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  • Russia’s “Breadbasket” Is Not Part of America’s Vital National Security Interest

    01/02/2018 9:38:00 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Jan 03, 2018 | Bob Barr
    “Make America Great Again.” The phrase became ubiquitous during the 2016 presidential election as both a branding tagline and rallying cry for Donald Trump’s campaign. It quickly came to symbolize an “America-first” attitude in solving the country’s problems; rebuffing the rampant “anti-exceptionalism” demonstrated by the previous administration. Now, “MAGA” (as it is often abbreviated) appears to guide Trump’s every domestic and foreign policy decision; even when its applicability may not be clear. Just last month, the Administration approved plans to sell sophisticated Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukraine, bolstering that government’s ongoing conflict against pro-Russian separatists. The move is a...
  • Massive Fraud in Net Neutrality Process is a Crime Deserving of Justice Department Attention

    12/19/2017 9:27:37 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Dec 20, 2017 | Bob Barr
    If one was expecting to have a reasoned, adult debate over “Net Neutrality” in the lead-up to the Federal Communications Commission’s vote last week to roll-back the Obama-era regulations, they were surely disappointed. Rather than a logical look at the current state of how the internet works today (much of the anti-FCC rhetoric was not based in such a reality), or even a practical discussion about how the internet has evolved freely and robustly absent of such regulations, most of the “discussion” was a digital shouting match of partisan and anti-capitalism rhetoric. That, and a massive amount of fraud. As...
  • The Real Reason Democrats Hate Losing the State and Local Tax Deduction

    11/29/2017 10:53:22 AM PST · by Boomer · 41 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/29/17 | Bob Barr
    Since state and local taxes can be deducted, the tax burden is shifted from those governments to the federal government, which in turn makes up for this lost revenue by keeping taxes higher on the rest of the country. In effect, taxpayers in low-tax states and cities, like those in the South, are forced to subsidize the lavish public spending of liberals in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and California, who have little incentive to reduce the local taxes that fund their pet projects. It is much like making charitable donations online using someone else’s credit card. It does not...
  • Violent Tribalism on Display in Charlottesville

    08/17/2017 7:20:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 17, 2017 | Bob Barr
    When it comes to political violence such as we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, there are no partisan “sides” to the issue. In an enlightened society, you either believe violence is an acceptable means to an end, or you do not. In this parity, there is no room for equivocation, where the perceived nobleness or virtue of one’s agenda can excuse it. Initiating force against any group or individual for the sake of achieving a political goal or simply making a political statement, is morally and legally wrong. Full stop. Last weekend was a national embarrassment in every sense...
  • A Presidential Pardon for America’s Toughest Sheriff?

    08/09/2017 11:06:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 9, 2017 | Bob Barr
    While most Americans do not know the name of their local sheriff, they do know the name of Maricopa County, Arizona’s former sheriff – Joseph “Joe” Arpaio. He is known to millions across the country as “America’s toughest sheriff.” To be sure, “Sheriff Joe” is a controversial figure. In his 24 years as Sheriff, he implemented many unconventional, often punitive measures for making sure inmates knew they were serving “hard time.” For example, in 1993 he established a “Tent City” outside the prison to house inmates convicted of crimes, and would remind them when the hot Arizona sun bore down...
  • Time to Take Off the Gloves with Campus Protestors

    04/19/2017 8:16:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2017 | Bob Barr
    Listening to liberal college administrators waxing poetic from their ivory towers, one might conclude the greatest threat to higher education is not helicopter parents who turn students into helpless babes, or a chronic lack of civics education among incoming freshman, but rather “Diversity” -- the new Holy Grail of post-secondary education. Campus bureaucrats have dumped millions of taxpayerdollars into “diversity training” materials and mandated courses based on theories such as one that concludes it is racist to expect punctuality in others. In this higher education alt universe, it is taught also that gender can take on any shape, form, or...
  • IRS Brazenly Continues Crackdowns On Conservative Organizations

    05/05/2014 8:39:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    A little publicized IRS decision should have conservatives who write about politics very alarmed. The IRS revoked the tax-exempt status of a conservative political organization, the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty (PHCIL), due to a handful of articles that founder Gary Aldrich wrote in his personal capacity. His decade-old articles simply criticized Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, which the IRS claimed constituted electioneering. The articles were linked to as "alerts" from the PHCIL website. The American Spectator noted, “Although the literature demands that those like Clinton and Kerry be kept out of power, it never specifically says, ‘Don’t vote...
  • Why Wait 100 Days? Trump’s First 30 Days.

