Nov 22nd, 2010
"Ideas don’t happen on their own. Throughout history ideas need patrons." — Matt Kibbe, president of Freedom-Works
So says Dick Armey's greed monkey. Roll it over. Go ahead. Take his statement apart for serious examination. This is no mere glib deflection of the charge that Freedom Works is not grass roots activism. It boils down to a cup the fundamental anti-individualism of the modern American conservative.
He excuses his organization's tactics by arguing that whatever idea you have isn't really there at all until someone with wealth and power says it is.
What's most depressing is the fact that he is right about the broad swath of Freedom Works' supporters and The Tea Party in particular. It's not so much that they've been duped into believing in progressive death panels, nationalized auto companies or even a Kenyan-usurper President.
They are just children who want to be read to.