Bob Barr on Glenn Beck

For those of you who missed it, Former Georgia Congressman and Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Bob Barr, appeared on the Glenn Beck show this past Friday. For those of you uncomfortable with McCain, Obama, Nader, or Cynthia McKinney, I strongly urge you to watch this video:

Oh yeah, it’s 40 minutes long. H/T to Jason Pye.


  1. Jace Walden says:

    That’s a good question.

    Why would anyone keep keep going back to that same dry well of more government and less freedom that they’re going to get from Obama or McCain.

    That’s what I would call “wasting a vote”. Bob Barr is dead on.

    What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

    Yes Democrats and Republicans, please save us all by voting for Obamcain. Our country’s road to hell is paved with your good intentions.

  2. drjay says:

    John Konop // Jun 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    If you are conservative how could you not vote for Bob Barr?

    well he is running as a libertarian and conservative and libertarian while similar -in many instances-are not the same thing–and he has flip flopped on some pretty signifigant issues which can give one pause when trying to figure out his true political identity–so there are several reasons why a conservative might not vote for barr…

  3. Jace Walden says:


    A “conservative” and a “libertarian” are much closer to meaning the same thing than are “conservative” and “John McCain”

  4. drjay says:

    that may or may not be true jace–but the question asked was “how can you not vote for barr?” and the fact is there are several reasons not to–its certainly not the “slam dunk” konop seems to be implying…

  5. drjay says:

    as a libertarian are you not concerned that his mea culpa’s on issues like DOMA and medical marijuana and leaving iraq are just for show to get your ballot spot and perhaps not geniune changes of heart…

  6. Jace Walden says:

    Dr. Jay,

    Many people I know have had conversations with Barr on these issues. And I am not concerned one bit that his conversion is insincere.

    In fact, I am actually impressed that a politician in this day and age was able to swallow his pride and admit mistakes, rather than ride his mistakes all the way to the end: See McCain-Feingold, McCain-Lieberman, McCain-Kennedy.

    Barr began working for the marijuana policy project well before he had any goals of becoming the nominee. The head of MPP introduced him at the convention to demonstrate the faith he had in Barr’s conversion.

  7. John Konop says:

    Interesting old post by Jason!

    What is a “True Republican”?
    In a previous thread on, Senator Douglas said this:

    This is a very dark time for true Republicans. There doesn’t appear to be anyone on the horizon who can bring back the party like Reagan did in 1980. We insist on acting like Democrats in Washington and aiding their dirty work on immigration and losing the war in Iraq. We are in a free fall and show no signs of slowing. The only bright spot is the delay in debating the “Illegal Behavior Rewards Bill” until June. Keep those cards and letters going to DC folks, maybe they will listen for a change.

    This begs the question, “What is a “true Republican”? As far as I can see, it is the “true Republicans” that are to blame for the free fall of the GOP. After all, it was the “true Republicans” that were complicit in every government expanding scheme over the past seven years. Remember “No Child Left Behind”? It was passed by “true Republicans”. And, wasn’t it also “true Republicans” that decided to launch a full-frontal assault on privacy rights in America? Remember the USA Patriot Act? Remember the warrantless wiretapping? They were authorized by “true Republicans”.

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t it “true Republicans” who were responsible for one of the largest expansions of the Federal Government in U.S. history? Remember the creation of the Department of Homeland Security? Brought to you by “true Republicans”. “True Republicans” are also to blame for six years of unbridled pork-barrel spending, the likes of which this country has never seen. “True Republicans” thought intervening in personal matters like the Terri Schaivo incident and the Major League Baseball steroids controversy was more important than intervening when a “true Republican” President expanded the powers of the executive branch to a level which the founding fathers would abhor. Dubai Ports-World Deal. Failure to secure the border. Both brought to you by “true Republicans”.

    Perhaps Senator Douglas didn’t mean to say “true Republicans”. Because for a “true Republican”, the days ahead couldn’t be brighter. The government is probably going to expand. Illegal aliens will probably be given amnesty. The minimum wage will most likely increase. And the American taxpayer will continue to get the shaft. How is that any different from the last six years? “True Republicans” ought to be downright giddy.

    The Republicans got it wrong. They got it wrong when they started putting the party before ideology. They got it wrong when they stopped criticizing each other and stopped holding each other accountable. Sadly, Ronald Reagan is partly to blame. After all, wasn’t his 11th Commandment something about not speaking badly about other Republicans? A lot of good that did the GOP. Conservatives, that is true Conservatives in the model of Barry Goldwater are no longer the majority in the Republican Party. The GOP is now wholly-owned by religious fundamentalists, hypocrites, and power-hungry politicians. These are your “true Republicans”.

    Senator Douglas is right about one thing. There will be some dark days ahead. Sadly, the American people are the ones that have to face them. For the “true Republicans”, it’s just business as usual.

