Saturday, February 11, 2006

Bob Barr Vs. The Conservatives

I wonder if C- Span covered this debate that took place at the Conservative Political Action Conference? If so, I would have liked to have watched it. Bob Barr, the former Congressman from Georgia, took the heat from fellow conservatives for questioning the Patriot Act. It's disappointing that Barr didn't have a little more sympathy from the audience, especially since many of them likely support the PATRIOT Act more out of partisan loyalty rather than having anything to do with principle. If a Democrat was in the White House, I can't help but wonder if half of those convservatives would be standing at Barr's side questioning PATRIOT.

"When you give government the power to give you everything you want, you also give it the power to take it all away."- Barry Goldwater


At 5:56 PM, Blogger Rose said...

When did it all get to be so partisan? So us vs. them?

Once elected shouldn't our representatives represent ALL their constituents, not their party? Shouldn't they make decisions based on what is best for all the people, and not just to gain party advantage - or favor from higher ups in the party?

If it was up to me -

1. Once elected, a person would be banned from any party meetings or caucuses for eleven months out of the year.

2. At the upper levels of government, like Governor and President, the outgoing guy would be kept on as an advisor for 2 years. This would ensure continuity and should help ease partisan politicking.

3. Whenever legislatures pass a new law, especially one that impedes personal freedom, they should have to give one law back. They could start with all the outdated unnecessary laws, but eventually it would get down to choosing - do we really want to pass a law telling you what you can buy out of a vending machine if we have to give up a law against speeding? Hopefully it would go a long way towards getting government out of people's personal lives. Right now it seems that once elected, a person feels they have to pass some law to justify thier existence. How many laws do we really need?

But I agree with you Fred. Too many make decisions based on party line. I find myself doing it too.


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