Bill Barr was right about the lockdown, BLM

September 18, 2020 |

"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.

See?

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.

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  • Kathy Tharp

    09/26/2020 01:56 AM

    I don't understand why POTUS lawyers aren't prosecuting or penalizing the mainstream media when they slander the Pres, incite hatred, encourage riots, looting, etc. The damage they are causing is Irreparable and may cost us dearly at the polls.

  • Lori Sherman

    09/21/2020 01:44 AM

    There are so many examples where the MSM "spins" (no, lies) about what was actually said. Like Trump NEVER told people to drink bleach, Barr never said the lockdown was comparable to slavery. We watch the real thing! I am constantly amazed when talking to family and friends how they believe the MSM instead of seeing it and interpreting it for themselves. How can this be addressed? Somebody like you could create a side by side running list comparison of what was actually said vs what the MSM says was said. It would sure grow quickly. But will they listen? NOT!! It is so scary to see so many intelligent people drinking the kool-aid.

  • Loretta Guzman

    09/20/2020 09:04 PM

    The fake news media will twist anything said by our honorable AG Barr. That is to be expected. I am glad you are here to complete the narrative that IS always taken out of context by the radical left. Aren't they aware yet, that we the people are AWARE of what they do? Enough already!

    I loved the article by the Cuban American young writer Alex Perez. Outstanding and true data. I should know. I am a Cuban American myself, and the mother of two young men who are Cuban American. The radical left is so immersed in their righteous narrative, that they really are not looking at the real scene around them. I suspect that the silent majority is going to speak in volumes come November 3rd 2020. And let me add something a lot of people may not be aware of. The vast majority of Cubans are Republicans. We vote Republican as a rule. And I suspect that the Venezuelans now, after experiencing Socialism and Communism, will definitely vote for President Trump. I'm pretty sure the experience of what has happened to Venezuela, has spread thru South America to some degree and those who have heard the tales will not be voting for Joe Biden. And in closing all I have to say is TRUMP 2020!!!

  • Robin Rebhan

    09/20/2020 08:55 PM

    Bill Barr is an intelligent, well spoken, honest and educated man. I believe he is one of the best AG's we have had in a long time. The democrats quite apparently do not have anyone who can debate Bill Barr in an open, honest and intelligent manner. All the democrats have is knowingly making vicious fallacious accusations and narratives against Bill Barr. The sad thing is how many of the followers of the democrats without any critical thinking or checking of the sources, believe all of the accusations against this fine respectable man.

  • Michas M. Ohnstad

    09/20/2020 11:11 AM

    The continuance of the Republic may, in fact, hinge on the outcome of this election.

  • Carol Butler

    09/20/2020 04:09 AM

    I heard AG Barr's original comments.
    I live alone except for my cat, Darling.
    When I later heard the discussion that you quoted my reaction was so intense that Darling ran and hid under the bed.

  • Donna Cornell

    09/19/2020 05:54 PM

    I concur
    Now, lets get the 'indictments' going!

  • rodney burke

    09/19/2020 12:22 PM

    Clyburn is a raciist idiot. Compared to Barr, he is an intellectual ant. Everytime I hear that guy talk I want to punch some sense into him. Inherently on his own he has none and when he speaks he proves it. if he would shut his trap and listen! which I know is hard because he is a blatant racist, he might learn something. I have a suggestion. Shakespeare said "First kill all the lawyers." The obvious clear and present danger to the uSA are democrats who are mentally ill. maybe if we shoot a few of them...

