On KCUR/NPR 89.3 FM. This aired on Tax/Tea Day, on Thursday, April 15, 2010. The reporter was Laura Ziegler.

Click here to “watch” the audio of NPR’s Tea Party interview at YouTube’s site, along with a slideshow of pictures from the 2009 and 2010 Tea Parties.

To clarify two things from the interview:

  • I’m described as a libertarian.  That’s not incorrect, but “conservative” is probably more accurate and less confusing.  I’m pro-life, pro-traditional-marriage, and reluctantly Republican.  Without a doubt, I believe the Republican Party could use more of a libertarian influence, and not less, throughout all levels of the party.  Remember Ronald Reagan:  “The heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
  • I’m described as a Tea Party “activist.”  Not really.  I’m quite “pro-Tea Party,” whatever that means, and, as I stated directly above, I think the Republican Party needs more libertarians (and less of whatever we have going, today).  But, to be fair to the true Tea Party activists, I merely attended the 2010 event and didn’t do much more.


Connect with Benjamin Hodge at FacebookTwitterLinkedInThe Kansas Progress, and LibertyLinked. Hodge is President of the State and Local Reform Group of Kansas.  He served as one of seven at-large trustees at Johnson County Community College from 2005-’09, a member of the Kansas House from 2007-’08, a delegate to the Kansas Republican Party from 2009-’10, and was founder of the Overland Park Republican Party in 2011.  His public policy record is recognized by Americans for Prosperity, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the Kansas Press Association, the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, the NRAKansans for Life, and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE).