Attorney General Bill Barr made an appearance on Fox News to complain about the protective measures states have put in place to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus, accusing them of violating personal liberty as he works to suppress basic constitutional rights.
States such as New York and California, along with other blue states have strict policies in place to flatten the curve as the pandemic continues to rage across the country. Over 15,000 Americans are dead, making these measures more necessary than ever if we are going to get through this crisis.
But Barr is all of sudden concerned about personal liberties, telling Fox News on Wednesday night that states should be “very careful to make sure…that the draconian measures that are being adopted are fully justified, and there are not alternative ways of protecting people.”
Barr then lavished praise on President Donald Trump’s reckless response to the pandemic.
“I think the president has made the right decisions for the right reasons,” he said, going on to call for lifting the measures put in place by May.
“I think we have to allow people to adapt more than we have and not just tell people to go home and hide under the bed, but allow them to use other ways – social distancing and other means – to protect themselves,” he said.
Except social distancing and stay-at-home orders are working, and are recommended by health officials. Barr himself is not a doctor or health professional of any kind.
He is, however, guilty of trying to suspend civil rights such as due process while using the pandemic as cover. That’s the true slippery slope here. The health policies he calls “draconian” are completely necessary and have proven track records of slowing the spread of pandemics. They will also come to an end once the pandemic is over. Barr’s suspension of civil rights puts America on the path to losing these rights forever.
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