• AG Barr Blasts The Left, ‘The Resistance’ and Stands Up for Constitutional Norms

    Surge Summary: In a recent speech, Attorney General William Barr called out the Progressive “Resistance” which has undertaken unprecedented steps to hinder every initiative promoted by the Republicans and the Trump administration. In the process, they have threatened constitutional norms and the rule of law.

    by Gary Bauer

    In an address to the Federalist Society Friday night, Attorney General William Barr took the swamp to task and blasted the left for “shredding constitutional norms.”

    While much of his speech served as a treatise on the Constitution and executive authority, Barr devoted a significant portion of his remarks to how left-wing politicians and judges have abused their authority at the expense of the presidency, and most especially this president.  Barr warned that progressives “treat politics as their religion,” using the “coercive power of the State to remake man and society in their own image.”

    Here are some excerpts of the attorney general’s remarks:

    “Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called ‘The Resistance,’ and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his administration. . .
     
    “A prime example of this is the Senate’s unprecedented abuse of the advice-and-consent process. . . As of September of this year, the Senate had been forced to [limit debate] on 236 Trump nominees — each of those representing its own massive consumption of legislative time . . .   How many times was cloture invoked on nominees during President Obama’s first term?  17 times. . .
     
    “One of the ironies of today is that those who oppose this president constantly accuse this administration of ‘shredding’ constitutional norms and waging a war on the rule of law. . .  The fact of the matter is that, in waging a scorched earth, no-holds-barred war of ‘Resistance’ against this administration, it is the left that is engaged in the systematic shredding of norms and the undermining of the rule of law. . .
     
    “Since President Trump took office, district courts have issued over 40 nationwide injunctions against the government.  By comparison, during President Obama’s first two years, district courts issued a total of two nationwide injunctions. . .
     
    “It is no exaggeration to say that virtually every major policy of the Trump Administration has been subjected to immediate freezing by the lower courts.  No other president has been subjected to such sustained efforts to debilitate his policy agenda.”

    Attorney General Barr also ripped the legacy of former Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote key decisions granting constitutional rights to terrorists captured on foreign battlefields.  Referring to one of Kennedy’s rulings, Barr said, “The idea that the judiciary acts as a neutral check on the political branches to protect foreign enemies from our government is insane.”

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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