Bob Barr

Posted February 10, 2016

While delivering remarks in New Hampshire this week critical of Ted Cruzs thoughtful position on the use of waterboarding, one of Donald Trumps supporters yelled out to him that this made Cruz a word not fit for pages of this site.

Posted February 03, 2016

When Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvanias famous winter-prognosticating groundhog, emerged from his stump yesterday and decided it was safe to stay outside, he must have first checked the results of Iowas caucuses.

Posted January 27, 2016

Attempting to describe Donald Trump in conventional political terms is like trying to explain a smart phone app to a Neanderthal. Despite the candidates claim to be conservative, looking at Trumps political past, one would find ample support for policies at the heart of an avowed leftist; including progressive taxation, gun control, and single-payer healthcare.

Posted January 20, 2016

According to several recent studies, emergency room visits are surging for injuries stemming from what has been described as distracted walking.

Posted January 13, 2016

At one time in the United States, when storied leaders like Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan walked the corridors of the White House, the annual State of the Union actually meant something.

Posted January 06, 2016

On December 31st, people gathered across America and the world to welcome the New Year with joyous festivities, hopeful resolutions, and cheerful optimism about fresh starts.

Posted December 30, 2015

As 2015 comes to a close, we reflect on the events of the past year and consider how we might learn from them.

Posted December 23, 2015

Were one to listen to the Mainstream Media about the 2016 presidential election, one might think that Jeb Bush would be the best candidate; or, Ben Carson; or, of late, Donald Trump

Posted December 16, 2015

I've been wondering when the make-us-feel-safe-at-any-cost crowd would dust off the privacy-invasive and Fourth Amendment-violating concept of collecting DNA samples from anyone arrested for an offense; and, propose it as a way to "make law enforcement's job easier in these dangerous times." My wait is over. The clamor for more DNA testing has started again.

Posted December 09, 2015

I may be wrong, but I do not believe the settlers moving westward to settle uncharted lands in the 19th Century, and who faced life-threatening challenges from every quarter, brought grief counselors with them to ease the trauma of dealing with those obstacles.

Posted December 02, 2015

Were one to watch the iconic segment from the 1976 Schoolhouse Rock! television program about a bill becoming a law, the process might seem like a meticulous, but noble, undertaking; a simple idea from citizens is passed along to their elected official and, after much debate and several votes, finally transformed into public policy.

Posted November 25, 2015

The flood of refugees from Syria and other Middle East countries that the Obama Administration is preparing to distribute to communities across the nation raises very real and understandable security concerns among government officials at the state and local levels, and among the citizenry generally.

Posted November 18, 2015

Even as President Barack Obama reminds the world in the wake of the massive ISIS attacks in Paris that America, under his leadership, has little interest in leading on anything other than climate change rhetoric, the Unites States continues to lose ground to other nations in terms of the freedom it affords its own citizens.

Posted November 11, 2015

In George Orwells dystopian novel 1984, Newspeak,the cognitively-repressive language of the totalitarian regime included words such as bellyfeel,blackwhite,and duckspeak.

Posted November 04, 2015

As a former federal prosecutor, I know first-hand that the wheels of justice often turn very slowly. Preceding every offender into court are hundreds of hours spent on investigation, case preparation, jury selection, prisoner transfer, and simply guarding them while in custody in public; not to mention the time spent actually housing these inmates as they await trial, and after they are sentenced.

Posted October 28, 2015

Once upon a time, America valued and produced great leaders. Men who inspired, who rose above the common, who placed country above self, and who understood the importance of honesty as a vivid and very real motivator of personal behavior and public policy.

Posted October 21, 2015

A generation ago, it took exactly 506 days between the passage of Senate Resolution 60 establishing the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities to investigate the 1972 break-in at the Democratic National Committees Watergate headquarters, and the release of an exhaustive 1,250 report that would lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon a mere 43 days later.

Posted October 14, 2015

Since regaining the majority in the House in 2010, the Republicans have resembled less an organized, cohesive team of lawmakers, than the Biblical Hebrews wandering in the Wilderness.

Posted October 07, 2015

If there is any glimmer of light to emerge from the mass murder last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, it is the story of Chris Mintz -- a 30-year-old Army veteran who was shot seven times after running towards the shooting scene to help.

Posted September 27, 2015

Want a Speaker who knows how to get things done? Want a Speaker who is smart as a whip?