Third Party Watch owner and prominent Barr backer Richard Viguerie has joined Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr in celebrating the life of recently deceased white-supremacist U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.
Viguerie commends Helms as a leader of the “New Right” — the big-government, pro-militarist “conservatism” that supplanted the anti-war “Old Right” of Howard H. Buffett and Robert Taft. Viguerie says that without Helms, there may not have been a “New Right” — and he thinks this would have been a bad thing.
“Without the New Right,” says Viguerie, “there would not have been a strong, vibrant, and effective conservative movement. Without a strong, vibrant, and effective conservative movement, there would not have been a President Ronald Reagan. And without a President Reagan, the Soviet Union would have lasted many more years and socialism would still dominate and impoverish the people of most countries.”
Most libertarians, particularly those subscribing to the Austrian school of economics, strongly disagree with the notion that “Fed-financed fascism” is what brought down Communism. This anti-capitalist Reagan-exalting distortion of the libertarian view is a recurring theme of the Barr campaign and its supporters.
Jesse Helms’s long support of racially collectivist political activism was covered earlier by IPR when Bob Barr implored Americans to “give Thanks to God” for the “life and work” of one of American political life’s most prominent racists.
Viguerie’s statement can be read in full here.