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.


Anonymous said...

I saw him on Glenn Beck tonight and what's funny is that I thought of you while listening to his stand on issues. I, too, liked what he had to say.

acceptancewithjoy said...

I am actually hoping to see George Phillies win the Libertarian Party nomination.

I read Mary Ruwarts book. It did a wonderful job explaining Libertarian free market ideals and defending why they work. I thought her ideas fell short explaining what to do when people didn't live up to the ideal of "don't hit first" or violated someone else's life, liberty or property.

Judy Aron said...

George Phillies is an interesting guy. Wayne Root has TV presence and is very media savvy. They are all very different candidates and have a definite Conservative message. Smaller government, adherence to the US Constitution, eliminate the IRS etc. etc. and anti-interventionism.

But of course the media will peg all of them as wackos.