Merrick Garland—Antifa Attorney General Plans to Crush Dissent

JOHN DERBYSHIRE

Of the sixteen persons nominated for a cabinet position, as listed in the January 23rd issue of The Economist [After the chaos of the Trump era, what can Joe Biden hope to achieve?] nine have now been confirmed by the U.S. Senate and have assumed office. So we are better than halfway through the confirmation process.

 

You can’t help but notice the diversity. Not one of them—not one of the sixteen—is a non-Hispanic white Protestant heterosexual male. To put that another way: Not one of the sixteen comes from the same slice of the diversity pie as did every single one of our nation’s Founding Fathers.

(Am I still allowed to say “Founding Fathers“? “Founding persons,” whatever.)

 

That is the working definition of the word “diversity” in our benighted age: no non-Hispanic white Protestant heterosexual males! That’strue diversity!

 

Only one of the sixteen is a white male Protestant: Peter Buttigieg, the Transportation Secretary; and as an Episcopalian, his Protestantism is borderline. I used to be an Episcopalian, and I recall that bit in the liturgy where we prayed for the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

 

Confessionwise I count eight Roman Catholics, four Jews, two Protestants, one Hindu, and one unknown. By sex they break down as ten guys and six gals. Cutting by race and ethnicity: ten white, three black or blackish, three Hispanic. By sexual preference: fourteen apparently heterosexual, one homosexual, one unknown.

 

Concerning the confirmation process itself: There is a customary understanding—a sensible one, I think—that a new President is entitled to his cabinet picks, and that the Senators should practice forbearance in challenging them, with due allowance for a bit of televised grandstanding on particular issues. Given that, and the present balance of parties in the Senate, these confirmation hearings are somewhat of a formality.

 

They can be instructive, though. Instruction this week came from Merrick Garland, picked by Biden—or whoever pulls Biden’s strings—to head the Justice Department.

 

Justice in the U.S.A. is in serious trouble. It has been politicized. Our Ruling Class has been seized by an ideology: the one loosely called “Wokeness,” although as a longtime fan of Professor Paul Gottfried, I prefer “Cultural Marxism.” This ideology has many facets, but its most central characteristics are 1) deep hostility to the founding stock of the U.S.A.—as illustrated by the statistics I just gave you on Biden’s cabinet picks—and 2) fierce intolerance of all dissent.

 

In the matter of justice, the effect of that ideology has been to give us a two-tiered system, a shameful double standard. Anarchist mobs who burned, looted, and murdered their way through our cities last year have been smiled on by the courts. The motley protestors who entered the Capitol on January 6th, by contrast, are being hunted down and crushed like bugs: no bail, no celebrity support, no GoFundMe pages, no allowance for personal circumstances.

 

Sample quote from my new journalistic heroine, Miranda Devine:

 

As for Portland, Oregon, charges were dropped for 90 percent of rioters arrested in September’s anti-cop violence. One 23-year-old charged with attempted murder, arson, possession of a destructive device, and rioting was released on a $1,000 bond.

 

Seattle was as bad. Mayor Jenny Durkan lauded the lawlessness that would lead to the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson in July as a “summer of love.”

 

These were the deadly protests Biden benignly described as “peaceful” and [Kamala] Harris said are “not going to stop … and they should not.”

 

Yet after a few hours of madness one day in January, every Trump supporter in the country is to be treated as if they flew a plane into the World Trade Center. They all are under suspicion for what Biden said last week was “the greatest threat … in America: domestic terror.”

 

[ There shouldn’t be a double standard for law & order: Devine , New York Post, February 21, 2021]

 

Plainly—it could not be more plain—there is one system of justice for persons who hold approved opinions, another for dissidents.

 

Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence has of course always allowed intent as a factor in the dispensing of justice: an unintended homicide is treated differently from an intended one.

 

But that principle has now been distorted to:

 

    • If I burn down your store because of some grudge I bear, not towards you but towards society in general, I will not be punished so long as my grudge is a good fit for the Ruling Ideology.

But:

  • If I enter some federal building unarmed with the vague intention of disrupting a parliamentary procedure—even if uniformed security personnel let me in—and then I put my feet up on a legislator’s desk, I shall be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so long as my intention, or any of my personal connections, are at odds with Regime Ideology.

