On October 21, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland testified under oath before the House Judiciary Committee.
Phil Rizzuto’s play-by-play commentary would be “Holy Cow!”
Imagine hiring a former Supreme Court nominee (albeit an unapproved nominee) to be the Chief Security Officer for your home.
Imagine your Chief Security Officer telling you he has no idea how many of the many intruders to your home are being prosecuted for breaking into your home. Imagine him reporting your mother to the FBI for being a domestic terrorist, the only reason being that the employment agency that got him his job told him to report her. Imagine his son-in-law getting a financial reward for every book that every intruder left on your children’s bookshelves that teaches your children to judge people by the color of their skin.
America’s chief law enforcement officer is no different than your Chief Security Officer. Merrick Garland’s testimony was exactly that.
Holy Cow! But, wait a minute. Stop. Don’t react without thinking. Think. Was Merrick Garland’s behavior any different than that of anyone else who rules over America?
No. Absolutely not. Not a single one of America’s rulers hesitate to make one thing clear. One very important thing clear. Crystal clear.
At every opportunity, in every way possible, the people who rule America proudly demonstrate the fact that they rule America. That they are above the law. That they can do whatever they want. That they are entirely unaccountable. Why else would they flaunt behavior they know would incriminate or shame anyone else, if caught?
America’s chief law enforcement officer showed America that he considers law enforcement to be political gamesmanship. America already knew that, but hearing it directly from the Attorney General’s mouth while testifying unabashedly under oath … well, that’s truly something existentially different.
Merrick Garland crossed the line. It’s unacceptable for any Attorney General to behave as he behaves. Completely unacceptable.
Merrick Garland’s Memorandum dated October 4, 2021 outraged Americans. It explicitly set the FBI against all parents in our nearly 14,000 public school districts. It explicitly says parents expressing themselves non-violently at school board meetings “runs counter to our nation’s core values.” (During his October 21, 2021 testimony, he ultimately admitted parents do have a constitutional right to do so.) His Memorandum is his legacy. It defines who he is. It defines who the rulers of America are.