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Mitch McConnell Did The Nation A Great Favor By Keeping Merrick Garland Off The Supreme Court

Mitch McConnell Did The Nation A Great Favor By Keeping Merrick Garland Off The Supreme Court

If there were a scintilla of doubt that McConnell did the nation a great favor, that doubt should have been put to rest during Garland’s June 15, 2021, speech on “Violent Extremism and Domestic Terrorism.” The ideological purge will make Lois Lerner blush.

Mitch McConnell likes to boast, including recently, that his most consequential achievement in his Senate career was keeping Merrick Garland from filling the Scalia seat after the death of the great conservative Justice.

McConnell, with a consistency his detractors refuse to acknowledge, followed historical practice and precedent in refusing to allow the Senate to take up the Obama nomination of Garland in an election year where the party controlling the Senate (Republicans) differed from the party controlling the presidency (Democrats). The confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in 2020 was consistent with this practice, because the same party (Republicans) controlled the Senate and presidency.

In 2017, Neil Gorsuch — not Merrick Garland — filled the Scalia seat after Trump’s victory in 2016. So far, so good.

Garland now is U.S. Attorney General. If there were a scintilla of doubt that McConnell did the nation a great favor, that doubt should have been put to rest on June 15, 2021.

On that date, Garland delivered an address on “violent extremism and domestic terrorism” that reflects an ongoing weaponization of federal law enforcement and national security apparatuses in a war not just on people who pose a credible and actionable threat of violence, but on people who pose an ideological threat.

Garland made clear that he was leading an all-government effort:

I am very happy to be in the Great Hall today with representatives of the FBI, the ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys; and with representatives of the National Security Division, Civil Rights Division, the Criminal Division, and the Office of Justice Programs.

I am pleased to announce that the Administration is today releasing the first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. Each of your components will play an important role in ensuring its success.

The National Strategy is designed to coordinate and provide a principled path for the federal government’s efforts to counter the heightened domestic terrorism threat, using all available tools. It is the culmination of an effort undertaken at the President’s direction by federal agencies all across the government – from the Justice Department to the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, State, Health and Human Services, and others.

Garland focused on reaching beyond crimes: “We must not only bring our federal resources to bear; we must adopt a broader, societal response to tackle the problem’s deeper roots.” Garland gave lip service to non-politicization of this effort: “espousing a hateful ideology is not unlawful. We do not investigate individuals for their First Amendment-protected activities.”

But the remainder of the speech suggested that promise would not be honored, including by enlisting Big Tech, which has well-documented ideological bias, in the effort:

The FBI reports that roughly 50 percent of our cases originate from tips and leads from law enforcement or private sector partners and private citizens, who identify potential threats and report them to the FBI or our partners.

Creating and maintaining an environment in which individuals, community groups, and others continue to come to us depends on the extent to which we can continue to merit their trust. This includes making sure that our determinations are made free from bias. So that, too, must be part of our long-term approach.

Equally important is our work with private industry and with international partners. The National Strategy emphasizes that the government should continue to enhance the domestic terrorism-related information it offers to the private sector.

The technology sector is particularly important to countering terrorist abuse of internet-based communication platforms to recruit, incite, plot attacks, and foment hatred.

Did you catch that? “Foment hatred.” Wait, didn’t he just say earlier in the speech that “hateful ideology” would not be the focus? To quote a great sage, “I’ll let you ban hate speech if you’ll let me define hate speech.” The government and Big Tech will be defining “fomenting hatred” in this all-government effort.

It’s pretty clear what is going on here. Team Obama, which weaponized the IRS against political enemies, is running the show, and the guy they wanted on the Supreme Court now is leading the charge at DOJ. Garland is a functionary in this regard, anyone Biden nominated for Attorney General would do the same. But we are much better off grappling with Merrick Garland as Attorney General for a few years, than with Merrick Garland for life on the Supreme Court. We don’t need a functionary on the Supreme Court.

This all-government effort will be abused, count on it. “Fomenting hatred” will be defined to include lawful non-leftist political opposition (as it already is on campuses). The ideological purge will make Lois Lerner blush.


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healthguyfsu | June 16, 2021 at 9:13 pm

Fuck this guy

Come @ me Garland and pry this 2nd amendment-granted right from my cold dead fingers.

    Yes, what is the big deal about a guy doing his job?? ANYONE heading a GOP-led Senate could do that.

    ENOUGH with this RINO propaganda – and imagine a loyal Republican in McConnell’s place. Imagine what ELSE he or she could do.

      henrybowman in reply to | June 17, 2021 at 3:15 am

      Absolutely. Even a blind turtle finds a truffle once in a while.

      So we supposedly have a 6-3 “conservative” SCOTUS of constitutionalists who still don’t have the votes (nor the spine) to defend the Constitution. Why is that such an “accomplishment? And we are stuck with this crowd for decades.

      Time has run out playing these games. We are NOT going to save our country by arguing our case in academia nor in courts. The time has arrived where we need to fight and WIN! Unfortunately, we are bogged down in moot court debates where it doesn’t even matter if we “win”.

