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For The Sake Of Our Constitution, Holder Must Go
Townhall.com ^ | February 5, 2014 | Bob Barr

Posted on 02/05/2014 10:59:18 AM PST by Kaslin

As Lewis Carroll reminded us in 1872, “The time has come, the walrus said, To talk of many things: Of shoes – and ships – and sealing wax – Of cabbages – and kings – And why the sea is boiling hot – And whether pigs have wings.” Here we are, 142 years later, and the time has come to talk not of cabbages, kings, or pigs with wings, but the rule of law in America. The time has come to talk of removing Attorney General Eric Holder.

When President Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder to serve as our country’s 82nd Attorney General shortly after the 2008 election, I sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee encouraging a “swift and positive” confirmation. This letter reflected not my many policy disagreements with Mr. Holder – ranging from our widely divergent views on the Second Amendment, to the abuses of the doctrine of “executive privilege” during his tenure in the Clinton Administration. Rather, my letter was based on my professional association with Holder during his time as an attorney in private practice during the Bush Administration.

The cooperation and professionalism Holder displayed after he left the Clinton Administration, during which time he was willing to work with a “political opponent” -- eschewing the now all-too-common hyper-partisan brinksmanship, in order to focus on the good of the nation -- is a lesson many of those now in Congress could use.

However, in June 2013, I was one of the first to call for Holder’s resignation at the Department of Justice. I repeat that call today.

So, what happened in the last four years to go from an endorsement to a sharp call for resignation? What occurred has been the “slow and dubious” unraveling of an Attorney General; with Holder either complicit, or directly involved in a litany of scandals and other problems, including: turning a blind eye to Black Panther Party voter intimidation (while aggressively attacking states' voter ID laws), Operation Fast and Furious, Justice Department-backed intimidation of government whistleblowers, department-sponsored intimidation of members of the press, and altogether failing to protect our nation’s very foundation based on the rule of law and the separation of powers in our government.

As if any more proof was needed to buttress calls for Holder to step down, witness the Attorney General’s deafening silence following Obama’s recent proclamations that he will allow neither the Constitution nor the laws of this Land to stand in the way of his implementing through unilateral Executive action whatever he desires. For a sitting Attorney General to remain silent – even complicit – in the face of such flagrant flouting of our system of government, is – and ought to be – totally unacceptable to all Members of Congress; and to every citizen who understands – as did our Founding Father John Adams – that we are “a government of laws and not of men.”

The contrast between Holder during the Clinton Administration and Holder in the current Administration is -- in a broad sense -- a testament to the manner in which power in Washington can change men’s hearts and minds. On a more parochial level, it is a grim reminder of the culture of cronyism and backroom politics Obama brought with him to Washington, D.C. from his hometown of Chicago. That the nation’s “Top Law Enforcement Official” would fail in his duty to fight such actions is disappointing in the extreme.

Since my first call for his resignation last year, things have only gotten worse -- not better -- for the Department of Justice. And, time is quickly running out.

The President’s State of the Union push to govern extra-constitutionally, and Holder’s compliance therewith, opens the floodgates for what is to come from the Obama’s “legislate-by-Executive-Action” strategy; sure to last until the end of his term if not stopped by We the People -- through our elected representatives, court challenges, and speaking out at every opportunity against an Administration that proudly proclaims itself above the law. If we cannot – as apparently we cannot – rely on the leadership at the Department of Justice to demand justice of this President, then clearly we need new leadership at that Department. We also must, as a nation, take all other lawful steps necessary to bring our government back onto what James Madison correctly called in Federalist Paper No. 49, the “Constitutional Road” mapped out by him and our other Founding Fathers more than two and a quarter centuries ago.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bobbarr; consigliereholder; corruptholder; ericholder; obamacrimefamily

1 posted on 02/05/2014 10:59:18 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Holder is a black communists criminal. Only way to possible dump him is to get the Senate, keep the House, and impeach. This method will not allow King Obama to veto unless this dictator changes the law.
2 posted on 02/05/2014 11:02:18 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Kaslin
There is a lonnnng line of Bolsheviks who are in line to replace him.
3 posted on 02/05/2014 11:02:57 AM PST by llevrok (F the government)
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To: Logical me

The very same could be said of Obama.


4 posted on 02/05/2014 11:03:16 AM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Kaslin

Never happen, we have been taken over by a band of thugs. The rule of law only exists for those who oppose the dictators. Third world are we!