  • Ed Thompson

    09/19/2020 10:02 AM

    Lets twist every word a person utters to support some agenda for the advancement of some ideals— “Mary had a little lamb”—- this is proof that we now know by her own admittance that she was involved with an animal—-???!!!!!!— see how easy an innocent statement can be turned around to play to a certain group of people who would jump on it like a hungry junk yard dog on a hamburger! Education is seriously lacking in so many lives these days! And BLM???!!!! Come on MAN—- look where the money is coming from and you will find that BLM doesn’t actually mean BLM to the donator at all but as an ends to a means to get division within America— divided we fall— united we stand —still means exactly what it says yet the people who are falling for the rhetoric are the same ones who will be as badly hurt if they get what they think they want! They are being told what they want—what they should be thinking— how they should be acting to get it— manipulation is a fantastic tool to make people who don’t understand exactly what their consequences will get them in the long run. Hitler called it “whip and sugar”— it worked for him! Pick something out that certain people have been told they must hate and point them at it to destroy it. So many people everywhere of all sides have fallen for these thoughts. We are Americans— we are supposed to be United— we are all children of God— we are all living together in the Greatest Country ever and if we don’t come together and reject these people who don’t care about anything else but taking over our country we will be very very very sorry. If there was ever a time to pray that God comes in to the lives of people , now would be it. Drain the swamp and get America back on track with God and He will be with us all. Stop killing babies and stop killing each other. Build UP everyone, stop tearing everyone down. Be color blind. Be human. Stop the violence.Use your brain and be a law abiding citizen. We are all in this world together so let’s get along and behave together! God Bless America and everyone.

  • Joann Maager

    09/19/2020 09:40 AM

    how sad, no matter what any honest conservative will say and it would be 100% correct, how the left (socialists) feel they can twist it to what ever they want. Lord have mercy, no wonder those who are ill informed. or no matter if it has a "D" behind the name, the "D" will always be correct. Thank you for your information. Mr Barr is an honorable, honest man, which is refreshing to see and hear after what has gone on in the CIA, DOJ, IRS, DOD. I pray everyday for his safety, protection as also for Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, Mr. Pompaeo and definitely America.

  • HelenC

    09/19/2020 09:35 AM

    I’m tired of lies that come out of mouths of Dems...and MSM. They are one and same fed by Soros funded media and his politico organizations. President Trump is a non-politician working for well being of US. President Trump just successfully negotiated peace in MIddleeast between Israel and some of its Arab neighbors by talking. Former Dem president sent pallets of cash to Iran so they wouldn’t fight and kill its neighbors and pursue nuclear dominance in MIddleeast. Bushes sent US troops. I prefer President Trump’s method of pursuing peace successfully through non-war non-bribing methodology.

  • Jean Sladicka

    09/19/2020 06:56 AM

    I totally agree with Barr. I hope people WAKE up and see the truth but some are ignorant and do NOT want to see the truth.

  • Catherine R.

    09/18/2020 11:14 PM

    I have a question. Do you know anything about BLM INK?

  • Carl T Smith

    09/18/2020 10:01 PM

    I have been wondering WHAT Crisis the Left will use Next when Bang- Justice Ginsburg DELIVERED !

  • James Evart

    09/18/2020 07:42 PM

    There is a restaurant, or chain of restaurants, in Texas named "Burro Loco" which means CRAZY JACKASS which is a perfect name for the Democratic Party. Perfect because:
    1. The jackass is not a very smart animal.
    2. The jackass is often very high strung and temperamental.
    3. The jackass, being high strung, often strikes out furiously kicking uncontrollably while braying loudly at the slightest perceived inflection of a threat.
    4. The jackass has this derisive name because it's a pain in the ass to handle and work with.
    5. The jackass doesn't know that he is a jackass because, that's just what he is.
    6. The jackass has no wish to understand anything, only to react and can be fooled easily.
    7. The jackass is a herd animal and will run and bray with other jackasses for little or no reason.

    Sounds to me like the majority of the Democratic Party nowadays. CRAZY JACKASSES!

  • Carole Brinkhoff

    09/18/2020 06:27 PM

    Hi Mr Huckabee,
    This is a completely different subject. There are a lot of emails, etc stating banks are going to take our cash and that cash is no longer going to be good...going to digital o rrc something. Is this true or are they just trying to get you to invest?
    I would appreciate an answer on this.
    Thanks, Carole

  • Roger Davenport

    09/18/2020 06:12 PM

    Appreciate your comments! Wake up America !????????

  • Danielle Thomas

    09/18/2020 04:52 PM

    Mr. Huckabee,
    As a 75 yr.old grandmother, I confess that I am slowly or perhaps rapidly losing my positive outlook for America. Looking at the stupidity and deception of half the American people, I think we are on the brink of total disaster in this country from which we will NEVER recover. Honestly, I am borderline depressed. As a Christ follower, knowing He is sovereign over all, I am still sad for our country and long to hear the trumpet sound for His return. Keep up the good work you are doing. I look to you as a voice of TRUTH in a tidal wave of lies. Blessings to you and yours.

