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Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:11 PM

The Fanatic (The Atlantic)



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What we learn from this piece by Donald Ayer, the Deputy AG under George H.W. Bush, is that Bill Barr doesn't believe in: the Enlightenment, the Establishment Clause, high school civics, constitutional checks and balances, or judicial review. 😐


https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/09/bill-barr-founders/616445/

Over the past 19 months, we have all heard a lot about Bill Barr’s misuse of the office of attorney general and the resources of the Justice Department to do the personal bidding of President Donald Trump, to undermine the evenhanded rule of law, and to work in countless other ways to put the president in a position of nearly autocratic power. What first came to our attention as surprising accounts of specific actions out of sync with the way attorneys general are supposed to act has become a systematic torrent of actions building on one another to feed a rising crescendo of public alarm.

This unprecedented pattern of conduct by the nation’s chief law-enforcement officer has brought a question to the minds of many people: Why does Bill Barr do the things he does?

To help us find answers to that question, Barr has left an extensive paper trail that goes back more than 30 years. Or rather, he has left two paper trails that run parallel to each other. The most familiar of these concerns executive power, the other the religious and moral health of the American people. As divergent as those subjects sound, Barr’s ideas on both follow a common course and structure.

On both subjects, Barr posits a set of views that he ascribes to the Founders, and that, he believes, were absolutely essential to the success of the great experiment that is America. Those views also happen to be his own. In both cases, according to Barr, the Founders’ vision was firmly instituted, leading to the great advances and dominant role America came to play during most of two centuries. But, also in both cases, starting at around the same time—the 1960s and ’70s—the nation wandered away from the sacred path defined by its Founders. On account of that apostasy, the country now finds itself in dire straits. For Barr, the only remedy is drastic action to restore the nation to the Founders’ vision. Fortunately, he is making himself available to lead that restoration.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:14 PM

1. Shouldn't Barr be disbarred?

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:15 PM

2. Still can't call a fascist a fascist.

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Response to Nevilledog (Original post)

Sat Sep 26, 2020, 12:18 PM

3. And that's normal? He needs to be under the care of a shrink

or in a padded room somewhere.

We used to say that people like him had "delusions of grandeur," a mental disorder. The fat pus-bucket fancies himself in the same league as the founders of our country!

It's terrifying he's being taken seriously by anyone!

Edit: corrections, stiff fingers-bad typing.

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Sat Sep 26, 2020, 01:22 PM

4. Yikes. K&R for visibility.

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