So far as we know, Bob Barr hasn’t yet decide whether to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger in a Republican primary fight for the 14th Congressional District.
But somebody out there is already trying to help the 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate make up his mind – with a quick bit of opposition research that prophesies that a challenge to Graves would quickly devolve into a brawl over immigration and gay marriage.
We don’t know the author, but you can examine the sheet by clicking here. It accuses Barr, a former Georgia congressman, of registering as a lobbyist for the ACLU, and – in 2008, as a Libertarian – of openly campaigning against GOP presidential nominee John McCain.
Let us just say that, given the way that McCain is viewed by many grassroots Republicans in Georgia, that last point may be somewhat insincere.
Among sheet’s main arguments:
Bob Barr opposed H.B. 87, Georgia’s tough new illegal immigration law
– Barr claims that Georgia’s [tough] new illegal immigration law was only passed “to make good headlines” and says it is “bad policy.”
– Barr’s ACLU buddies have joined with the Mexican government in suing Georgia over H.B. 87.
(Source: ajc.com: The Barr Code: 2/14/11)
Here’s a passage from the Barr column in question:
Politics aside, it is interesting to witness so many Republican legislators who profess allegiance to principles of federalism and more limited government police power, tripping over themselves to support legislation such as these immigration-based bills.
Greatly expanding the power of law state and local law enforcement to stop and detain people, premised on a power that resides with the federal, not state government to begin with, hardly fits traditional definitions of “conservative.” When it comes to immigration, consistency is often not a component of the debate.
And there’s this, also from the sheet:
Bob Barr now supports gay marriage
– In Congress, Barr wrote the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage on the federal level as a legal union between a man and a woman.
– Now, lobbyist Barr agrees with President Obama that the law is unconstitutional and supports the decision by the Department of Justice to stop defending the law in court.
(Source: LA Times.com: Opinion: Bob Barr, 1/5/09)
Bob Barr now supports repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
– In a keynote speech to this year’s Log Cabin Republicans National Convention, Barr said that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell should be repealed…..”
(Long Cabin Republicans News Release: Congressman Bob Barr’s Remarks at 2011 Long Cabin National Convention, Apr. 30, 2011)
The Log Cabin speech is still online. Here’s a paragraph:
”A license is a control mechanism; also a means to raise revenue. To license is to grant permission. To license is to control. Which brings us to the real question when discussing whether same-sex marriage should be legal – why do individuals need the government’s permission to marry? The real issue here is not marriage – it is control. Control – the Big C of 21st Century public policy. The important question is whether the government has the proper authority to dictate which individuals can enter into a binding legal agreement. The very nature and history of government action since our nation’s founding reveals it is all about power and control. The effort to define marriage directly or indirectly is but another of many examples of this universal truth.”
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider