THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: He may seem like a "nobody" to you now, but this guy is making waves on the political scene. I've never seen a third-party candidate make such a big splash on the media airwaves, and I've got a feeling he's about to make a bigger one in the very near future.
Who is Bob Barr?
Robert Laurence "Bob" Barr, Jr. (born November 5, 1948) is an American attorney and former member of the United States House of Representatives. Barr represented Georgia's 7th congressional district as a Republican from 1995 to 2003. He achieved national prominence as one of the leaders of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Barr joined the Libertarian Party in 2006, and as of 2008 serves on its National Committee. On April 5, 2008, Barr announced the formation of an exploratory committee for his seeking the Libertarian nomination for President of the United States in the 2008 election. On May 12, 2008, Barr formally announced his candidacy for the presidency.
Even though this blogger has thrown his support behind Alan Keyes, I feel it only fair and necessary to give proper attention to a candidate who scores so well on issues of Catholic Social Justice.
Libertarianism, as a philosophy, is incompatible with Catholicism at it's core value. In summary, Libertarianism views individual people as sovereign and supreme. While Catholicism views God as sovereign and supreme. Under Libertarianism, rights come form the sovereignty of individuals. Under Catholicism, rights come from God. (Incidentally, the 'Declaration of Independence' agrees with Catholicism on this one.) This philosophical flaw in the Libertarian mindset leads the Libertarian Party to adopt a contradicting stand on human life -- whereas in the case of abortion, the party is essentially Pro-Choice, but simultaneously calls for a ban on all public funding of abortion. The Libertarian Party has other problems as well, which is why 'The Catholic Knight' will never be a member. That being said, a small independent group called "Libertarians for Life" does receive the support of 'The Catholic Knight.'
In spite of all that, the effects of Libertarian ideals can at times score very well with Catholic Social Justice. This is particularly true with some Libertarian candidates, who don't always agree with the party on certain issues. Such is the case with Bob Barr.
Pope Benedict XVI, in an attempt to help Catholics better grasp the most important issues of Catholic Social Justice facing our time, listed 3 non-negotiable issues that Catholics could score candidates by, to see how they measure up. (read more here) Though Bob Barr is a Methodist, his papal score is 100%...
1. He's Pro-Life
2. He's opposes gay-marriage
3. He favors school-choice
Beyond that, Barr scores even higher in Catholic Social Justice, on issues the pope does consider negotiable...
4. He opposes preemptive wars
5. He supports the Fair-Tax
6. He has a voting record consistent with social principle of subsidiarity
Overall, I would have to classify Bob Barr as a true conservative in the spirit of Ronald Reagan. Good practicing Catholics should have no moral problems with this candidate.
Here is the website: www.bobbarr2008.com