Political Operative Ideolog A.G.
I respect most of the institutions of our government, but I never assume everyone nominated and confirmed to run those departments, commissions and agencies are honest or hold our citizens’ interests as a priority. Simply put, we have dishonest people in every walk of life, including government. It’s sad, but true.
When Donald John Trump was elected President, it wasn’t a great surprise that he nominated Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as Attorney General of the United States of America. Sessions was the first member of Congress to endorse Trump and he became a central figure in his campaign. Mr. Sessions led to the administration bringing onboard Stephen Miller, the vile speech writer and immigration hardliner. As much as I do not like Sessions, when he was called upon to do the right thing, the legal thing, he recused himself from the Russian interference investigation.
Trump lost it and bitched that he didn’t have an Attorney General to protect him from people who wanted to get at the truth. In Trumpean thought, the A.G. is supposed to be the President’s attorney, not the head of all law enforcement in America. That notion is clearly wrong. The White House has their own legal counsel who work with the President and the administration. The Department of Justice is supposed to be a fully independent part of the Executive Branch and work for equal justice under the law. So, Sessions hung on until the Donald found William Barr to be his shield against oversight.
How did Trump find his new A.G.? Barr applied for the job by writing a white paper sharing his belief in the “almost absolute” power of the Chief Executive. Of course, he was the perfect choice. There is no doubt that William Barr is a far-right ideolog who doesn’t see the difference between his political desires to protect his version of the republic and his responsibility to protect the America public from injustices, political tricks and the lies of President Trump. He judged and announced his view of the Mueller Report before we had a chance to see it. Who made him the Supreme Court or Chief Justice?
In his haste to please Trump, William Barr has trampled the First Amendment and caused many to distrust his department and the system. He is making things worse, not better, just as his orange boss does. The members of Congress, and especially those Senators who confirmed Barr, are complicit in his corrupt reign. Showing a long, cunningly edited video during the House Judiciary hearing was an over the top excess of propaganda.
I am highly irritated by William Barr because he never presents unbiased and apolitical viewpoints on law or the Executive Branch. I hate to say this because we have a lawyer in the family, but Barr comes off as a sleazy back office lawyer with his hand out, not so much for cash but for approval from those who agree with him. He’s not focused on ways to make things better. He never advises the President to use negotiation tactics. At every turn, Barr understands what Trump wants, spoken or unspoken, and proceeds to deliver the goods.
Barr is using the statistics of white and Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement as evidence that systemic racism is not part of police departments in America. This is Donald Trump’s position and now we hear Barr’s frog-like mouth spewing the same drivel. After being so confident there is no racism with police, he wraps those decrees with words about Tim Scott, the Black Senator of South Carolina, being pulled over by police in D.C. Isn’t that a glaring example of systemic racism?
“Operation Relentless Pursuit” is an anti-crime program which was started right before the coronavirus pandemic. According to Barr, that plan was brushed aside while the administration wielded their shoddy combat against the pandemic. The program was restarted under orders from Trump who named it “Operation Legend.” I have no idea what that means, but I am always skeptical of any domestic law enforcement effort that needs a name. They should be reserved for military actions abroad. The strange label is Orwellian phraseology to justify their unconstitutional acts.
William Barr thinks he is above the law because he is part of the Executive Branch. He can be arrested and tried for any crime, but here’s a question. Who would arrest him? The person who initiates prosecution is Barr himself. Yes, he could be impeached, but that has proven to be a partisan activity without any truth being presented. We must wait for an election.
During the House hearing yesterday, Barr continued to deny the use of tear gas at Lafayette Park on June 1, 2020, while a US National Guard major testified in different House hearing that tear gas was used, and he knows it. He picked up the shells on the street that day. And when Representative Pramila Jayapal of Michigan challenged Barr on why white nationalist protesters in Michigan earlier this year did not face the same federal response as Black Live Matter protesters, Barr argued it’s a matter for governors. It was alarming to this observer that the Attorney General had no awareness of the threats of death and hanging of the state’s Governor during those protests, where right wing radicals were armed with automatic weaponry. The Justice Department sees the pro-Trump people as positive, while Black Lives Matter people are thought of as terrorists. Who is this man?
I have no respect for William Barr. I am sure that if he was the first Trump A.G. there would never have been the Mueller investigation or report. I’m also quite sure the facts of Russian interference during the 2016 election would have been swept under the rug. We live in a world where the only things that matter are Donald Trump’s priorities, and all that Trump cares about are those things that make him look good. There is no regard for what is best for our citizenry, and Barr is a parasite on the wounded body of American democracy, eating away at people’s rights.
I know that being the Attorney General is a tough job and the number of cases that person must oversee is outrageous. With thousands of pending decisions, the A.G. must keep a focus on the most important matters. Yes, the Attorney General should appear at Congressional hearings to explain to the American public what they are doing and how they are doing it. They also must justify questionable words and actions. When they lie under oath, they are breaking the law. We cannot have a deceitful Attorney General.
Barr will leave when Trump leaves and he will probably write a book that will show him as the big, fat, white-man hero riding a white horse, but he’s just another dirtball politician who shades, covers and lies to protect Donald Trump. It’s just another brick in the wall separating us all from truth and justice. Barr’s father gave us Jeffrey Epstein and he gave pardons to all the Iran-Contra criminals. We need to get serious about confirmation hearings. Barr should never have been confirmed. We need to STOP BAD GUYS from gaining power in America.
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs: If you only read one chapter of this book, try “Take a Knee for America” and think about our never-ending conflicts between minorities and the police. I’m not asking you to take a stand but having a deep and honest conversation about why some people think the way they do would be productive. This is a book for the moment which seeks to start a conservation about peace. And if you are worried about social media, you really should check out the chapter called “Social Media Menace.”