Victor Davis Hanson nails it!

January 16, 2019

Victor Davis Hanson absolutely nailed it on Tuesday’s Laura Ingraham show when describing what the problems are now with America’s criminal justice system and why the nomination of Bill Barr has the potential to make such an important difference. It’s so stellar, and needs so little embellishment from me or anyone else, that I’ve transcribed here, so you can ponder it word-for-word…

VDH: “...He’s taking over a Justice Department that’s had a large number of departures and an FBI where at least ten people have been reassigned, retired or fired, so that the agency has lost its reputation, and so has the Department of Justice. But more importantly, his task is to reestablish the concept of equality under the law, because we know that people like James Comey were leaking, Andrew McCabe was leaking, Baker was leaking; we know that FISA courts were deceived; we know that the director of the FBI went before Congress under oath [and] 245 times said he didn’t know or didn’t remember something that --- they bring Trump up to Mueller and if he did that, they would indict him.

“So there’s a perception out there in America, whether it’s warranted or not, that there’s two sets of laws. There’s Mueller’s investigation of Trump that goes over, you know, every type of business, tax relationships, the whole 20 months’ worth of investigation, and then there’s these key players in the FBI and DOJ that were involved in behaviors –- I’m not even getting into the unmasking and leaking of the Mike Flynn or the National Security Council’s leaking of unmasked names or the Hillary Clinton’s warped probe --- but there’s this perception that there’s no equality under the law, and that’s fatal for a democracy.

“So that’s what he has to do. He has to look at all of this behavior, not just the Mueller investigation, but all of the tangential behavior and ask himself, ‘Was American federal law applied equally across the board, regardless of a person’s stature, income, money or position,’ and so far, that hasn’t been true.”


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This is it. This is what I hear about every day from dismayed readers and from people I talk with, and he has captured it very well. We all see that the American justice system is broken, with "friends" dealt with in one way and "enemies" (or simply the unconnected) dealt with in a vastly different way. The only thing I might add is that I think this goes beyond mere “perception” –- that what we are witnessing REALLY IS a justice system with two different sets of criteria, depending on who the person is. That makes it all the worse. The good news is that Barr, in his testimony on Tuesday, certainly gave the impression of someone who cares deeply about equal treatment under the law. Time will tell.

Victor Davis Hanson wrote a great piece five months ago on this subject –- that is to say, a two-tiered justice system –- that is so timely it could have been written yesterday. I include it here.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/double-standards-of-postmodern-justice/

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  • Patricia Reynolds

    01/27/2019 07:47 PM

    I understand the FBI reputation is in the ditch and I understand the justice department itself needs a lot of work to regain any status, but this man as AG is a disaster because he is absolutely anti-second amendment. He will further erode the justice department and he has already stated he will not shutdown Mueller which must be done. Mueller has become a dictator and a tyrant that has to be brought down and this man will not do it.

  • kathy lindstrom

    01/18/2019 05:27 AM

    i too have very low expectations of barr--too many times we have heard THIS is the person who will fix it and wee only find he ignores it like all the others,---the only thing that will save our democracy is to drain the swamp and get rid of democrats

  • Billie R Hayworth

    01/17/2019 09:42 PM

    Mike, will you tell president...our beloved, lovely president that many evangelicals are praying for him daily and I am certainly one of them. I plead the blood of Jesus over that man because he's working against all the principalities of evil talked about in the book of Ephesians. Never has a president had to go up against the evil element of evil politics like this president has and it isn't because his name is Donald Trump, it's because of the evil times we're living in. PLEEEEEEEEEASE tell president trump that Billie Hayworth and many others are praying for him daily, hourly, lifting him up before the throne of God to give him courage, wisdom, insights, strength, stamina, guidance and all the guts it's going to take to stand strong. Just draw a line in the sand, Mr. president and STAND STRONG!!! WE'RE BEHIND YOU 99 TRILLION PERCENT!!!!!!! YOU'RE THE GREATEST PRESIDENT EVER!!!! Please give Mr. Trump this message Mike. Thank you.

  • Lee G

    01/17/2019 02:53 PM

    I hear Barr is a freind of Mueller, so I have very low expectations of ever seeing equal justice again in this country. Mueller is tied to the uranium deal with Hillary, so he has to be dirty, if he is dirty Barr would have to know it.

  • Eric Bates

    01/17/2019 12:35 PM

    This is exactly what I'm sick & tired of hearing & reading about, because there is no action taken against these real criminals! Why isn't something being done? We've become a "Banana Republic" guised under the veil of freedom & the American Flag, because justice is certainly NOT being served. Why does it matter if Mike Flynn or any other conservative lied to the FBI &/or Congress since we know Comey, Clinton, and many others did too, and yet nothing happened to them, unlike Mike Flynn & the conservatives. It's pathetic!! And it's hard for me to think that there aren't prosecutors who can't go after these people, even if it is their boss!!

