Attorney General Eric Holder threw an infantile temper tantrum before a congressional panel in order to distract from the Obama administration’s blatantly race-conscious approach to enforcing election laws. Striking an indignant pose, Holder freaked out when a congressman claimed that the U.S. Department of Justice was ridiculously lenient in a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they’re black. The case involved two members of the NBPP dressed in intimidating outfits who on Election Day 2008 hung around a Philadelphia polling place brandishing weapons.
As the Politico reported, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) pressed Holder to explain DOJ’s conduct. “There’s clearly evidence, overwhelming evidence, that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African Americans to vote,” he said. “There’s a pattern of a double standard here.” Culberson mentioned that Democratic activist Bartle Bull had called the incident the worst case of voter intimidation he had ever witnessed.
This was too much for ultra politically correct Holder who can’t even admit that there is a thing called radical Islam and that it is at war with the United States.
When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, and to compare what people were subjected to there to what happened in Philadelphia—which was inappropriate, certainly that…to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line, who risked all, for my people.
While it may be true that looking menacing while holding batons outside a voting place, as the New Black Panther Party members did, doesn’t compare in seriousness to the ugly violence done to black Americans and activists during the Civil Rights era, that is beside the point. It is still against the law and it is the solemn responsibility of the attorney general of the United States to enforce federal law.
Holder can’t just pick and choose when he should enforce the law. If the law has been broken, he is duty-bound to move forward, even if, as a hard left-winger he doesn’t think the acts complained of are serious or if he feels sympathy for the perpetrators because they are, broadly speaking, part of his political movement.
But what would you expect from Holder, given his political beliefs. The man hates conservatives with a passion and thinks of himself as a noble, enlightened crusader for so-called social justice. He has said:
The nation must be reminded that the word liberal is more than a conservative slur. The nation must be reminded that it was the progressive, liberal tradition that brought about the social and economic changes that were necessary many years ago. The nation must be convinced that it is a progressive future that holds the greatest promise for equality and the continuation of those policies that serve to support the greatest number of our people. In the short term this will not be an easy task. With the mainstream media somewhat cowered by conservative critics, and the conservative media disseminating the news in anything but a fair and balanced manner, and you know what I mean there, the means to reach the greatest number of people is not easily accessible.
If Holder cannot or will not do his duty as the nation’s top law enforcement official, he should find another job.
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