By B.N. Frank
Our imaginations are not running wild. According to this new book, the American government has been taking more liberties at squashing liberties and everyone is at risk.
Author, journalist, and self-proclaimed “lefty” David Kirby provides details and advice in this recent Full Measure segment.
Sharyl: Do you notice any division? Is one party or the other better or worse at any of this?
Kirby: They’re both bad to be honest. I can pick apart, and my book does, and I’m equally critical of the Obama Administration as the Trump Administration. A lot of my stories take place in blue states.
Sharyl: But what do you attribute that to, if there isn’t even an ideological divide into where this happens?
Kirby: Well, I think when you talk about ideology, I think people on the far left and on the far right are actually a lot more united over these issues than they realize. People on the left don’t like government intrusion any more than anybody else does. It is more of a libertarian point of view. I call myself a lefty libertarian, which sounds oxymoronic, but I figured it out. I would say people like Rand Paul is certainly bringing these things up once in a while. He has sponsored some bills in Congress. They go absolutely nowhere. He does get Democratic cosponsors. There are people, progressives, who are interested in reforming these issues, and reigning in the government. But like I said, it goes nowhere.
Sharyl: What would you say is the takeaway message you would like people to walk away from reading your book with?
Kirby: Know your Bill of Rights. Read them, study them, know what protections you are offered under them in case you ever need to use them, and if you are concerned about these things, it’s up to us. These are our personal freedoms, and they are under attack.
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