The M.O.B. have one thing in common - they are all Demopublicans. Why the Libertarian Party would pick a Demopublican rather than a libertarian to be their presidential candidate was explained by Robert Ringer in Chapter Two "The System" in his 1979 book "Restoring the American Dream", which covers the Demopublican tactics used against the LP in its first two campaigns for the Presidency and are still employed today.
Bob Barr is the Demopublican's best weapon against a serious "second party" challenge from the Libertarian Party (even Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater", recognizes that "America needs a second party"). Barr was one of them until he was redistricted out of his Congressional seat. A seasoned wordpusher, the politician recently joined the LP and promised to do things for them. Robert Ringer explained the significance of the art of political wordpushing thus - "REALITY NO . 3: In order to get enough votes to get elected, a candidate must, to put it politely, make unrealistic and contradictory promises to a wide variety of special interests . . . To put it not so politely, it is virtually impossible to get elected to public office without lying. You might say that it is a mandatory condition built into The System; it is the only way the politician can appeal to the Expediency Factor in most voters".
Certainly Barr is cheaper than H. Ross Perot, Daddy Bush's personal friend who spent $50 million to protect the Demopublican one-party system from Andre Marrou (Marrou had beaten Daddy Bush and Bill Clinton in the first 1992 primary returns out of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire and had his face plastered on the front page of dailies across the U.S. Perot simply said what Marrou was saying, only louder and more often, until the listeners began to confuse the two to the point that Marrou became Perot and Marrou was forgotten. Perot had no party and the 17% of the vote that he received was simply wasted. Had Marrou gotten 17% of the vote, the LP would have been permanently established in 1992 and the British would be doing their Empire today without American brawn.
In the 2004 election, the late Aaron Russo was ready with a plan for a Hollywood-styled pubicity campaign. But Michael Badnarik was unexpectedly chosen at the convention after Gary Nolan told his supporters to vote for Badnarik rather than Russo. The Nolan votes coupled with the Badnarik votes were just enought to edge out Russo. Badnarik was caught off-guard and was ill-prepared to run a campaign. Despite his sincer intentions, Badnarik was unable to mount an effective challenge.
Today in 2008, we have former Republican and former supporter of the Patriot Act Bob Barr. How? In part, the media cartel (5 billionaires really - Murdoch, Redstone, Rothschild, Newhouse, and Rockefeller) advertized Barr's campaign for the LP nomination and Barr used that argument at the LP convention in Denver - "I can get the LP media exposure". That argument won the day (Another part is that "The State", comprised of Demopublicans, has been extra busy infiltrating the LP during the past 8 years. For example, a former aide of Porter Goss has been busy depleting Libertarian Party funds at the state level while simultaneously creating such a stench that libertarians eventually quit. Those members remaining in the Party have more in common with Barr types than libertarians ).
Overnight the Barr selection wrought damage to the LP. Many libertarians such as the Northeast Region Chair of the Libertarian Party of Ohio promptly exited the LP, leaving the LP crippled like its never been before. And Barr has since done little - as little as Badnarik did despite Badnarik's sincerity and hard work because Badnarik was caught off guard.
But the damage by Barr hasn't stopped. Recently, Barr snubbed Ron Paul's supporters. Barr gave reasons why he snubbed the Ron Paul cadre, but perhaps the reality is that a leopard cannot change his spots. Certainly Ronald Reagan could not change his spots despite his rhetoric to the contrary - the former Democrat who became a Repubican raised government spending to unprecedented levels in California, then again in the nation. The Ron Paul vote is the vote that will determine the fate of the Demopublican one-party systemin this election. If their votes go to McCain because they like Palin, the Demopublicans can breathe easy for four more years. If their votes go to Barr, the LP would become a permanent party and would no longer go broke hurdling ballot access laws (written by Demopublicans), which is a contingency that the Demopublicans have planned well to prevent.
Robert Ringer said " I once asked John Hospers, the Libertarian Party's first presidential candidate (1972), if the realities of The System would not eventually corrupt Libertarian office holders even if the Party did succeed in gaining the presidency. . . He said that indeed was a possiblity, but that it might take fifty or a hundred years for the Party to become as corrupt as the Republicans and Democrats". Certainly that is what happened to the Whig Party in England - once they became successful at getting elected, everybody and his brother became a Whig. Bob Barr is the LP's single largest liability right now.
"Libertarianism" by John Hospers.
"Restoring the American Dream" by Robert Ringer.
"The Screwing of the Average Man" by David Hapgood.
"The Case Against a Libertarian Political Party" by Erwin Strauss (and the Introduction by Michael Hoy, which outlines some history of the Michigan LP).
LIBERTARIAN PARTY'S STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.
We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.
Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.
We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life - accordlingly we support prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action - accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property - accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.
Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market [ the free market is not the Orwellian-type of mercantilism that camouflaged itself by the misnomer "free market" in England that Karl Marx witnessed and complained of. In short, there are no corporations in a free market].