Bill Barr spoke at Hillside College last week where to cheers and applause he basically outlined his vision of authoritarian rule. Many of his laugh lines came at the expense of career prosecutors, Democrats in general, some specific top Democrats, the press, and most universities who he claims fail to teach the constitution. The college President who was also the moderator opened with “hey there’s a lot of people here, is this legal?” Big laughs.
Among other things Barr said the following, some of this is paraphrased.
People always focus on the bill of rights, but the reality is it’s the rule of law that keeps us free.
He quoted C.S. Lewis. “It may be better to live under robber barons than under the omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” This got a big laugh at busybodies.
He railed on career prosecutors who could ruin people’s lives, and corporations, by starting baseless investigations.
He said all prosecutors can only be accountable to people who won elections, like the Executive branch, otherwise they are unaccountable and prone to lawlessness. Therefore because he answers to the president he can stop any investigation at any time.
He said high school kids don’t know who fought in WWII, they only know that we dropped the bomb and that we had concentration camps for the Japanese. That got a chuckle.
He got a big applause when he said the lock down orders were the greatest intrusion on civil liberty since slavery. And said that the government should just give people facts and let them figure out what to do.
In an example of his contradictory reasoning in the next breath he says that we can’t let men in white coats tell us what to do because they don’t know what they’re talking about. He meant scientists.
He said that the so-called black lives matter folks are just using black people as puppets to get their agenda across and the biggest threat to black people was other black people. And that all that stuff they talk about like schools and jobs can’t happen without Law and order. So it’s all nonsense.
He also said that the press were not interested in truth but only in power and that they’re ignorant and uninformed. He loves it when FOX News does a montage of all the media using the same talking points like they all had a meeting in the morning to know what to say. He went on to say that a lot of that is using public airwaves and at some point we should take a look at that because they think they are the arbitrators of truth and can dictate what people think.
Finally he said that the executive branch has virtually unchecked discretion to prosecute anyone who they feel are guilty of a crime.
The College President thanked Barr and told him he is a blessing.