      McConnell’s crowning “achievement” in “saving” SCOTUS is the prime example of this futility. Let’s move on already and leave these scoundrels behind in our dust. Same with Grahamnesty and the rest of the geriatric RINOs. We need to focus. If LI continues to operate as if we are in the post-Trump era, we aren’t even in the game and might as well go home.

      Here is a link to Hillsdale College’ latest “Imprimatus” on CRT by Christopher F. Rufo.

      Money quote:

      “Fourth and finally, the writers and activists who have had the courage to speak out against critical race theory have tended to address it on the theoretical level, pointing out the theory’s logical contradictions and dishonest account of history. These criticisms are worthy and good, but they move the debate into the academic realm, which is friendly terrain for proponents of critical race theory. They fail to force defenders of this revolutionary ideology to defend the practical consequences of their ideas in the realm of politics.”

      That pretty much nails it and it isn’t just with CRT. We need to get our asses on the correct battlefield.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to | June 17, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Most of our lives we have to try and pick the lessor evil. There is plenty to dislike McConnell for, but this is not one. Credit should be given where it is merited.

        Great. He went to work for us for once. Any GOP senator in his position could have done it. Now, it’s back to screwing us.

        Mcconnell is a problem, not a solution.

        henrybowman in reply to JusticeDelivered. | June 17, 2021 at 2:49 pm

        Sorry but I distinctly remember the ubiquitous ’70s office poster.
        It did NOT say, “One Attaboy wipes out 100 Awshits.”

        Having “saved” us from Merrick Garland on SCOTUS, he then votes to approve him for AG. Which is worse? Seriously? He would have made NO DIFFERENCE on SCOTUS. Now he has an entire bureaucracy organized to act without having to wait for a case to be filed nor have to argue with other judges.

        McConnell is the king of snakes.

      And how about the great McConnell.demanding this.lunaric now resign?

    Danny in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 17, 2021 at 2:50 am

    Is there a reason you made the gun comment besides wanting to feel tough for 15 seconds as you give an FBI agent an excuse to monitor legal insurrection?

    Threatening to use guns may make you feel tough but couldn’t be stupider.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | June 17, 2021 at 3:17 am

      Yes. The Second Amendment itself is the threat to government tyrants. Reminding them of this continually is kinder than simply activating it.

      MattMusson in reply to Danny. | June 17, 2021 at 6:58 am

      The NSA has a record of every post anyone has ever made on LegalInsurrection and every other .COM website. It’s what they do.

      scooterjay in reply to Danny. | June 17, 2021 at 8:14 am

      Your projection is showing!

      Dathurtz in reply to Danny. | June 17, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Settle down, Mitt.

      Hello, this is FBI special agent FineReport. All you white supremecists and uncle toms around here now need to register with the DOJ, and wear yellow stars ar all times.
      And AG Garland asks you keep this in the back of your minds: work will set you free.

      Hollymon in reply to Danny. | June 17, 2021 at 12:46 pm

      Since when has the government needed an excuse to monitor anyone or anything? Believe me. someone drawing a government paycheck is reading L.I.

      I agree with you about the gun thing. Folks on the internet tend to talk tough. It’s easy to talk tough when you’re anonymous, or THINK you are anonymous.

      I have no doubt, Pasadena Phil could easily be located, whether he lives in Pasadena or not.

        Wait – I found him. He’s in Paris:

        Pasadena Phil
        172 boulevard Saint Germain, 75006
        Paris, France (6th Arr. – Luxembourg)

        He’s a slippery bastard: I had him once at this flop house in China (but he keeps on the move):

        Pasadean Phil
        Jiao Gong Lu Bei Kou 552hao Guo Ji Wai Bao Ji Di 307shi
        Hangzhou – Xihu District
        Zhejiang, China

      rochf in reply to Danny. | June 18, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      I’ve been writing my senator complaining about the federal government for some time. I’ve always assumed I’m on some FBI list as the result of that. If you voice opposition of any kind, I’m pretty sure some govt hack is monitoring your email, probably your phone, without a warrant, and anything else they can think of

    Kepha H in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 17, 2021 at 7:03 am

    At this point, I’m more concerned with the First Amendment.

Continue to merit the public’s trust?

Did he really say that?

    UserP in reply to gonzotx. | June 17, 2021 at 10:04 am

    He meant to say “Merrick” the poison “Garland” would surely be fatal to the public if they were to trust him.

Every time I see him speak I think man did we dodge a bullet.

    MattMusson in reply to Martin. | June 17, 2021 at 7:00 am

    He has proved that he has absolutely no qualms about systematically perverting Truth, crushing descent and ignoring the enumerated rights of the people.

    UserP in reply to Martin. | June 17, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Yeah, but he’s still shooting so we can’t stop dodging just yet.

    Imagine what is going on behind the scenes.

    henrybowman in reply to Martin. | June 17, 2021 at 2:53 pm

    Why do we keep saying that? The sniper just moved from the third window (judicial branch) to the second window (executive branch). We traded in the problem of a lifetime appointment for the problem of an office where he can initiate any extreme activism he wants without having to wait for the right cases to come to him. Bullets are fungible.


