaigns and activist groups I had a moment of clarity. Through this period of self-discovery, I came to see the error in my previously held views on our country’s interventionist foreign policy. I drank the Kool-Aid and saw the light. Over time, you will too.
My open arms welcome comes with a couple of caveats, after all “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch“.
First, I would like for you to understand that the ire and outrage you’ve received in the past couple months from Libertarians comes not from some high-minded purity test or doubt in your sincerity. It swelled from the lack of any acknowledgment of how you have previously discussed and treated our Party’s philosophy, leadership, candidates and our dedicated activists.
Second, from one friend of Bill’s to another…I think you owe us some step work. It would go a long way with the Party and Libertarian activists if you did a politically themed 12th step with us.
I think a politically modified version of the 12th step would be the best way to show Libertarians that you are truly “with us”.‘Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to Neocons and Statists, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.’
You have an awesome platform with which to reach millions of Americans. I ask that you use it to openly and honestly discuss Libertarian philosophy and the campaigns of our candidates. Giving us an equal and respectful footing will show the rest of the party that you are truly committed to embracing and sharing our unique message of less government and more freedom.
I encourage you to have a couple of our quality candidates and activists on your show. I know that the Libertarian National Campaign Committee Chairman, Mark Rutherford, would be more than happy to either come on your programs or help line up Libertarians to participate in your on-air discussions.
Together we can further spread the message of personal and economic freedom across the country.
Again, I am proud to welcome you to the Libertarian Party.
Evan McMahon, Executive Director
Libertarian National Campaign Committee