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Barr Channels de Tocqueville to Save America

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr participated in a press conference at the Department of Justice along with DOJ officials on February 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 02:07 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr gave the latest in a series of positively Churchillian speeches about the challenges facing our country before the National Religious Broadcasters. Notably, he brilliantly channeled the most insightful chronicler of our country’s formative years, Alexis de Tocqueville.

Atty. Gen. Barr recalled de Tocqueville’s warning that — in the absence of key checks that have protected our nation from the dangers of "totalitarian democracy" — we would inevitably be reduced to the tyrannical rule of an intolerant majority.

The two men agreed that the most important of such checks were: a national grounding in faith and morality; limited government in a federalized system where power is entrusted to leaders most accountable to the people; and an independent, free press.

While our attorney general professed optimism that we will restore these checks, the hour is late to do so.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy (CSP) in Washington, D.C. , a columnist for The Washington Times, and host of the nationally syndicated program, Secure Freedom Radio. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson. Frank Gaffney, Jr. is president of the Center for Security Policy (CSP)Read more reports from Frank Gaffney, Jr. — Click Here Now.

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Atty. Gen. Barr recalled de Tocqueville’s warning that, in the absence of key checks that have protected our nation from the dangers of "totalitarian democracy," we would inevitably be reduced to the tyrannical rule of an intolerant majority.
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