Saturday, December 16, 2006

Rep. Bob Barr (L-GA)?

I always liked Bob Barr because, right or wrong, he's never been afraid to take an actual stand for that in which he believes. Afterall, this quality is far too rare in Washington. I'd love to see old Bob Barr break the 2 party wall and make it back to Congress as its first Libertarian representative. Sure, it's a long shot. And Barr says he's not interested in running for the House again. But this independent would welcome it and thinks it just might be possible in the right suburban district in the very red state of Georgia.

WASHINGTON -- A former Georgia congressman who helped spark President Clinton's impeachment has quit the Republican Party to become a Libertarian, saying he is disillusioned with the GOP on issues such as spending and privacy.

Bob Barr, who served eight years as a Republican congressman before losing his seat in 2002, announced Friday that he is now a "proud, card-carrying Libertarian." And he encouraged others to join him.

"It's something that's been bothering me for quite some time, the direction in which the party has been going more and more toward big government and disregard toward privacy and civil liberties," said Barr, 58, a lawyer and consultant living in Atlanta. "In terms of where the country needs to be going to get back to our constitutional roots...I've come to the conclusion that the only way to do that is to work with a party that practices what it preaches, and that is the Libertarian Party."


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