KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 5, 2008 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing Midwestern
activists at the Heartland Libertarian Conference today, former Congressman
Bob Barr announced the launch of the Bob Barr 2008 Presidential Exploratory
In his speech, Barr noted that, "America today faces a grave moral and
leadership crisis, and those of us who care about our country's future can
no longer sit on the sidelines and remain neutral." "As Dante Alighieri
said many centuries ago," Barr observed, "the hottest places in Hell are
reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their
neutrality." Continuing, Barr stated that, "some say it is not now
expedient or politically pragmatic to do the right thing, for the right
reason." But, he then asked his audience, "When has there been a better
time? When has the risk of inaction carried more serious consequences? When
will it be appropriate to take extraordinary steps? What must happen to our
Constitution before we set aside our complacency and expediency in favor of
Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of
Representatives from 1995 to 2003, where he served as a senior member of
the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform
Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. Prior to
his congressional career, Barr was appointed by President Reagan to serve
as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and
also served as an official with the CIA for nearly eight years.
Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and actively
advocating American citizens' right to privacy and other civil liberties
guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. He serves also as a board member for the
National Rifle Association, and works with the American Conservative Union
and other groups.
Barr's speech to the Heartland audience touched on the issues the
candidates for the two major status quo parties have not addressed
sufficiently, namely: the urgent need for truly cutting the size of the
federal government, protecting our civil liberties, securing our borders,
and fundamentally reforming our tax code.
"Removing 'earmarks' but not cutting the underlying spending is simply
government as usual and is nothing more than a cynical shell game," Barr
stated; adding, "and that's the high water mark in the debate thus far."
Barr said this is not adequate, and that America's voters deserve better
than a choice between the lesser of two evils."
The Libertarian Party, America's oldest and largest third party, formed
in 1971, is on track to achieve ballot access in at least 48 states. Its
nominee will be chosen at the Libertarian National Convention which will be
held in Denver, CO May 22 through 26.
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