He is not dumb. His purge is intentional and his plan to use Jan 6 as a pretext to silence opposition is devious.

Where is the push back? Where is the media ? Where are the Republican congressional leaders? Where are the people demonstrating and protesting ?

This is how Marxists win. They break the rules while Conservatives follow them.

    artichoke in reply to Ben Kent. | June 16, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Media isn’t conservative. OANN might do something useful here, I wouldn’t expect much from others. And some websites.

    Take to the streets? Most of us have jobs. But maybe it’s time to do it. Trump could get people to his rallies. Are those people willing to march in the streets without his leadership? The purpose of these marches is to obstruct and create inconvenience at least for as many people as possible. This is straight from the fans of left wing demonstrations. But then we could get arrested, charged with fomenting hatred, and thrown into solitary.

    I worry more about Garland’s #2, the ‘nice lady’ Susan Collins referred to this blm psycho as.

    CapeBuffalo in reply to Ben Kent. | June 20, 2021 at 2:57 am

    The only pushback on the.travesty of the DOJ’s handling of the January 6 “insurrection “ that I have heard from conservative media or politician has been Dan Bongino . There.we’re a handful of stupids who need to go to jail but there are now hundreds who are being held for misdemeanors or less and they are being treated worse than the Taliban. Where are the Republicans?

Amazing how this ‘moderate’ had only a thin glaze over the radical government-power grabbing Leftist. We dodged a bullet. Anybody think President Hillary would have been a good idea now?


Where the heck are you? Lu, Optimist , we have been looking for you. We talk on email

Let me know where you are

This man is a corrupt lunatic. Terrifying. He is basically anti-Constitutional. Makes up crimes, hunts ghosts and terrifies his political opponents.

PrincetonAl | June 17, 2021 at 4:46 am

To be honest, McConnell keeping any Democrat nominee off SCOTUS is a win anytime.

But 20 lunatic Republicans Senators votes to confirm this “moderate”.

All the nominees to Cabinet and SCOTUE are almost always uniformly horribly awful at this point.

McConnell voted to confirm Garland as Attorney General:

Time to face reality. McConnell and almost two dozen Republican senators voted for Garland because they knew he would launch a crackdown on civil liberties – and they approve.

We should be HANGING treasonous Marxocrats (and RINOcrats), not promoting them.

I don’t have much confidence in SCOTUS to actually rein him in. As we’ve seen with many decisions in the last year, Roberts just wants to get along, the Trump justices may or may not end up very “conservative”. And with the election cases and some of the COVID lockdown cases, the court is either unwilling to stop the full court press against civil liberties, or too slow, where the damage is done by the time it gets to them. The third branch of our government cannot hold back against the coordinated onslaught from the executive and legislative branches, aided and abetted by the allegedly free press.

I’m not too happy with McConnell so no he doesn’t get an attaboy from me. Too many other things he did as chief RINO.

What practicing Jew would name a kid Merrick
Res ipsa loquitur

SCOTUS just voted 7-2 to keep ObamaCare.

That’s with a 6-3 majority “conservative” court with a “conservative” Chief Justice. Well done McConnell.

    jimincalif in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 17, 2021 at 11:12 am

    I see that the decision was based on standing. I also see that Justice Thomas concurred. I have a lot of respect for him, so even though the result is not good, it might be a good decision with respect to how standing is applied. I’m not a lawyer, but I’ll cast my lot with Thomas any day of the week.

I the final analysis – and this entire string proves it – MConnell is responsible for Garland and gang literally holding guns to our heads.

Thank you, you rino POS.

I’m not a lawyer (nor have I ever played one on TV) so I’m curious about the concept of the federal government out sourcing activities forbidden by the Bill of rights.
We’ve seen this brought up in RussiaGate when the idea came that the CIA/FBI had gotten MI6 to do their dirty work. Early this year, it came up again when DHS talked about using it for avoid 4th amendment concerns. Now, it comes up again with Merrick Garland enlisting “Big Tech” to help do their ‘dirty work’.
What is the legal underpinnings of this concept. Is it illegal ? unconstitutional ?

    henrybowman in reply to Neo. | June 17, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Heh. I thought where you were going with this would have been the unholy collaboration between the federal government and Facebook/Twitter as unconstitutional censors and compilers of secret registries of personal information.

    When any government (fed, state, city) “oursources” activities forbidden by the Bill of Rights, the ‘oursource’ becomes a state actor for the purposes of lawsuits against the government.

    There is a very good argument now that Facebook has been a state actor, doing the swamp’s dirty work.

This hack would have been an absolute disaster as a lifetime Supreme Court Justice.

White supremacy is the Democrats’ boogey man to keep conservatives on the defense and control the narrative.

McConnell didn’t do it for the sake of the nation, he did it to keep an appointment seat open for his own candidates. And when you look at who he installed and their lackluster showing, it becomes obvious that he was playing for his own team.

Those ended up not being Trump’s appointees, they were McConnell’s (and hence, the establishment’s).

FortesFortunaJuvat | June 21, 2021 at 1:42 pm

garlan is either incometent or ignorant, or both. Either would justify his being fired. Unfortunately, we have the same qualities in the current occupant of the WH.