"Barr has committed to Trump warts and all, but the warts are in fact suppurating sores, and he is now fatally infected." A compelling read from Charles Fried + Ed Larson of @chkbal via @TheAtlantic https://t.co/xEyOOb5Nlh— Checks and Balances (@chkbal) June 27, 2020
There is a reason for this. Truthfulness is a basic condition for trust between people. In the Genesis account, God caused the builders of the Tower of Babel to speak in different tongues so they could not understand one another and could not collaborate in even the simplest tasks. If people cannot believe one another, communication breaks down, trust becomes impossible, and society corrodes.
This is a perfect summation of Shakespeare's "Othello." Iago lies to everyone, and no one should trust him (he says so himself). But they do, because why shouldn't they? Iago hides his lies so carefully and even when he's plain about them (to Roderigo), he is still trusted. And he ruins the lives of Roderigo, Desdemona, Othello, Emilia, and Bianco. He almost threatens the Duke's authority in Cyprus, to boot. Shakespeare's play is clearly about the importance of duty and more, the importance of trust and trustworthiness to human society itself.
Never thought I'd see a live-action version of that tragedy played out on the national stage.
Former Reagan Solicitor General Charles Fried: “Many observers breathed a sigh of relief when Bill Barr was confirmed as attorney general. … Now, just a year and a half later, what a disappointment he has proved. The man cannot be trusted.” https://t.co/pPmfopj1UO— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 27, 2020
Once Iago was exposed he was done for. Bill Barr is better off, and still no better a character than Iago. (And is Trump really the source of corruption in the White House? Or is he simply what allows it? Iago didn't corrupt Roderigo so much as reel him into his schemes.)