    12/28/2016 11:53:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 28, 2016 | Bob Barr
    While the most arrogant President in modern American history pontificates that if only he had been permitted to run for a third term he would have been easily reelected, President-elect Donald Trump is methodically preparing to assume office as the first true reformer since Ronald Reagan. Media pundits love to speculate on what Trump’s “First 100 Days” will look like. However, the country’s 45th President-in-waiting likely will press an agenda that can accomplish more in his first month than most of his predecessors accomplished in their first year.After all, what is so magical about the “first 100 days”? It...
  • True Border Security is Not About the Wall, It is About the Will

    04/13/2016 9:15:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2016 | Bob Barr
    Last month, two men were caught on video climbing over the border wall with Mexico and into the United States, carrying with them two large back packs apparently loaded with illegal drugs. The climbers, who were also caught on government surveillance approaching the wall in Mexico before even setting foot on it, easily scaled down into the U.S. within a few yards of not one, but three U.S. Border Patrol vehicles. The Border Patrol officers, although clearly aware of the illegal fence climbers, did nothing. The men re-scaled the wall back into Mexico only after realizing a media crew was...
  • Government Case Against Apple is “Pure Applesauce”

    03/02/2016 5:50:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2016 | Bob Barr
    “The Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.” These were not the words of a radical social justice warrior from “Black Lives Matter,” or even a liberal Democrat in Congress. They were the deliberate and percipient observations from one of the most substantive and constitutionally faithful of Supreme Court Justices -- the late Antonin Scalia. The tragedy of Scalia’s untimely passing is amplified by the need for voices such as his in the current fight between iPhone manufacturer Apple and the federal government, over forced access to an encrypted phone...
  • The Peasant King of Crass Leads the Field

    02/10/2016 11:54:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2016 | Bob Barr
    While delivering remarks in New Hampshire this week critical of Ted Cruz's thoughtful position on the use of waterboarding, one of Donald Trump's supporters yelled out to him that this made Cruz a word not fit for pages of this site. Not wanting such a crude, but biting, criticism of his opponent to be left hanging in the air, Trump did what we all could have guessed he would do -- stop his speech, chuckle, and then repeat it into the microphone to make sure every person and media representative present heard. It was classic Trump. To say that Trump's...
  • Let’s Hope the GOP is Serious About Sentencing Reform

    07/15/2015 7:50:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Joly 15, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Last Friday, President Obama wrote 46 letters to men and women across the United States that will change their lives. “Dear Jerry,” Obama wrote to one man, “I wanted to personally inform you that I will be granting your application for commutation.” Jerry, like the others, is a convicted drug offender who, Obama claims, should long ago have served his time and been released back into society. Instead, tens of thousands of other low-level drug offenders continue to fester in federal prison; the consequence of overzealous, 1980s-era mandatory minimum sentencing requirements that have led to dangerous overcrowding in the federal...
  • Former Libertarian Presidential Nominee Supporting Ted Cruz

    01/13/2016 3:34:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Resurgent ^ | January 12, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    The other day, Steve Hayes had this piece up at the Weekly Standard. In it, he noted that Cruz was running a video positing himself as the heir to the Ron Paul Revolution. You'd never even know Rand was running. Rand Paul, after all, was the fusion candidate who was going to bring libertarians and conservatives together along for a ride against the left. It has not happened. Rand Paul's campaign has imploded. And now, if you scroll down in this article towards the end you will find this blurb: "Former Georgia congressman and Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr...
  • Clinton Transition Left $15,000 Damage, GAO Says

    12/29/2015 4:26:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    L. A. Times ^ | June 12, 2002 | MICHELLE MUNN
    A yearlong investigation into whether Clinton administration aides left the White House in fraternity-party disarray as they vacated the presidential premises has turned up about $15,000 in damage, according to a government report released Tuesday. Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) asked the General Accounting Office last June to look into allegations that Clinton staffers had ripped phone cords from walls, left obscene voicemail messages, defaced bathrooms and vandalized computer keyboards by removing the "W" keys when they left the White House. A number of items, including a 12-inch presidential seal and several antique doorknobs, were assumed stolen. "The Clinton administration treated...
  • Cruz For President Announces Second Amendment Coalition

