C-SPAN Wants Your Tax Day – Tea Party Video

The call for submissions

Are you participating in a “Tea Party” rally in your hometown . . . or, do you have plans to attend a counter-rally? Will you brave the lines at your local post office or do you plan to hit the send-button for e-filing just before midnight? What are your views as this year’s tax deadline arrives: do you think taxes are a burden to pay, or the patriotic duty of every citizen?

Share your personal experiences of Tax Day 2009 on video with C-SPAN. It’s simple:

1. Upload your video to your favorite video sharing web site (YouTube is preferred, but we also support Viddler, Vimeo, Qik, Facebook and several others).

2. Revisit this page after 12 noon ET on Tax Day (Wednesday, April 15th) and send us the link to your video.

Videos don’t need to be dazzling Hollywood productions. We want your authentic, creative voice – a video that demonstrates your views and personal experiences on Tax Day 2009. Some of the videos submitted may be shown on the networks of C-SPAN on cable.

Michelle Malkin has an excellent rundown on the movement and your options for independent coverage of the events.

Video: Bob Barr on NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

A significant portion of the interview is devoted the issues related to the bailout – a topic Barr recently addressed in Time For Real Economic Reform. It’s good stuff but his positions on Iraq and Afghanistan, which are addressed further in, are not quite as well thought out. His plan for Iraq, also laid out on his web site, isn’t really much of a plan:

Unlike Republicans, who are calling for essentially permanent bases in Iraq, and Democrats, who have done nothing to counter Republican calls for an indefinite occupation, I would put in place plans for withdrawal without undue delay. While I support an exit from Iraq as quickly as possible, I would not publicly announce a timetable to our adversaries. However, as President, I would begin to immediately and significantly begin to reduce both the military and the economic security blanket we are providing the government.

So he would begin withdraw immediately but, being the crafty tactician that he is, wouldn’t foolishly announce that he’s withdrawing immediately – only he just did. Confused yet?

Foreign policy continues to be a weak spot for the Libertarian Party. There’s a certain disdain for it in their platform, which is understandable, but unrealistic given our present circumstances. The Cato Institute obviously gives the subject some thought but I can’t recall a Libertarian candidate with clearly articulated, and realistic, foreign policy positions. Bob Barr isn’t exactly breaking the mould.

The New Yorker Looks at Libertarian Bob Barr

I don’t find Colin Powell’s political maneuvers the least bit surprising – or interesting for that matter. I can’t say I’m surprised that the media is far overplaying the significance of it either. At this point there’s not much more I want to say about McCain or Obama and I reached that point with Colin Powell several years ago. So let’s move on to this interesting take on Bob Barr:

In the nineteen-nineties, Barr, then a Republican congressman from Georgia, led the charge to impeach President Bill Clinton and argued on the House floor that “the flames of hedonism, the flames of narcissism, the flames of self-centered morality are licking at the very foundation of our society.” The Christian Coalition gave his voting record a perfect rating, and he became so well known for his dour, ultra-conservative image that he told the voters in his district, “You don’t send me to Washington to smile.” But in the past few years, Barr says, he has profoundly changed. He now devotes himself to the advance of personal liberty and no longer cares to play the role of law-and-order conservative and culture warrior. After all, America is a free country, or at least this is why Barr says he is running for President: to abolish as many laws as society can bear to lose, to cut away the sinews of federal power, to “get the government out of it.”

I have this sneaking suspicion that the Libertarian Party might be viable in about four years, once people get more familiar the government to come, but sadly they still have to get their act together. Running candidates with crazy beards and nicknames like Frodo isn’t helping much.