Bob Barr

Space Competition is More Important Than ‘Starman’

BY BOB BARR Generations of American inventors and entrepreneurs have touted the value of competition. Walt Disney — the pioneering creator of Disneyland and shrewd...

Gun Crimes Are Not a “Public Health” Issue – Keep the CDC Out

BY BOB BARR What’s in a name? In Washington, not much. Here, Republicans who run campaigns on fiscal discipline regularly jack up the national debt....

Due Process is Not a Constitutional Footnote, Mr. President

BY BOB BARR Cherry Blossom season approaches our nation’s capital, the Congress remains gridlocked, and Robert Mueller, the latest “special counsel,” continues his free-wheeling search...

Are Schools Less Important Than Sports Events and Concerts?

BY BOB BARR This is the second of a two-part series by former Congressman Barr on issues relating to Parkland, Florida, and other recent mass...

School Shootings Demand Deep Study – Not Faux Solutions

BY BOB BARR This is the first in a two-part series on issues relating to and arising out of the mass murders at the high...

Fixing America’s ‘Invisible’ Infrastructure — The Wireless Spectrum

BY BOB BARR America’s wireless spectrum — that long-neglected part of our vital national infrastructure – finally is receiving much needed attention by the Congress and...

The EB-5 Visa Program Creates American Jobs And It Deserves Reauthorization

BY BOB BARR Every once in a while — some would say in a long, long while — the federal government comes up with a...

Government Snooping Survives Government “Shutdown”

BY BOB BARR In Washington’s theatrical production of “Shutdown: 2018” – directed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, produced by the Mainstream Media, and featuring all of...

Twitter Bad, Government Worse

BY BOB BARR When it comes to the Internet, people often take for granted “free” access to online products and services, such as Facebook, Google,...

Outrageous Prosecutorial Misconduct Comes Home to Roost in the Cliven Bundy Case

BY BOB BARR There is an old Latin proverb, “Fiat justitia, ruat caelum,” which means, roughly translated, “Let justice be done, though the heavens may...

Russia’s ‘Breadbasket’ Is Not Part of America’s Vital National Security Interest

BY BOB BARR “Make America Great Again.” The phrase became ubiquitous during the 2016 presidential election as both a branding tagline and rallying cry for...

Trump Should Order Sessions to Drop Bundy Prosecution

BY BOB BARR There are many resolutions the federal government should be making for the New Year; with cutting spending at or near the very...

Shaver Shooting a Wake-Up Call for Reforms

BY BOB BARR Daniel Shaver did not deserve to die. He made an otherwise innocuous mistake, as people often do, especially in high pressure situations...

‘Digital Shouting Matches’ Undermining Rule-Making Process

BY BOB BARR The “internet poll” has become a familiar device with which to solicit reader feedback and drive engagement on topics from sports and...

The Real Reason Democrats Hate Losing the State and Local Tax Deduction

BY BOB BARR If you have ever wondered why leaders of liberal cities and states become giddy at any new spending opportunity – investments into...

European Environmentalists Rekindling Cocaine Problem in Columbia and in the United States

BY BOB BARR Not that many years ago, the South American nation of Colombia was on the cusp of becoming a failed “narco-state.” With climatic...

The Fed’s Encryption Conniption

BY BOB BARR As soon as the news broke that the FBI was unable to gain access to the phone belonging to the Sutherland Springs, Texas...

Gun Control Debate 101

BY BOB BARR Reading the social media posts of liberals following the latest mass shooting tragedy, occurring over the weekend in the small Texan town...

The Rannazzisi File: Congress Fuels Opioid Crisis

BY BOB BARR In the childhood fairy tale Snow White, the magic mirror from which the evil queen seeks reassurance of her beauty never lies, much...

Looking for Privacy in All the Wrong Places

BY BOB BARR Like the rising of the sun or the changing of the tides, another opportunity for the GOP to right the wrongs of...

Chris Wray at the FBI – A Breath of Fresh Air

BY BOB BARR In spite of this horrific news from Las Vegas, I remain convinced that Americans, on the whole, are the most kind,...

Sports’ Golden Gods Proving Themselves Just Brass Asses

BY BOB BARR Turn on the television any given night, and you’re likely to see late night host Jimmy Kimmel bloviating like a public healthcare...

Yes, Virginia, Federalism Applies to Marijuana Reform

BY BOB BARR There is a simple, universal elegance to the conservative concept of federalism. When confronted with a governing decision not explicitly addressed in...

Congress, Trump and Governor Eviscerate the Bill of Rights

BY BOB BARR On a daily basis, government officials at all levels make decisions and take steps that are, to put it mildly, without basis...

Fight Leftist Tech Giants With Capitalism, Not Big Government

BY BOB BARR Perhaps it is too much West Coast air, or perhaps because the vast wealth of their owners keeps them insulated from the...

Republicans Take a Knee in the First Quarter

BY BOB BARR With college football booting up for another season this weekend, many are hoping to head back to their alma mater for some...

Violent Tribalism on Display in Charlottesville

BY BOB BARR When it comes to political violence such as we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, there are no partisan “sides” to the...

A Presidential Pardon for America’s Toughest Sheriff?

BY BOB BARR While most Americans do not know the name of their local sheriff, they do know the name of Maricopa County, Arizona’s former...

The Nightmare of Single-Payer Healthcare

BY BOB BARR Despite the title of “Senate Majority Leader” prefixed to his name, Mitch McConnell has demonstrated little leadership in his approach to repealing...

Welcome to the Post-Factual World

BY BOB BARR "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean...