Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bob Barr Launches Libertarian Candidacy For President

Rep. Bob Barr, former Republican Congressman from Georgia, launched his presidential bid in the Libertarian Party this past Monday, saying voters are hungry for an alternative to the status quo who would dramatically cut the federal government.
"I've heard from Americans from all walks of life ... they want a choice," he said at a news conference in Washington. "They believe that America has more and better to offer than what the current political situation is serving up to us. "
Barr, 59, quit the Republican Party two years ago, saying he had grown disillusioned with its failure to shrink government and its willingness to scale back civil liberties in fighting terrorism. He has been particularly critical of President Bush over the war in Iraq and says the administration is ignoring constitutional protections on due process and privacy.

I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Bob Barr in person recently
(along with Mike Gravel, Wayne Allyn Root, George Phillies and Dr. Mary Ruwart...well yeah, I think I know what some of you might be thinking, but nevermind, they were all very interesting people to meet, except for Mike Gravel who is a total macaroon).

Bob Barr made a really great speech and expressed some very appealing opinions, and Wayne Root had more enthusiasm and energy than the energizer bunny. Dr. Ruwart and George Phillies discussed some good points as well. I'll have to get a hold of Dr. Ruwart's book, Healing Our World in an Age of Aggression, it sounds like an interesting read.

The Libertarian Convention will be held in Denver, and they will choose the person to be their presidential candidate.

While we may not see a Libertarian in the White House anytime soon, these folks are quite passionate and support liberty and the US Constitution and I am all for that. I really liked what Bob Barr had to say.