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Holder, The Great Divider, Exits Stage Far Left

Ron Hart

By Ron Hart

Published Oct. 1, 2014

Holder, The Great Divider, Exits Stage Far Left

Eric Holder has resigned, ending the reign of the most racially divisive and political Attorney General in modern history.

Now he can do ceremonial things like attend baseball games. The Washington Nationals might ask him to attend the first game of the year; he can go to the pitcher's mound and throw out the Second Amendment.

Like 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 calling it "racist."

The administration inexplicably jumped into the Cambridge police case regarding Professor Gates (saying the cops "acted stupidly" when it turns out they did not), the Trayvon Martin shooting and, most recently, engaged in a one-sided intervention on behalf of Michael Brown in the Ferguson, Missouri manufactured drama. Instead of giving the benefit of the doubt to law enforcement, which works for him, Holder immediately sided with Michael Brown and Al Sharpton -- before the case was even investigated. And Obama awkwardly pointed the finger at the Ferguson police in his latest UN speech.

Racial wounds were healing until this administration started cutting them open again. The result is a much more racially divided country than it was when Obama took office in 2008.

Holder used the Espionage Act to spy on reporters he viewed as opponents of Obama. James Rosen of Fox News was the main target on whom he had his Justice Department spy and wiretap. (Fox News -- what are the odds?) 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, he looked the other way as the IRS targeted conservative groups and destroyed e-mail evidence.

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 DOJ 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 to protect public officials and celebrities, not your home.

He 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 principals 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, the Governor of Tennessee, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, and anti-Obama filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza.

Then there was Fast and Furious, about which he 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 with the checks and balances it brilliantly insures.

When Arizona tried to enforce immigration laws, Holder sued. The issue for this border state was costly 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.

Libs 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 appointment, perhaps spending more time with his family circumventing the Constitution.

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JWR contributor Ron Hart attended University of Memphis and the Institute for Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude. Upon receiving his MBA, he went to work for Goldman Sachs. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by then Governor Lamar Alexander and is now a private investor. He appears on CNN and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Wall Street Journal.

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