In defense of Bob Barr

Liberty Maven takes on the seven most common complaints by some libertarians about Bob Barr—you know, he voted for the Patriot Act, etc. As for the objection that “Bob Barr is no Ron Paul,” Liberty Maven says:

No one is Ron Paul except Ron Paul. No politician has the unblemished 30+ year record fighting for liberty like him. It is unfair and unwise to measure every candidate with the Ron Paul yard stick.

There is a plus side to Bob Barr not being another Ron Paul. Bob Barr is trusted by conservatives who would never have considered voting for Ron Paul. Bob Barr gives these voters an open window to climb through into the liberty house….

...and Liberty Maven then gives an example.

5 Responses to “In defense of Bob Barr”

  1. Freeman Says:

    Alright, yeah, I’ll probably vote for him, just cuz I want him to make a big splash, but can’t he at least say yes to industrial hemp and no to Iraq occupation? For the Devil’s sake, why hedge on those as a Lib?

    More votes can be gained by triangulating than by trying to appeal to moderate Republicans.

    Barr will be Barr, and I’m glad he went on with this. May that others with more draw will defect as he did, but oh that they’d triangulate better.

  2. disinter Says:

    There is a plus side to Bob Barr not being another Ron Paul. Bob Barr is trusted by conservatives who would never have considered voting for Ron Paul.

    Sounds like a HUGE negative for liberty.

  3. David Tomlin Says:

    ‘I challenge you to think back at how you felt in the days and months following the September 11th attacks.’

    As low as my opinion of Barr is, I would think you could find someone better to defend him than this Liberty Maven halfwit.

    I will never consider Barr a potential political ally until he recants his vicious rhetoric against Genarlow Wilson. I am on the side of the Genarlow Wilsons of this world, and Barr has made it damned clear that he is not on my side.

    Barr hasn’t fully admitted his errors in supporting the Iraq War and the Patriot Act. He makes excuses and tries to pass blame to others.

    It is by no means clear that Barr is a ‘former’ drug warrior. With the sole exception of medical marijuana, Barr’s recent statements on drug prohibition have been at best equivocal.

  4. Ayn R. Key Says:

    Seven most common complaints? Once again there is an issue Barr defenders refuse to discuss, even when pretending to address the questions or complaints people have about Barr.

    And when I ask, I’m told I’m bad for asking the one they won’t touch.

    What is Barr’s position on religious freedom? Do all religions deserve the same treatment by the government providing nobody’s rights are violated? Are some religions relegated to second class?

    Why won’t Barr answer that? Why won’t Barr defenders acknowledge that the question has even been asked?

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