When E. F. Hutton speaks, people listen. When William Barr speaks, call an electrician.
Mental circuits trip and temperament fuses blow. The attorney general, bucking the behavior of attorneys generally, displays all the emotion of a mortician, approaches an audience with the calm detachment of a psychiatrist, and speaks in the reading-room volume of a librarian. His bearing rarely proves contagious.
“The person in the white coat is not the grand seer who can come up with the right decision for society. A free people makes its decision through its elected representatives,” Barr noted in a speech Wednesday.
“Putting a national lockdown, stay at home orders, is like house arrest,” Barr explained. “Other than slavery, which was a different kind of restraint, this is the greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American history.” He continued, “Most of the governors … treat free citizens as babies that can’t take responsibility for themselves and others.”
A dumbstruck Don Lemon responded, “I don’t know what to say.” Jon Meacham, a partisan journalist called a historian by other partisan journalists, called Barr’s coronavirus comments “incendiary hyperbole designed to feed a sense of paranoia and fear.” Sanjay Gupta’s head, in a medical first, nearly exploded on live television.
If the government forced CNN to shutter after Chris Cuomo and Brooke Baldwin contracted COVID-19, then the network’s talking heads might feel more sympathy for the tens of millions Americans who lost the ability to earn a living because of orders to close some businesses but not others, to rob children of their educations by mandated hooky, to forbid Americans from attending religious services under pain of arrest, and to restrict travel through fines for out-of-state travelers, bans on flying to various countries
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