Barr and the LP

28) Libertarian Party 1972 - 2008: Rest in Peace
Classically Liberal
by CLS

"It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of the Libertarian
Party. It was only 36 years old -- far too young to die. And while there
is some dispute over whether the death was self-inflicted or murder, the
death itself was tragic and sad. Once billed as 'The Party of Principle'
those principles were sold down the river. On Sunday, May 25, 2008 the
principles were abandoned, and the party was last seen gasping for air
before expiring." (05/26/08)

8) Bob Barr is new piece in electoral puzzle
Christian Science Monitor

"Newly minted presidential nominee Bob Barr of the Libertarian Party
may not be a household name, but the former Republican congressman
from Georgia has caught the attention of the GOP's most passionate
wing: supporters of libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R) of Texas.
Though Mr. Paul is still running for president as a Republican, and
scoring a fair share of votes in the late primaries -- he won 16
percent in Pennsylvania -- Sen. John McCain of Arizona has locked up
the Republican nomination. But in the fall, Senator McCain will need
all the votes he can get." [editor's note: If this level of
(respectful) "free media coverage" continues, as the LP is seen as
having a real effect on the election, does the LP find a way to be
part of the solution for a change? - SAT] (05/29/08)

24) Raising the Barr, part 1: Marriage
by Thomas L. Knapp

"Instead of defending DOMA, Barr should be telling 'the business of
America is business'-type conservatives 'I don't like the idea of
government fooling around in the business of regulating terms of
contract. Right now, the fooling around is by gender and number for
marriage. Next week, it could be how many popsicles you can sell to
one customer or what color the wrappers have to be.' Instead of
defending DOMA, Barr should be asking social conservatives 'do you
really want the government telling you how you may worship, what the
content of your religious services are, whom your sacraments may
serve? Right now, it's marriage. Next week, maybe Congress or your
state legislature will want to speak ex cathedra on dunking versus
sprinkling or settle the argument over the transubstantiation of the
host. Who may commit to whom in your church should be for your church,
not some politician, to decide.'" (05/28/08)