Bob Barr Comments on Huckabee’s Version of Reagan’s Vision

From the Barr 2008 Presidential Campaign:

In a widely quoted online interview posted yesterday on the Huffington Post, former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR), a former Republican presidential primary contender, blamed the recent Republican losses in special elections on what he termed a “new brand of libertarianism, which is social liberalism and economic conservatism, but it’s a heartless, callous, soulless type of economic conservatism.”

“Perhaps Governor Huckabee is forgetting that it is compassionate conservatism that led to our record budget deficits and explosion in the size of government. His vision of more of the same will lead his party deeper into the quagmire,” warned Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president, “I am reminded of then-Governor Ronald Reagan saying ‘I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism’ and that ‘The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.’ The problem we face isn’t too much libertarianism, but not enough of it.”

“I am saddened to hear Governor Huckabee proclaim that only government, big government, massive-spending government, can solve our problems as a nation and help the Republican party gain power again. Government is not the answer to every problem. Massive government spending and taxing, intrusive regulations, and expanding entitlements make it harder for people to provide for themselves and their families. Big government doesn’t mean just more bureaucrats in Washington, it means corporate welfare, centralized education, violations of civil liberties, and families made more dependent on government by government crowding out private alternatives. Even where government is providing benefits to individuals, they are expensive, inefficient, impersonal and bureaucratic.

Barr continued, “Indeed, this is why I am running for President: to provide an alternative to the big spending, big government advocates representing the Republican and Democratic parties. My goal is to roll back the size of government and allow Americans as individuals, families, associations, and communities to step forward as they have throughout U.S. history.”

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.

Since leaving Congress, Barr has been practicing law and has teamed up with groups ranging from the American Civil Liberties Union to the American Conservative Union to actively advocate every American citizens’ right to privacy and other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. Along with this, Bob is committed to helping elect leaders who will strive for smaller government, lower taxes and abundant individual freedom.

12 Responses to “Bob Barr Comments on Huckabee’s Version of Reagan’s Vision”

  1. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    While not trotskyist enough for me, Huckabee is a great man for helping the Obama Revolution for his anti-Obama joke and helping to get sympathy for Obama. He also helped Obama by distracting McCain for the month after Super Tuesday. Finally, h=is statement on why libertarianism is wrong is really amazing. Mike Huckabee has committed sins, but he tries to live according to the ways of God. Bob Barr, please go after McCain and Clinton, not Obama and Huckabee.

  2. ninja six Says:

    “I am saddened to hear Governor Huckabee proclaim that only government, big government, massive-spending government, can solve our problems as a nation and help the Republican party gain power again. Government is not the answer to every problem.”

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    Well said.

  3. Catholic Trotskyist Says:

    But Huckabee is right. Only big government can solve anything. And this will help the Democratic Party come back to its full power, with Huckabee as the friendly opposition.

  4. DrGonzo Says:

    I can only pray there are few people in this country like Catholic Trotskyist. He would feel right at home in the Orwellian state

  5. Jonathan Says:

    LET FREEDOM GROW ! say no the nanny state
    Please donate today to www.bobbarr2008.com

    We need funds NOW for ballot access

  6. disinter Says:

    It would be cool if the Huckster released a counter piece that called Barrbie out for his continued hypocrisy… but he probably knows how irrelevant Barrbie is so I doubt he will waste his time.

  7. disinter Says:

    *not waste

  8. disinter Says:

    We need funds NOW for ballot access

    So you can get 400,000 votes? Umm, okay.

  9. Craig Says:

    Barr 1, Huckabee 0.

    Republicans have lost in recent elections because they’ve ABANDONED liberty, not because they’ve embraced it. Libertarian-leaning voters that Reagan drew in are either staying home, or voting Democratic, since the D’s have been slightly more liberty-friendly than the R’s lately.

  10. RussellK Says:

    “Bob Barr was a Grand Dragon of the KKK? How many more skeletons does this career statist, and now racist, have?”

    -Disinter

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  11. charles Says:

    Let me start off by saying, the joke Huckabee made at the NRA convention despite what all over P.Ceed leftist would have you beleive what out right halarious and I about fell out of my chair laughing. NO it was not a joke about an assasination. It was a joke about Obamas Stance on Gun Rights and the second amendment. I am a Huckabee Voter all the way, Everyone I know is Huckabee supporters and I know quite a few Athiest that was voting Huckabee as well. That said. If

  12. charles Says:

    Let me start off by saying, the joke Huckabee made at the NRA convention despite what all over P.Ceed leftist would have you beleive what out right halarious and I about fell out of my chair laughing. NO it was not a joke about an assasination. It was a joke about Obamas Stance on Gun Rights and the second amendment. I am a Huckabee Voter all the way, Everyone I know is Huckabee supporters and I know quite a few Athiest that was voting Huckabee as well. That said. If Huckabee isnt the Veep pick by Mccain or I reffer to him “Old man McCane” www.Mccanes.com

    I will probably be voting Libertarian. Bob Barr is drawing many Huckabee supporters who feel like they have been disinfranchised by the GOP, So be nice to Huckabee Bob Barr becuase lots of your supporters are coming from the Huckabee camp. That said I know of about two thirds of the people I know that where voting huckabee will be voting Barr if Huckabee is not the veep. I learned quite a bit about barr at www.BarrRoot.com I didnt know much about Barr or The Libertarian Party pick for vp Wayne Root until about a month ago. You can learn more about wayne root at
    wwwBarrRoot2008.com My second pick to Huckabee was Ron Paul. Too bad he didnt run on the LP ticket. Im sure he would of done extremely well. Maybe even had a shot at the office of the president. To see how Ron Paul feels about Barr watch this video at www.BarrRoot08.com
    Please be nice to Huckabee Libertarians. Theres alot of us thinking about making the switch.

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