The unholy alliance of Trump, Barr, and religion

The February 28, 2020 issue of THE WEEK magazine ran an article that began:

Attorney General William Barr was under fire from all directions this week, as more than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials from both parties called on him to resign and accused him of repeatedly flouting the department’s “sacred obligation” to administer equal justice under the law.

The extraordinary open letter came after the nation’s top lawman watered down the department’s sentencing recommendation of seven to nine years in prison for President Trump’s longtime friend and political fixer Roger Stone, 67.

Barr’s intervention led four federal prosecutors to resign from the case, with one quitting the DOJ entirely.

In their letter, the ex–U.S. attorneys, trial lawyers, and other DOJ officials accused Barr of blatantly politicizing the department.

“Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies,” they wrote.

Meanwhile, the Federal Judges Association, a collection of 1,100 jurists devoted to an independent judiciary, called “an emergency meeting” to discuss what it called “a deepening crisis” caused by Barr and Trump’s intervention in politically sensitive cases.

Trump had congratulated Barr for changing the sentencing recommendations on Stone, saying they were “a disgrace” and a “miscarriage of justice.”

Barr said in a televised interview that Trump should “stop the tweeting” about DOJ cases because his comments “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

But Trump continued tweeting over ensuing days, and Barr reportedly told sources close to the president that if he didn’t stop, he’d resign.

“Resign?” Oh, sure.Image result for Trump and Barr

The notion that Barr couldn’t “do his job” falls somewhere between humorous and traitorous.

Clearly, Barr always has felt that his job is not to be impartial and independent, but rather as a tool of Trump the wannabe American emperor.

That, after all, is the way Barr obtained his job — by writing a document which, in essence said, an American President can do anything he wants to do, legal, illegal, questionable, immoral, unprecedented, or scummy — anything.

That is just the kind of Attorney General that Emperor Trump wants. Barr learned that from Trump’s sadistic treatment of Barr’s predecessor, Jeff Sessions, who worshipped Trump — but not enough.

Sessions made the mistake of trying to be moral (on one occasion), and Trump never forgave him for that misdeed. Sessions endured endless ridicule until even his groveling and lack of pride could not save him.

So for Barr to complain that he can’t do his job, when he knows that is exactly what his job is, the job he applied for: Protector and Defender of Donald J. Trump, the law be damned — that complaint is the ultimate of dishonesty and hypocrisy.

Barr’s involvement in the Stone sentencing was only the latest example of the attorney general taking charge of cases important to Trump.

On Barr’s orders, the department is pursuing investigations of former FBI and CIA officials involved in the Russia investigation.

Barr has also set up a process to receive and vet information about Democrat Joe Biden that Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is digging up from dodgy, pro-Russia sources in Ukraine.

Two weeks ago, federal prosecutors changed their recommendation of six months in prison for former national security adviser Michael Flynn to probation.

Last week, Barr tapped outside prosecutors to review not only Flynn’s case but also a number of others described as politically sensitive.

He whitewashed special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, attacked the DOJ’s inspector general for finding no political bias in the original FBI investigation of Trump’s campaign, and is now working fist-in-glove with Giuliani as he hunts for political dirt in Ukraine.

With his reckless need to settle scores, Trump “is making millions of voters ask if they really want to take a risk on giving him so much power for another four years.”

Since becoming attorney general, Barr has transformed the Justice Department into Trump’s “own private detective agency.” But Barr understands that using the law to punish political adversaries and reward allies “requires a sheen of public legitimacy.” That’s why he took issue with Trump’s tweets—the president keeps exposing the fact that he’s “turned the legal system into a personal weapon.”

In chilling terms,” Barr has repeatedly stated that the Constitution endows the president with “nearly autocratic powers,” with total authority over the Justice Department and the right to order and end investigations.

Barr’s (and Trump’s) America would be “a banana republic,” and “it is not a place that anyone, including Trump voters, should want to go.”

