Bill Barr has forgotten more about the Constitution than many of our elected officials have ever known. He put that knowledge on display before the Federalist Society.
While the left is busy chipping away at the Executive Branch’s authority, Bill Barr gave us a history lesson on just how important a strong unitary executive is… and why our Framers feared a different kind of tyranny.
The tyranny of the Legislature.
Exactly the sort of tyranny we have seen unfolding this past year.
And he had some harsh words for what’s been unfolding with the ‘Resistance’ crowd.
The Leftist sites were seething over his message. Here are a few headlines:
ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR ACCUSES DEMOCRATS OF WAGING ‘SCORCHED-EARTH, NO-HOLDS-BARRED WAR’ AGAINST TRUMP — Newsweek
Barr Suggests Impeachment Inquiry Undermines Voters’ Intent — Yahoo
Attorney General Bill Barr Is Getting Roasted for His Outrageous Speech Blasting Progressives — Mother Jones
Attorney General Barr defends Trump, assails ‘Resistance’ in fiery speech to conservative lawyers — ABC News
William Barr’s ‘Authoritarian’ Trump Defense Triggers Calls For His Impeachment — Yahoo
Here is how the juicy parts were summed up.
Immediately after President Trump won the election, opponents inaugurated what they called the ‘resistance’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver to sabotage the functioning of the executive branch and his administration.”
“The cost of this constant harassment is real,” he continued.
Barr likened the language used by Trump’s opponents to that of groups who attempt to overthrow militant rule of seized governments.
“Now resistance is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate. This is a very dangerous and, indeed, incendiary notation to import into the politics of a democratic republic.”
He continued: “They essentially see themselves engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary, a duly elected government.”
Barr claimed that while Trump’s presidency falls outside the norm of previous administrations, he was elected with the public fully aware of this.
“The fact is, that, yes, while the president has certainly thrown out the traditional beltway playbook and punctilio, he was upfront about what he was going to do and the people decided that he was going to serve as president.”