Bob Barr: Bush has Systemically Assaulted the Bill of Rights

ImageBob Barr the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate appeared on ABC’s This Week program today. Host George Stephanopoulos asked Barr about his conversion from Republican congressman to third party presidential candidate, “The real epiphany and that is really a good word because it is the cumulative effect of looking back at the growth of government and the way particularly under this administration individual liberty is being taken away from us.”

Barr talked about the warrantless wiretapping bill, “You have a government an administration that believes it’s ok to electronically survel U.S. citizens in their own country without any inkling they have done anything wrong, which is what the administration wants and the Congress has now passed for this administration, we have a real problem. When you have an attorney general for example that says habeas corpus is no longer important, we have a real problem. It is when those policies came to light over the last couple of years that it became crystal clear to me and a lot of Americans that something is deeply wrong with this system.”

He was asked if George W. Bush has been a greater threat to liberty than Bill Clinton was. “Absolutely because of the systemic assault on the Bill of Rights, it is very different. I certainly had my differences with President Clinton and was one of the impeachment managers, but the problem with the current administration, and the mindset that has taken hold here in Washington, and there is really so little difference between the two major parties, is the fact that the system itself, and what the Bush administration has done to system of taking liberty from the people and imposing it here in Washington.”

Barr said that both Obama and McCain represent the status quo. He talked about the disenfranchised and disenchanted conservative Republicans that he is targeting. Barr said his strategy is a mixture of a 50 state strategy and targeting some individual states. He said that short of winning success would be defined as opening up the two party system.

Bob Barr is this year’s Ralph Nader, and just like Nader it isn’t his fault if some voters are underwhelmed with the two nominees and are looking for an alternative. His message seems specifically tailored to Ron Paul supporters, who definitely won’t be supporting John McCain. An endorsement from Paul could really help Barr especially with organization and fundraising. I think that both Barr and Nader deserve to be in the debates, if only to push McCain and Obama to talk about issues that they would rather avoid.

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4 Replies to “Bob Barr: Bush has Systemically Assaulted the Bill of Rights”

  1. I agree completely with Barr’s secondary condition for success; the current two-party system is more like a one-party system the way it is now. Democrats and Republicans are indistinguishable in terms of their voting records. Obama is all talk, no substance, and people need to understand that voting for a third party candidate is not “throwing away” your vote.

  2. I would love to see Bob Barr open up the system. Both the major parties have gotten lazy. You don’t see anything truely ground breaking from either party anymore. They need pushed and there is no good reason for third parties to be excluded the way they currently are.

  3. Any third party candidate would shake things up, but Bob Barr and Ron Paul are the only candidates with enough mainstream appeal at the moment. Ralph Nader had his time to shine and him and his supporters failed where the Campaign for Liberty will succeed.

    Jmeasley mentions above, “both major parties have gotten lazy.” He says it with context making it sound like this has been some sort of accident. The reason nobody rocks the boat is due to them being paid off and funded by the New World Order.

    Once one has all of the money in the world, David Rockefeller, the Rothechilds, the Warburgs. What is the next logical step – absolute power? They all want it and our government has sold it to them. We can resist. They can only fool some of the people all of the time. We can win. National sovereignty will be the order of the day, but we must expose the lie.

    9/11 was an inside job.

  4. by sytematically nibbling away at the law. A set of laws that comes to mind is the “War on Drugs” which helps keep the elite in power by the enormous number of cops who are kept on the payroll to enforce the archaic drug laws, from which both the “bad guys” (drug lords, gang-bangers, etc)AND the “good guys” (The U.S. Drug Czar, DEA, FBI, CIA, and state and local cops)profit. If even marijuana were just de-criminalized nationwide, there would then be available all that “drug war” money for prevention and rehab education for the people who still mess with drugs, rather than automatic prison time. This is something we can change in time, that is, if SOME people (evangelicals)get their collective heads out of their asses. My dad used to say, “Prohibiton for booze didn’t work when I was a kid in the 30’s, and it doesn’t work now for drugs.” BTW, my dad was a staunch right-wing republican.

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