 

This gross and obvious double standard is Third World jurisprudence. It’s how things are done in Congo, Uzbekistan, China, or Guatemala.

 

No American jurist with any respect for our nation’s history or constitution should tolerate it.

 

But Merrick Garland doesn’t just tolerate it, he approves it. Asked about last year’s attempt to burn down a federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon, Garland mumbled that no, that wasn’t domestic terrorism if it happened at night when no proceedings were going on.

 

Garland’s responses to similar questions were likewise tilted towards the anarchist mobs rioting in support of Ruling Class ideology and against citizens hostile to that ideology.

 

It’s as clear as can be that, as Attorney General Garland, won’t challenge the double standard, much less dismantle it; he will bolster it.

 

Our one crumb of consolation here: at least this stuttering doofus is not on the U.S. Supreme Court (where most of our significant legislating actually gets done nowadays). Barack Obama, in his last year in office, proposed Garland as a replacement for—Heaven help us!—the late, brilliant, patriotic Justice Antonin Scalia. (Speaking of diversity, Garland’s elevation would have meant that four of the nine Justices were Jewish).

 

In that instance, at least, Heaven did help us. The congressional Republican Party, in a rare display of spine, ran out the clock on Garland’s nomination.

 

That won’t happen with this nomination. Garland will be approved as A-G. He has already told us that his priority will be hunting down and prosecuting patriot dissidents, while smiling benignly on the Antifa and Black Lives Matter enforcers of Regime ideology.

 

We shall soon see the double judicial standard in courtroom action. The state trial of police officer Derek Chauvin seems now definitely to be on for early March. [Court: Derek Chauvin’s Trial Set For March Will Be Held In PersonCBS Minnesota, February 3, 2021]

 

Last time I reported on this there had been some dithering by Minnesota’s black Muslim communist Attorney General Keith Ellison. Should Chauvin and the three other officers present at George Floyd’s arrest be tried all together? Should they be tried while the Covid pandemic is waxing strong, or in the summer, when presumably it will have abated?

 

The decision has been that Officer Chauvin will be tried next month, the other officers in August.

 

As I told you a month ago, and as Steve Sailer has just been telling us again, the barbarous and unconstitutional practice of double jeopardy will be in play. If, by some mischance, People’s Commissar Ellison can’t rig up a jury conviction of Officer Chauvin on the charges of homicide—or, on the James Fields precedent, likely even if he can—the feds will step in to prosecute Officer Chauvin for homicide-while-thinking-bad-thoughts.

 

Attorney General Merrick Garland will be just fine with this. He will throw all the resources of the Justice Department at Officer Chauvin, and then all over again in August at the other three officers.

 

If you’re thinking that it’s hard to imagine a creature as limp as Garland throwing anything at anyone, I’m inclined to agree; but in this case he will be energetically assisted by his Assistant A-G for the Civil Rights Division, fanatical white-hating black supremacist Kristen Clarke.

 

Emboldened by the destruction of Officer Chauvin, the feds will then turn their attention to the arrested January 6th protestors, with similar malice aforethought. And after that the FBI—which is a tool of the Justice Department, remember—will go scouring the land for persons who might in some way have encouraged or supported those “domestic terrorists.”

 

The next year or so will see one of those descents into authoritarian savagery that have blotted history so often before, in different times and places: the witch-hunting panics of early-modern Europe, the terror phase of the French Revolution, Stalin’s purges. I doubt it will go as far as public executions, or dissidents being shot in FBI dungeons, but many lives will be destroyed.

 

Through it all Merrick Garland will be smiling vacantly or mumbling CultMarx platitudes, and Kristen Clarke will be cackling gleefully.

 

For our liberties and for our traditional Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence—what’s left of it—this will be a long four years.

 

Meanwhile, quietly, hesitantly, cautiously in the background, resistance will be rising.

 

John Derbyshire [email him] writes an incredible amounton all sorts of subjects for all kinds of outlets. (This no longer includes National Review, whose editors had some kind of tantrum and fired him.) He is the author ofWe Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism and several other booksHe has had two books published by VDARE.com com: FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT (also available in Kindle) and FROM THE DISSIDENT RIGHT II: ESSAYS 2013.