  • Barbara Whitfield

    01/17/2019 10:16 AM

    When will this ever end!
    Will it end when the guilty ones finish exposing themselves? They're doing a great job right now. Nancy needs to look in the mirror. AND, does Chuck know he died and is too dumb to lie down!
    The only thing I know for sure is: Trump is an amazing warrior who is fighting the "good fight" to save our country, to preserve what the founding fathers set up as the biggest, most wonderful experiment of all -- our democracy. And the Nancy's and Chuck's and their followers are warped because of their hunger to control the power.
    God Bless DJT and his family. They are fighting the good fight and are forever in our gratitude.

  • Sue Palakst

    01/17/2019 10:03 AM

    VDH puts issues in plain language that everyone can understand. Thank you! I listen intently every time I catch him on Cable TV. I REFUSE to lose hope! I COMMIT to seek the truth and be informed and tell others. Thank you Governor for this opportunity to express our views!

  • Daniel Lach

    01/17/2019 08:45 AM

    Good morning Mike,
    I am so frustrated by how slowly justice is moving. I am utterly convinced that the Obama DOJ and FBI committed crimes and treason. I'm not a whack job, I worked in Government for 34 years.... I know what they did.
    I am waiting, with less and less patience for something to break and these people are finally going to face justice, they simply must if we are ever to have faith in our government and legal system again. Hillary Clinton must face justice and all those who conspired to take down our duly elected President.
    It is my sincere hope that Barr will finally get things moving and the wheels of justice finally move.

  • Linda Olds

    01/17/2019 08:15 AM

    Very interesting! I hope that William Barr can be confirmed without the made-up accusations of the Kavanaugh confirmation. It's upsetting that many liberals believe that he attacked Ford, even though her friends refused to back up her story. They are even trying to get rid of Sen. Collins, because she looked at the facts and voted for Kavanaugh.
    The article by VDH mentioned Hillary's emails. I still don't understand why the emails themselves even had to be looked at. Just the fact of her using an unsecured server in her own home instead of the government server was illegal. If that was the only server she used while she was Secretary of State, you know that there had to be many sensitive emails sent on it, whether she labeled them as 'classified' or not. It was wrong from the beginning, and the reason for doing it had to be that she wanted to hide her activities. The reason she gave, that she didn't understand computers or technology, was ridiculous. If she doesn't understand that stuff, the easiest thing to do is just use the system that's set up for the purpose. I think she belongs in prison, but I don't know how that could happen without dividing the country even more. Maybe Barr can find a way.

  • Jim Hoppe

    01/17/2019 06:06 AM

    As a strong member of President Trumps base, it's now time to end this BS....and come up with a solution. Get the sympathy card out
    for tho se not getting paid, open the government and then FIND THE MONEY IN OTHER WASTED AREAS...of which there are MANY IN
    GOVERNMENT! Then....use Nancy's lack of respect and cooperation to show your leadership! ENOUGH of this....as ALL are losing face.
    Millions are available to continue working on the wall. DO IT!!!!!!!!! Let's get ON WITH SOMETHING else our country needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THESE NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS....get them involved!!!!!!!!!. There's more to the House than Nancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way....there
    is a great picture of Nancy and Chuck ....giving a press release. INSERT PITCHFORKS.........it is better than the original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love this site!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jim Hoppe

    01/17/2019 06:06 AM

    As a strong member of President Trumps base, it's now time to end this BS....and come up with a solution. Get the sympathy card out
    for tho se not getting paid, open the government and then FIND THE MONEY IN OTHER WASTED AREAS...of which there are MANY IN
    GOVERNMENT! Then....use Nancy's lack of respect and cooperation to show your leadership! ENOUGH of this....as ALL are losing face.
    Millions are available to continue working on the wall. DO IT!!!!!!!!! Let's get ON WITH SOMETHING else our country needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THESE NEW MEMBERS OF CONGRESS....get them involved!!!!!!!!!. There's more to the House than Nancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! By the way....there
    is a great picture of Nancy and Chuck ....giving a press release. INSERT PITCHFORKS.........it is better than the original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Love this site!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ethel L. Cenkner

    01/17/2019 12:59 AM

    In regards to ther Barr appointment, I have just read a report about Barr
    who in the past has been in favor of gun confistication---maybe would not uphold
    the second amendment. Can you comment on this??
    I am not a robot--my check on this won't take--

  • Marian Coen

    01/17/2019 12:17 AM

    If others feel as I do, and I think that it is widespread, we are sick at heart at what has come about in our great country. There IS a two tiered justice system. There IS complete disdain for we ordinary , law abiding , god fearing people in our country by the so called elite who make our laws, but are not law abiding themselves! Much more, when they break the laws, they are not held to account like we ordinary people. Why should we obey when money and power makes some above the law?
    I was astounded when it was revealed that the upper echelon in the FBI And the DOJ committed crimes to prevent our candidate from becoming president! Then, when he won the presidency, they went to work to discredit and even frame him to get him thrown out of office. They continue now to this day. I always thought that the FBI was almost above reproach, but never again will I believe that. We have lost faith in them!! The scales have fallen from our eyes.

  • Tena M Shelton

    01/16/2019 10:14 PM

    Government and/or law enfircement connected and/or the rich are on one side of punishment for wrong doing. ALL THE REST OF US ARE NOT!

