There are times when I look at public officials and for the life of me, honestly cannot believe the things they say. These are people who are public servants, almost all of which are required to swear an oath to uphold the Constitution – and yet they speak words that clearly are in opposition to the Constitution they took an oath to defend.
Just two days ago the Ag appeared before the NAACP to give a speech. In this speech he said, among many other things:
“it’s time to question laws that senselessly expand the concept of self-defense and sow dangerous conflict in our neighborhoods.”
Really? the “concept” of self-defense? He goes on:
“These laws try to fix something that was never broken. There has always been a legal defense for using deadly force if — and the “if” is important — if no safe retreat is available. But we must examine laws that take this further by eliminating the common-sense and age-old requirement that people who feel threatened have a duty to retreat, outside their home, if they can do so safely. By allowing and perhaps encouraging violent situations to escalate in public, such laws undermine public safety.”
All this stems from, of course, the resulting acquittal of Florida resident George Zimmerman in the charge of Second Degree Murder (and later the Manslaughter as well, added by an activist judge from the bench – a crime in itself) against him for the death of one Travon Martin last week. This incident, that Holder in this same speech refers to as “gun violence“, has brought social unrest all across the US, with attacks against all races by black in an effort to show some sort of solidarity for the injustice they feel has been done against Travon Martin, all the while, with the Attorney General fanning the flames of violence, hatred and racial division.
Holder is the A.G. Correct me if I’m wrong, but his job is not to create policy – his job is not to drive the Administration in a particular social direction of his choosing- his job is not to push a social agenda – NO!
The office of Attorney General was established by Congress by the Judiciary Act of 1789. The original duties of this officer are “to prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court in which the United States shall be concerned, and to give his advice and opinion upon questions of law when required by the president of the United States, or when requested by the heads of any of the departments.” Only in 1870 was the Department of Justice established to support the attorney general in the discharge of his responsibilities.
Please tell me where giving the speech before the NAACP, speaking out against centuries established mandates of the Constitution fall within the auspices of the Office of Attorney General of the US? They do not. This is political activism from a legal bench. This man tries and in some cases is held to adjudicate cases set before him, not to create them.
Repeating something that was said by conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin,
when this country was created we heard the cry, ‘taxation without representation’, now we have ‘representation without representation’, and he’s 100% spot on right.
Congress should censure Eric Holder for acting beyond the scope of his office and demand that he apologize and stand down from his activism.