It’s About Time!

Back when Eric Holder was nominated for Attorney General of the United States a non-attorney acquaintance asked me for my opinion of the appointment. Did I think he would be a good man for the job? My reply, took them rather aback. Holder, I said, was absolutely the wrong man for the job. I cited three reasons:

1) He has no respect for the law;

2) He has no respect for the office to which he was appointed and would use it for political purposes; and

3) The only reason Obama appointed him was because Holder could be counted on to use his office to provide protection from whatever illegal activities would occur expected during Obama’s administration.  

 

At the time I had not considered the possibility that Holder might also be acting as a foil for the race-baiting lobby and would engage in such behavior himself. It should be noted that back in 2009 Judicial Watch opposed Holder’s confirmation because “Mr. Holder’s record demonstrates a willingness to bend the law in order to protect his political patrons.”

 Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described his actions thusly:

 Like the President who appointed him, Holder far too often disregarded the Constitution. He allowed the Obama administration to exceed the limits of its power, and he allowed the IRS to harass and target Americans.

 Holder, like his boss is a racist. He always has been. He comes from the same school of thought in two specific matters. First, that the ends justify the means, and second, that the USA has been and remains a negative influence on humanity and should be taken down at least a few notches if not more. One should not forget that his first major act in office was to drop the prosecution of the “New Black Panther Party” for attempted voter intimidation in Pennsylvania. This was followed by his statement that Americans were “cowards” on the subject of race.

 During the course of his time at the Justice Department Holder became the prime focus of the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal for which he was criminally cited for contempt of congress when he refused to turn over legally subpoenaed records. His is the first AG in American history to have that dubious honor.

 He also refused to properly investigate the IRS Lois Lerner scandal involving the illegal non-processing of valid applications and unlawful disclosure of private taxpayer information, along with not arresting and prosecuting actions during the “occupy” demonstrations. There is information to the effect that he was involved in meetings with potentially dangerous islamist groups in the US, and assisting the disgraced activist group ACORN with its illegal activities as well. Then there was the DOJ involvement in illegal and unconstitutional surveillance of the press, which occurred on his watch, and apparently with his approval.

 As Representative Louis Gohmert pointed out, a large number of Holder’s prosecutions were for whistle blowing, which is protected and encouraged by law. Holder treated such cases as illegal leaks because they damaged the administration he was illegally protecting. Gohmert considers Holder worse than John Mitchell who served prison time in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal.

 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa called Holder “s the most divisive U.S. Attorney General in modern history.” Issa went on to mention Holder’s injection of politics in to the legal arena with consequent erosion of confidence in the legal system, strong-arming reporters, ignoring high level wrong doing, blocking his own inspector general’s access to information and stonewalling congressional oversight.

 What the above comments do not document is Holder’s shakedown of the banking industry, in order to obtain funds for groups he favored, based on falsified claims of racism in lending. According to the Investors Business Daily he extorted $125 Billion from banks, while allowing others to violate established rules regarding foreclosures following the 2008 financial collapse.

 What Holder is more responsible for than anything else is the use of the Department of Justice as a political tool, rather than an agency for law enforcement as it was intended to be. Holder’s interests were further steps in creating an imperial presidency in which the DOJ could eventually function as the equivalent of a Court of the Star Chamber; an institution that became synonymous with abuse of power, particularly under the King Henry VIII and the later House of Stuart. It was the actions of this court in that led to the US constitutional protection from self-incrimination via the Fifth Amendment.

 In short, what Holder should be remembered best for is his personal corruption and continual lying to Congress and to the American people. The chances of this are probably very now, unless Holder is prosecuted by a future AG who is intent on upholding the letter of the law. Meanwhile, one can expect that Obama will appoint a new AG to replace him who will be at least as bad. Certainly, that person, whomever they may be will not prosecute Lerner and her associates at the IRS, or tell the truth regarding Fast and Furious. Then there is the prospect of Obama granting him an eleventh hour pardon at the end of his term, which would block the legacy that Holder should have; the first Attorney General to be prosecuted, tried, convicted and to serve prison time for corruption. But then Obama should be likewise served by justice. It would be nice to put the two in the same cell and see what results. It wouldn’t be pretty, but it would be justice.

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