Editor’s Note: Although the letter is co-signed by Mr. Austin Wilkes and Ms. Shana Kluck, Ms.Kluck has expressed her intent to stay in the Libertarian Party. Many of the statements in the letter use the singular “I” pronoun, despite it being signed by two individuals.
In an e-mail message addressed to “Dear Alabama Ron Paul Supporters,” Austin Wilkes, who our source says is “prominent in the Barr campaign,” said he sees himself “reverting back to being a Republican (as opposed to a big-L Libertarian) after this election if Congressman Barr is not electorally successful in November.” According to our source, Mr. Wilkes and co-signer Shana Kluck were among those working the Barr booth at the Denver convention, and do a “big chunk” of the blogging at Bob Barr’s campaign blog.
Mr. Wilkes and Ms. Kluck say they support Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr because he “has essentially the same exact policy goals as Congressman Ron Paul.” They characterize Barr’s positions not as libertarian, but as “conservative libertarian.”
They say that Barr’s campaign will be similar to Dr. Paul’s, but that Barr will make “better political calculations” and “compromises where needed to advance the candidacy.”
Below is the message in full:
Dear Alabama Ron Paul Supporters,
A Message from Ron Paul Meetup Organizer Austin Wilkes, co-signed by Shana Kluck
After 117 days of post-Super-Tuesday consideration I have come to the conclusion that actively supporting the Libertarian Party candidate, Rep. Bob Barr (GA), is currently the best course of action for advancing liberty in our lifetime this election cycle. I still support Dr. Ron Paul for the GOP nomination (though I am realistic in understanding he will not win the nomination), and honestly I see myself as reverting back to being a Republican (as opposed to a big-L Libertarian) after this election if Congressman Barr is not electorally successful in November. If you support Congressman Barr I ask that you join our Birmingham Meetup or our Alabama-Statewide Meetup.
Q: Why do I support Congressman Barr?
A: Because – my friend – Congressman Barr has essentially the same exact policy goals as Congressman Ron Paul while still possessing the characteristics needed to be politically successful in a political system dominated by individuals only seeking money, power, and the status quo. Bob Barr’s current stances are conservative-libertarian. His conversion from big-government Republicanism is sincere. He may not have arrived at his current ideology as quickly as some – but that is no reason to discount him – in fact I believe he is a stronger candidate because of “who he was”. Voters will really begin to question the federal drug war when a former drug warrior comes out and says it has failed. Voters will really begin to question the Patriot Act & Iraq War when someone who supported them comes out and adamantly opposes them. Overall Congressman Bob Barr will be given one of the largest microphones to preach the gospel of liberty this nation has to offer – the Presidential Campaign Trail. I believe he is the best available orator of message that we currently have in the freedom movement.
Q: How will Congressman Barr’s Campaign differ from that of Dr. Paul’s?
A: It will still retain the philosophical core of Ron Paul’s message, while making better political calculations and compromises where needed to advance the candidacy. For example – the issue of donations from white supremacists that plagued the Paul Campaign came up this week in the Barr Campaign. Congressman Barr chose to not accept their donations rather than give a philosophical argument about why he should not return the donation – as Ron Paul did. Point being, Bob Barr knows how to play politics and knows when to stand firm and when to compromise. By doing so Bob Barr will be able to lend political credibility to our ideas and thus create an environment where they can be spread much deeper into mainstream America. Bob Barr’s campaign will also be run by professionals. Ross Perot’s campaign manager is going to be Bob Barr’s campaign manager. Expect 48-51 state ballot access.
Q: Where can I find more information on Bob Barr?
- Barr/Root on Fox
- Bob Barr on CNN
- Bob Barr on Bloomberg
- Bob Barr Nomination Speech
- Bob Barr 2008 Youtube Channel
Bob Barr’s Website:
Q: What can I do to help support Bob Barr’s candidacy?
- Sign up at Bobbarr2008.com
- Join a Bob Barr Meetup
- Fund the Campaign with Donations
- Tell Your Friends/Family/Co-workers About Bob
Sincerely – Your Friends,