Attorney General Bill Barr recently sat for a lengthy interview on Fox News’ Life, Liberty, and Levin, and he did not hesitate to take aim at the modern-day ideological left.
During his conversation with host Mark Levin, Barr accused the political left of abandoning “classical liberal values” and embracing partisan politics as a “secular religion” focused on “tearing down the system” upon which this nation was built, the Washington Examiner reported.
“Things have fundamentally changed”
The interview began with a brief discussion of the attorney general’s recent appearance at a highly contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing, which prompted a deeper examination of the entrenched partisanship that was on display at those proceedings.
“I have the perspective of having been attorney general 30 years ago and now,” Barr said. “I thought things were partisan and tough 30 years ago — nothing compared to today. Things have fundamentally changed.”
“In the old days, you could have friends across the aisle. Politics was part of your life, but it wasn’t all-consuming. It wasn’t everything. You could have communications and so forth with others. But it’s now become all-consuming for many people,” he continued.
“It’s a secular religion”
“I think what’s happened is that the left-wing has really withdrawn and pulled away from the umbrella of classical liberal values that have undergirded our society since our founding,” Barr explained, noting that political disagreements were previously settled with debates around a mutually understood truth and, if all else failed, with a vote.
Barr continued, saying, “Nowadays, you have — I think the left has essentially withdrawn from this model and really represents a Rousseauian revolutionary party that believes in tearing down the system. That what’s wrong with America today all has to do with the institutions we have and we have to tear them down.”
“And they’re interested in complete political victory. They’re not interested in compromise. They’re not interested in dialectic — exchange of views. They’re interested in total victory,” the attorney general said.
“It’s a secular religion. It’s a substitute for religion. They view their political opponents and, you know, as evil because we stand in the way of their ‘progressive’ utopia that they’re trying to reach,” Barr added. “And that’s what gives the intensity to the partisan feeling that people feel today because for them this pilgrimage that we’re all on is a ‘political’ pilgrimage where everything is reduced to politics.”
“Lust for power”
Later in the interview, while addressing the issues of recent Antifa riots and the anti-Trump “resistance,” Barr returned to the idea of politics as religion for the ideological left that he attributed to their “desire for power.”
“The left wants power because that is essentially their ‘state of grace’ in their secular religion — they want to run people’s lives so they can design utopia for all of us, and that’s what turns them on and it’s the lust for power,” he declared
Barr’s commentary represented an atomic-level takedown of the modern-day ideological left by Barr that was undeniably accurate in its assessment of the power-hungry leftists who worship state control — at least, that is, when they are the ones who hold the levers of power.