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The one thing the institutional left has always been better at than conservatives is community organizing, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said. He created FreedomWorks to change that.
“It’s always been a bias in the conservative movement amongst libertarians to really focus on the books and the ideas,” Kibbe told TheBlaze in a dimly lit hotel lobby in Arlington, Texas, just a stone’s throw from where Restoring Love will conclude at Cowboys Stadium Saturday night. “There are a lot of think tanks that wrote a lot of 40-page white papers that sat on shelves, while the left was beating us in the streets, they were reading Saul Alinsky, they were organizing, they were protesting.”
As the Tea Party movement goes global and crosses international and cultural boundaries, it is more important than ever to turn words into action, he said.
“It’s inspiring to know that you are part of a global movement,” Kibbe said. ”We don’t sit around and read books… But the point is that those ideas have to be given legs, they have to be put into action.”
He went on: “[The Tea Party] is not just a protest movement, it is not just a ‘get out the vote’ machine. We want to make it so every activist — if they want to be a blogger, if they want to do a Tuesday night book club, if they want to do community service — we have to figure out a way to create a portfolio of activities, all of which build the community.”
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The Blaze’s Benny Johnson contributed to this report.