Could This Be the Year of the Libertarian?

Matt Kibbe and Chris Rufer joined Glenn on Tuesday for a fascinating conversation about Libertarianism. Kibbe is the former president of FreedomWorks and Rufer, a tomato tycoon, recently made the largest super-PAC donation in the history of the Libertarian Party. Could this be the year of the Libertarian?

"Most people don't understand [Libertarian concepts] because of the two-party system. ...I'm shocked at Gary Johnson. He is reaching out almost seemingly blatantly, intentionally, and in spite of conservatives that are looking for an answer, and trying to reach right to the Bernie Sanders people. And that is uber concerning and uber strange for people who don't understand Libertarianism," Glenn said. "Can you help on that one? Help explain that one?"

Rufer, who applied Libertarian principles to build his company, jumped in to answer.

"Well, I can explain how Gary is pursuing his campaign. He's basically Libertarian. But a lot of people, as you mentioned about stripping here or doing unusual things, take Libertarianism as being libertine. And that is not Libertarianism," Rufer said.

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What's the difference?

"Libertine is just do everything you want," Rufer explained. "Libertarianism has very strong values, but their values are very fundamental. Simply, not initiating force against other folks and not stealing their property. So I think you said it correctly. You have people who are liberals --- and I perceive liberals as a set of personal values --- and conservatives are folks that have strong personal values. And they're all good. The unique aspect of Libertarianism is the agreement that we're not going to use physical force against each other. To advance our ideas, our particular morals about smoking, taking whatever drugs or helping poor people. So we're going to use persuasion instead of coercion."

Later in the discussion, Kibbe also chimed in on the topic.

"The difference between a libertine and a Libertarian is that there are all sorts of rules and institutions and ways that we respect fellow human beings that have nothing to do with government. And we actually take it a step forward. We think government corrupts those values when it codifies these things, and everything gets screwed up once you let politics start deciding what's right and wrong. But that doesn't mean that everybody gets to do whatever they want. It means that values come from the bottom up, from people working together in voluntary association, instead of some subcommittee taking a 5-4 vote, deciding, 'Hey, this is the definition of marriage today.'" Kibbe explained.

"If we can understand almost a reverse progressivism and start to move the Libertarians and go, 'Okay, yes, there's your goal.' But you've got 100 years of wiring to undo in the American mind. That's going to take a Herculean effort --- and strategy," Glenn said.

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Featured Image: Matte Kibbe on The Glenn Beck Program, Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Monday, Harvard Law professor and lawyer on President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team Alan Dershowitz explains the history of impeachment and its process, why the framers did not include abuse of power as criteria for a Constitutional impeachment, why the Democrats are framing their case the way they are, and what to look for in the upcoming Senate trial.

Dershowitz argued that "abuse of power" -- one of two articles of impeachment against Trump approved by House Democrats last month -- is not an impeachable act.

"There are two articles of impeachment. The second is 'obstruction of Congress.' That's just a false accusation," said Dershowitz. "But they also charge him, in the Ukraine matter, with abuse of power. But abuse of power was discussed by the framers (of the U.S. Constitution) ... the framers refused to include abuse of power because it was too broad, too open-ended.

"In the words of James Madison, the father of our Constitution, it would lead presidents to serve at the will of Congress. And that's exactly what the framers didn't want, which is why they were very specific and said a president can be impeached only for treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors," he added.

"What's alleged against President Trump is not criminal," added Dershowitz. "If they had criminal issues to allege, you can be sure they would have done it. If they could establish bribery or treason, they would have done it already. But they didn't do it. They instead used this concept of abuse of power, which is so broad and general ... any president could be charged with it."

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On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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