L. Neil Smith writes:
Bob Barr, an interloper, carpetbagger, scavenger, and parasite who latched onto the Libertarian Party to salvage his failing political career and will no doubt hand it back when it has served its purpose, a drained, broken, lifeless wreck.
Barr is a lawyer, a former CIA employee, a U.S. Attorney, and 1994 Gingrich-style Republican “Revolutionary” who served four terms in Congress as a vicious and sadistic drug warrior, anti-abortionist, and reinterpreter of the highest law of the land, who fallaciously asserts the existence of a “constitutional right and responsibility of Congress to pass laws protecting citizens from dangerous and addictive narcotics”.
He dodges ripe topics that only the Libertarian Party could dive into feet first, whimpering, for example, that the issue of outrageous gas prices is “complicated” and market driven, when it is actually part of a transparent attempt to reduce us under absolute hydraulic despotism.
He is also a chronic waffler with a habit of performing terrible authoritarian acts that needlessly place innocent individuals in prison or in other peril, and endanger the nation and its Constitution as a whole. Recently he claims that he regrets opposing medical marijuana and voting for the USA Patriot Act. He also tried to outlaw the practice of Wicca in the military. When will he tell us he regrets that?
The man wanders all over the place, politically, philosophically, and ideologically, with no discernable rhyme or reason, no logical connection or consistency between the various random stances he takes on issues — and then later abandons when he finds them inconvenient. Above all, Barr clearly misses the entire point of libertarianism — which is the enjoyment of untrammeled self-ownership — and of being libertarian.
Bob Barr (barf) is an opportunist, not a libertarian.