September 12, 2008
It should be obvious to all who pay attention — and sadly, not too many do — that the Bob Barr campaign is designed to rend what little cohesion and unity there is among third parties and candidates. It should be especially obvious after Russ Verney, Bob Barr’s campaign manager, gushed all over George Bush, telling us that Bush “showed incredible leadership as he stood atop a fire truck amidst the rubble of the twin towers to rally America,” that is to say rally America toward a unitary dictatorship.
How is it this guy runs Barr’s campaign? Barr is supposedly a Libertarian. As a Republican representative, he voted for the Patriot Act, asked the neocon Newt Gingrich to “design a World War II-style victory plan to save America’s children from illegal drugs,” and voted for the Iraq Resolution that has resulted thus far in over a million dead Iraqis.
And then, under the steady hand of Varney, Barr snubbed Ron Paul’s third-party press conference and held his own press conference down the hall. According to David Franke, editor of Third Party Watch, Barr had some snide things to say about Dr. Paul and his effort.
It should be recalled that Bob Barr was not only a Republican on good terms with the neocons before he was assigned to sabotage the Libertarian effort, but from 1971 until 1978 he worked for the CIA.
As they say, you never stop working for the agency.
But even more stupendous is the fact the Libertarians let this guy become representative on the Libertarian National Committee, representing the Party’s Southeast Region, and then allowed him to become the 2008 Libertarian presidential nominee after six rounds of voting at the 2008 Libertarian convention.
Is it too much to say the CIA now owns the Libertarian Party? At minimum, how can the Libertarian candidate for the presidency have a campaign manager that gushes all over George W. Bush? How are the neocons and the phony baloney war on terrorism – the war on the Constitution – compatible with Libertarian principles? Go figure.
It really is amazing how effortlessly the Libertarians were duped and sold down the river. It was easy as finding a whore on Saturday night in Soho.
Maybe the Libertarians deserve to be relegated to a footnote after all.
As noted in the comments here, Bob Barr was elected to the House, not the Senate. Mistake noted and corrected. A few Libertarians offer excuses for Barr’s behavior and voting record, but the fact remains — he supported the contrived GWOT and the so-called war on drugs, responsible for ruining literally millions of lives. He also apparently believes the neocon version of events in regard to 9/11, making him either a dupe, outright idiot, or more likely a neocon fellow traveler. Do you want this guy as your president? I sure the heck don’t. The Libertarians can do better, far better than Bob Barr.