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Bob Barr Responds To Mike Huckabee

by @ 5:23 pm on May 30, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Bob Barr, Mike Huckabee, Politics

The Libertarian Party’s candidate for President responds to Mike Huckabee’s fear of libertarians:

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.”

And the Huckster’s goal ? More government in order to make us all more virtuous according to his definition of virtue.

I think I know which I side I’m on.

How about you ?

One Response to “Bob Barr Responds To Mike Huckabee”

  1. 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”

    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 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 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
    Please be nice to Huckabee Libertarians. Theres alot of us thinking about making the switch.

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