5 posted on 02/05/2014 11:07:13 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: Kaslin

Holder doesn’t seem to want to go.


6 posted on 02/05/2014 11:07:24 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Kaslin
The Attorney General of the U.S., under a GOP administration, would have immediately resigned after being found in contempt of Congress.

This would have been demanded 24/7 by Congressional Democrats, the Press and even the POTUS himself.

0bama ... Holder ... nah, they get a pass. The DNC-run media is complicit. And the Congressional GOP is AWOL.

7 posted on 02/05/2014 11:08:18 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Kaslin

So Holder is a crook? So is practically every member of the Obama regime including his highness King Barack. King Barack would simply appoint another crook, probably worse than Holder. If that’s possible.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 11:08:28 AM PST by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

The whole purpose behind the Constitutional form of government was to have WRITTEN law that all must follow and none may violate. England had an unwritten constitution that allowed way too much leeway for monarchs and other miscreants.

and now we find ourself returning to discretionary government. Not good.


9 posted on 02/05/2014 11:09:08 AM PST by DNME (This is the government our Founders warned us about.)
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To: Kaslin

For the sake of our Constitution, Obama and his entire administration must go. That includes Holder.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 11:14:18 AM PST by elkfersupper
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To: Howie66

For Obama to declare that HE is above the law and the Constitution and that he would act unilaterally to enact HIS agenda and to hell with Congress.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 11:17:18 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

“equal justice under the law...”

is inscribed on the US Supreme Court Building.

That’s what we need in the office of Attorney General, too


12 posted on 02/05/2014 11:18:32 AM PST by faithhopecharity (C?)
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To: Howie66

For Obama to declare that HE is above the law and the Constitution and that he would act unilaterally to enact HIS agenda and to hell with Congress is more than enough grounds for impeachment.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 11:18:50 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

Yeah well . . . another addition to my “wishful thinking” list.


14 posted on 02/05/2014 11:26:15 AM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin
"I sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee encouraging a “swift and positive” confirmation."

Thanks Bob! We knew Holder was into Black Liberation Theology and a supported of terrorists before his nomination. His actions have been completely in-character with his leftist ideology.

15 posted on 02/05/2014 11:27:32 AM PST by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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16 posted on 02/05/2014 11:41:55 AM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Kaslin

Holder has been CONVICTED of contempt of Congress.
He is now fully engaged in obstruction of justice.

Resign??
He should be in PRISON.


17 posted on 02/05/2014 11:45:30 AM PST by kidd
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To: Kaslin

Holder should have been barred from public office, when he handed over Elian Gonzalez to be returned to Cuba, while Janet Reno was incompetent AG.


18 posted on 02/05/2014 11:47:06 AM PST by Kackikat
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To: Kaslin

Both holder and obammy are criminals covering each others ass
Plain and simple
Both also belong in prison


19 posted on 02/05/2014 11:48:40 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Kackikat

And don’t forget Holder’s involvement in the Marc Rich pardon.


20 posted on 02/05/2014 11:55:20 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Servant of the Cross

That shows you the conservatives are honorable


21 posted on 02/05/2014 11:56:40 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: elkfersupper

You said it.


22 posted on 02/05/2014 11:57:42 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: dirtboy

I hadn’t remembered that...I’m still upset about that poor boy, because his mother died trying to get him safely to America. Now he’s a spokesman for Castro and communism, just exactly as was planned by Reno/Holder/Dems....Castro took him and indoctrinated him specifically as he was a high profile case.


23 posted on 02/05/2014 11:59:27 AM PST by Kackikat
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To: dirtboy

Marc Rich died afterward, but had given up his citizenship previously I believe, so how was Clinton allowed to pardon a non citizen in the first place?


24 posted on 02/05/2014 12:03:03 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Kackikat

Holder was involved in the Pardon of the FALN terrorists also.

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/09/how-eric-holder-fixed-the-faln-pardons/


25 posted on 02/05/2014 12:17:44 PM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: VRWCarea51

Just more reasons to dislike the man, and want him gone, right.


26 posted on 02/05/2014 12:22:02 PM PST by Kackikat
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To: Kaslin

Well then say goodbye to the Constitution because no one is going to make him leave.


27 posted on 02/05/2014 12:26:38 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Kaslin
When President Barack Obama nominated Eric Holder to serve as our country’s 82nd Attorney General shortly after the 2008 election, I sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee encouraging a “swift and positive” confirmation.

