The Supreme Court is about to become the next big battleground in the coronavirus pandemic.
And that is bad news for Democrats.
Now William Barr drew one line in the sand that put Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the spot.
In a recent interview with center-right radio host Hugh Hewitt, Attorney General William Barr hinted that the Department of Justice would enforce the Constitution and defend fundamental freedoms by weighing in on legal battles over draconian lockdown orders.
Attorney General Barr made good on that pledge when he released a memo asking prosecutors in United States Attorneys’ offices to go after governors imposing unconstitutional lockdown orders.
“Many policies that would be unthinkable in regular times have become commonplace in recent weeks, and we do not want to unduly interfere with the important efforts of state and local officials to protect the public,” Barr wrote.
Barr explained that while government owned great powers during a time of crisis, the Constitution was not merely a suggestion.
“But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis,” the Attorney General added. “We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected. I thank you for your attention to this important initiative and for your service to our country.”
One example Barr cited was governors curtailing religious freedom and religious liberty with discriminatory orders.
“As the Department of Justice explained recently in guidance to states and localities taking steps to battle the pandemic, even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers,” Barr detailed in his memo.
One example of this was laws that banned church services where worshippers remained in their cars.
It was unconstitutional religious discrimination to prevent worshippers from holding “drive through” services while allowing restaurants to offer drive through food service.
Finally, Barr took aim at lockdown orders that closed businesses.
The Attorney General’s memo instructed U.S. attorneys to go after governors that imposed harsh lockdown orders that chocked off a state’s economy.
“For example, the Constitution also forbids, in certain circumstances, discrimination against disfavored speech and undue interference with the national economy,” Barr continued.
Finally, Barr stated that the Department of Justice has every authority and moral responsibility to fight these injustices in “federal court.”
“If a state or local ordinance crosses the line from an appropriate exercise of authority to stop the spread of COVID-19 into an overbearing infringement of constitutional and statutory protections, the Department of Justice may have an obligation to address that overreach in federal court,” Barr concluded.
States that find themselves on the losing end of these cases will surely appeal.
And that means fighting all the way to the Supreme Court.
The government’s power has never been tested like this before.
New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy told Tucker Carlson he never once considered the Bill of Rights when imposing his lockdown order – which has no expiration date and grants the Governor unlimited power to arrest citizens for gathering and to close businesses.
The Supreme Court Justices – Ruth Bader Ginsburg included – will be tasked with deciding some of the most consequential cases in American history.
Will the Supreme Court hold that government has unlimited power, or will it set in stone once and for all that no matter what, the Constitution is still the supreme law of the land?
American Patriot Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.