I was listening to Wednesday’s Talk of the Nation podcast episode, and they had on Bob Barr as a guest. Why not? He’s a retired Congressman, he’s probably got nothing better to do with his time. Wait, he’s running for President on the Libertarian Party ticket? Well… like I said, he’s probably got nothing better to do with his time.
There were a couple of parts of the show that caused me to laugh aloud.., well alright snicker, but I was on the bus at the time.
Let’s just say that I think Bob Barr as the Libertarian Party candidate is just evidence for why the Libertarian Party’s philosophy doesn’t work. If the party most in favor of devolving government and returning more power to local organizations and individuals picks a candidate like Barr, then it is just proof that most individuals are not fit to govern.
Why attack Barr so? You shouldn’t consider it an attack upon Bob Barr’s person, but rather upon the fact that prior to jumping free from the Republican Party, Representative Barr supported many of the things that the Libertarian Party is dead set against. Consider the exchanges below:
Lynn Neary: But, but you did vote for the Patriot Act, did you not?
Bobb Barr: Yeah… which…
Neary: …which increased the power of the government to eavesdrop on citizens… that doesn’t seem…
Barr: No… the Patriot Act did not deal with increased surveillance of Americans*, the administration has done that quite separate from the Patriot Act. I did vote for the Patriot Act, as a number of folks did, at the time, after working on it to get the administration to scale some of its provisions back; they also made a number of promises to us that, I guess a number of us na