How ‘Parks and Rec’s’ Ron Swanson Became the Unlikely Libertarian Hero of the Obama Era

February 24, 2015 11:37 PM

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How ‘Parks and Rec’s’ Ron Swanson Became the Unlikely Libertarian Hero of the Obama Era

The acclaimed NBC comedy Parks and Recreation, starring Amy Poehler and Chris Pratt, airs its series finale Tuesday evening. The show, which premiered during the first year of the Obama presidency and then ran for seven seasons, was in many ways a gift to big-government liberals. It portrayed Leslie Knope (Poehler) as a hard-working, compassionate bureaucrat. It provided a kinder, gentler (and goofier) view of local and federal government. Parks and Rec even gave First Lady Michelle Obama a platform to promote her far-left, pro-exercise agenda.

Sure, you could characterize the series as left-of-center. It just so happens that the show’s funniest, most compelling character would rather have the public sector razed to the ground.

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