I’m going to be honest with you guys, when I first saw that Barr’s Department of Justice was suing Google, I thought the headline was from a year ago — because he tried that a year ago. Specifically, we opened an investigation back in June of 2019 (that investigation, might I add, found nothing Barr could use to prosecute them, as will be covered below). They’ve been grooming the general public for this for the past several years, and the Trump administration is the one that’s trying to get the job done.
Of course, the vast majority of Americans do not care one way or the other about “big tech.” They view search engines as a way to get information, and understand that feature is the reason why politicians such as Bill Barr hate them so much. Barr would not like you to know that served on the board of Time Warner, that he authored a report as Attorney General called The Case for More Incarceration, and that he helped get many traitors off the hook during the Iran-Contra scandal. If you knew that, you might not like Barr or his policies, and you might not trust him to regulate said search engines.
Barr dreams of a world where leaders can never be shown to do anything wrong. As mentioned above, one of his last actions as Attorney General for the first George Bush was pardon various people over Reagan’s Iran-Contra scandal. I firmly believe the main reason Barr was picked to replace Jeff Sessions was to intimidate Robert Mulluer when Trump was under investigation. If Barr could, not only would he have stopped the Mulluer probe, but he would have erased any and all evidence it ever existed, and that the controversies that caused Mulluer to be appointed ever existed just to be safe.
Of course, everything Google has done that could be cited as them violating anti-trust laws — most notably merges with other companies and creation of new products — has already been approved by government in the past. As Google’s Senior Vice President Kent Walker put it:
Our agreements with Apple and other device makers and carriers are no different from the agreements that many other companies have traditionally used to distribute software. Other search engines, including Microsoft’s Bing, compete with us for these agreements. And our agreements have passed repeated antitrust reviews.
Congress themselves have admitted this recently. As Reason pointed out when they read the new report — a report which took over a year to write, might I add:
The report is the result of a 16-month-long investigation from the House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law. As part of it, representatives barraged the CEOs of all four companies with inane and irrelevant questions in a public hearing. The investigation also included seven other hearings and the obtaining of “1,287,997 documents and communications; testimony from 38 witnesses; a hearing record that spans more than 1,800 pages; 38 submissions from 60 antitrust experts from across the political spectrum; and interviews with more than 240 market participants, former employees of the investigated platforms, and other individuals,” as well as discussions “with industry and government witnesses,” it states.
Whether we’re talking a smoking gun or a needle in a haystack, that should’ve been sufficient to find it. Instead, representatives seem to have given up on pretending that the investigation makes sense on traditional antitrust grounds.
If Barr wants to take down these “big tech” companies, he would need to pass new laws. As of writing this, anytime a new piece of legislation to regulate these companies comes up — most of them written by Senator Josh Hawley — they fail by an overwhelming margin. Again, this is because the people do not want anti-trust action on big tech, and have elected representatives that feel the same. Barr, however, instead thinks he’s above the popular majority — how populist of him — and can just do whatever it is he wants.
This isn’t even the first time they tried the lawsuit approach, as last year forty-eight different state Justice Departments filed anti-trust lawsuits against Google. Once again, exactly zero of them went anywhere meaningful — once again, because all of these companies have applied with every dot and tilde of previous anti-trust laws. If you want to make a case that these laws should be expanded, then do that, tell the American people you want control of the internet given to people they trust the least over an issue the vast majority of them in no way care about.
Speaking of Hawley, he released a two paragraph statement on Barr’s new lawsuit, which read the following:
Today’s lawsuit is the most important antitrust case in a generation. Google and its fellow Big Tech monopolists exercise unprecedented power over the lives of ordinary Americans, controlling everything from the news we read to the security of our most personal information.
And Google in particular has gathered and maintained that power through illegal means. That is why I launched a sweeping antitrust investigation of Google when I was Missouri Attorney General, and that’s why I stand behind the Department of Justice’s actions today. But to be clear — this is just a first step, and I will continue to fight for the legislative solutions needed to end the tyranny of Big Tech.
Of course, the main reason Hawley takes issue with “big tech’s” power over “everything from the news we read to the security of our most personal information,” is because the people doing it are not the state. This is why one of final straws for these people was Twitter fact checking the President, because they want to live in a world where the Republican Party gets to determine what a fact is. Again, this is why a search engine, a place people go to locate information, is the number one target of these people — because the idea you can prove them wrong on anything is insane. These people want you to be ignorant to what they do, and the more they can limit information, the more ignorant you will be.
On data, I must ask when Hawley is going to introduce a bill banning the government’s data mining programs — which were expanded by Congress to apply to more of the internet than ever this year! Of course, Hawley will never even mention this because his goal is not some misguided “freedom from” philosophy, but instead because his goal is to empower the state.
Make no mistake, the goal is not to liberate you, it’s to make you a slave to them specifically. They hate the idea that their power over you is slipping in anyway, and they demand that anyone who comes about bend their knee to the government. They want you to be ignorant of what they do, and to obey their ever order, this is the end goal of the Republican Party.