Steve G.

Statement from Don Rasmussen re Bob Barr

In Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Media, People in the news, Personal Responsibility, Politics, Presidential Candidates, Protest on September 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

What follows is a statement from Don Rasmussen, Events Coordinator for Campaign for Liberty.

“The following reflect my personal feelings and is not endorsed by Dr. Paul or Campaign for Liberty.

I am deeply disappointed by Bob Barr’s decision not to participate in today’s press conference just as I have been disappointed with the Barr campaign throughout this election cycle.

The idea that he was busy is absurd. I am sitting in the National Press Club right now waiting for his hastily called press conference to begin. This is the same building where Dr. Paul’s presser just ended. Barr committed to participate, but had his campaign manager call us minutes before it started to tell us that Bob thinks “it just isn’t worth it.” I look forward to hearing him explain how breaking a promise to Congressman Paul constitutes a wise campaign strategy.

It is my great hope that the alternative parties will present the American people with quality candidates that offer a real option. Clearly the Libertarian Party has failed to do so. Bob Barr has
repeatedly broken his promises to Dr. Paul, showed up uninvited at C4L events, and made statement contrary to Dr. Paul’s beliefs while still claiming the mantle of heir to the R3VOLution.

Hopefully, the LP will find a way to reject this candidate without rejecting the idea of engagement in practical politics.”

Don Rasmussen, Events Coordinator for Campaign For Liberty

  1. Barr’s true colors have been apparent for many months now, maybe many years even. Those of you who have failed to see what a snake in the grass he really is, are simply refusing to open your eyes.

    Barr must be rejected by libertarians, independents, and anyone of other political stripes who reject politics as usual, and who wish to break the monopoly of the Dems and Reps.

    But then, those of us who knew what Barr’s character is (not a good one) before, aren’t surprised by this. He is almost definitely going back to run for statewide office in Georgia as a Republican in 2010 anyway. He must keep his ties and good relations with devout conservative Republicans in order to ultimately run for president again in 2012 with the GOP.

    Mr. Barr, you are no Ron Paul, nor a libertarian of any sort. Please go away and leave libertariansim to libertarians!

  2. “I asked Barr Communications Director Shane Corey after the event why they pulled this stunt and was told to go f*** myself.” – Dan Rasmussen, Campaign for Liberty Events Coordinator

    Shane Corey, the LP’s own Dick Cheney

  3. I want my fucking party back. Does anyone have any idea the amount of time that Libertarian activists have worked within the Ron Paul movement in order to win these guys over to the Libertarian Party? I am personally disgusted with the Barr campaign and my part of helping put him on the ballot in Tennessee. Thank god we worked to get the BTP candidate on the ballot here also.

  4. Whoa, did Shane Cory literally tell Rasmussen to “go fuck yourself”, or is that only Rasmussen’s interpretation of what Shane said to him?

  5. Dear Potential Barr Donors:

    Why are you wasting money on this character? Give your money to a real libertarian who wants to do politics.

    Once upon a time, when I taught freshman physics, I would do a calculation of how much *someone* had paid to get a single student into a single hour of class. I then took the class outside.

    I would then take a fairly large stack of my own dollar bills, and count them out onto a grill, followed by a *lot* of charcoal lighter fluid.

    I then said quite loudly “This is a class”.

    followed by the shout “and this is a class cut!” and ignited the bills.

    My money–burned–went to a better use.

    Incidentally, not only is paper money not printed on absorbent paper, but you have to work hard to get it to burn so that nothing is left.

    Phillies

  6. I forgot to ad, if you don’t like what happened today — PLEASE quit the LP and join the BTP. Please be sure to cc your resignation letter to this wonderful web site!

  7. Thanks, Bubbu. I posted about the Barr website entry on LFV, and gave you credit for the catch. I couldn’t give you a link though, since your link doesn’t seem to really go anywhere. Feel free to send me one privately if you wish, and I’ll edit the entry to add it. enm.lastfreevoice@gmail.com

    https://lastfreevoice.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/barrs-website-says-he-invited-ron-paul-to-be-his-vp/

  8. Come on folks. . . Barr had NEVER intended to stick with libertarians or the LP for very long, so why should anyone be surprised?

