Monday, June 23, 2008
Bob Barr? Ron Paul? Hmmmmm!
http://www.bobbarr2008.com/media-center/play/93 Bob Barr on Glenn Beck
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_o97bp5Wr0 Barr on Bloomberg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_o97bp5Wr0 Barr on Neil Cavuto
http://www.bobbarr2008.com Campaign website
I think I have found someone who represents the ideals I can vote for. While the two main party candidates continue to flip-flop, attack each other for the lack of any original ideas, and avoid talking about the real issues in the campaign, along comes Bob Barr as a refreshing alternative. If I can’t have Ron Paul because the Republicans can’t handle his message, I might have to pursue Bob.
Bob Barr is the 2008 Libertarian nominee for President of the United States. Previously, he represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bob is not a pure Libertarian, but then, neither am I. He doesn’t support legalization of drugs and is against liberalizing marriage laws. Like the other parties, there is great diversity of views within the party. What unites Libertarians is basic principles of maximizing individual liberty, limiting government growth and influence while returning powers to the people and the various states. These powers at the local and state level should include social works and a majority of legal processes. This would reverse the upside down pyramid of government costs and waste. And because people have been willing to vote outside the two party system, we have many local and state government leaders from Libertarian or independent parties in place. A good start.
Meanwhile, most of the media pundits just dismiss 3rd party candidates as “spoilers” or radicals. At the same time I would suggest there are more “radicals” and dissatisfied voters in the mix this year than any other time in my lifetime. What’s at stake is opening up our political system and getting rid of the domination of the two party systems. In fact, to take it a step further, it is time to get rid of the whole Electoral College approach and let democracy truly reign by popular vote in this country with multiple party/candidate options.
People, some even close to me over the years, when I have mentioned voting for independent parties or candidates have stated I was “wasting” my vote. As if somehow if we don’t go with the flow of public convenience or opinion we are somehow irrelevant. I stand diametrically opposed to that mindset, and would even go as far as to suggest it is much more patriotic to stand up for YOUR beliefs and positions as opposed to just “going with tradition and standard practices” of the establishment. Haven’t we had enough of big government and career politicians raping us of our resources and creating a vacuum of integrity or morality in leadership? How else are we going to rid ourselves of this if it is not in the election booth? Do we have to wait for a violent revolution of some type? Personally, I don’t see why we can’t take back our government, our mis-spent tax dollars, and our freedom to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” at the ballot box.
I will continue watching and evaluating all these Presidential candidates in the coming months…but when all is said and done, I will vote for whoever represents MY interests and ideals in government leadership. Not who a particular party, or worse yet…some media pundits… want to push on me as acceptable when they are not. I encourage every American to do the same. THAT is what will change and improve our country. The will to vote for change…intelligent change…is what will return our country to peace and prosperity.