Apparently, that is exactly where Trump’s oh-so-religious voters do want to go. The Trump cult is based on hatred; he claims to hate the same people his religious followers hate: Immigrants, the poor, people of color, foreigners, gays — really anyone who is not old, white, and Christian.

So long as Trump keeps hating, his religious followers will keep following, and no one can hate like the self-proclaimed “religious” can hate.

Religion has nothing to do with morality. The long, gruesome history of religion is a document to hatred. The evils in God’s name are legendary.

Moral people do not need religion to be moral.

Those who are surprised at the recently publicized immorality of the Catholic clergy in the treatment of young, vulnerable boys should wake up to the history of tortures by all clergy,  of every denomination,  down through the ages, all to punish supposed “heresy,” as though rape, torture, and murder were not, in themselves, a greater heresy.

Religion preaches morality, but the fundamental purpose of religion is not morality. It is separation. Religion is a pseudo-moral, socially acceptable way to lift oneself by demeaning others.

It is a method of induced Gap Psychology, the common desire to distance oneself from those deemed “lower” and to come closer to those deemed “higher,” all for self-glorification.

So Trump does his hatred act while his “religious” followers cheer at the loss of American justice, liberty, and compassion.

He hates Muslims; his followers hate Muslims.

He hates people of color. His followers hate people of color. He hates gays and people from “shithole countries. His followers do the same.

He tortures innocent children at our border, separates families, consorts with criminals, cheats on three wives, runs criminal enterprises and lies, oh does he lie, and not a word of objection is heard from the religious right (who object to abortion but refuse to aid the impoverished unwanted children, once they are born).

Trump has tapped into the basest instincts of people who have learned hatred at their parents’ knees. It is no accident that Trump’s base is among the descendants of Southern slaveowners. They are experts at hatred, having been taught to hate upon emergence from the womb.

And guns. Guns and bigotry are like cake and frosting. Mention any, ANY control over gun ownership and you will be met with the vilest, hate-filled threats from the religious right.

In all the history of the world, the most horrifying evils have been done by men of the cloth and their acolytes.

For Trump, and Barr, and McConnell it all an act. It is performance art to appeal to the herd, the powerless who need someone to blame for their failings.

So when Trump refuses to accept blame for anything, anything at all, his followers recognize him as a kindred spirit. His blame refusal is their blame refusal, and that makes it all right.

Trump’s followers need a champion who will crack down on “them,” the great, dark boogymen at whom Trump lashes daily. In their eyes, the draft-dodging bully is “strong.”

So like Hitler, and Putin, and Kim, and Amin, and Stalin, and Mao, and every other dictator, Trump feigns endless anger and the need for punishment of “them” on behalf of “us,” the white “real Americans.”

Who cares that Trump is a lying, stealing, ignorant, cheating, inept, evil monster, who has hurt so very many innocent people, as long as he is getting “them,” and building a wall to keep “them” out.

Trump does his anger act, and Barr does his righteous act, and McConnell does his “it’s just politics” act, all to the delight of the bigoted weak,  while good people wonder, “How can they follow him?” “Don’t they see what he is?”

Yes, they see exactly what he is, and these phony followers of a moral God, enjoy what he is. And Trump knows that if ever he begins to show honesty, morality, and compassion for “them” he is finished.

To Trump followers, those are signs of weakness, signs that “they” are closing in on “us.” Gap Psychology will not allow it.

Godless Trump, pious Barr, and the religious right, a marriage made in heaven.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
Monetary Sovereignty
Twitter: @rodgermitchell
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The most important problems in economics involve:

  1. Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
  2. Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”

Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics.

Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps:

Ten Steps To Prosperity:

1. Eliminate FICA

2. Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone

3. Provide a monthly economic bonus to every man, woman and child in America (similar to social security for all)

4. Free education (including post-grad) for everyone

5. Salary for attending school

6. Eliminate federal taxes on business

7. Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually. 

8. Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.

9. Federal ownership of all banks

10. Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9% 

The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.


2 thoughts on “The unholy alliance of Trump, Barr, and religion

  1. What’s truly upsetting is knowing there are so many fools walking the streets with college degrees who support this fool of fools.


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