David Kirkpatrick

August 12, 2008

Georgia and Russia

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:01 pm

I’ve avoided blogging on the subject to now, but I’ve found a very pragmatic and sensible list on this issue at Cato-at-Liberty.

Here’s a solid center-right/libertarian take on the issue by Ben Friedman.

From the link:

  • That neocons like Kristol are attacking the Bush’s administration’s reaction to this crisis shows how far the administration has evolved towards pragmatism. John McCain, on the other hand, continues to reveal a preference for military confrontation over safety.
  • June 23, 2008

    Bob Barr v McCain

    Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:21 pm

    Ex-Republican; the strong, and earliest, proponent of Bill Clinton’s impeachment; and Libertarian Party nominee for president this year, Bob Barr, is pushing hard for McCain’s votes.

    Here’s a post from Barr’s campaign website blog:

    Barr offers “scathing critique” of McCain

    June 18th, 2008 by Jason Pye

    Bob Barr recently sat down with Eric Pianin of the Washington Post to discuss his campaign and offered “a scathing critique of Sen. John McCain”:

    Barr, a one-time conservative Republican House member from Georgia who broke with the Bush administration and many of his former congressional colleagues, blasted McCain for his support of the war in Iraq, his energy policies and his stand on reducing government spending.

    “With regard to domestic policy, Sen. McCain really has put forward nothing that would indicate he believes in dramatically shrinking the size and cost of the government,” Barr said during an interview on washingtonpost.com’s “PostTalk” program. “He does talk a great game about doing away with earmarks, but that really does not get near to the heart of the matter of the massive federal spending, the massive federal debt and the deficits we’re running.”
    Barr said that “the tremendous growth” of federal government powers since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks “has so dramatically shrunk the sphere of personal liberty in this country … that it has really caused myself and many other Americans … to take a much harder look at government power than we did in the past.”

    (note: hit link for video)


    The Washington Times also published an article on why McCain’s team ought to be concerned about Barr becoming the Nader of 2008.

    February 27, 2008

    Libertarian publisher endorses Obama

    Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:47 pm

    From Reason’s Hit & Run:

    Freedom Newspapers CEO Scott Flanders—he who heads up a chain of libertarian broadsheets, including the Orange County Register—is voting for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

    Flanders said he voted for Libertarian nominee Ed Clark in 1980 and for Bill Clinton in 1992, but has otherwise voted Republican… There was some back-and-forth over the practical vs. the philosophical approach to politics, and Flanders said that in this election, for him, “the No. 1 issue is who will get us out of Iraq.”

    OK, I’m thinking, if you really mean that, there’s only one major candidate you can support. But there’s no way you are going to stand there and say you support him.

    Editorial writer Steve Greenhut told Flanders he thought he was really making an argument for not voting. Not true, Flanders said, and then he did it. He said the words, “Barack Obama.” As in, that’s who any true freedom-lover should vote for.

    February 9, 2008

    Ron Paul scales campaign back

    Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:08 pm

    In a “Message from Ron” dated February 8, Paul announced a scaling back of his presidential campaign. He intends to focus on his bid for congressional reelection, but will continue to seek votes in the GOP presidential primaries.

    Probably a good idea on both fronts. He was never going to win so it’d be silly to lose his seat in the House because he’s focused on the national election.

    By the same token, he was never going to win so the only real reason to run for president was to inject his libertarian ideals into the primary debates, and more importantly try and rein-in the GOP platform at the convention by dint of his surprising presidential run.

    Paul also ruled out a third-party run.

    From the message:

    Let me tell you my thoughts. With Romney gone, the chances of a brokered convention are nearly zero. But that does not affect my determination to fight on, in every caucus and primary remaining, and at the convention for our ideas, with just as many delegates as I can get. But with so many primaries and caucuses now over, we do not now need so big a national campaign staff, and so I am making it leaner and tighter. Of course, I am committed to fighting for our ideas within the Republican party, so there will be no third party run. I do not denigrate third parties — just the opposite, and I have long worked to remove the ballot-access restrictions on them. But I am a Republican, and I will remain a Republican.