Liberal tears are flowing like a mighty river this week after Attorney General William Barr went on a tour of the network news studios. After comparing liberal prosecutors to preschoolers and the Covid quarantine lockdown to slavery-like repression, he really lit things up when he supported the police over Black lives.
Barr insists protesters don’t care about Black Lives
Attorney General William Barr infuriated left leaning progressives even more when he had the nerve to attack the Black Lives Matter movement as “politically motivated” and accused them of handpicking “police crimes to push their agenda.” Which they are.
“These so called Black Lives Matter people, they’re not interested in Black lives.” Less than a dozen people a year are being used as props to advance the agenda.
While no one can quibble that the lives of Black people matter, AG Barr relates, “people aligned with the movement that has grown under that slogan” have perverted it into a rally cry for anarchy.
“They’re interested in props,” because they have a much broader political agenda.” The real issue is that “the rule of law is the foundation of civilization including economic prosperity.” he views the question as not only one “of keeping people alive but also having prosperity and flourishing in their communities.”
AG Barr is the top ranking law enforcement officer in America. That means, he reminded his audience at Hillsdale College, “he had the right to intervene in investigations and to overrule career lawyers.” He’s the big cheese and he likes to exercise his authority.
“Because I am ultimately accountable for every decision the department makes, I have an obligation to ensure we make the correct ones,” he asserts. He isn’t happy with the bias he sees in his Justice Department.
AG Bill Barr: "These so called Black Lives Matter people… they're not interested in Black lives." pic.twitter.com/SDV4zAPxj5
— The Hill (@thehill) September 17, 2020
Well within his power
Because, Barr argues, it was well within his power as the attorney general “to be the final arbiter in all cases before the Justice Department.” He would “like to be able to say that we don’t see headhunting at the Department of Justice, but that would not be truthful.
It is a temptation sometimes to go after people rather than crimes.” The way Barack Obama’s plumbers went after Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and Donald Trump.
In order to prevent further abuse of the system, there have to be some boundary fences set up to keep federal authorities from crossing the lines. “Advocating for clear and defined prohibitions will sometimes mean we cannot bring charges against someone whom we believe engaged in questionable conduct,” Barr accepts.
However, there is a real good reason to do it that way. “But that is what it means to have a government of laws and not of men. We cannot let our desire to prosecute ‘bad’ people turn us into the functional equivalent of the mad emperor Caligula.”
Hopefully, that doesn’t mean that the tone is softening on the Durham probe. While America is howling for blood of the criminals who were behind the weaponization of the Justice Department and FBI against Donald Trump as an attempt to rig the election then overthrow a sitting president. We know who the people are who were in charge.
The people are demanding actual enforcement of the laws and criminal prosecutions to the full extent of that law for each and every criminal perpetrator from the bottom to the top. Anything short of meaningful and fair justice has the potential to start more riots. Attorney General Barr certainly means well, but will he have the fortitude to finish the job? That’s the question everyone is asking.