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Libertarian Barr Says GOP Is Played Out

By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, a former Georgia congressman, said today that the Republican Party has utterly failed to present a "new program, new leadership or vision."

"What's wrong with John McCain is symptomatic of what's wrong with the Republican Party in these first years of the 21st century," Barr said on "Fox News Sunday." "They talk one thing but do something different, and that's become very obvious to the American people."

Barr said that he tends to agree with Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on issues of civil liberties, while he tends to agree with McCain, a senator from Arizona, on issues of government spending and taxation.

"Neither of these candidates is talking about the deep cuts in government spending and returning power to the people that we are," Barr said.

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Wow, I thought the sheeple were stupid but damn! To think that libertarianism is "I've got mine, screw you" is just silly! The truth is this is the way our big government officials act after the liberals and social republicans steal our money and give it to the government monopoly! Libertarian thought gives the people their power back and the people their goods and services back so that we libertarians can build a better society. The beauty is libertarian thought brings about a free society where market pressures actually force the rich to compete for our dollar building economic growth. The truth is the big government is the most harmful selfish system, a system based upon stealing, theft, loss of civil liberties, force, coercion, and lies from politicians and beaurocrats controlling every aspect of our lives! The republicans and democrats need to wake up and remember that economic freedom is what made our country so prosperous, not high taxation and big government force! I will be voting for Barr, at least Ron Paul supports him, Barr will be the only other person on all 50 state ballots, and I have seen a transformation in Barr towards libertarian education over the last few years(no longer a neo-con/liberal) Bob Barr is truly a paleo-conservative now and I cannot vote for warmonger Obama and McCain! These people all have the same policy, (my way or we bomb you!) I want a constitutional president who promises not to go to war without a declaration from congress! Where did all the smart Americans go? Did the liberals and neo-conservatives really brainwash that many people? Do liberals really think their forceful ways are that much better than the neo-conservatives thought process? They are both panderers, liars, and cheats! No McBama, I will be voting for a real conservative, a true government reducer, a man of liberty and freedom, not a man of force and intolerance! McCain and Obama are both racist pigs! Barr, you got my vote, my family's vote, and hundreds of my friends votes! We see the truth is American politics today, that is, you are the only one who will be on the ballot in all 50 states other than McBama(all Ron Paul votes will be thrown away!) Go Bob Barr and please help me give a two vote swing and attention to the libertarian party!

Posted by: Michael Shanklin | July 1, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I know more about Mr Barr than I do about McCain. Why is McCain running for President in the dark. Why doesn't he put the facts out there for us to see. McCain was born on a military base in the Panama Canal Zone and has been working for the Federal Government ever since. Who, exactly is this guy McCain? Does he even have a clue when it comes to what it takes to survive as a civilian working guy in the real world?

Posted by: oren1956 | July 1, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

In the reading of all the comments listed, I found the one name who is a true American
individual who stands for govt based solely
on the constitution as written by our forefathers; Ron Paul. He will serve ALL the people on a manner developed over 200 years ago. Most of you reading this will immediately say, "he isn't even running!" True, but it is time for the American people, not the SHEEPLE, to take a stand and put in the only presidential candidate who isn't a member of the CFR. Our national media was so afraid of him, they did everything possible to keep his name from the public eye, for fear his beliefs would hit home to enough voters that he would have been the most unbeatable, honest, candidate to come along since President Reagan. I truly believe that unless Ron Paul becomes the next president of the United States, this will be the LAST
national election as we know it in America.
I have heard each of the two choices referred to as the lesser of two evils. For those Americans with any integrity left
in their collective souls, then honor alone
demands a NO VOTE to either McCain or Obama
for EVIL is EVIL regardless of who leads the pack. For those of you who are Christians, then search your souls for what is right and true. For all, look up the word evil in a dictionary. Remember, the lives of all Americans are on the line this year and there are elements such as the UN, NWO, NAU and Mexico among others discussing the take over the U.S. as I write this. LIVE WITH HONOR-INTEGRITY-&-FAITH in our country, and please vote like your life depends on it; IT DOE'S!

Posted by: JerryMark Brinkman | July 1, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

If anyone wants to whine about Obama "flip flopping", then McCain is definitely not your candidate. His many reversals on a host of issues makes Obama look like a Saint that.

Furthermore, Obama had a qualifier in his earlier commitment to public financing; but McCain has proven that he cannot be trusted on this issue when he broke the law vis-à-vis that bank loan he took out, using public financing as "collateral". So Obama is not held to any earlier commitment as that McCain has already proven that he will hold to any deal if he thinks he can get ahead by breaking it.

Posted by: Kuni | June 30, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Oracle on June 30th 2008 @2:29 AM
posted some unintended humor.
"Obama's ...advisers are...the most volatile and trigger happy people the country will ever know."

Thought I'd point out that if you look at John "bomb Iran" McCain's foreign policy advisors you actually DO see people who are "trigger happy!"

Posted by: dj spellchecka | June 30, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The Republican Party today is about nothing more than scaring gullible people so it can redistribute their money to its rich supporters.

Look at these boards: there are no policy discussions from Republicans, just insults and innuendos thrown at Obama. The whole Party together can't pull together a single idea other than "different people scare us!"

If anyone can experience the multiple disasters of the last eight years and still vote Republican for president this year, they deserve to watch America become a second- or third-rate power over the next eight.