    12/04/2015 2:36:39 PM PST · by Isara · 9 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 12/04/15
    Totaling an astounding 24,030 membersHOUSTON, Texas - Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz today rolled-out his Second Amendment Coalition at a rally in Johnston, Iowa. The group represents gun rights advocates across the country who believe in the fundamental constitutional right to bear arms for the purpose of self-defense. The coalition already has 24,030 members, including 1,084 members in the four early primary states. The coalition will be co-chaired by Gun Owners of America President Tim Macy, former Congressman Bob Barr, President and Co-Founder of Heroes Hunting Sgt. Patrick Perkins, Richard Rogers and Dave Funk."The right to self-defense is an essential component...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Bizarre Gay Marriage Revisionism Doesn’t Fool Those Who Remember

    11/02/2015 8:15:28 AM PST · by Alfred O. Bama · 5 replies
    Reason ^ | 10-26-15 | Scott Shackford
    As President, Bill Clinton infuriated many in the gay community by signing into law the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which blocked federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which required gay members of the military to remain in the closet about their sexual orientation or be ejected from service. Arguably, Clinton didn't exactly have a lot of room to maneuver. DOMA passed by an overwhelming, veto-proof majority. While it was introduced by Republicans in 1996 (by Bob Barr, who would eventually run for president as a Libertarian Party candidate in 2008 and apologize for sponsoring the...
  • Ted Cruz names Bob Barr head of outreach effort to Ron Paul supporters and libertarians

    09/29/2015 12:30:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Independent Political Report ^ | September 29, 2015
    via The Iowa Statesman. Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today named former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr the National Chair of the “Liberty Leaders for Cruz” coalition. The campaign also released a video of eight leaders in the Liberty movement who are actively working for the Cruz campaign, featuring their personal stories of why they supported Ron Paul, and why in 2016, they support Ted Cruz for President. Additional coverage at Reason. – Fmr. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) was the Libertarian nominee for President in 2008, winning on the sixth ballot at a divided and fractured convention. After a...
  • Sen. Cruz: The Real Story of What Is Happening in Washington (Video & Transcript)

    09/29/2015 7:32:34 AM PDT · by Isara · 102 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | September 28, 2015
    Reminds leadership to keep their promises to the American people WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered a speech on the Senate floor highlighting the many examples of Republican leadership surrendering to President Obama’s demands, including funding Planned Parenthood and the catastrophic Iran nuclear deal. Sen. Cruz’s speech followed an attempt to permit a vote on his amendment to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and the Iranian nuclear deal. His colleagues refused to allow him the courtesy of a roll-call vote on his motion, which would have allowed for consideration of his amendment.  The text of...
  • Ted Cruz snags former Ron Paul supporters

    09/29/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by Isara · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    For months, the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has quietly been courting libertarian-leaning supporters -- people who once supported Ron Paul and ostensibly would have been inclined to back his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in the 2016 race. On Tuesday, Cruz released a video showing eight former Ron Paul liberty movement supporters -- a number of them from Iowa -- who are now backing Cruz. The campaign announced that former Congressman Bob Barr will chair a Liberty Leaders for Cruz" coalition comprised of libertarian-leaning Republicans. As Paul's campaign has floundered and Cruz remains in the middle of...
  • Ted Cruz Climbs to Top of This Week’s Fox News 2016 Presidential Power Index

    09/29/2015 7:12:37 AM PDT · by Isara · 26 replies
    TedCruz.org ^ | 09/29/15
    Cruz #1 in Fox News’s Weekly Analysis of Candidates’ Ranking in 2016 RaceHOUSTON, Texas – Yesterday, in the weekly update of Fox News’s Presidential Power Index, Digital Politics editor Chris Stirewalt offered his analysis on America’s Newsroom with Gretchen Carlson for why Ted Cruz replaces Jeb Bush as this week’s number one pick to win the 2016 GOP Primary, citing Cruz’s strong positioning to compete against the party’s establishment candidate.To view the full TV segment, please click here. Excerpt of segment transcript included below:Gretchen Carlson: Time now for the 2016 Presidential Power Index, where we look every week at who’s...