I’ve been following former GA congressman (of Monica-Gate fame) Bob Barr for some time. That he is involved with both the NRA and the ACLU shows that he defies contemporary political labeling. He has been moving further and further away from the GOP for some time, and actually endorsed Badnarik for president.
One thing concerning a lot of people in the freedom movement is Barr’s very non-libertarian track record on issues like the war on drugs and equal rights for homosexuals. Barr didn’t address either of these issues in his latest article, but he did make some of the strongest anti-GOP statements on a variety of topics I’ve ever heard from him.
The thrust of the article is that a lot of people in politics are relieved that Hurricane Katrina occurred, as it removes our attention from these issues:
“…the babblings of Pat Robertson, who apparently had pieced together a list of world leaders he’d like to assassinate, headed for some inexplicable reason by tinhorn, leftist Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez.”
“Presidential guru Karl Rove probably heaved a sigh of relief that could be felt all the way from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to Austin, Texas, in response to the good fortune of having the investigation of the leak of the identity of former intelligence undercover operative Valerie Plame shifted from Page One to being buried in the food sections of newspapers across this land.”
“Even though U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) remains under investigation for illegal financial dealings involving an associate in the defense industry, at least his picture is no longer gracing the front pages of state, regional and national papers.”
“While I suspect analysis of how our right to privacy in America is being decimated by the USA Patriot Act and other government actions will continue not to be a subject of extensive front-page newspaper coverage, at least we haven’t had to read stories day after day comparing political and tribal leaders in Iraq to our Founding Fathers.”
He picked on Democrats, as well:
“Closer to Katrina’s former eye, U.S. Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) has been afforded an opportunity to shift attention from the sordid story that shortly before Katrina hit, federal agents searching two of his homes looking for evidence of financial improprieties apparently found a large amount of cash in a freezer.”
“Then there is Cindy Sheehan, the sad mother of a son killed in Iraq, who in the days before Hurricane Katrina pushed much other, and more important, news below the fold in newspapers here and across America. Let’s hope she is taking advantage of this respite to reassess whether becoming the poster child for the anti-Bush crowd is the best way to commemorate the tragedy of losing a son in the service of his country.”
And we gained a glimpse of his views on Iraq:
“In the international arena, we have pervasive coverage of the hurricane disaster to thank for affording us a respite from news coverage of Iraq’s problems drafting a constitution.
Without trying to sound callous, I was growing a bit weary of hearing about whether the Shiites, the Kurds or the Sunnis were happy with, dismayed about or neutral toward the latest draft of the Iraqi Constitution.
I’m not really sure how important this debate is even to the people of Iraq, but I admit it doesn’t concern me greatly. I would much prefer to be hearing and reading about what’s happening to our Constitution in the wake of continued erosion of our civil liberties than about constitutional draftsmen in Baghdad.”
I dunno where Barr is moving politicly, but the new location is certainly closer to the intersection of Freedom Street and Liberty Lane than his old digs where Blow Job Alley crosses Drug Warrior Drive.