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D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

Attorney General William Barr
(on the Mindset of the Resistance)

December 5, 2019 --

The following is taken from the November 15, 2019  address given by  the attorney general's 19th Annual Barbara K Olson Lecture to the Federalist Society. 

"Immediately after President Trump won election, opponents inaugurated what they called 'The Resistance,' and they rallied around an explicit strategy of using every tool and maneuver available to sabotage the functioning of his Administration. Now, 'resistance' is the language used to describe insurgency against rule imposed by an occupying military power. It obviously connotes that the government is not legitimate....
What it means is that, instead of viewing themselves as the 'loyal opposition,' as opposing parties have done in the past, they essentially see themselves as engaged in a war to cripple, by any means necessary. a duly elected government."

This important lecture also had trenchant observations how Congress and the federal courts have been encroaching on the constitutional authority of the president. 

 As Federalist No. 48 (Madison) pointed out:  "It is...evident that none of [the departments of government] ought to possess, directly or indirectly,  an overruling influence over the others in the administration of their respective powers.

It will not be denied that power is of an encroaching nature and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it."  LPR highly  recommends the text of the attorney general's  lecture.  Please click here to view.   

(Barbara Olson was a noted  lawyer and tv commentator. She was married to  Theodore Olson, also a noted lawyer.  On September 11, 2001, Ms. Olson was on American Airlines flight 77, en route  to appear on Bill Maher's program, Politically Incorrect.  She had been scheduled to fly to California on September 10, but stayed a day later to be with her husband, the morning of his birthday, September  11. The plane was flown into the Pentagon, one of the four planes tragically destroyed that terrible day.    [Information source: Wikipedia.])