Posted by: drossless | June 30, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: meadow | June 30, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Libertarianism = Every man for himself aka I've got mine, screw you.

Posted by: FC | June 30, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"Nobody can "Barr" John McCain from victory in 08!"
Posted by: Christina West | June 29, 2008 4:16 PM

Nobody except Barack Obama, who will be scraping McCain off the bottom of his shoes on election night.
The only states McCain will hold onto are the deep deep red clueless ones in the South, who'd just assume Bush ran a third term, not near enough to overtake Obama's landslide.

Posted by: rob8450 | June 30, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

In the news today we learn that the Bush administration helped arrange the no-bid contracts for five western oil companies to development Iraqi oil fields. Not only have our taxpayer dollars been spent on securing lucrative contracts for Bush's friends in the oil industry, American dollars are also being spent to guard the oil pipelines. Just the way I want my taxes to be used - guaranteeing oil industry profits.

The Iraq invasion really was about oil after all, and John McCain has been an enthusiastic participant.

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Posted by: newsendorser | June 30, 2008 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Bob Barr is no Ron Paul I saw him at a Monday meeting in NY.
He just does not have that Ron Paul touch
He is a last minute sub for Ron Paul.
He should have stayed in retirement.
Saying that the GOP and McCain is out of touch is not new.
How if Newt had run as a libertarian and talk about the 21st Century then you have a winning combination.
Bob Barrr just won't be able to sell it.
VJ Machiavelli

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | June 30, 2008 3:26 AM | Report abuse

Obama's friends and advisers are not level headed people. They are the most volatile and trigger happy people the country will ever know. Who called Hillary 'a monster'? Who ridiculed Hillary in that Chicago church? Who preached about the destruction of America? Who preached racism for a Sunday sermon? With friends and advisers like these, it is troubling what kind of people Obama will seek advice from when he's president.

Posted by: Oracle | June 30, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

How much trust can we put in a man like Obama when he shows in recent weeks that his words and promises can be changed at a whim, because it does not suit him? Zero. There is nothing more valuable than keeping your word. Failing to keep his word, especially when so many people believe in him, demonstrates that he cannot commit to anything. It appears that we can trust Obama to go back on his word and promises. Now, that is change we can all believe in. "Yes, we can!"

Posted by: John | June 30, 2008 2:23 AM | Report abuse

The Democratic Party has its share of scum bags and bone heads, especially those that want to nationalize every service in our country. At a time when Russia and China are moving towards democratic ideals, the Democratic Party is moving the country towards socialism. Congress is full of rich bastards and Idots!!

Posted by: Mark | June 30, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

If the Republican Party goes away, the Democratic Party will soon follow. They actually need each other to make themselves better as a party. If we end up with only the Democratic Party, then it will be a very corrupt party; just like the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union. We need check and balances in Congress!!

Posted by: Anonnymous | June 30, 2008 2:20 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans have been liars, scumbags and hypocrites all along. It is just that Bush finished the Party forever by making it so very obvious. I do not expect a Conservative movement to win again in my lifetime and I am 45.

Posted by: Ben Matheny | June 29, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

While I am supporting the Democratic ticket, I think it would be healthy for our country that the Republican Party of today go the way of the Whigs. A Libertarian major party replacing the current GOP would help everybody.

For as long as the GOP is the party of Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Dobson, Malkin, and O'Reilly, it needs to be a party that has no relevance in American society.

Posted by: Dave from queens | June 29, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

A new poll from Arizona suggests that McCain could actually be in danger there, whereas Democrats continue gaining an edge in registration in Pennsylvania. Full roundup of battleground news:

Posted by: Dan | June 29, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Republican part is bankrupt regarding their vision and leadership. The party fails to evolve with the current issues.

For that matter, I believe that the Democratic party is bankrupt as well. The Democrats response to Republican erosion, is to return to the liberalism of the 1960s. That liberalism was effective because it was a byproduct of the time, but runs counter to the reality of the 21st century. I don't want a Kennedy reincarnate in Barack Obama, nor do I want a return to Republican staleness.

I think that it is high time to construct a third party that is centrist, center left on domestic policy and center right on foreign policy. This is where most American people stand. It is shame we don't have a party to match the needs of Americans.

Posted by: Pete Illy | June 29, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

He will do well based on the fact that there are alot of people who are not happy with Obama and McCain in the two parties.

Obama is turning into a party hack and McCain might as well be a Dem who supports the war.

Posted by: TJ | June 29, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Nobody can "Barr" John McCain from victory in 08!

Posted by: Christina West | June 29, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Each American, at watershed moments in his or her life -- to get a driver's license, a marriage certificate, a passport -- must produce a paper birth certificate for official inspection and analysis. Now it's Obama's turn.

We are focusing on senators & Congressman and won't vote for mccain or obama, Both Anti American , Pro-illegal.

Posted by: maggieb | June 29, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Barr is a recycled Republican wearing Libertarian clothes. He was against medicianl marijuana as a GOP congressman, but now is all for it...Hmmm...and there are other flip flops, too. I was a Libertarian, but am now voting for Obama, who has a social conscience. The Republicans in Congress will make sure he provides a good defence and is pro making money.

Boo to Barr

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 29, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tomabrahams | June 29, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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