Spouting off about the candidates: Bob Barr

By Chris Wood

It is apparent that America is deciding its future between polar opposites of “change.” In one hand, we have McCain, the oldest man ever to run for office with the intention of continuing the ridiculous war in the Middle East. On the other hand we have Obama, a man who says something so vague that everyone will like him and vote for him. Above those two candidates we have Bob Barr, the Libertarian presidential candidate. And he is the change our country really needs.

As for this “change” business that the two major political parties are peddling, we have already lived under eight years of “change” with Bush. All we have to show for it is a gradual recession of rights under the guise of fighting terror; perpetual war in Iraq that has no real end except for the one we set; and an economy teetering on the edge of collapse because of regulation failures that should not have happened.

We also have lost an American city because of a botched relief effort that followed hurricane Katrina. We now have a government that endorses torture of prisoners held with out basic rights or access to legal counsel.

Is this the kind of country you want to live in? Of course, you might say these actions are simply to stop another 9/11 from happening. If that’s what you want, why can’t we use the standard ways of convicting people of crimes? Due process and those other systems that ensure the innocent are not punished are just two examples of prosecuting criminals terrorists are prosecuted in an acceptable and ethical way.

Do you want our government to actively collect your personal information without your consent? It