  • Donald Tygart

    09/18/2020 04:50 PM

    The largest problem we , as Conservatives have, is we do NOT correct those who misrepresent our words IMMEDIATELY - when they do it. To let it linger a full day / 12 hours before challenging it - leaves it out there for approach by lesser individuals. Early and often. After all they do.
    One question: Can the Senators, on Johnson's committee temporary HIRE either Congressmen or their senior staff - to participate in the upcoming investigations / investigations? Say a one - two day hire, either for the duration of the investigation - or thru certain individuals questioning. Just as back up - for depth.

  • Darlene Estlow

    09/18/2020 04:33 PM

    Thank you, Mike, for telling the whole story on things going on. I appreciate you and your work to make sure the truth is out there in these sad times. Praise the Lord for revealing these things and working in our nation for righteousness.

  • Bruce Deming

    09/18/2020 04:21 PM

    Stay at home orders are the same thing as being on an ankle bracelet at home under court order. Both are incarceration, but only one is legal. The real question is which is worse, slavery or jail. You can work your way out of slavery as many historical cases have shown, but you can never get rid of a felony. A felony makes you a permanent non-citizen, bottom feeder, to be spit upon by society. Not much has changed since slavery, we just have a new way to choose our undesirables.

  • Charlotte Brodfuhrer

    09/18/2020 02:06 PM

    Keep in mind Psalm 37 Thank you for your great reporting! CB

  • Anne Turner

    09/18/2020 01:58 PM

    Does Biden’s not understand germ theory of disease? To say Trump is responsible for all C19 deaths is so of the Wall that even the libs must cringe. When will people have had enough?

    I live just outside of a very liberal college town. They aren’t bad people but they are so ignorant of what is really going on. They don’t understand how racist they are. They are going to be in for a shock if Biden, et al wins. They don’t think they mean what they say they are going to do. I may now keep my Audubon Society membership since they have come out against bird blenders. I understand these wind turbines are extremely hard and dangerous to maintain. How can people who went to huge lengths to save the snail darter, think it’s okay to put birds in a meat grinder. I guess the same ones who think aborting viable babies at term is okay.

    Questions to ask Biden:
    What would you have done differently than Trump about the Virus?
    Follow up: you say you would have shut down earlier but at that time youR party leaders were calling Trump a racist for shouting down travel. You say you would have been better prepared. What led you to knowing there would be a pandemic and to begin stocking up on supplies months early? Would throwing the American people into a panic have been better from a leadership prospective?

    Why do you object to increased employment for minorities? Why are you in favor of a high minimum wage when it has show this shuts down small business? What income range do you consider wealthy that should be taxed more?
    Why do you object to the Middle .East agreements that just happened? What is your solution to the issues of the Middle East. How woukd you handle Iran? How would your handling of China and Korea differ?
    Do you think the Nobel Peace prize should be trashed?
    How do you propose to handle immigrants and immigration? What wpukd you do about the existing illegals in this country?
    Follow up: how would you propose to help the border states cope with thousands of people, some bringing unrelated children for human trafficking, drug smuggling, disease and people untrained to hold jobs?

    Biden will get the questions in advance and he will probably have a hidden listening device in his ear so he can be fed answers.

  • Dorothy Campbell

    09/18/2020 01:34 PM

    AG Barr and anyone has freedom of speech, so it use to be that way. I don’t feel he should have to watch what he says, just like Trump shouldn’t have to watch. If we watch what we say, aren’t we bending to the evil far left that’s taking over our country. Trump did away with politically correct. Trump got everyone to say Merry Christmas again, which Obama and the left took away. Some of Obama still lingers, unfortunately. Thank you.

  • Chip Woods

    09/18/2020 01:04 PM

    Word Salad. But then, pretty typical fare from your daily columns. Didn’t want to say anything you may deem insulting about any of your readers, even though you insulted, by reference, the readers of other writers in this very column. Funny how that seems to get overlooked so frequently.