Friday, October 31, 2008

The Libertarian Party

Presidential Candidate: Bob Barr
Vice-Presidential Candidate: Wayne A. Root
Party Founded: 1971
Motto: "Smaller government, lower taxes, more freedom"

Despite his appearance suggesting long-time late-night TV info-mercial king, Bob Barr Jr. actually knows something about government. He represented Georgia in the US House of Reps for 8 years before bugging out to do something more Libertarian-minded. Bob and I both have glasses that would help us to look at home in a nautical arena.

The Libertarians themselves support the free market. They'd like the government to butt out of just about everything, leaving the market to control goods and services, supply and demand. They are anti-big government. They don't think citizens of this fine country should be prevented from doing anything that only hurts themselves. Therefore, they are for the abolition of laws against prostitution, drug use, driving without a seatbelt, etc. These are "you" problems, not "me" problems. The Libertarian Party states that the government's responsibilities should be limited to the protection of individual rights from the initiation of force and fraud. They belive in free trade and non-interventialism. They do not oppose their own motto.

"Foreign aid has proved to be a drain on the U.S. economy while doing little good for the recipients. Aid is routinely used by corrupt foreign governments to oppress their people and enrich powerful elites. Foreign aid almost always discourages economic and political reform, while subsidizing nations which often work against U.S. interests."

Barr says, "I oppose any law requiring registration of, or restricting the ownership, manufacture, or transfer or sale of firearms or ammunition to law-abiding citizens."

Barr said of Patriot Act: "I'd drive a stake through its heart, shoot it, burn it, cut off its head, burn it again, and scatter its ashes to the four corners of the world." Dramatic. And the world is round, Bob. It has no corners.

Please don't forget to stop by the Barr Store before voting.

B.B. J. would be 59 if he breaks through significantly fewer glass ceilings than Cynthia McKinney to become the 117th President of the United States of Amerigo.

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