“This park does not belong to Mr. Obama,” Barr said, as the tea party members clapped and waved yellow flags with coiled snakes warning, “Don’t Tread on Me.”
“Mr. Obama, this park is not a pawn for you to use any more than the monuments in Washington including the World War II Memorial are pawns for you to use to control our veterans, so enough is enough,” Barr said.
Barr, who is running for the 11th Congressional District seat, which will open when U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) steps down next year, cited the opening words of the Constitution: “We the people.”
“What we wish to bring to Mr. Obama’s attention is the fact that the Constitution is not shut down,” Barr said. “He cannot shut it down any more than he can shut down our heritage, our history, and that is represented by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. So we wish here today, Carolyn (Cosby, chair of the Canton Tea Party) and I on behalf of patriotic Americans all across this country to remind Mr. Obama that the Constitution remains open for business.”
The president does not have the authority to close the national park, Barr said.
“Mr. Obama, open this park,” Barr demanded. “Mr. Obama, open up America. Mr. Obama, open up the Constitution once again.”
The sky won’t fall over the debt-ceiling impasse
Barr remained skeptical that the world would come to an end in two days because of the debt-ceiling impasse.
“There still is room according to the treasury secretary and according to the leaders in Washington, there still is room to negotiate various parts of the fiscal matter, so I don’t think it’s a matter that at the stroke of midnight two days from now the sky is going to fall, the world is going to come to an end, that’s not going to happen,” he said.
Hopefully, Barr said, Obama will show leadership just as President Clinton did when he negotiated with the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.
“President Obama may not like it, but if he is going to call himself a leader then he needs to behave like one and he needs to sit down and negotiate,” Barr said.
Barr shared what he thought of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s recent remark that the shutdown was “a dumb idea.”
“Perhaps he ought to remember Ronald Reagan’s 11th commandment, not to speak ill of fellow Republicans,” Barr said. “That does nothing but give aid and comfort to our political adversaries, so I think it’s unfortunate when we have political leaders in Washington that aid the other party by criticizing their fellow Republicans.”
Admiration for Cruz Barr praised U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of the tea party movement’s champions.
“He does an outstanding job of articulating a message that resonates with Main Street Americans all across this country, and that is we cannot keep spending ourselves into the poor house, we have to get a handle on federal regulations, we have to do something about Obamacare, and he speaks for the people here today as well as people all across the country,” Barr said.
Among those in attendance was Michael Opitz of east Cobb, president of the Madison Forum, a non-partisan conservative think tank based in Marietta.
“What brought me out here was the passion that I have for this country and this Constitution, and when I watched the people in Washington on both sides not standing up for our country, not standing up for our veterans and certainly not standing up for our Constitution, then I have questions about whether or not they even understand our Constitution,” Opitz said.
As a constitutionalist, Opitz said Barr understands the Constitution.
“He’s not going to back down, and he is tenacious and he’s pugnacious as well, and we’re not going to have to push him to do the right thing for Georgia, we’re not going to have to push him to do the right thing for the 11th District as well as our country, and so I’m thrilled that he’s running.”
Others in the race for the 11th District include former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), Tricia Pridemore of Marietta, former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development; and state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead).
Loudermilk, who has also been an outspoken advocate of returning to constitutional principles, was in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, where he joined other veterans in removing barriers around the World War II memorial.
“Closing down monuments to war veterans in order to push for Obamacare was a selfish and terrible political statement by our president,” Loudermilk said in a news release. “It was my duty and honor to stand with my fellow veterans in Washington, D.C., and take action, rather than just talking about it.”