From the Hart: Holder exits, stage far-left

ericholder_cartoonEric Holder has announced his resignation, ending the reign of the most racially divisive and political attorney general in modern history.

Now he can do ceremonial things, like attending baseball games. The Washington Nationals might ask him to attend the first game of next season so he can go to the pitcher’s mound and throw out the Second Amendment.

Like President Obama, Holder came into office with a racial score to settle, even though they were both products of affirmative action. They see race in everything. One cannot sort laundry nor have one’s teeth whitened without the two of them calling it “racist.”

The administration in 2009 inexplicably jumped into the Cambridge, Mass., police case regarding professor Henry Louis Gates (saying the cops “acted stupidly” when it turns out they did not), then, the Trayvon Martin shooting case and, most recently, engaged in a one-sided intervention on behalf of Michael Brown in the Ferguson, Mo., manufactured drama.

Instead of giving the benefit of the doubt to law enforcement, which works for him, Holder immediately sided with the parents of Michael Brown and with Al Sharpton before the case was even investigated. And Obama awkwardly pointed the finger at the Ferguson police in his latest United Nations speech.

Racial wounds were healing until this administration started opening them again. The result is a country much more racially divided than it was when Obama took office in 2009.

Holder used the Espionage Act to spy on reporters he viewed as opponents of Obama. James Rosen of Fox News was the main target against whom Holder had his justice department spy and wiretap. His snooping produced nothing but a salvo of chilling intimidation throughout journalism.

And just to let bureaucrats know he had their backs if they did the president’s bidding, Holder looked the other way as the IRS targeted conservative groups, then destroyed e-mail evidence about it.

Like a plaintiff’s attorney who advertises on a bus, Holder went after business for money when he could. He bragged in 2012 about punishing American businesses with huge fines, which just ends up costing us consumers. Holder’s Justice Department knows it can get away with such predatory political legal actions because companies have to pay, and America won’t pay attention. Americans spend more time nuancing intentional grounding rulings in football than in watching court cases.

Under Holder, you must have an ID to get into the Justice Department building in D.C., but you don’t need one to vote. And guns are only for protecting public officials and celebrities, not your home.

Holder has hurt blacks more than he has helped them. At the behest of his Democrat buddies in the teachers unions, he sued a Louisiana school voucher program. He opposes charter schools which help disadvantaged minorities to escape failing schools and advance themselves. Politics always trump principles and the law with these two.

Even with video evidence of them intimidating white voters at a Philadelphia polling place, Holder refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers. An attorney general can often be better defined by what he does not prosecute than what he does.

Law enforcement targeted Republicans like Sheldon Adelson, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, and anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.

Then there was Fast & Furious, about which Holder lied to Congress and was held in contempt. Contempt of Congress differs from what Holder and Obama have: contempt for Congress. At every turn, the two have tried to circumvent the Constitution and the checks and balances it brilliantly ensures.

When Arizona tried to enforce immigration laws, Holder sued. The issue for this border state was the high cost of illegal immigration, and there were legal precedents, public support and common sense on Arizona’s side. It had to stop. Liberals know that if we are going to enforce sensible laws equally, they are toast. Holder sued Alabama over the same issue. In fact, Holder has all Southern states on his speed dial for suing.

Liberals equate any law they don’t like with the KKK. The Klan is just the opposite of our court system. They are misguided guys in white robes whom blacks fear. Our judges are misguided guys in black robes whom whites fear.

The presumption is that Obama will soon appoint just as politically polarizing a replacement for Holder, one who will continue to use the vast power and discretion of the Attorney General’s Office to further a vindictive and politically driven agenda.

Holder can relax a bit now, until his Supreme Court nomination, perhaps spending more time with his family, circumventing the Constitution.

(Ron Hart, a libertarian syndicated op-ed humorist, award-winning author and TV/radio commentator can be reached at Ron@RonaldHart.com or visit www.RonaldHart.com)

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