Using Sen. Rand Paul’s words, I am a “Lover of Liberty.” I treasure our Constitution and the Rule of Law. I never thought I would ever hear a U.S. attorney general tell state attorneys general that it is OK to ignore laws passed by their state legislatures if they didn’t agree with the laws or thought they were unconstitutional. Attorney General Eric Holder did just that on Feb. 24.
The next day a coalition of black pastors, in front of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., called for Holder’s impeachment. The Coalition of African-American Pastors said: “Millions of voters in 30 states have voted to defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman, but Attorney General Holder is attempting single handedly to throw those votes away. … Attorney General Holder should be impeached by Congress.”
Our Constitution directs that the House of Representatives is the body that brings impeachment charges against a federal official. This requires a majority vote. The Senate then acts as a court to decide if the official is guilty. A two-thirds vote is necessary. If found guilty, the official is removed from office. An official can be impeached, found innocent and stay in office, as was the case with President Clinton. Perhaps the pastor coalition’s statement should have said “Attorney General Holder should be impeached and found guilty by Congress.”
There already is a House Resolution (HR 411) that calls for Holder’s impeachment. The resolution was submitted by Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, in November 2013, but it has not been brought to the floor for action.
The resolution cites Holder’s refusal to comply with a House subpoena issued to garner information dealing with his involvement in “Operation Fast and Furious,” plus his violation of the oath he swore to “well and faithfully discharge the duties of office” when he refused to enforce multiple laws, such as the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substance Act and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.
Most will not quibble that the Department of Justice headed by the attorney general is regarded as the premier law enforcement agency in the world. J. Christian Adams, a five-year veteran of the Civil Rights Division believes that Department of Justice’s well-deserved reputation has been eroding since Eric Holder became attorney general.
Recall the 2008 presidential election when two members of the New Black Panther Organization stood outside a voting precinct in Philadelphia wearing camouflage, wielding night sticks and intimidating voters. Adams said: “The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career.”
The case was dismissed, and Adams resigned his position asserting that “enforcement of the law (now) depends on the race of the victim.” He also contends that “the Obama Administration changed (Department of Justice) hiring practices. … It has now become politicized and controlled by the far-left.”
President Obama recently nominated Debo Adegbile to head the Civil Rights Division of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice. It seemed the appointment would be a “slam-dunk,” because Harry Reid changed Senate filibuster rules allowing presidential appointments to pass with 51 votes.
Several national police groups opposed the nomination because Adegbile supervised a team in 2009 that represented Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, and had his death sentence overturned. On March 5, Adegbile’s nomination failed to pass the Senate, 47-52. (Sleight-of-hand trickster Reid voted “nay” to retain the ability to bring up the nomination again.)
Since Holder is the country’s first African-American attorney general, any criticism of his actions — just like criticism of President Obama — results in one being labeled a racist. Sadly, the Obama administration and supporters view all criticism through race-colored glasses. (How does that account for the African-American pastors’ blistering comments?)
Now the left-wing media is using the same tactic to explain Adegbile’s rejection, claiming America is a racist country. Andrew Cohen, writing in The Atlantic, declared, “The Senate’s rejection … demonstrates how much work is left to do on civil rights in America.”
How much do you value our Constitution? Are you, too, a “Lover of Liberty? “ Laws must be fair and impartial, never taking into account one’s race. Being attorney general does not make one the “Law Interpreter” or the “Law Maker.” It makes one the “Law Enforcer.”
No attorney general has a job description that says he may “pick and choose” the laws that he will enforce. Since Holder has revealed he will not enforce laws that violate of his personal ethics, he is unable to perform the duties of attorney general and should either resign or be impeached, found guilty and removed from office.
WILLEE COOPER is a former teacher and military spouse. A Hopkinsville resident, she is past president of the Kentucky Federation of Republican Women. Her column runs twice a month. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.