Equality is not a “noble idea.” First of all, there is the rational conservative observation that the equality intended by the Creator will be realized on judgement day because, until then, it is obvious that each person is different. Then, even when equal treatment is recognized as an obligation imposed on agents of government, half a century has now demonstrated unequivocally, that agents of government are perfectly capable of depriving everyone of their services equally.
That said, Congress was a major problem after the Civil War and continues a major problem now. Perhaps the fault lies in the unholy marriage between the legislative arm on both the state and national level and the commercial class. For some reason, the commercial class (middlemen) known as “factors” in colonial days have rather routinely escaped detection as the authors of mayhem. Remember that the Revolution was supposedly instigated by a tea tax that was resented by tea drinkers, but, in reality, cut into the profit margin of the importers (midddlemen).
For that matter, it was not the planters who imported labor; nor was it the planters’ idea to industrialize agriculture to keep the mills of Britain producing more cloth than anyone needed. The reality is that the markets were never driven by consumer demand, but by the middleman’s “cut” of the action. Even the assertion that “the business of America is business” was a falsification, a euphemism to disguise the machinations of the commercial or merchant class. “Buy low; sell high.” and “buyer beware.” Those are the phrases that encapsulate the commercial ethos—predators exploiting their own kind, shielded from being accountable by money and the law. William Barr’s call to discard any notion of human rights is in no way a novel notion. It is the essence of what is to be conserved.