The DoJ is now on the lookout for civil liberty violations.
As we’ve all seen, Americans all over the country are quickly tiring of restrictive stay-at-home orders. I have had the same thought. While I understand that it was the right move in most instances, especially the success in ensuring that hospitals were not overwhelmed, the constantly changing models and case numbers that aren’t reaching their lofty projections have shifted my viewpoint.
Some states, such a Michigan and Mississippi, have pushed the boundaries of what conservatives view as permissible under the Constitution.
In that vein, Attorney General William Barr has instructed the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorneys to ensure that measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to become to draconian and violate any citizen’s civil rights.
Pete Williams at NBC News quoted AG Barr as stating:
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. But the Constitution is not suspended in times of crisis. We must therefore be vigilant to ensure its protections are preserved, at the same time that the public is protected.
Barr is absolutely right. Americans understand the reasoning behind these orders, but the idea of personal freedoms and individual rights are also important. I find that AG Barr’s, and by extension President Trump’s, focus on maintaining the rights of the citizens comforting. Hopefully, this trend, and the refocusing of the DoJ to important matters, will continue in the future.