  • Sue Palakst

    01/16/2019 08:43 PM

    I don't know...something smells here - looks good at first glance, but, Just think about it:
    Justice Roberts appointed by Bush
    Kavanaugh big in Bush administration
    Barr big in Bush Admin.
    Barr big time buddies with Mueller.
    Mueller and Rosentein buddies.
    Rosenstein wants to wire the President.
    Barr sounds good, BUT a well-known pastor told me one time, if you have 10 points that sound "true" but still are not comfortable, run like heck, because at least one point is false to throw you off balance.
    Like I said, think about it. Or, better yet, pray about it "If my people who are called by my name..."
    I pray "I'M" just being a little paranoid. How about Justice Jeanine Piro! hummm...


  • Sue Palakst

    01/16/2019 08:12 PM

    I don't know...something smells here - looks good at first glance, but, Just think about it:
    Justice Roberts appointed by Bush
    Kavanaugh big in Bush administration
    Barr big in Bush Admin.
    Bar big time buddies with Muller.
    Muller and Rosentein buddies.
    Rosenstein wants to wire the President.
    Barr sounds good, BUT a well-known pastor told me one time, if you have 10 points that sound "true" but still are not comfortable, run like heck, because at least one point is false to throw you off balance.
    Like I said, think about it. Or, better yet, pray about it "If my people who are called by my name..."
    I pray "I'M" just being a little paranoid.


  • Derek Lane

    01/16/2019 07:16 PM

    VDH is one of my favorite authors. He is right up there with Thomas Sowell in his intelligent analysis. Thanks for sharing this. Equal justice under the law is very much endangered...

  • Carole S Shade

    01/16/2019 07:14 PM

    I believe that our justice system is corrupt. The question is what can we do about it?
    Congress and the Senate have done absolutely nothing to confront this issue, and have thwarted our President’s agenda on everything else from the beginning of his term.

  • A George

    01/16/2019 06:57 PM

    To prevent this in the future there should be a priority to hire more military veterans in the higher civilian roles such as the DOJ and FBI . They can do a direct recruit form the JAG forces for those attorney type positions needed in the DOJ. We need to focus on putting military veterans to work and less politically correct civilians in these positions. There should never be a time in history where a military veteran is without a job or a home because they should be hired first before other civilians for these roles. Military veterans have sworn to uphold the constitution throughout their careers and seem to have a better grasp of constitutional freedoms than this politically correct civilians that tow party politics within an agency that should be apolitical. There should also be rules put in place so that these departments have oversight committees that prevent the politics from entering these arenas.

  • Billie W. Tully

    01/16/2019 06:16 PM

    I love Mr. Hanson! But it seems like all the people who are honest have left government (for whatever reason). Without sticking my head in the sand, my only consolation is that I believe this is a spiritual battle
    for the soul of our country. I believe Donald Trump is God's man for this time (he may not have known it when he was elected). Because of this, I can be optimistic and believe we will win! Otherwise, it seems hopeless to me.

  • judy hannon

    01/16/2019 05:04 PM

    Johns Hopkins and Fairfield Universities

    Victor Davis Hanson is one of the brightest and most well-informed persons in our country, plus fortunately he also has the uncanny facility/ability to be able to articulate his judicious wisdom in readily and easily understood language by T.C. Mits! [The celebrated man [person] in the street] Needless to say I'm justifiably one of his biggest fans! All the very best...

    Fred Harden III aka "GreyHairandGreyMatter"

  • Joseph

    01/16/2019 04:34 PM

    So here is what I know and that is we Deplorables have known from years of watching these atrocities on TV and reading them in the once honest news papers that there were two tiers of justice. We really aren't as stupid as the people in Government. We still have our common sense and ability to reason things out. I for one have hear a lot of people in Government spout the same words and turned out to be the same as all their predecessors. The only thing that will bring back the trust in this Government is when all those accused of wrong doing are actually locked up. This is all it will take for most of us to regain confidence in our Government.

  • Margaret Chaney

    01/16/2019 04:31 PM

    Great read! Common sense and values! That’s what’s lost! We’re fighting to keep this whole system from unraveling. With the old guard in congress who seem irrelevant to the new ones in congress who want to completely undo our whole system. Ice, tax system , immigration and open borders. Socialism. Must be aware and Pray, pray for our country. All in all. It’s in God’s hands!

  • Patrick Henry

    01/16/2019 03:38 PM

    So who will be tasked with prosecuting all of these outgoing criminals and bringing them to justice for the crimes and treason that they committed? Simply putting new people and those positions without prosecuting the criminals for their crimes it's simply showing everyone that you can go ahead and commit crime within the government, there's no penalty for it.

    Setting a very bad example for the citizens to follow.

  • Rose Howell

    01/16/2019 03:29 PM

    Hi Mike,
    I don't feel good about Barr. If Diane Feinstein likes him, look out. 50 years he has been in DC I've read. He's an insider. Trump is an outsider and that is a huge reason we elected him. So I'm for baring Barr :) from the job. Now try not to laugh, b/c this really is NOT funny. Judge Jeanine Piro is who I would like see there. She would give them a run for a change. She sure could be great dealing with Pelosi too. Lovin' it!
    Regards and thanks,
    Rose Howell