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Geoffrey Pike writes:

Bob Barr never fully repudiated many of the awful positions he took in the past. He certainly sounded better than McCain or Obama on the campaign trail, but he always left much to be desired. He talked about smaller government, but most of the things he said could have been said by any establishment Republican candidate. Ronald Reagan probably sounded more radical in his time than Bob Barr has this past year. Why would people get excited about a third-party candidate, who has no shot of winning, when his ideas aren’t even that radical or exciting?

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The ironic thing is that this could have truly been a breakout year for the Libertarian Party. I don’t want to put words into Ron Paul’s mouth, but I have a feeling that if Mary Ruwart had been the nominee, then she would have received an endorsement from Ron Paul. Either way though, she would have been a perfect place to go for a large number of the approximately 1.2 million people that voted for Ron Paul in the primaries. She would have been a rallying point for the liberty movement, much as Ron Paul was in the primaries. But regardless of the number of supporters and voters she would have received, she would have continued to educate people and had people excited about freedom, just as Ron Paul did in his campaign.

The Reform Caucus (aka Retard, or Deform, Caucus) implanted Barr in the most corrupt manner. They got what they deserved.

Now that their idiotic theory of putting a non-libertarian on the ticket has proved to be a huge failure, perhaps they will go crawling back to the Repuglicrats from where they came.

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joellevand writes:

The Libertarians had a good chance this year to pick a charismatic, dynamic speaker — or a woman or a former Democrat, both of which would have pulled in more voters — but they picked anti-liberty, pro-Christian Bob Barr, thus losing plenty of voters such as myself. Bob Barr was the worst choice ever, morons.

And they were warned.

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Rick Fisk writes:

Many of you may not know this, but Bob Barr lost his congressional seat due to an organized LP effort to defeat himself and other “drug warriors” in office. Since that time, Barr has allegedly reformed and sought the nomination of the very Party which managed to unseat him. Barr’s current communications director, Shane Corey was driven out of the Libertarian Party leadership for advocating larger government intrusions into our lives and a perpetuation of the war against terrorism. He also was accused of orchestrating a smear-campaign against Mary Ruwart, a candidate competing against Barr for the LP nomination. Smear campaigns are a normal routine in politics lately. However, the fact that this particular smear originated from the LP leadership, calls into question the objectivity of the Party’s power-elite. That Corey eventually ended up working for Barr’s campaign is just more fodder for speculation. It can’t be easily explained.

Barr, a former CIA agent, voted for the PATRIOT act while in Congress and prosecuted hundreds of citizens who ran afoul of the nation’s drug laws while he was a federal prosecutor. His track record as a leader for the cause of liberty is barren. And to top off a dubious set of career accomplishments, the tactics he has used to gain the LP nomination are suspect.

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Whether or not Barr and his clan’s efforts are intentional, they are destroying the Libertarian Party’s ability to even remotely advance the cause of liberty. Russ Verney and Bob Barr would have you believe that this is the result of “true leadership.” Well, if that’s their idea of leadership, then I’ll stand behind Ron Paul, Cynthia McKinney, Chuck Baldwin and Ralph Nader before I would stand next to either of those two.

Funny how one of the key ex-Repugs that infiltrated, and destroyed, the Reform Party is also a key player in Barf’s campaign.

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Not only ideologically, but financially bankrupt as well. Susan Davis reports:

In perhaps the most desperate sounding e-mail solicitation yet this election cycle, third party Libertarian candidate Bob Barr’s campaign manager sent out a plea today to supporters to raise $15,000 each day this week—or else.

Under the subject line, “Have I said or done something to offend you?” Russ Verney writes, “You see, I have to report that unless we receive and immediate cash infusion of $85,000, our progress will stop dead in its tracks. To be very blunt, I am presently faced with bills equaling our bank account balance, and I know there are many more expenses on the horizon.”

“Progess will stop” if these sleaze-balls aren’t able to con a bunch of gullible idiots into sending them $85k immediately? Is that a promise?

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Via theweekdaily.com:

Bob Barr, a 59-year-old former Republican congressman from Georgia, carries some personal and political baggage into his presidential candidacy. In 1994, as a congressional candidate, the thrice-married Barr reportedly licked whipped cream off the breasts of two women at a charity function. He once accidentally fired a .38-caliber pistol through a glass door at a fund-raiser. In Congress, he hardly amassed a libertarian record, leading the fight to impeach Bill Clinton, writing the Defense of Marriage Act, pushing for the Patriot Act, and opposing a woman’s right to choose.

There is nothing libertarian about Bob Barr, at all.

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rtbohan compares Bob Barr with William Wirt:

This year, there is a feeling among some that, in Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party has nominated its own version of William Wirt. It has chosen a candidate whose political career as an office holder has been as a conservative, with a preference for smaller, cheaper government but little else of a libertarian about him. His most notable actions, and those on which he spent the most effort, attacking medical marijuana, supporting the Patriot Act, the Defense of Marriage Act, were not only not libertarian, they were anti-libertarian.

Bob Barr has a solid record of being authoritarian, the polar opposite of libertarian.

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RottingNation writes:

the party that has touted themselves as the ‘Party of Principle’ has actually strayed from their principles and began sliding down the slippery slope towards statism. They have elected Bob Barr as their presidential candidate in order to gain popularity and press coverage for the party, thus making a deal with the devil to trade principles for a few extra percentage points in the November elections.

Here are a few things that any libertarian should know about Mr. Barr:

– Bob Barr supports intervention in Iran and South America. He also praises George Bush’s surge in Iraq.

– Bob Barr favors a national sales tax.

– Bob Barr voted for the Patriot Act and favored reauthorization of that act.

– Bob Barr supports the War on Drugs.

The end result: CIA asset Bob Barr will lose the election, obviously, and achieve his goal of dividing the LP in order to destroy the momentum Ron Paul started.

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