My Dad had a turn of phrase for bastards like Bill Barr; they were spherical sons of bitches. “Spherical” because no matter from what angle you approached them, they were still exactly the same sons of bitches. The term seems particularly apt for our boy Billy, in no small part because he’s a smug, jowly tub of goo who’s almost literally spherical in shape, but I wonder whether anything in our language, any mere string of words, could possibly be sufficiently wounding or contemptuous when directed at this walking, talking pile of fascistic pig shit. Of all the truly despicable characters in the GOP, and they are all, every one of them, utterly despicable, Barr may be the most heinous, simply because he’s the most dangerous. He’s not a moron, like his boss and most of his minions, both appointed and elected. In fact, he’s as clever as he is evil. He’s the current analog to Dick Cheney, and he represents a grave threat to every value I hold dear.
When he isn’t lying to the Press or Congress to cover up the latest criminal misdeeds of his beloved Donald, or scheming to promote what amounts to an anti-democratic coup while he implements his sickeningly lawless philosophy of the “unitary executive”, he’s out giving speeches to rooms full of roly-poly, self-satisfied slobs of rich white men almost as vile as he is, feeding them just the mix of racism, authoritarianism, and religious bigotry needed to get them all clapping and barking like seals who just earned their kippers. A few weeks ago, he had this to say (as reported in the Daily Beast):
Attorney General William Barr on Friday blamed the rise of violence and drug use on what he described as an increasingly secular society that is destroying religious liberty. “Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence and a deadly drug epidemic,” Barr said in a speech at University of Notre Dame’s law school, according to The Hill. “Over 70,000 people die a year from drug overdoses… But I won’t dwell on the bitter results of the new secular age.” The attorney general also talked about the “consequences of moral chaos” that could come if governments and schools intervene with the rights of religions and those of religious faith, according to The Indianapolis Star. “Ground zero for these attacks on religion are the schools,” he said. “To me this is the most serious challenge to religious liberty today.”
Yeah, Bill, that’s right. It isn’t bullying Christians like you who’ve destroyed the fabric of American society, and visited a plague of despair upon the former members of the middle class who now need to hold down three jobs at Taco Bell just to pay the rent, and couldn’t scrape together as much as $400.00 if they get hit with a medical emergency likely to cost them a thousand times that much. No, it’s Godless secularism!!
You might think that he couldn’t top that in a million years, and boy, would you be wrong. Because just two nights ago, this is what Barr had to say:
This is one of those times when your jaw goes slack and you babble incoherently for a bit, unable to even begin articulating the manifold ways in which what you just heard is horrifyingly twisted, inhumane, and antithetical to everything just and decent. Not to put too fine a point on it or anything, but the highest law officer in the United States just opined that if the ingrates of his citizenry don’t start paying his shock troops the level of boot-licking deference he prescribes, they obviously can’t expect the police to keep giving a fuck about protecting them.
Is that so, Bill? The sworn defenders of the public are actually just running a protection racket, and if they don’t get the applause they crave we can all just take our lumps the next time some rabid home invader kicks in our front door? I guess it goes without saying, too, that the next time an unarmed black kid is shot in the back as he tries to evade another fusillade that another white cop has let rip as a standard precaution, we can all shut our nattering yaps about it.
Jesus wept. Hey everybody, luxuriate in the warm fuzzies as you drink in all that decent, non-secular, Christian brotherly-love, Republican-style.
This is what we’ve come to. This is how it ends. And it barely even raised a ripple. The media doesn’t have the band-width. It got crowded out by all the other shit that pours from heaven in the 24/7 shit monsoon we’re living through here in Trumpistan. I’ve got an idea, though: as long as we’re all talking about impeachment, let’s remember that cabinet appointees like the current AG can be impeached, too.
Congress: for the love of God, impeach this bastard.