In his Gettysburg Address during the Civil War (1861 to 1865), Abraham Lincoln said:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation…can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this….

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract…. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced….we here highly resolve…. that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Unfortunately, a “government of the people, by the people, for the people” is being greatly endangered by Trump and his white nationalist devotees. Trump and his followers want to jail opponents, and the wannabe king has demanded that the media be punished or prevented from publishing or broadcasting, and that law enforcement should operate at his personal command.

Just one distressing example of a Trump acolyte is Attorney General William Barr, who covers up for Trump and has lied repeatedly about the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. One of the best articles on Barr’s shenanigans is by Jonathan Chait in the Intelligencer ( Chait wrote:

Attorney General William Barr has shocked his erstwhile supporters with his aggressive and frequently dishonest interventions on behalf of President Trump. The spectacle of an esteemed lawyer abetting his would-be strongman boss’s every authoritarian instinct has left Barr’s critics grasping for explanations….

Barr, as he has done repeatedly, provides a deeply misleading account of what Robert Mueller found [in his report] “He did not reach a conclusion,” he says. “He provided both sides of the issue, and … his conclusion was he wasn’t exonerating the president, but he wasn’t finding a crime either.”

As Mueller stated in the report and again at his press conference, he felt bound by a policy preventing him from charging the president with a crime, or even saying the president had committed a crime. Mueller’s view is that his job vis-à-vis presidential misconduct is to describe the behavior and leave it up to Congress to decide if it’s a crime.

The U.S. AG is supposed to be objective, working for the American people. But that appears an impossibility as he shrugs off any and all complaints.  In an interview on May 31, 2019, he was asked about his adverse legacy, and Barr said “I am at the end of my career…. Everyone dies, and I am not, you know, I don’t believe in the Homeric idea that, you know, immortality comes by, you know, having odes sung about you over the centuries, you know?”

NO, “you know,” we don’t know YET how much damage, Mr. Barr, that you are doing to our country!




Author: Kathlyn Gay

Author of 120 nonfiction books for young adults and adults, including encyclopedias and other reference titles

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