Bob Barr must be an idiot. There was MORE than enough evidence available prior to his appointment and confirmation for any intelligent person to know EXACTLY what Eric Holder is.

28 posted on 02/05/2014 12:31:10 PM PST by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Kaslin
So, according to Bob Barr, if you are a crooked lawyer working for Janet Reno's DoJ, and orchestrate one of the worse abuses in the Clinton administration (Pardon of Marc Rich), that can be made up for if Bob likes your work in the private sector?

That's a pretty low threshold you have, Mr. Barr. Low indeed.

29 posted on 02/05/2014 12:36:29 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: kidd
He should be in PRISON.

Don't worry, that has been looked into and Holder was cleared of the Criminal Complain after it was sent by Congress. By an employee of Eric Holder.

30 posted on 02/05/2014 12:39:37 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: WayneS

Barr’s either an idiot or corrupt, or both. I think he’s just corrupt.


31 posted on 02/05/2014 12:41:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Blood of Tyrants

At this stage, with the rampant DERELICTION OF DUTY on the part of both Houses of Congress, I would suggest that it’s about time to remove the entire mess in DC and start all over again.

Article V of our Constitution gives us the tools that we need to do exactly that.


32 posted on 02/05/2014 12:46:33 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Howie66

While we are at it, let’s have an amendment that prohibits alphabet agencies from making any rule that has the weight of law.


33 posted on 02/05/2014 12:59:26 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Copy that.


34 posted on 02/05/2014 1:42:33 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: WayneS; Cyber Liberty

Barr’s an opportunist. He doesn’t run around with his hands in the air, each finger is feeling for a different political breeze to catch.

Holder was a known quantity and should have seen jail-time long before gaining the AG slot.


35 posted on 02/05/2014 1:46:32 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants; Howie66

Great...

Now... How do we enforce it?

Technically, the Constitution already says exactly what you suggest. But, there’s no enforcement. It was supposed to balance internally with abuses corrected at the voting polls or via impeachment from various Offices.

That system is horrifyingly out of whack and using the broken system to fix itself isn’t working.

I’m open to ideas.


36 posted on 02/05/2014 1:50:16 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Yes, the Constitution does NOT give Congress the power to abdicate its power to make laws, and you are right that it has never been challenged. I want to get it in the Constitution specific wording that they CANNOT delegate their legislative authority.


37 posted on 02/05/2014 2:52:51 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They take an Oath... Will adding more words to the words they are already ignoring make a difference?

Not trying to be obtuse or argumentitive... I’m genuinely interested in making something like this work.


38 posted on 02/05/2014 3:08:58 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse

Looks like the Egyptians figured out how to deal with a government that was pissing all over their constitution. Maybe we need to take a lesson from them?


39 posted on 02/05/2014 3:18:26 PM PST by Howie66 (Molon Labe, Traitors!)
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To: Dead Corpse

The problem is that they have ignored it because it is not specifically spelled out. The Constitution ratifiers thought that it would be obvious that they intended for Congress to have sole authority to write laws by not giving them the power to delegate their authority. They were wrong in thinking that Congress would restrain itself without a constant reminder.


40 posted on 02/05/2014 3:42:40 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Howie66

Or the Ukrainians...

Good pointers there.


41 posted on 02/05/2014 4:16:44 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Article 1 sec 8 is a pretty short list. Lays out EXACTLY what Congress is allowed to do. “These things and nothing more”...

The 10th Amendment makes it even more explicit.

Again, telling them they can’t do something they were already told they couldn’t do hasn’t worked so far...

I think we’re in the time where the Founders feared we’d no longer be able to remove the corrupt from office by peaceful means.


42 posted on 02/05/2014 4:29:36 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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To: Dead Corpse

“Article 1 sec 8 is a pretty short list. Lays out EXACTLY what Congress is allowed to do. “These things and nothing more”

We both know that they now believe the opposite, i.e. that if it is not specifically prohibited, it is allowed. Well, I propose spelling out to them what is not allowed.


43 posted on 02/05/2014 6:29:50 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

They don’t care. They can’t be made to care by simply “spelling it out” for them even further.

This is self evident in that it is ALREADY spelled out and we have no real way of MAKING them care.

Fix that, and we fix everthing else.


44 posted on 02/05/2014 6:43:02 PM PST by Dead Corpse (I will not comply.)
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