  8. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Anyone ever spent 5 minutes with Bob Barr? Good Lord. For being 4 foot, 2 inches, he sure is an arrogant bastard.

  9. Jason Pye says:

    Bob Barr is a political FRAUD who is running in order to use other people’s money to promote himself.

    Bob is running because he wants to promote the party. He asked party leaders what he could do to help, they said, “run for president.”

    Bob is a nice guy. He may come across one way to you, but I spent parts of the weekend around him in Denver during the LP convention. He did not once come across as arrogant to any of our delegates.

    Full disclosure: I am working on the campaign.

  10. I Am Jacks Post says:

    Bob Barr is all about Bob Barr. Anyone who knows him and has spent time with him (other than during his appearance in Denver, it would seem) finds him to be a jackmule of the first order. The only think Bob is promoting is Bob.

    I don’t mean you any disrespect, Jason. I’m just saying there is a great multitude of those who find Bob to be an acidic personality, and a shameless self-promoter.

  11. CHelf says:

    I am a little curious. How can you support someone who is on the record for one thing and within a few years changed quite drastically on those positions? Who is to say Barr doesn’t “see the light” again while in office? I understand there are those who change on certain positions. but he has changed on quite a few and some very important ones as well. If there is anything to say for consistency, Barr is far from it. To me, this alone makes him dangerous. I don’t know if I can trust someone who makes such drastic changes so quickly on so many issues.

  12. Jason Pye says:

    There is a great multitude that has judged a book by its cover.

    We grilled Bob on some issues when he first joined the party in 2006. I was one of the state chairs who elected him to the LNC board. Some of us were skeptical, I knew the change was real, but it was still a work in progress.

  13. A Typical White Person says:

    “We grilled Bob on some issues when he first joined the party in 2006”

    Barr is an ex-federal prosecutor. You amateur politicos were putty in his hands when you say you “grilled” him.

  14. Jason Pye says:

    Look, there isn’t a lot of money to be made in Libertarian politics which makes your allegations of fraud baseless.

    He has no reason not to be forthcoming with us and we spoke in-depth with him to find out what caused the change of mind.

    He had already been writing and speaking out against the Bush administration for its assaults on privacy.

  15. John Konop says:

    Agree or disagree with Bob Barr he has always been a consistent sincere voice for less government, fiscal responsibility and following the constitution. Bob has spoken out against abuses regardless to party.

    I have seen him speak numerous times and he never has come across like a party hack when he was a Republican. If Bob Barr was about the money he could of sold out to Tom Delay and company and become a K-street whore. Bob spoke out against the abuses he did not become part of the lobbyist money changers in Washington representing the highest bidder.

  16. Doug Deal says:

    I am not going to discourage anyone voting for Barr, but the reasons a lot of you quote for casting a vote for him sound a lot like the following.

    If you lost your well paying job in a very bad economy, you could go on public assistance and vote for Barry. Take a job bagging groceries or working a fast food line and vote for McCain, or spend what little money you have on lottery tickets by voting for Barr. Certainly, you might hit all 6 numbers and the Republicans will finally “get the message” and become the party you want, but more likely you will bankrupt the family and get yourself in even worse shape.

    Government programs are not undone. Our government is a broken elevator that is going nowhere but down. Voting to kick the brakes because they have been slipping lately will just end badly.

  17. A Typical White Person says:

    “Bob Barr he has always been a consistent sincere voice for less government, fiscal responsibility and following the constitution”

    OH? REALLY? Let’s see…”Defense of Marriage Act”..yeah, that’s less government….halting the count of ballots cast in the D.C. vote for the citizens accepting medical marijuana by legal means…yeah, ‘ole Bob Barr has “always” worked for “less government.”

    Bob Barr: 2008’s Poster Child for Political (and Intellectual) Fraud.

  18. liberator says:

    Jason is correct. I was part of the Grilling Barr process in 2006. I am sure Barr is with the LP now. Vote Barr in 2008 as a vote for McCain is a vote for Obama and Liberalism.

  19. A Typical White Person says:


    Define for me exactly what “liberalism” is. Don’t use people to define it…I need concepts and principles.

  20. Game Fan says:

    Jason Pye
    IMHO as part of my newfound Libertarian philosophy (lifelong Republican by the way) I don’t see a lot of whoopass coming from your direction.

  21. Game Fan says:

    Just my 2 cents. Jeez a guy tries to ruffle some feathers around here and…anyway Stan Jones from Montana is my kinda Libertarian. Perhaps the Libertarian party will become a new home for some “shake ’em by the lapels” conservatism. Or not.

  22. Game Fan says:

    Actually I’ve only seen one video of the guy where’s he’s rattling some cages over the NAU. And I don’t even buy into his “analysis” to a great extent.

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