LETTER TO WILLIAM BARR

June 3, 2020 (Mailed June 4, 2020)

Attorney General William Barr

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Mr. Barr,

Would it be wrong to conclude that as attorney general you no longer support freedom of assembly but do believe in freedom of photo op, FOPO?

Back in October in your speech at Notre Dame University, you said, “…if you rely on the coercive power of government to impose restraints, this will inevitably lead to a government that is too controlling….” You went on to declare, “…unless you have some effective restraint, you end up with something equally dangerous — licentiousness — the unbridled pursuit of personal appetites at the expense of the common good.”

How would you respond if someone argued that by using force to disperse a peaceful assembly you and President Trump violated the first amendment? What was involved outside of the “pursuit of personal appetites” in the unsightly trek of top government officials, including yourself, over to St. John’s Church where, under the FOPO doctrine, the president held up a Bible? Are you proud of taking part in this ugly display of power?

In the Notre Dame speech, you said that the “traditional Judeo-Christian moral system” was under siege from “modern secularists.” Was using force to disperse peaceful protesters an action taken in accordance with the “traditional Judeo-Christian moral system?”

In defending your action against the demonstrators, you said “the most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights….” Those rights no longer include freedom of assembly but only FOPO?

“No society can exist without some means for restraining individual rapacity,” you said at Notre Dame. And how, Sir, is the United States of America doing in “restraining individual rapacity” of Donald J. Trump?

Sincerely,

Larry McCoy, 156 South Forest Ave., Rockville Centre, New York 11570

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Retired journalist, posts essays at larrymccoyonline.com, a new book, “Grandma Told Me To Never Believe Anything Grandpa Says,” is now available at book sellers

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Larry McCoy

Retired journalist, posts essays at larrymccoyonline.com, a new book, “Grandma Told Me To Never Believe Anything Grandpa Says,” is now available at book sellers