Former U.S. Congressman Dick Armey co-authored with Matt Kibbe, Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. The book tells of personal-tea party experiences of ordinary people, the origins of the tea party, and it’s fight for liberty! I recently started the book and will recommend it to anyone interested in this topic. The book is credited as having been written by the leaders of the organization FreedomWorks, which is ran by Dick Armey. It is a great book, an easy read, and not to long. Enjoy!
In the next step for broadening Tea Partiers' cause, one of the leading faces of the movement stepped onto the set with Jon Stewart.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, promoting his new book, "Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto," was interviewed for the Daily Show yesterday.
Stewart called the book "a manifesto, which is close to Karl Marx there."
"I wasn't happy about that," replied Armey.
The book, which outlines the history of the movement to its present form, gives readers an inside view of the political phenomenon. The book's motto is "lower taxes plus less government equals more freedom."
"Division of labor works when people mind their own damn business," Armey continued. "The problem with government is just that its not very disciplined at minding its own business."
Tea Party supporters are united by a belief in the pursuit of individual liberties and a limited government. Historically, they are older, white, Republican males. By sitting down with Stewart, Armey seems to be hoping to tap into other demographics.
Richard Keith "Dick" Armey is a former U.S. Representative from Texas's 26th congressional district (1985–2003) and House Majority Leader (1995–2003). He was one of the engineers of the "Republican Revolution" of the 1990s, in which Republicans were elected to majorities of both houses of Congress for the first time in four decades. Armey was one of the chief authors of the Contract with America. Armey is also an author and former economics professor. After his congressional career he worked as a consultant, advisor and lobbyist.
As a free-market economist influenced by the ideas of Milton Friedman, Armey favored relatively open immigration and the elimination of barriers to the movement of goods and people across national boundaries. Armey was one of Congress's fervent supporters of privatization of Social Security and phasing-out of farm subsidies. He is a strong supporter of replacing the progressive tax levels and a complex system of deductions with a simplified single rate known as a flat tax where the poorest taxpayer would pay the same rate of tax as the wealthiest. Armey is very critical of a competing tax reform proposal that would replace the current system with a national sales tax, the Fair Tax.
In 2003, Armey became co-chairman of Citizens for a Sound Economy, which in 2004 merged with Empower America to become FreedomWorks. "FreedomWorks" is a common Armey saying and the organization is dedicated to advancing a "Freedom Agenda" of "lower taxes, less government, and more freedom." FreedomWorks states that it has 700,000 members nationwide and full time staff in 10 states. In his role as Chairman, Armey continues to be a national political figure and grassroots leader. He travels widely, meeting with activists and legislators. In 2005, for example, he testified before the President's Advisory Panel on Tax Reform and debated Governor of Colorado Bill Owens on a tax increase ballot measure.
In 2009, FreedomWorks launched a campaign against health care reform proposals, accusing the Obama administration of attempting to "socialize medicine". A strategy manual disseminated by a FreedomWorks volunteer explained "best practices" including "Inflate your numbers", describing how one group succeeded in dominating a group of 150 voters in which only 30 opposed healthcare reform.
Matthew B. "Matt" Kibbe is the President and CEO of FreedomWorks, a position he has held since 2004. He originally joined the organization (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) as a policy analyst in 1986. He previously worked as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL), Senior Economist at the Republican National Committee (where he resigned in protest when George H. W. Bush violated his no new taxes pledge), Director of Federal Budget Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.
Kibbe has been published in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, USA Today, RedState.com, America Spectator and Reason Magazine. On television, Kibbe has appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC’s Hardball, FOX News’ Fox & Friends, FOX News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News’ America's Newsroom, CSPAN, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto, and FOX Business Network’s Happy Hour.