The U.S. Attorney General (AG) is the head of the federal government’s Department of Justice and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States government.
On Thursday, April 24, 2014, AG Eric Holder was scheduled to address 42 new police officers at the police academy graduation in Oklahoma City.
CBS News says that “Facing a tight schedule and complaints from conservatives,” Holder abruptly canceled his speech.
Todd Ceferatti reports for TPNN, the Tea Party News Network, that the real reason was that “protest organizers called for the new law enforcement officers to place the Attorney General in handcuffs for his wanton disregard for law and order …. Hundreds of citizens were to be joined by law enforcement officials and other irate patriots who still labor under the idea that the Attorney General ought to be held accountable by the law.”
Congressman James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), who is running for the U.S. Senate, called Holder’s visit inappropriate given Holder’s “tactics of obfuscation and redirection of blame … his numerous questionable decisions, his unwillingness to cooperate with congressional investigations and his Justice Department’s opacity under this President.”
Lankford said Holder “would not be my first choice to stand as this Administration’s example of justice, leadership and integrity” and that “Holder’s action before Congress and his unwillingness to cooperate with our investigations of Operation Fast & Furious, the IRS targeting scandal and numerous other Justice Department boondoggles led the U. S. House to finally hold him in Contempt of Congress. For an executive agency with ‘justice’ in their title, they seem remarkably reticent to seek it when it involves their boss.”
Although as the U.S. government’s chief law enforcement officer, Holder is supposed to ensure that the laws of the land are being enforced, he himself picks and chooses which laws will or will not be enforced on his watch:
- One of Holder’s first item of business after being appointed Attorney General was to drop the case against club-carrying New Black Panthers who intimidated white voters outside voting stations in Philadelphia in 2008.
- Holder has refused to defend traditional marriage, codified in law by the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After DOMA was scrapped. he’s advised state governments to not enforce laws on the books related to marriage and immigration issues.
- Holder has worked to block voter ID laws while claiming that voter fraud is not a problem.
- Holder refuses to hold himself or his department accountable for the gun-running scheme, Fast and Furious, that left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead and firearms in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. For that, Holder was found to be in contempt of Congress.
Dr. Eowyn’s article first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds.