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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ten More Years Of Eric Holder As Attorney General?

Here's the Nonsense:  Hillary would be a great president. Between her experience, past accomplishments, and the new faces she'd bring in with her administration it would be a fresh start for America.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Setting aside the nonsense about Hillary's past accomplishments, because she has none, we have no guarantee that she'd bring in new faces. In fact, one of the faces she may choose for her administration could be Eric Holder to remain as Attorney General.  That should be enough to give anyone pause.

Many people think Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee for president in 2016 (I'm not convinced that will happen, by the way).  With that assumption comes the belief that she could very likely become president.  That in itself is enough to bring pause to any thinking American.  But assuming that Hillary did become president, what nobody's talking about is who her cabinet would be.  Her husband's administration included Eric Holder as Deputy Attorney General.  Doesn't anyone see the possibility that this out-of-control justice department under the leadership of Eric Holder could be kept intact if Hillary becomes president?  That would mean not just 2 more years under Obama, but up to another 8 years under Hillary which amounts to another 10 years of Eric Holder as Attorney General.  If that's not enough to cause Americans to think twice about a Hillary presidency, then nobody is paying attention.

There are many things Americans loathe about the Obama presidency.  Few could say that one part of his administration stands out as worse than all the others. But a contender for that spot would have to be Eric Holder as Attorney General.  As recently as this past week we've seen him take sides on a legal issue before all the facts were known.  Holder traveled to Ferguson, MO and met with community members showing he sided with the outside protestors who'd come into that community to cause trouble by demanding a trial, conviction, and in some cases even death for the police officer who shot a young black man.  His position should have been that we need to find the truth, not that we know what the truth is without an investigation being completed.  While the information that's become public so far seems to exonerate the police officer, until it is thoroughly completed we are wrong to pass judgment of any kind.  Anyone who takes sides in this situation is wrong, regardless of the side they take.  Americans should take the side of justice and wait for the facts, but many have rushed to judgment and Holder has given the appearance that he, as the nation's top law enforcement officer, has done the same.

But this isn't the first time we've seen Holder do questionable things.  We should be very concerned that he was part of the Clinton administration and could be chosen to remain where he is if Hillary is elected.  Let's look at just 10 (there are plenty more) of the things we know about his background that are cause for great concern, many of which are from before he was appointed by Obama and approved by the Senate (which should also give Americans reason to want to replace our Senators with people who will do their job of scrutinizing appointees instead of giving rubber stamp approval to nominees).

1.) reported that members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated white voters with threats at a Philadelphia polling location.  Bartle Bull, former civil rights attorney, described the actions as "The most blatant form of voter intimidation" he'd ever seen.  The Bush Justice Department filed a civil-rights lawsuit and the Obama administration inherited the lawsuit.  The defendants didn't answer the lawsuit and a federal court entered a default judgment against them.  By then Eric Holder had been appointed the new Attorney General and his Justice Department responded to the judgment of the court by dropping the charges.

2.)  PJ Media reported that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division had been engaging in politicized hiring practices.  Holder has admitted that his department has specifically looked for people who shared their values.
3.)  Fox News reported that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer had signed into law a bill that authorized police to check with the feds about the immigration status of individuals that had been stopped for legitimate reasons (they couldn't just stop them to question immigration status, they had to have other legitimate reason to stop them).  Holder spoke out against the law and challenged it because he felt the law could lead to racial profiling.  The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Arizona.  (It should be mentioned that ultimately the Supreme Court overturned the law.)
4.)  The Heritage Foundation has published an article about Fast and Furious, a scandal where a U. S. government investigation of gun-trafficking resulted in a U. S. border patrol agent being killed, at least 1500 firearms ended up in the hands of criminals, and hundreds of Mexican citizens were killed.  Additionally, the LA Times has reported that 57 of the weapons have been connected to 11 violent crimes.
5.)  National Review published an article about how radical Muslim groups had many meetings with Obama administration officials to voice concern regarding the term "radical Islam" in FBI materials used to train personnel.  Holder, along with FBI Director Robert Mueller issued an order removing such language from FBI training materials.  The Gloria Center reported that more than 1000 items were removed including defining jihad as holy war and mentions of the Muslim Brotherhood's desire to have Islam dominate the entire world.
6.)  The Daily Caller reported Holders ongoing opposition to voter ID laws designed to minimize voter fraud.  Rawstory reported Holder said to the Congressional Black Caucus in 2012 that his Justice Department had challenged "two dozen state laws and executive orders from more than a dozen states that could make it significantly harder for many eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012."
7.) National Review published an article about Holder's policy to treat terrorists as criminal defendants instead of enemy combatants.  Holder believes that Islamic terrorists have a right to be treated as criminal defendants instead of enemy combatants except when they are captured on a traditional battlefield.
8.)  Huffington Post reported that Holder's Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors that AP President & CEO Gary Pruitt commented about saying, "there can be no possible justification for such an over-broad collection of the telephone communications of the Associated Press and it's reporters.  These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two month period, provide a roadmap to AP's newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP's activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know."
9.)  In an article at Newsmax it was reported that Eric Holder recommended the pardon of Marc Rich.  Rich had purchased oil illegally from Iran during a U. S. trade embargo, then tried to hide over $100 million in profits.  Then he renounced his U. S. citizenship and went to Switzerland to avoid prosecution for 51 counts of racketeering, tax fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion and the oil transactions with Iran.  Bill Clinton signed the pardon and credited Holder's recommendation as a factor that convinced him to issue the pardon.  
10.) The Newsmax article also tells of Holder approving the pardon of those FALN terrorist group (the armed forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation radicals) who bombed the Fraunces Tavern in New York City that killed 4 people and injured 50 others.  This was nothing but help for Hillary Clinton and her run for Senate by showing sympathy to the Puerto Rican population. It also shows the direct connection between Holder and Hillary.
If you even consider Hillary being worthy of the presidency, then be aware that you are also approving of possibly extending Eric Holder's reign as head of the Justice Department up to a possible date of 2024.  And by the way, if you think Hillary is worthy of the presidency, do yourself a favor and get your head examined.