    His campaign rhetoric, his website, his appeal to conservatives, and a whole host of tactics, and actions point to only one thing . . . Barr is no libertarian, implicitly acknowledges that he is a typical conservative Republican, and he was just using his name recognition to dupe the LP into nominating him for (nearly) 50 state ballot access.

    The LP is the big loser here, as Mary Ruwart should have been the nominee, but Barr’s people duped 322 LP delegates (the other two were Barr and his wife) to vote for him in Denver.

    Barr needs to be trashed and publicly humiliated so that he pays for this underhandedness. The same goes for W.A.R.

  9. Give your money to a real libertarian who wants to do politics.

    A suggestion:

    http://munger08.com/

  10. Susan is absolutely right. Please also remember Sue Newell in New Hampshire. She also needs 4%.

  11. Dear Steve LaBianca

    Please join us here at the BTP. You and Angela need to simply resign from the LNC to make a statement on principle and join with us. We will allow you to speak freely and will not require you to “fully support” your presidential nominee like your pathetic bylaws require you to. Please join us today!

  12. Anybody know what Rasmussen means by a Barr “statement contrary to Dr. Paul’s beliefs”? There are lots of areas where Libertarians disagree with Ron Paul. I list some at http://knowinghumans.net/2007/12/teflon-libertarian-moderate.html

  13. Hi, Bubbu. Sorry your post was delayed, it got caught in the filter due to multiple links.

  14. @14 And that lp.org post you link to was signed by ED Kraus. Some choice tidbits.

    before you form an opinion, perhaps you may want to consider the facts and not rely on blogs for your news.

    This is a nasty little statement. A fact is a fact and does not depend on where it comes from.

    The Barr campaign chose not to attend in order to make a very valid point, which was expressed, in their following press conference. Bold leadership is needed right now! Scattering support for the liberty agenda to the four winds as Dr. Paul is proposing will not serve liberty.

    Bold leadership is what Paul did today. Ducking out at the last minute is not bold leadership!

    How is getting support for a broad based liberty platform scattering anything?

  15. The LP has become bankrupt of principle and hopelessly corrupt. I’m disillusioned with electroal politics. I’m tempted by BTP but what’s to keep the same thing from happening to it down the road?

    I’ll be voting for “none-of-the-above” for president – for the first time in the 40 years I’ve been voting.

  16. Once upon a time, when I taught freshman physics, I would do a calculation of how much *someone* had paid to get a single student into a single hour of class. I then took the class outside… I would then take a fairly large stack of my own dollar bills, and count them out onto a grill, followed by a *lot* of charcoal lighter fluid…. I then said quite loudly “This is a class”…. followed by the shout “and this is a class cut!” and ignited the bills…. My money–burned–went to a better use…. Incidentally, not only is paper money not printed on absorbent paper, but you have to work hard to get it to burn so that nothing is left.

    Perhaps some people might consider not making their colleagues “accessories after the fact” in their “criminal activities”.

  17. […] while taking pains to state that he’s speaking for himself rather than for his organization, says this: Hopefully, the LP will find a way to reject this candidate without rejecting the idea of […]

  18. That swirling sound you hear ……

    … is Bob Barr’s presidential campaign circling the drain of history….

  19. The answer to your question, Joseph, is three things make it hard for the Boston Tea Party to follow the same path as the LP. I can’t say they won’t find their own path to infamy, but these three features make it harder to go the same stupid road as the LP.

    1. Transparency. All national committee deliberations are public. Nothing can be hidden from the members.

    2. No money at national. There is no way to raise money for the national per bylaws requirements. So, there is no national staff, and no big pile of national money to corrupt things. All the party work takes place at the state level, so the state affiliates have the money, or the campaigns do.

    3. The right to overturn. Any member of the Boston Tea Party can start a poll on the national site to overturn any action of the national committee. If a majority of those voting in the poll vote to overturn, the action is nullified. This sort of membership veto power would be real handy right now for the LP members who abhor what’s going on with Barr/Root.

  20. Assuming BTP reaches the same size and level of importance that the LP has now, what’s to say the same things won’t happen. Bylaws can be changed.

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