Holder: Obama's criminal co-conspirator
By Mark Alexander
The preamble to our Constitution is unambiguous in its proclamation: In order to institute justice for all Americans, the Founders incorporated into our national Constitution the Essential Liberty enumerated in our Declaration of Independence, and established Rule of Law for the whole of our Republic.
However, beginning January 20, 2009, Barack Obama and his political enforcer at the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder, set about to redefine "justice" and replace Liberty and Rule of Law with their own rules. Since that time, Holder has been the gatekeeper of Obama's plan for "fundamentally transforming" our nation.
One of them recently announced his resignation. Unfortunately, it wasn't Obama.
Holder clearly became a political liability for his boss, having been at the epicenter of a long list of scandals. One notable example, Operation Fast and Furious, will make headlines again in mid-October, when DoJ will be forced to release documents associated with that political farce, which cost the lives of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.
Holder timed his announcement so Obama could name a replacement after the upcoming midterm election, at which time he could do so based on the electoral outcome in the Senate.
If the Democratic Party retains control of the Senate, Obama will choose another radical Leftist (Labor Secretary Thomas Perez?) and simply rely on Harry Reid's nuclear option to confirm his nominee. If Demos lose the Senate, then Obama will likely choose a "moderate" leftist (Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick?), so as to ensure confirmation of his pick while not making life too difficult for Demo senators in the 2016 election cycle.
Describing Holder's last six years at DoJ, Obama said, "He's had a pretty good run." If by "run" he means "end run around the Constitution," then indeed he and his boss have both done a pretty good job of breaching their oath "to Support and Defend" that venerable document.
Here are a few examples from Holder's rap sheet.
In 2009, he arbitrarily dismissed an airtight case against the New Black Panther Party, members caught on video intimidating white Philadelphia voters on Election Day 2008. Earlier that year, Holder had commemorated Black History Month by outrageously claiming, "[I]n things racial we have always been, and I believe continue to be, essentially a nation of cowards." Subsequently, he has aggressively prosecuted states in order to overturn reasonable and lawfully passed voter ID requirements.
According to former Attorney General Edwin Meese and former Cincinnati mayor Ken Blackwell, "Holder leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department, but one of his legal innovations was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections."
In 2009, Holder attempted to move the trials of the 9/11 terrorists to civilian courts in New York City, just blocks away from the World Trade Center. Doing so would treat an act of war as merely that of common criminals.
Holder was the architect of the aforementioned Fast and Furious scheme to reshape Project Gunrunner into a gun-control project. Holder then became the first U.S. attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress when he refused to release documents related to Fast and Furious.
In 2011, he announced he would not enforce the Defense of Marriage Act, a bill that Congress passed overwhelmingly and Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996. Holder, in fact, sought to aggressively undermine this law, and to thereby erode the third pillar of Liberty, the family.
Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, Holder again set some "race bait" for Obama's black voter constituency, vowing to "seek justice" after a "white-Hispanic" man, George Zimmerman, shot and killed in self-defense a black teenage thug named Trayvon Martin.
In 2013, he signed off on a search warrant targeting a journalist deemed "unfriendly" to the Obama administration. Fox News reporter James Rosen was tagged as a potential "co-conspirator" in a leak investigation, but Holder untruthfully testified to Congress that he knew of no such cases against journalists.
That same year he instituted Operation Choke Point, a Second Amendment suppression scheme whose ulterior motive was to hobble businesses that lawfully sell firearms.
Holder also authored Obama's so-called "hate crimes" hoax agenda, opening the door for a much wider definition of what constitutes "hate."
In 2014, Holder faced "conflict of interest" charges in the Justice Department's "investigation" of the IRS for targeting Obama's political adversaries ahead of the 2012 presidential campaign. (For this reason alone, Obama's re-election should be noted in history books with an asterisk.) Holder continues to defy orders to turn over communications related to that investigation, claiming "executive privilege." There is no small irony to that claim, given evidence the executive branch approved the IRS scandal. Obama's knowledge of the IRS hit list remains shielded -- because 25 IRS employees are now claiming their communications were purged.
Ahead of next month's midterm election, Holder has set some additional "race bait," vowing to "seek justice" after a white police officer shot and killed a black teenage thug. Obama, too, did his part to divide our nation by race, suggesting in a recent address to the UN that the Ferguson shooting could be seen in the same light as atrocities committed by ISIL cutthroats.
Last month, my colleague Ed Feulner noted, "47 of the federal government's 73 watchdogs filed a formal complaint about the ‘serious limitations' the Obama administration places on their ability to uncover waste, fraud and abuse." These "serious limitations" were constructed primarily by Holder and his team of lawless DoJ obfuscators.
As a last act of malfeasance, it is expected that Holder will announce a ban on federal law enforcement officers from using forms of "criminal profiling" in their efforts to uncover domestic terrorist cells.
But the battle Obama wanted most for Holder to win, and the one he devoted most of the last six years trying to achieve, was their unified assault on the Second Amendment. The good news is that 2A rights have advanced significantly under Obama's watch, mostly by way of wins in major court cases.
Both Holder and Obama understand that the right of the people "to keep and bear arms" has been and remains, as noted by Justice Joseph Story, "the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them."
Thus, Obama and Holder came into office knowing that to fully transform the nation so it comports with their statist objectives they would have to undermine the essential rights of the people.
Holder declared back in 1995, when he was assistant AG under Bill Clinton, "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns. ... We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way."
In 2000, declaring that gun control measures accounted for a decline in homicides, Holder said, "Despite our success, we must not become complacent." Of course, he conveniently failed to mention that at the same time murders declined, gun ownership skyrocketed.
During his Senate confirmation hearings as Obama's AG nominee, it became clear that Holder interprets the Second Amendment as not affirming the right of individual gun possession by private citizens, claiming that it "does not protect firearms possession or use that is unrelated to participation in a well-regulated militia," which he interprets as a military unit. Of course, our Founders understood "militia" to be synonymous with "the people," but Holder must have skipped his law school's elective course on "original intent."
But one of Holder's subterfuges, his effort to undermine the Second Amendment via Operation Fast and Furious, backfired, and that derailed much of Obama's 2A suppression machine.
That notwithstanding, Obama now insists he will issue executive orders to institute gun-control measures.
And, in a further act of lawlessness, Obama plans to implement fast-track citizenship for illegal immigrants.
Don't expect to see any movement on either of those fronts until after votes have been cast in November.
Recall if you will, when challenged about executive overreach, Obama replied, "If people can't trust ... the executive branch ... to make sure we're abiding by the Constitution, due process, and rule of law, then we're going to have some problems here."
America, we have some big problems here.
For his part, Holder said of his tenure at DoJ, "It is the honor of my professional life to serve the American people as attorney general. I hope I've done a good job. I've certainly tried to do as good a job as I can."
If by "good job" he means "successfully using the Department of Justice to circumvent constitutional Rule of Law," then, yes, he has done a very good job. Recall that Holder insists, "Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. ... The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things."
Wrong. Dead wrong.
Again, the responsibility of the attorney general and the president is to abide by their oaths to Support and Defend" our Constitution, not to use their offices to dismantle it on every occasion under the banner of "social justice."
Holder's legacy is secure. He and Obama have done more damage to our Constitution than any administration in U.S. history.
Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.