Tuesday's midterm election results must have spooked President Donald Trump. The Democrats took control of the House, and the next day, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was unemployed.
Sessions "resigned" at the request of the president, which makes it sound a lot more like he was fired than that he resigned. President Trump then announced that Matthew Whitaker would be the acting US Attorney General.
Whitaker on Wednesday said in a statement, “I am committed to leading a fair department with the highest ethical standards that upholds the rule of law and seeks justice for all Americans.”
That is a great sentiment and all, but there are some pretty good reasons to be very concerned about Whitaker and his new role.
In a report originally published in 2014 by the Des Moines Register, Whitaker was quoted following his participation in a Family Leader debate in Iowa. Family Leader is a conservative Christian group, and Whitaker was participating in the debate during his campaign for the US Senate that year.
Some of the things that Whitaker said during this debate include that in order to support federal judges he would need to know their world view. Specifically, he said, "I'd like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice?"
Yup, the new acting Attorney General of the United States thinks all federal judges should base their world view on the Bible. I guess we should get ready to start stoning people for wearing mixed fabrics or working on the Sabbath.
So, right off the bat we have him admitting that the entirety of federal judges need to be Christian. No Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, or anyone else allowed.
Well hold on, you might be thinking, am I leaping to the conclusion that Whitaker is taking a hard "Christians only" stance? I mean, does what I quoted above really give that impression that strongly? Ah, well, let me address that possible criticism. During the debate, while Whitaker was waxing on about his thoughts regarding "natural law" and its potential subjectivity, the moderator asked Whitaker whether his definition of biblical law was, "Levitical or New Testament?"
In response, Whitaker said, "I'm a New Testament. And what I know is as long as they have that world view, that they'll be a good judge. And if they have a secular world view, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I'm going to be very concerned about that judge."
So there you go. He only accepts a New Testament version of biblical law, which excludes Jews and every other religion, and he excludes anyone with a secular world view, so that includes all of us who have no religion.
That really limits him to just Christians.
Now, do you know what is really funny? I have a secular world view, and am totally opposed to biblical law. That makes me anathema to Whitaker's take on what makes a good person of sound judgment, and yet, only one of us has ever been under federal investigation for fraud.
Yes! Matthew Whitaker was an advisory board member of a Miami-based patent company accused of defrauding customers, and last year, he was under federal investigation for it!
Whitaker has stated through a spokesperson that he had no knowledge of fraudulent activity. The patent company, World Patent Marketing (ugh, yeah, great name), settled the case for $25 million out of court, without admitting fault. Of course.
Because I always pay $25 million for things that I absolutely did not do.
There is a lot of concern over what Whitaker will do now regarding Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion and the Trump administration. Whitaker made comments last year on the 'Rose Unplugged' radio program regarding the investigation.
"An effort by Jim Comey to get this put in place and have somebody that he's very familiar with in Bob Mueller conducting investigations. So I think it smells a little fishy, but I just hope it doesn't turn into a fishing expedition, because I will be one of them ones jumping up and down making sure the limitations on this investigation continue because that's the way it's supposed to be," Whitaker said.
With these kinds of actions, and statements, plus additional developments, like the White House sharing doctored videos of reporters in press briefings, all point to terrifyingly deep-rooted attempts to install a Christian theocracy in the United States government.
1984 by George Orwell is becoming more and more worryingly prescient by the day with these leaders in power.