Bob Barr for President Facebook Group

Steve Hoodjer has started a Facebook group for people who would support Bob Barr to run for president on the Libertarian Party ticket—as well as to try to convince Barr to run. Here are his selling points to potential supporters:

Why should we support Bob Barr?

Conservatives - We all know that John McCain will not represent conservative interests. He’d rather be the “maverick” who teams up with liberals like Joe Liberman, Russ Feingold, Ted Kennedy, and Tom Daschle to raise our taxes, undermine our borders, and expand the government. Bob Barr, on the other hand is the conservative’s conservative. His conservativism is not preceded by a qualifier like “neo-” or “compassionate.” Barr is a CIA veteran, a federal prosecuter in the Reagan era, and the leader of the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

Libertarians - We’ve had our differences with Mr. Barr in the past, but he’s come around to our way of thinking. He endorsed Michael Badnarik in 2004 and joined the LP shortly afterward. He is a leading voice on privacy issues and the 2nd Amendment. With his experience in Congress, he will take the LP to new heights of credibility and electoral/educational success.

Ron Paul supporters of all persuasions - It is clear now that Dr. Paul will not be on the ballot in November. We must now honor Dr. Paul’s legacy and his wishes by keeping the movement going through the LP or CP, by advocating Constitutional principles in the GOP, and by supporting freedom candidates at all levels across party lines (including the good doctor himself in his Congressional re-election). While the work will continue to be done at the grassroots level, we also need a national campaign to lead at the top of the ticket. Bob Barr stands on the same principles we supported in Ron Paul, he has been a supporter of the rEVOLution, and he is the best positioned to continue it.

Here’s his note to Bob Barr:

Finally, Mr. Barr himself - Sir, you have been a champion of conservative and libertarian principles throughout your career. You distinguished yourself during your tenure in Congress and since joining the Libertarian Party you have worked tirelessly to make it a national force than any believer in limited government could be proud to be a part of. The best thing you can do for us now is to run for President as the Libertarian candidate. While our other candidates all have their strengths, only you have the record and national reputation to truly aspire to the Oval Office. I know you have said many times you do not wish to run, but please sir, you are our best hope. Your party needs you, your conservative allies need you, and your country needs you.

One can check out or join the group here—and don’t forget to “friend” me while you’re there. :)

21 Responses to “Bob Barr for President Facebook Group”

  1. Steve Says:

    Thanks Stephen for joining, helping to administer, and now promoting the Bob Barr facebook group. Thank you also to all the libertarians and our conservative allies for joining up.

    Here in Iowa we like that old saying “if you build it, he will come,” so that’s the purpose of the group. I set it up and I’ll monitor it, but Barr supporters, its your group. Please join us and take the message and run with it.

    Bob Barr for President - stop the WAR!

  2. Robert Milnes Says:

    Well, that’s about it. Unless Bob Barr himself explains his positions (ACLU, MPP) and himself as left libertarian, OR that he is able & willing to reach out directly to the left, he is NOT a good candidate to head the LP ticket. Not if the LP wants to WIN.

  3. Brent Burk Says:

    Robert,

    I have read your comments here a lot. You love Theodore Roosevelt and you love to pander to the left. What is your major malfunction? Also, the left like anti-war candidates who have respect of civil liberties. He could fit that bill.

    But really, are you a libertarian or a liberaltarian?

  4. Fred C. Says:

    Next weekend on his calendar leaves me optimistic. That would be right around the time of Ruwart’s official launch, making it a prime opportunity to stop leaving us to long for it.

  5. Robert Milnes Says:

    Fred C., be careful Bob B. & Mary don’t pull you apart! But I figured you to be a man crush on Obama type like Justin Raimondo.

  6. Robert Milnes Says:

    Brent Burk, thank you for reading & considering my comments here. I hope you have checked out my websites. Yes, Bob Barr MAY be salvageable to head the ticket. A lot of anti-war leftists seem to be fawning over Obama. But Barr has a past. & no military experience. & his close association with Ron Paul will turn off a lot of leftists & we need as many of their votes as possible. Better to lose some Ronulan/paleo/conservative votes than a LOT of leftist votes. Me-libertarian or liberaltarian? Actually David Cobb scored left libertarian also. That’s about where I am & also where I think Teddy Roosevelt was. For further information check out Carl Milsted’s “upper left party”. I think it’s the same as the progressive party was but he seems ambivalent about it.

  7. Robert Milnes Says:

    Brent Burk, What Cobb & Badnarik should have done in ‘04 instead of getting locked up together, campaigned together; Cobb endorsing Bad’n in exchange for vote coordination.

  8. NewFederalist Says:

    Barr would certainly be the candidate with the most name recognition but you gotta admit a Robert Milnes/Daniel Imperato ticket would be unstoppable! :)

  9. Richie Says:

    Don’t forget to sign the petition! http://www.bobbarr2008.com/

  10. Nigel Watt Says:

    Robert Milnes: Did you see yourself speaking at the NJ/PA debates? You are the worst of them all.

  11. Thomas L. Knapp Says:

    Barr has name rec and credentials. He likely has great fundraising chops. He’s the kind of candidate who could conduct a reasonably effective 1-2 year campaign to the American public, raise lots of max contributions for both the pre- and post-nomination period, and maybe make a mark.

    If he runs this year, it will be a matter of playing a little inside baseball in the LP, and then having only five months to try to put together a general election campaign while simultaneously fundraising from near zero for that campaign. He wouldn’t perform nearly as well as he would have had he done it right, and he’d be painting a “perennial candidate—what, that guy again?” target on his own back versus any intentions he might have for 2012.

