Rep. Jim Jordan Tells AG Garland, ‘Americans Are Afraid’ of Biden’s Tyrannical Government

During a House hearing on Thursday, Rep Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that under the Biden regime’s rule, Americans for the first time fear their government.

In his opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice with Attorney General Merrick Garland, Jordan pointed out that Garland’s memo instructing the FBI to get involved in local school board matters was profoundly inappropriate—especially in light of the number of serious law enforcement crises currently plaguing the country.

“Where’s the dedicated lines of communication with local leaders regarding our Southern border—something that frankly is a federal matter?” he asked.

Where’s the dedicated lines of communication on violent crime in our nation’s cities? Violent crime that has gone up in every major urban area where Democrats defunded the police? No, can’t do that. The Bien Justice Department is going to go after parents who object to some racist, hate America curriculum. No, can’t focus on the Southern border where 1.7 million illegal encounters have happened this year alone—a record number! MS-13 can just waltz right across the border but the Department of Justice is going to open a snitch line on parents.

Jordan pointed out that the FBI in 2016 opened up an investigation targeting Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, based on “a bunch of garbage” dredged up by his political enemies.

“A few weeks ago, the IG at the Department of Justice [Michael Horowitz] issued a report that found that the FBI made over 200 errors, omissions and lies in just 29 randomly selected FISA applications,” he noted. “But don’t worry, the attorney general of the United States just put them in charge of a dedicated line of communication to report on parents who attend school board meetings.”

Jordan told the committee “Americans are afraid,” and noted that his constituents have been reaching out to his office to say that for the first time in their lives, they fear their government.

The congressman explained that the reason people are afraid is because they’ve seen all of their rights under assault for the past year. He listed some of the more draconian shut-down rules Americans were forced to live under in Democrat areas while the ruling class was allowed to do whatever they wanted.

“Now the Biden administration says get a vaccine or lose your job—even if you’ve had COVID and have natural immunity—get a vaccine or you will lose your job,” he said.

To add insult to injury, Jordan pointed out that the regime is trying to set up a second “snitch line” by spying on Americans’ financial records with transactions over $600.

“You know, the same IRS that targeted conservatives the last time Joe Biden was in the executive branch!” Jordan exclaimed, referring to the Obama era IRS targeting scandal.

“Jefferson once said, ‘tyranny is when the people fear the government.’ We’re there. Sadly, we are there, but I don’t think the good people of this great country are going to cower and hide. I think your memo Mr. Attorney General was the last straw. I think it was the catalyst for a great awakening that is just getting started: Pilots at Southwest Airlines, the Chicago Police Union, parents at school board meetings—Americans are pushing back because Americans value freedom.”

Democrats on the Judiciary Committee on Thursday blocked Jordan from airing a video featuring parents at school board meetings, arguing that videos must be submitted to the committee 48 hours in advance, according to committee rules.

Jordan attempted to introduce the video during his opening statement at House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing of the Department of Justice with Attorney General Merrick Garland. Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) rose to object to Jordan’s video being shown.

The video, below, features clips of news coverage of parents objecting to Critical Race Theory, and other policies during school board meetings across the country.

Republicans have been up in arms over Garland’s memo directing the FBI to monitor school board meetings nationwide for threats of violence. The memo was issued at the urging of a left-wing school board association that referred to parents as potential domestic terrorists.

Committee Chair Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) upheld Dean’s objection, claiming that the committee’s rules require a 48-hour notice to the committee if either side of the aisle wants to show a video during a hearing.

Jordan and other Republicans argued that there was no such rule—just a protocol that had never been voted on by the whole committee.

After the video was blocked by the Democrats, Jordan complained that censorship appears to have become the norm on the left, and that the DOJ’s interest in local school board meetings shows that the department has become politicized under Joe Biden.


Later in the hearing, Jordan grilled Garland on his memo targeting school board meetings, and Garland admitted that he mobilized the FBI to go after undefined potential threats at the behest of the the left-wing National School Boards Association (NSBA), and based on public reports, rather than any official intelligence showing actual threats to members of school boards.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 21: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice on Capitol Hill on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)