Libertarian Ron Paul used this Michael McDonald-penned 1976 song as part of his 2012 US presidential campaign, calling for less government. However, Takin’ It To The Streets appears to be a cynical message about poor people being unrepresented politically and not getting the assistance they need. Thus, they must join together to take action themselves. Perhaps in this way the message could be stretched to be libertarian, an ideology that highly values individual freedom and personal initiative. However, the song has a more group or collective notion of political activism.