Freedomworks and Glenn Beck both know that the Republican party, despite sometimes running candidates with a pro-freedom philosophy, can be inconsistent in its support of a freedom-centric philosophy. As such, the argument goes, someone needs to hold the party's feet to the fire to make sure it doesn't back out of its commitments to the liberty of the American people. To that end, representatives from Freedomworks joined Beck on today's show to explain their new "My platform 2012" initiative, which will allow everyday voters to make their preferences regarding the GOP's 2012 platform known - preferences that Freedomworks will aggregate in deciding what issues to pressure the national party about. (Related: FreedomWorks Unveils Theme Of Its 2012 Agenda to TheBlaze - And How You Can Help Decide It)
Naturally enough, there is a catch that allows Freedomworks to rank their followers' priorities. That catch is that voters can't simply put all their most radical ideas into a document and hit "Send." Rather, they'll have to choose between competing priorities in deciding what really matters to them as part of the GOP agenda.
"And it's ugly," Beck laughed about this part of the plan. "You'll sit there and go 'I want both of them really bad.'"
However, making the hard choices is still needed, especially given that party platforms can get ludicrously slippery. As former Representative Dick Armey put it in the segment, "It's a political document. You have to understand, a political document is always going to be intellectually and morally inferior to any other kind of a document, because the purpose for which it's written is not to express a sincere commitment to get this done, but to be attractive enough to get your votes."
Watch Beck, Armey and other representatives of Freedomworks explain their method for impacting this "political document" below: