Judge people by how they conduct themselves as people and how they do their jobs. What they say and how their actions relate to what they say. Which is the major reason why when I hear Conservatives who are not Classical Conservatives meaning Conservative Libertarians, speak in favor of individual freedom and limited government, but then try to pass laws limiting individual liberty. And giving government more authority to regulate how people live their own lives.
I’ll use Senator Jim DeMint who I admit is an easy target for Liberals such as myself and others. But last year he came out in favor of some law that would make adultery illegal. Similar to what they have in Saudi Arabia. No one in their right mind who knows anything about Saudi Arabia, would describe Saudi Arabia as a free society. Senator DeMint who’s no Conservative Libertarian, but who I would describe as a Christian or Religious-Conservative, I’ll give him credit for his honesty. You know where he stands on the issues, but I would fault him at least in one area.
Senator DeMint, speaks all the time on the Senate floor and in other places about limited government, individual liberty and that the Federal Government should live within the U.S. Constitution. Great, I’m in favor of all of that, but the problem with Senator DeMint is that he’s only speaking in favor of economic freedom for some and fiscal responsibility for some. Not personal freedom, which is important in a liberal democracy like America. Individual liberty is just that, it’s what Libertarian Economist Milton Friedman called maximize freedom. The freedom for individuals to live their own lives as they see fit as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. That’s just doesn’t relate to economic freedom, but freedom in general as long as you’re not hurting anyone else with your freedom.
As far as Hugh Hefner, I think he’s the perfect example of what both personal freedom and economic freedom means in America. He started his own business and comes from a modest economic background. But took advantage of that to the hill and built his own very successful business and company which of course is Playboy. And has lived his own life as he’s saw fit and has lived up to his personal responsibilities from the personal decisions that he’s had with his own personal freedom. And hasn’t hurt innocent individuals with his own lifestyle and personal freedom. Which is certainly an American Dream at least for Americans who believe in both individual freedom and personal responsibility.