Barr demands Obama open battlefield park
by Jon Gillooly
October 15, 2013 11:55 PM | 3077 views | 13 13 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bob Barr points to a copy of the Constitution that he attached to the closed gate of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Barr held a rally at the park demanding that the federal government open the facility.  The park has been closed due to a government shutdown.
Bob Barr points to a copy of the Constitution that he attached to the closed gate of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. On Tuesday, Oct. 15, Barr held a rally at the park demanding that the federal government open the facility. The park has been closed due to a government shutdown.
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Former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna attended a rally at the chained gate barring the entrance to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s Visitor Center on Tuesday, accompanied by about two dozen tea party members. <br>Special to the MDJ/Todd Rehm
Former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna attended a rally at the chained gate barring the entrance to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s Visitor Center on Tuesday, accompanied by about two dozen tea party members.
Special to the MDJ/Todd Rehm
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MARIETTA — Former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna attached a copy of the U.S. Constitution to the chained gate barring the entrance to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s Visitor Center on Tuesday, surrounded by two dozen tea party members.

“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.”

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October 16, 2013
Bob Barr's rhetoric is why the vast majority of people -- "We the people" -- are fed up with the Tea Party's clueless gamesmenship. It is revisionist finger-pointing.

Offer solutions, Mr. Barr, and respect the democratic process. Or, shut up.
Just Wait
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October 16, 2013
Bob, does it get cold on that lonely little island you live on?
w00t
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October 16, 2013
Oh, look! People who don't even use the park are using it as a political prop! Imagine that!

Hey, tea party, this is what happens when you shut down the government. You don't get to pick and choose what's open. Do you get to choose to watch TV or pay your car note when you have no income?

Stop using these places as political props and do your job!
Big John
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October 16, 2013
Barr, Grandstanding again.
Guido Sarducci
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October 16, 2013
What Bob fails to recognize is that we do not need the permission of the snivelling crybaby in the WhiteHouse. We cna open the park the same way the veterans opened the WWII Memorial.

He is violating the constitution by closing these parks.
Lib in Cobb
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October 16, 2013
Guido: Since you have so much influence with the federal government just go right ahead and open all 2700 acres of the park.

The grand standing play by, Ted "Not Born Here" Cruz and Sarah "The Quitter" Palin had no impact on what the Democrats were able to accomplish today.

Ted has finally shut his mouth. The Houston Chronicle has pulled their endorsement of Cruz, admitting the endorsement was a mistake.

Cruz is the next one term senator.
Cibyl#546
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October 16, 2013
Hypocrisy.
UghNotThisAgain
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October 16, 2013
What a clown. Obama didn't shut that park. Barr's Republican brethren did by refusing to pass the resolution to fund the government. These attempts to flip the script are so transparent, contemptible, and mostly just tiresome. Who do they think they are fooling? It's just theater.
Papermill gal
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October 16, 2013
So Bob Barr figured out a way to get some front page publicity, by posting a sign at the KM battlefield.

But it was Charlie Loudermilk, an actual veteran who actually took the time and money to travel to D.C. last weekend to protest with his fellow veterans where it really mattered (and probably should've hired a PR firm to get the word out about that a little better)got only a two sentence mention at the end of the MDJ article about Barr.

This reader, not crazy about going backwards with Barr despite his "pugnacious"ness, would like to know a bit more about Loudermilk. Who did he serve with? What are his values?

Editors, you owe Loudermilk a larger article. He seems to be not a grandstander but quite possibly more substantive than any of the other candidates.

Also, Pridemore, who claimed to work for the Bush KSU people in 2000, was NOT a known entity to the Bush Campaign in Cobb county. I still cannot get over that embellishment and do not trust her.
Linda in Acworth
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October 16, 2013
Closing down monuments to war veterans in order to push for Obamacare was a selfish and terrible political statement by our president,”

Our President did not shut down the parks the GOP DID!!!!!

Are you out of your mind???? Obamacare is the law of the land, deal with it!!! Do your job or get out of Washington!!!!

Friend of Truth
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October 16, 2013
Candidate Barr your aim is off. I think your message should be directed to the GOP House.
rjsnh
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October 16, 2013
no one misses the limelight more than Barr. His goal is not representation, it is presentation...He covets a regular spot on cable news outlets to talk and talk and talk. I don't need to be talked down to by this has been wannabe.
barr srsly?
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October 16, 2013
Shouldn't Barr know how the government works?

He seems to halfway understand: "The president does not have the authority to close the national park." Yes, that is correct. But somehow Barr thinks Obama can open the national parks?

Hello Barr. Congress closed the national parks. Congress has to reopen them.

So Barr doesn't understand what Congres does (didn't he work there ages ago?). Okay, but shouldn't Barr at least know how the Tea Party works?

When the national park is closed, the government is smaller, at least for now. The Tea Party claims to want smaller government.

But wait, it's not just Barr. It's the whole Tea Party picketing to reopen the national park, paid for with taxpayer dollars!!

Doesn't the Tea Party know how the Tea Party works???? I am SO confused!

The Tea Party folk claim to want smaller gub'ment, and they claim not to be a bunch of knuckle dragging racists. Right? That is what Barr and Palin and Paul Junior keep telling me.

And yet.. Here they are demanding the local national park be opened while blaming the closest black guy for stealing it from them.

Louderbilk blames a "push for Obamacare" as the reason for the season, but that was signed sealed and delivered during the President's first term.

These clowns are putting on quite the circus, but the third ring contains a failure to sell their ticket anymore.

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