OK, I know I will never get many of you on the John McCain bandwagon, (I have been quietly supporting him for a while without telling you), and you all seem to think Ron Paul is the answer to the prayers of all of Libertaria.
Here is a guy for you who will do far more for the libertarian movement than any of the other LP candidates and Paul combined, with the exception of Wayne Root, who although he is the best of them will probably now find the going tough.
The LP now finds itself in the unusual position of having two candidates with actual federal government experience, Bob Barr as a former congressman, and former Democrat Senator Mike Gravel.
Barr is rated as a libertarian by the Republican Liberty Caucus with a lifetime score of 76.4% which is on the lower end, however he started with a rating of ‘enterpriser’ and improved as he went on. His personal liberty rating of 68 is lower than I would like to see in a libertarian, but is not too bad and the articles I have read from him indicate that he is a lot better since then. He is quite strong in the area now.
Today I received an Email from his organization saying that he has formed an exploratory committee for a bid for the Presidential nomination for the LP.
Dear Fellow Conservative,
I’m writing you today with the most important news I could ever share with you.
After years of frustration watching the Republican Party rack up a $10 Trillion national debt while doing nothing to cut spending it is obvious that the Republican Party is simply no longer serious about representing the conservative-libertarian economic philosophy of my former boss, President Ronald Reagan.
I am deeply disappointed to see President Bush put forward a $3.1 Trillion budget, while vetoing hardly any spending bills during nearly eight years in office.
For those of us who had hoped for a true conservative to win the GOP nomination, I’m afraid that hasn’t happened either; as Senator John McCain has locked up that Party’s nomination.
As a consequence, many dedicated conservatives and advocates of limited, constitutional government have lost all remaining hope in restoring true conservatism to the Republican Party.
That’s why after many weeks of careful consideration, intense thought and prayer, I have formed an official exploratory committee for President of the United States under the banner of the Libertarian Party.
My fellow conservative, before you put this letter down and say that you cannot support a battle-tested, down-the-line conservative like me who is trying to send a message to the Party Bosses in Washington, D.C., please read the following quote from my former mentor, and boss, President Ronald Reagan…
“If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism.”
– Reason Magazine, July 1975 Interview with Ronald Reagan
And, from the same interview…
“…[T]he basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.”
A truly great communicator, President Reagan went on to win a majority of the voting electorate by standing on the bedrock principle of limited government and maximum individual liberty.
In fact, as President Reagan succinctly pointed out, conservative-libertarians like us do not believe that we need government to protect us from ourselves!
Sadly, in 2008 where the Democratic Party brazenly advocates a philosophy of government practiced in Europe known as socialism, the Republican Party has become nothing short of a “Democrat-lite” version of the other side.
Just look at the policies advocated by Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain.
— Do any of them talk about abolishing the Department of Education and other excessive federal government programs, as President Reagan did? NO.
— Do they support abolishing the federal government’s socialistic farm subsidies? NO.
— Do they support protecting civil liberties for Americans by preventing the military, the NSA, and the FBI from spying on Americans without probable cause and without court-ordered warrants? NO.
— Do they have any real intention of securing our border to stem the flow of millions of illegal aliens into this nation? NO.
— Have any one of these presidential candidates sponsored legislation to flat-out abolish the failed and costly policies of the federal nanny state? NO.
When President Reagan appointed me as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, it was an honor and responsibility I will never forget.
The rule of law was a term that applied to the government as well as to its citizenry.
Today, after generations of Supreme Court decisions the proper role and function of government has been completely distorted from the original intent of the Founding Fathers.
With roughly 50% of Americans’ hard-earned wages going to some form of government entity (federal, state and local) is there really any reason to believe that a John McCain presidency would be substantially different from that of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama? Not really.
My friend, for the last five years I’ve worked virtually around the clock to raise money for true conservatives running for office.
I’ve been personally involved in raising millions of dollars to help elect proven conservative leaders to both the House and Senate.
Today, I’m writing you because it’s time for conservatives and conservative-libertarians like us to send a message to the GOP.
If you believe that John McCain, Hillary Clinton, or Barack Obama will actually restore America to its constitutional and limited federal government role, then I understand why you may not be supportive of my exploratory committee.
But if you believe as I do, and as the Washington Times newspaper has recently published, that a viable third party sends a powerful message to the two main parties, then I’m asking you to lend me a hand. ………………………..
I’ve always been economically conservative, pro-Second Amendment, and pro-states’ rights as a Member of Congress.
And I proudly remain so today.
Believe me, the Party Bosses of both major parties don’t want a true, credible conservative like me on the ballot in November, and your gift will give conservatives and libertarians a choice they deserve in November.
I hope you’ll support my exploratory committee today as I work to maximize your freedom and start shrinking the size and cost of the federal government.
Hon. Bob Barr
Member of Congress (1995-2003)
P.S. I have worked tirelessly for conservative values and economic libertarian policies like Ronald Reagan proudly advocated.
My friend, I’m honest enough to tell you how frustrated I am with the GOP. And I’m begging you to do something about it by standing with me — and sending a powerful message to the Party Bosses and Washington insiders who are to blame for this spending fiasco and $9.2 Trillion national debt!
While I still feel that John McCain is the best man to lead America, a strong showing by Bob would make a difference. I previously said this about Ron Paul however he was too eccentric to be taken seriously. Bob Barr is a mainstream libertarian and should be able to make a good showing.