September 18, 2020
By Mike Huckabee
BILL BARR WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE LOCKDOWN, BLM
"Putting a national lockdown, stay-at-home orders, is like house arrest. It’s --- you know, other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint --- this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.”
Attorney General Bill Barr made the above comment during a discussion at Hillsdale College on Wednesday. The lying and twisting of his words started immediately, along with the expected OUTRAGE!!! CNN accused him onscreen of “comparing stay-at-home orders and slavery” as Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina exclaimed, “I think that that statement by Mr. Barr was the most ridiculous, tone-deaf, God-awful things I’ve ever heard. It is incredible that the chief law enforcement officer in this country would equate human bondage to expert advice to save lives.”
Except that Barr DIDN’T “equate human bondage” to following lockdown advice. Read it again. He specifically EXEMPTED slavery from the comparison he was making. He was comparing the lockdown with all the other intrusions on civil liberties EXCEPT slavery, which he placed in a class by itself. When you take slavery (and surely he meant that to encompass the later Jim Crow laws as well) out of the discussion, as he did, it’s certainly arguable that widespread stay-at-home orders and the near-total lockdown of the American economy are exactly what he said they are, the worst and most large-scale intrusion on civil liberties we’ve ever had.
That doesn’t matter, though, because a lot of people aren’t smart or conscientious enough to look at what Barr really said and understand the difference. Of those who ARE capable of doing this, some of them deliberately twist his words to fool the less intelligent and/or informed.
CNN kept on with this, of course, with presidential historian Jon Meacham saying in an interview with Don Lemon that “...it’s incendiary hyperbole. If you think that this is akin to slavery, you obviously never suffered under the burden of slavery in real-time or in its longtime, uh, longtime system of segregation...”
Except that Barr never said the lockdown was “akin” to slavery. To repeat: he exempted slavery from the comparison, as it was a “different kind of restraint” (indeed). Barr was comparing the lockdown to OTHER intrusions on civil liberties and finding it to be the most extreme of THOSE intrusions.
Barr was right. To cite just one example, I’ve written about the damage done to the great city of Nashville, right around the corner from where I produce my TV show. The tourist economy of Nashville has been destroyed by the closing of restaurants and bars by mayor John Cooper, along with the livelihoods of countless musicians. Shockingly, government officials have even tried to hide the data that show a relatively tiny number of people caught the virus at those restaurants and bars. The intrusion into people’s lives and livelihoods has been devastating.
As brilliant as Barr is, he should anticipate before the words come out of his mouth how they'll be twisted to say something he didn’t mean at all, and speak accordingly to head off incidents like this. But this time, sadly, he let the predictable happen. Because of the resolve he has to discover the truth about certain activities, he’s got a big target on his back. Attorney General Barr is seen by the left as a huge threat --- you know, not counting Donald Trump, who is uniquely loathed and despised --- and is perhaps the biggest threat to the left in American history.
See what I did in that last sentence? I did NOT compare Barr to Donald Trump or say that Barr is “akin” to Donald Trump. I set Trump aside in the discussion. I said if you DON’T INCLUDE TRUMP, then Barr is maybe the biggest threat the left had ever faced. Just as Barr was saying if you DON’T INCLUDE SLAVERY, then the lockdown was the worst intrusion on civil liberties Americans have ever faced.
In another part of the same conversation, Barr said this of the organization Black Lives Matter:
"They’re not interested in black lives...they’re interested in ‘props,’ a small number of blacks who are killed by police during, uh, conflict with police, usually less than a dozen a year, who they can use as props to achieve a much broader political agenda.”
Again...OUTRAGE!! You’d think that Barr had said he personally wasn’t interested in black lives. No, he was exposing the ugly truth about an organization that is centered around a Marxist agenda and is using black lives –- and the pretext of racial “justice” –- to further that agenda. They ARE using tragic incidents with police to start riots, looting and burning that, ironically, destroy black lives and predominantly black neighborhoods. That organization apparently is NOT interested in the damage it causes those black lives.
Once again, Barr is correct.
Don’t think so? In a must-read article, here’s what you should know about the real BLM, the so-called “Black Lives Matter.”
Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza has another venture called the Black Futures Lab, and if you click to donate (for the love of heaven, don’t donate), you’ll be told to send the money to the “Chinese Progressive Association” explaining that the Black Futures Lab is “a fiscally sponsored project of the Chinese Progressive Association.”
By the way, the Chinese Progressive Association is organized as a 501(c)3, tax-exempt.
A 2009 paper from Stanford University that appears on the website Marxist.org describes it as a pro-People’s Republic of China organization whose “support for the PRC was based on the inspiration its members took from what they saw as a successful grassroots model that presented a viable alternative to Western capitalism.”
That's what this is really about. Again, read the article, and Barr will not only be seen as correct but as understating the threat of Black Lives Matter.
Yesterday was Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787. The Constitution Center has a number of virtual events to help kids and adults learn about the Constitution here.
And of course, the best way to learn about the real history of the Constitution and why it’s so important would be to pick up copies of this great new bestseller for everyone in your family, “The Three C’s That Made America Great: Chrisitianity, Capitalism and the Constitution.” It’s available now at Amazon, and you can now read a free excerpt at the link. And you know you can trust it to be true because look at who wrote it!
DUMPING JOE BIDEN
The hilariously brutal Kurt Schlichter envisions what might happen if Joe Biden actually wins and the Democrats embark on an all-out scramble for power with a figurehead President who can’t lead (or even remain reasonably coherent) but whose wife refuses to get him out of the way.
WISE WORDS FROM A FOOTBALL LEGEND
In the midst of falling ratings for the NFL, football legend Herschel Walker offers some wise words of warning to all those players who are using the game’s airtime to protest and promote their political grievances: If you have the right to protest, then fans also have the right to protest by booing and changing the channel.
I suggest that Herschel Walker be made the new NFL commissioner, because that obvious truth apparently never even dawned on Roger Goodell.
Speaking of the NFL, how about a salute for Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva for having the guts to defy peer pressure and groupthink?
Very interesting piece in the Daily Caller by a Cuban-American writer that might help explain some of the growing support for President Trump among young minority males. The gist of it is that while liberals were attacking “toxic masculinity,” denouncing everything traditionally male and treating an accusation of rape as all the evidence necessary to convict a man, who shouldn’t even be allowed to defend himself (some frightening déjà vu there for African-Americans), they never considered that millions of young black and Hispanic males might be listening to them and realizing that they would have very dim futures under the new, radically-feminized Democratic Party.
THEY WERE WRONG
When President Trump isn’t campaigning, he never seems to take a rest. In between arranging Middle East peace deals, this week, he helped convince the Big 10 universities to reverse their previous decision and bring back football. He says he’ll next work on bringing back Pac-12 football.
And Friday morning, Trump announced a ban on the Chinese-owned messaging and payment app WeChat, and a ban on new downloads of the video-sharing app Tik-Tok, both effective Sunday. Officials say the apps are gathering vast amounts of personal data on millions of Americans and could be sharing it with China. TikTok claims it does not store U.S. user data in China and that it would not give that information to the Beijing government.
And if you can’t believe a promise that the makers of a free app won't misuse your personal data, then what can you believe?
THE PRICE OF GENERATING CLEAN ENERGY
This story reveals an interesting development that’s stalling the environmental left’s plans to blight the landscape with giant wind turbines. They’re being fought by an unlikely alliance of fossil fuel industry lawyers, local residents and traditional wildlife-protecting environmentalists like the Audubon Society.
My writer/researchers, Pat and Laura, are bird lovers who have a house filled with rescued parrots and who support many exotic bird rescues. So they’ve given me an earful for years about how the spinning blades of wind turbines are “bird Cuisinarts” that slaughter millions of birds, as well as bats, all of which are essential to the ecosystem. You might be stunned to read in this article that proponents of wind power even wanted to clear-cut an entire forest in Maryland just to put up a battery of these birdie slice-‘n’-dice devices.
As I have said for years, if they really cared about generating clean energy that is reliable and capable of meeting the needs of the public, then they'd stop reflexively launching protests to block every proposed new, safe, modern nuclear power plant.
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