Monday, April 7, 2008
Bob Barr Offers Conservative Alternative To McCain
Former Comgressman Bob Bar (R-GA)
Those who are fed up with the liberal John McCain and disgusted by the lack of a conservative candidate in the race have at last found an answer. Former Republican Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) has decided to take up a run for President.
Barr was appointed as U.S. attorney for the northern district of Georgia in 1986, and has spent a lifetime supporting conservative causes, serving on the board of the N.R.A. and the American Conservative Union. He has worked closely throghout his career with colleagues including famed conservative leaders Paul Weyrich and Grover Norquist, as well as the noted conservative activist Richard Viguerie.
As a Congressman, Bob Barr held a lifetime rating of 98 from the American Conservative Union, which is higher than the last two Republican House leaders, Tom Delay and John Boehner, who could hardly be called "liberal" themselves.
Congressman Barr also has a higher lifetime rating from the A.C.U. than the Republican nomineee for president, John McCain. His rating from the National Right to Life Committee is also substantially higher.
Barr is running as a libertarian after rightly leaving the Republican party in protest over the massive expansion of the Federal Government that has occurred since President Bush took office. This is from his campaign website:
"Government spending at all levels is out of control. Most Americans understand the problem of “earmarks,” commonly used by pork-minded congressmen to buy votes. But while earmarks are an outrageous abuse of the taxpayer’s money, they account for a very small percentage of federal spending. Over the past decade, total government spending (state, local and federal) has increased from $2.9 trillion to an astonishing $5.1 trillion in 2008. The $3.1 trillion federal budget submitted by President Bush for next year was greater than the combined 1998 spending of the federal government, all 50 states and over 87,000 local governments."
While John McCain rightly condemns "earmarks" and has vowed to eliminate them, he has not taken it upon himself to mention that they make up a miniscule portion of the Federal budget (0.75 of 1 percent) and that much deeper spending cuts need to happen (as Bob Barr has said) before the Feds can finally solve their fiscal problem.
You may be asking yourself, "Wouldn't voting for Bob Barr be like letting the Democrats win?" Perhaps, but if the Republicans won, would they be that much different? Even Rush Limbaugh, hardly someone known for breaking loyalty with the GOP, has said that a President McCain would mean a return to the days of liberal Republicans like Jerry Ford and Nelson Rockfeller, hardly a golden era for conservatives.
If John McCain manages to become President, the next Republican nominee after him will only be more liberal. Conservatives need to make a stand for what they believe in, even if that does mean breaking with the party and letting a Democrat win the White House.