Ive been reading a horrifying 1995 treatise by Bill Barr written after he served as GHW Bush Attorney General.

He cites Madison saying:
"We have staked our future on the ability of each of us to govern ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

The quote is fake.../1
,,,he quotes Adams as saying "We have no government armed with power which is capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for government of any other.".../2
...that quote has been manipulated. After "human passions unbridled" text is missing. Once the text resumes, it say "morality and religion." An honest person would have shown that break, since we don't actually know the meaning. And it is NOT about the "sexual immorality".../3
...and the usual GOP go-tos. Adams makes it clear in the immediately following words which DO appear, but which Barr conveniently leaves out. Adams says "Avarice, ambition, revenge or galantry, would break the strongest Cords of our Constitution." But Barr ignores that....
...and, with selective editing, proclaims that the Founders feared as showed by these "quotes" that they wanted, in Barrs words, to promote "public virtues needed to restrain licentiousness." If you don't know what that means, here is the definition....
...the Founders said NOTHING like this. But Barr just makes it up. This would not be important -just some typical lying by Barr to justify preexisting beliefs - if these quotes and quotes from a book by someone he agrees with, were not the foundation of his argument which.../6
...uses these lies to justify this: Elections really aren't important. That, he says, is not what the Founders cared about. What is important is that people are self-controlled, or as he makes clear, not engage in sexual immorality..../7
...here his words, interpreting the meaning of Founders & their fake quotes: "Self-government did not mean the mechanism by which one elected representatives to a legislative body. Self-government referred to the capacity of each individual to restrain and govern themselves".../8
...this treatise is horrifying to read, both for its sloppy scholarship and its use of made up information to justify what is clearly a theocratic state. And this is the Attorney General of the United States.
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