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8 thoughts on “Merrick Garland—Antifa Attorney General Plans to Crush Dissent”

  1. From the Epoch Times

    An FBI official on Wednesday testified at a Senate hearing that she has no knowledge of any guns being recovered from suspects who were arrested during the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

    When asked by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) about whether firearms were recovered or if any suspect was charged with firearms offenses, FBI counterterrorism chief Jill Sanborn responded: “To my knowledge, none.”

    But in the hearing, Sanborn also said that before the Jan. 6 incident, “We knew they would be armed, we had intelligence that they would be coming to DC, but we did not have intelligence that they would be breaching the Capitol.”

    Me…OK, now I get it….The FBI expected an ARMED INSURRECTION….It was not.
    The FBI had NO intelligence the capitol would be breached. It was.

    What good are they?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/fbi-counterterrorism-official-no-firearms-recovered-during-jan-6-capitol-breach_3719267.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-03-03-3

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  2. Hey Jim… wishing we could see your dark outpost appearance. I can’t justify a subscription just to see it. Zublick’s latest is even more far out. If any of it is true this world we live in is a candy coated dream world and underneath that tasty facade is pure black hole darkness and evil. It is so terrifying inside there that almost no one would dare to believe it. Can anyone be this evil?… Thousands of children and many adults held in bondage under ground. So many dead bodies they need a warehouse full of body bags to get the job done. Hardened combat troops weeping uncontrollably over the horrors they encounter. Jeffry Epstein escapes during the Capitol engineered riots. Tunnels everywhere. Pence can be counted among the most evil miscreants that inhabit this realm. The other shocking thing about David’s lost of executed celebrities is Don Henly from the Eagles rock band. That is so far out there that I feel I’ve slipped into a parallel universe where up is down light is dark

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    1. Dave, I always enjoy your comments. My favorites are when you describe Colorado and your encounters with the locals and tourists. Very insightful.

      I think you may be wrong to get upset about this story and the one about executed celebrities. I myself would have more confidence in a March military intervention if it wasn’t coupled with tales of Satan and multitudes of abused children languishing in underground tunnels, not to mention summary executions.

      A couple of years ago there was some hysteria about the miles of tunnels connecting celebrity homes to a pedophile lair concealed under the Getty Museum, the tunnels said to be ‘hundreds of years old.’ In the Santa Monica Mountains where they are still developing virgin land, nothing man-made is hundreds of years old. Yet the story claimed that 2 million women and children were rescued from the Getty Museum underground. There are not that many people in the entire San Fernando Valley.

      Think about where these stories come from. They are often in the mouths of ‘ex’-CIA who now ‘want to come clean and speak truth to the people’ but instead they conjure up a phantasmagoria of millions of underground children kept as slaves – under DC and the Vatican, under Antarctica, in South American mines, on the dark side of the moon (yes, really.) They call up Satan as a distraction and who better, when you think about it, than the Father of Lies?

      You never hear them go on about the actual crowds of children crossing Mexico to our own Southern border. When accompanying a child is a plus for a migrant, how many times will a child be traded for that purpose? That sure looks like human trafficking to me. On the way to the border and crossing it, anyone vulnerable will be coerced into something against their will. It’s a cesspit of vice and extortion, and the coercers don’t need Satan as an incentive. I bet Satan never crosses their minds.

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  3. “4 Arrested in Texas on 150 Counts of Voter ”

    Wow!….when I first read this headline, I said…holy crap….they’re finally arresting someone in regard to the election fraud….then, of course I realized it was about the 2018 Medina County Primary Election. So, considering the size of the 2020 general election, if we are fortunate, we might see some arrests come mid-century. Ya gotta love that swift justice!! It’s not unimaginable that by then, the POTUS may well be some quantum computer,, eh?

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/4-arrested-in-texas-on-150-counts-of-voter-fraud_3715419.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-03-01-1

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  4. Call me crazy but anyone that commits arson on a building that has occupants within is guilty of attempted murder. An officer of the court should know that and so should the new AG

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