Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Bob Barr is looking at running

According to an interview yesterday with Scott Horton,
Scott Horton: Are you going to run for President of the United States?

Bob Barr:
... It is something to be honest with you that I'm looking very seriously at. [0:56-1:26]

Liberty can bring Americans back together again. Bob Barr agrees.
Bob Barr: There is a tremendous amount at stake in this upcoming election. It may very well be that if we don't get a handle on these fundamental liberties that are at stake in this election we will not be able to again. It is the growth of government; the limitations on individual liberty and freedom are accelerating so rapidly these days that this may be our really last opportunity to do so. Ron Paul tapped into a great deal of that dissatisfaction and that awareness. Unfortunately working through the Republican Party structure, it became impossible for him to really move forward with his movement but we have to have, as you say, a rallying point out there to harness that energy, that freedom, in this election cycle.

Scott Horton: I can also tell by your actions that you really understand this realignment, that we have to take the best parts of the left and the best parts of the right and make an alliance, like you said, a last ditch effort for the rule of law here. Either we have an emperor or we have a bill of rights. It's one or the other. And in your work with the Marijuana Policy Project, the ACLU, and other groups like that, I see you reaching out to the left. That's the kind of leadership we need, Bob.

Bob Barr: Well, what we need to do, Scott,—and again you've put it more eloquently than I could—what we need to do is recognize that among these different groups and organizations, the ACU, the NRA, the ACLU, the Marijuana Policy Project, all these other groups out there, we may have very serious disagreements on particular policy matters or particular programs or issues, but we can no longer allow that or afford to allow those differences to get in the way of reaching out to all of these different groups and doing whatever we can to protect our fundamental liberties which all of those groups that you enumerated believe in. If we continue to allow the status-quo, two-party system to divide and conquer and keep these groups apart, then they will continue to succeed in diminishing individual liberty. [2:22-4:36]

Barr goes on to lay out the basics of an intelligent foreign policy, an American foreign policy.

Hat tip: Freedom Democrats

Update (Apr 7, 2008): I was pleased to see this in the issues section of BobBarr2008 under "National Defense", as if he had read the last sentence above, regarding a return to an American foreign policy, emphasis on "American". As if! :-)
However, invading or initiating force against another nation based upon perceived threats and speculative intelligence is simply un-American. We are better than the policy of pre-emptive warfare. [emphasis added]

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