Steve G.

LNC Member Rachel Hawkridge: Open Letter to Bob Barr

In Libertarian on July 18, 2008 at 9:57 pm

This was posted at LP Radicals

Mr. Barr –

My husband and I were delegates to Denver.  I spoke to you, outside of the convention floor, where I asked you about the Patriot Act, and DOMA, and you said that you were misled about USAPatriot, and you apologized for DOMA.  In your nominating speech, I know that I heard you apologize for DOMA. 

After speaking to other people about your work on the LNC and with the ACLU, I felt that I had to give you the benefit of the doubt, and believe that you did have a change of heart.

When I heard (secondhand) that you had changed your position again on DOMA on the Tuesday after convention, I didn’t know what to think.

After reading your position papers yesterday, I believe that I do know what to think.  I believe that I’ve been misled. 

I am disappointed that I don’t have a principled candidate to vote for this cycle.  I don’t find civil rights to be a “States’ rights” issue.  I believe that the Constitution protects the civil rights of all people, regardless of race, creed, age, or yes, even sexual orientation.  In several different ways, it is spelled out . . .

Article. IV. – The States

Section 1 – Each State to Honor all others

Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.

Six states have passed varying versions of marriage, civil union, and reciprocal beneficiary laws, which would mean that these contracts are recognized, by Article IV, Section 1, of the Constitution, in ALL states.  Any gay couple that marries in Massachusetts, then moves to Washington still has a valid marriage.

Section 2 – State citizens

The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

The federal government has, for decades, given benefits (employee and federal tax exemptions) to married couples and to unmarried heterosexual couples; continuing to deny the same benefits to same sex couples constitutes discrimination.


Amendment 14 – Citizenship Rights.

1.      All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

The Constitution of the United States repeats, over and over, that citizens are equal on varying bases.  Those bases were each recognized individually, until the 14th Amendment encompassed all of us . . .

“nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

I am currently running the ballot access drive in Washington.  I am committed to having the LP on our ballot.  It’s a tough job this year, several of our activists who generally give the most of their Time, Treasure and Sacred Honor to the cause of Liberty are not active this year.  They are hurt and disheartened.  The LP, where thay have always felt that they were safe from this kind of discrimination, is no longer a safe place.

And I, in order to maintain my integrity, feel that I have to finish the ballot access drive, in order to get the Libertarian Party on our General Election ballot.  I remain committed to this goal.

And then, in order to stay in integrity, I must vote for None of the Above.

I am, in Liberty and principle,


Rachel Hawkridge

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

                                                           -A. Lincoln 

  1. oooh yucky. Linclon quote.

  2. I figured you’d notice that.

    Any thoughts on the rest?

  3. I think Ms. Hawkins needs to read the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution or maybe Michael Badnarik’s book, Good to Be King, etc.

    But Barr has a similarly liberal and ahistorical constitutional view, so I guess Ms. Hawkins’s post-New Deal view is fair game for shaming him.

    Barr is a snake, a liar, and a bigot, regardless of one’s constitutional perspective. He is a collectivist and is opposed to the equal treatment of gays and lesbians, and regardless of whether one thinks it is appropriate to send federal troops into state (as the Lincoln lover Ms. Hawkins apparently thinks it is) that denies them their natural rights, that is NOT a libertarian view.

  4. And regardless of all else, Ms. Hawkins DESERVES A RESPONSE. If we had a real libertarian as our nominee, this could be an opportunity to tell her the 14th amendment was never ratified and that Lincoln was the worst and cruelest tyrant to ever reside in the White House. But we don’t. We have someone who accepts her ahistorical perspective and is fundamentally WRONG on the grounds that Ms. Hawkins presents.

    And worst of all: Ms. Hawkins will get no response. I hope I’m wrong, but I highly doubt Republican Bob Barr has any patience for questions from libertarians at this point. He’s too busy hobknobbing with neocon thug Al Gore.

  5. Whoops, Hawkridge. My apologies for butchering the name like 100 times. No offense intended. My mistake.

  6. “this could be an opportunity [for the nominee] to tell her the 14th amendment was never ratified”

    Yes, I suppose it *could* be an opportunity for the nominee to advertise that he is stark raving bonkers, as by making such a claim, but I think the sane money is against it.

    On the other hand, those global warming stands show that when the press is ignoring you that you can take opposite stands on the same issue at the same time.

  7. Acknowledging historical fact does make someone “bonkers” in a regime of untruth.

  8. First, to Rachel’s substantive complaint, “I am disappointed that I don’t have a principled candidate to vote for this cycle.” She is mistaken. Charles Jay and Tom Knapp are principled candidates for the offices of president and vice president, and they are working very hard to be on the ballot in as many states as possible. We are also working to establish write-in registrations in states where that is required, and to otherwise help voters make the best of the current situation.

    Second, with particular regard to the 14th Amendment, it is clearly a part of the constitution as far as the USA Supreme Court is concerned, even though the many episodes involved in its ratification cast doubt on its legitimacy, just as the “missing 13th” and the ratification problems with the 16th make it clear that “the supreme law of the land” is not entirely what we were told in high school constitution class.

    I’m satisfied that the ratification in Texas is null and void, because even the carpetbaggers and scalawags in the Texas legislature wouldn’t ratify it – they had too many of the Confederate notes that the 14th prevents from ever being redeemed. So, the head of the Union army marched his troops to Austin, pulled the legislators out of session, lined them up against a wall, and had his troops perform bayonet drills for two hours. When they were sent back in, they ratified the amendment – clearly under duress. But, look, George is right, the 14th Amendment was shoved down our throats fair and square by the military victors of the war for Southern Independence. The South lost, and the Lincoln-ites won. The bankers love the first sentence in the fourth paragraph of the 14th Amendment – the validity of the public debt of the United States shall never be questioned.

    You can acknowledge it all you want, but the South lost, and the last vestiges of the old republic were swept away. Welcome to imperial America. You aren’t meant to like it, Johnny Reb.

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