    At this point, a 2008 presidential candidacy would be a huge waste of Barr’s time and potential.

  12. Robert Milnes Says:

    Nigel Watt, I beg your pardon. Case in point, Miche finds me “Very cute, actually.” & that translates into votes, don’t kid yourself. Just ask JFK.

  13. David F. Nolan Says:

    I tend to agree with Tom Knapp. Barr could be a dynamite candidate if he started campaigning 1-2 years before the election. This time out, however, it’s too late for him to do it right so he’d be smarter to campaign vigorously for the Libertarian ticket in 2008 and get a running start for 2012.

  14. Robert Milnes Says:

    Nigel Watt, you youtt, you.

  15. Steve Says:

    I’ve thought for a while that Barr would be better in 2012 for all the reasons listed above by those with much more experience/credibility than me. The relative success of the Ron Paul movement at putting together the type of coalition the LP would ultimately need to succeed - libertarians, constitutionalists, antiwar leftists, a few Christian conservatives who actually get it, disgruntled Republicans, unaffliated youth - the fragile and timely nature of that coalition, and the window of opportunity on the right with conseratives slow to line up behind McCain, and the lack of a top tier LP nominee to attract these people convinced me to begin supporting a potential Barr run this time around.

    Obviously, though the only way the LP can win this time around is to go with a charismatic, nationally known, universally beloved figure like Robert Milnes. According to his own figures, he’s already polling close to the lead of a 3 way race and that’s before he raises the millions of dollars he’s talked about. His hundreds of thousands of grassroots backers are probably saving their cash for money bombs after he wins the nomination. And that’s not to mention the potential of his blog-comment based campaign strategy as a blueprint for future success. : )

  16. paulie Says:

    I tend to agree with Tom Knapp. Barr could be a dynamite candidate if he started campaigning 1-2 years before the election. This time out, however, it’s too late for him to do it right so he’d be smarter to campaign vigorously for the Libertarian ticket in 2008 and get a running start for 2012.

    True.

    I’m thinking that with most of the candidates.

    Jingozian, Root and Smith - to learn the plumb line ideology more thoroughly, become active in their state and local parties, run for lower level office, and be active in the party in other ways.

    Phillies - to continue to improve his speaking style, and to see whether he can learn to be a bit more conciliatory to various large LP constituencies (or alternatively succeed in making them no longer larger LP constituencies)

    Kubby - to continue to rebuild his life to the point that if, as it did this year, it becomes necessary to self-finances campaign basics like a professional website, campaign brochures and bumper stickers, delegate mailings, and travel to state conventions, he can do it with no difficulty; to get used to more frequent public speaking again, and to build his video productions equipment and skills further. ETC

    Ruwart seems like the only complete package. However, there needs to be a lot more done to convince delegates that she will be able to get serious major media coverage, and to make her better known among affiliate issue coalitions.

  17. Robert Milnes Says:

    pc/pc, what? passing up a chance here to pile on?

  18. Bill Wood Says:

    Is anyone doing a Bob Barr MySpace page?

  19. Jerry S. Says:

    Steve Says:
    March 19th, 2008 at 6:10 pm
    ...
    Obviously, though the only way the LP can win this time around is to go with a charismatic, nationally known, universally beloved figure like Robert Milnes. According to his own figures, he’s already polling close to the lead of a 3 way race and that’s before he raises the millions of dollars he’s talked about. His hundreds of thousands of grassroots backers are probably saving their cash for money bombs after he wins the nomination. And that’s not to mention the potential of his blog-comment based campaign strategy as a blueprint for future success. : )

    ***

    Mr. Milnes holds a most unique position in the history of American politics.

    3) Taxes
    Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per tax, you can use a number more than once.
    Family Income Taxes
    Slightly Increase a) Less than $12,000
    Maintain Status b) $12,001-$40,000
    Maintain Status c) $40,001-$100,000
    Maintain Status d) $100,001-$180,000
    Maintain Status e) $180,001-$350,000
    Slightly Decrease f) $350,001 and above

    g) Other or expanded categories

    The last I heard there are over 5,000 people running for POTUS, you will have to search them all and I doubt anyone of them OTHER than Mr.Milnes wants to STICK it to the poorest of us more, ease up on the affluent elite, and keep all others under the gun @ current levels.

    His TAX solution:
    TAX THE POOR MORE A truly winning slogan ! Hey ?!? That has to be the solution to the D/R created $9 trillion deficit. Surely we all can agree he will be swept into the White House on this one platform alone !

    If you want to study a truly unique “candidate’s” mind…

    See Issue Positions (Political Courage Test) @
    http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=80134

    I was also pleased to see he did get his GED, that bodes well for the position of POTUS. We will overlook that he seems to have had a problem finishing his upper education to the conclusion of a diploma…

    Surely he needs to TOP the ticket with say a Ruwart, Ph.D. under him…

    NewFederalist Says:
    March 19th, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Barr would certainly be the candidate with the most name recognition but you gotta admit a Robert Milnes/Daniel Imperato ticket would be unstoppable!

    ***

    YES we MUST I understand a fifty state campaign stategy is now in the works. They plan to campaign in every mental hospital from Bangor to Honolulu. FINANLY a winning ticket …PGA

  20. paulie Says:

    rm/rm, pile on what?

  21. Robert Milnes Says:

    paulie, Steve rants about me in the negative sarcastic, then you list some nominees with your criticism. Good opportunity to rant further about me in your usual negative tone & usually wrong about something.

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