Farewell, Eric Holder (We Hope)

Right about the time I was leaving for a week and not planning to write any blogs, Eric Holder announced his resignation as attorney general. Of all the high-level appointees in the Obama administration, he was probably closer to his boss than anyone. In most ways, he was the extension of Obama into the American justice system.

In case you’re wondering, I’m not saying that was a good thing. Holder was arguably the most divisive attorney general in American history, again a mirror image of his chief. For him, and for Obama, nearly everything has a racial angle. Neither did he have much respect for the laws of the nation with which he disagreed, not even bothering to enforce them.

His tenure at the Department of Justice was a travesty in so many ways it’s hard to come up with a complete listing of his egregious actions.

Work Done

Holder raised stonewalling and disingenuousness to an art form. If you are to believe him, nothing wrong ever happened on his watch:

Holder Scandals

Some of the cartoonists played upon an identical theme after learning of his upcoming resignation:

Relief

Leaving You

Justice

The whole concept of equal justice under the law has taken a real body blow under Holder. The rule of law has been dismantled plank by plank.

Why leave now? Some have speculated he’s just getting out while the getting is good, before the house collapses around him:

Now Hiring

A scarier prospect is that he is now in line to be nominated to the Supreme Court. That would be an even greater travesty—and tragedy—than having him as head of the DOJ. That’s another reason why it’s so crucial that Republicans control the Senate the last two years of Obama’s reign. Hopefully, there would be enough backbone in the Republican senators to doom any attempt to put this man on the highest court in the land.

Farewell, Eric Holder. And may we never again see your type in the position you have held for nearly six years.

Cartooning Made Easy

It’s always a bit of a break for me to make one of my posts center more on political cartoons. They do such a fine job of illustrating absurdity that they deserve a central place regularly. For instance, on the current border crisis, what can make the point any better than this?

Crazy Idea

Eric Holder’s always a prime candidate for skewering. He’s at it again, equating any opposition to Obama’s policies as a product of racial animosity. Well, at least he’s consistent:

Reflexes Fine

And Holder’s DOJ is one of the most corrupt of the corrupt government agencies. He says the FBI is doing a great job investigating the IRS scandal. No need to look into it further:

Heads Up

If the DOJ is asleep, it’s by order of the man who runs it.

And there’s always the president himself, wholly devoted to running for office continually, even when he can’t serve another term. His primary occupation seems to be attending fundraisers. That makes lampooning him almost too easy:

Fundraiser

The hypocrisy is so blatant, it makes the cartoonists’ job simple. If only I could draw . . .

The IRS Scandal Escalates

As promised, I’m back on July 1. Had a great time in New Zealand. While there, I was keeping up with the news, but refraining from commenting. The big news yesterday, of course, was the Hobby Lobby decision at the Supreme Court—a victory for religious liberty. I’ll be sure to say more about that in the near future, but for now, I want to concentrate on the key developments during my month off. As I survey the month of June, there are three topics that come to the forefront for me:

  • The escalating IRS scandal
  • The tragedy unfolding in Iraq
  • Hillary Clinton’s continuing stumbles toward the Democrat nomination for president

I’ll take topic number one today, then go to the others in the next two days. You know I like using political cartoons to help aid in understanding. Well, now I have a full month’s worth from which to choose. Believe me, it wasn’t easy narrowing down to the best ones. In fact, I may overwhelm you a bit this week with the sheer number of cartoons I will use. I ask for forgiveness up front.

The latest round of corruption at the IRS stems from the supposed “loss” of two years’ worth of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, followed by news that, coincidentally, six other IRS officials connected with this probe have also mysteriously lost their e-mails. Truly an astounding coincidence:

Plead the Fifth

For some strange reason, thinking people doubt the truthfulness of this claim. Could their own experience with the IRS have colored their views? After all, that agency seems to have no problem coming up with everything the American public is forced to send them each year:

Taxpayer Records

There are always those, however, who swallow the Obama administration’s line no matter how unbelievable:

Is Dog Okay

Those same believers find it easier to accept any explanation other than the most probable one:

Real Culprit

Republicans in the House called in the newly appointed IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, to grill him about what he’s doing to get to the truth. Koskinen, though, is one of the president’s key financial contributors; he was put in this office to do Obama’s bidding and cover for him. His appearance before the committee revealed an intensely arrogant man who says nothing criminal was done and that he has no intention of really seeking the truth. Congressman Paul Ryan quite bluntly told Koskinen that no one believes him, but he remains unfazed. His ability to deny blatant evidence of wrongdoing fits in quite well with the entire Obama strategy:

Tall Tales

No matter what Koskinen might have said, Democrats on the committee were prepared to back him to the hilt:

Invaded

Aided by the media, naturally. Throughout this ordeal, the constant refrain from the Left has been that this is all politicized, that there is, as their leader asserted, not even a smidgen of corruption. That theme is wearing more than a little thin, and it’s becoming harder for Obama’s adherents to keep up the false image of a Republican frenzy to “get” the president:

Talking Point

Bottom line, here is the real victim of this scandal:

Lost Integrity

Until and unless this is resolved, conservatives need to be aware of where they stand with this IRS bureaucracy:

Drop Box

This investigation must proceed, and those who have so blatantly upended the rule of law must be brought to justice. I realize that seems unlikely, given the Eric Holder DOJ, but those who are pursuing this need to remain dedicated to their task. It’s not hyperbole to say the future of the republic is at stake.

The Media & the IRS Scandal

I have to comment on this before it becomes too old news. Last week, Rep. Darrell Issa tried to hold another hearing into the IRS scandal. Once again, the primary suspect in this abuse of conservative organizations, Lois Lerner, was supposed to testify. She’s the one, in case your memory needs a jog, who took the Fifth last time after making statements that she was innocent. By doing so, she might have voided her right to take the Fifth, but who cares anymore about following the law. Certainly not the IRS. Certainly not the DOJ, which is responsible for investigating these misdeeds.

Lerner repeated her earlier performance. Issa asked her seven questions; she took the Fifth on each. Clearly, this hearing was going nowhere, so Issa officially adjourned. After doing so, the minority leader, Rep. Elijah Cummings, said he had a procedural question. Issa, even though the hearing was over, gave him liberty to ask his question. There was no question. Instead, Cummings launched into a denunciation of Issa and the committee for holding biased hearings. At that point, Issa called for his microphone to be cut; the hearing was over.

That led to an eruption from Cummings, who went nearly apoplectic over his supposed ill treatment. All of this was caught on camera. His outburst made the news. And later, he made an accusation against Issa that he was . . . ready for it . . . racist. Of course. The last refuge of modern scoundrels.

Issa’s decision to end the hearing, his cutoff of the microphone, and the charge of racism were the highlight of the mainstream media’s coverage. Never mind that Cummings was out of bounds and that racism played no role here. Ignore the actual issue—the political sabotage by the IRS—and emphasize the false accusations against Issa instead.

Won't Talk

This is the usual media ploy: make the Republican into the bad guy, even though all he’s trying to do is get to the truth about a clear abuse of power.

Being Rude

Almost from the start, the media have tried to derail the IRS story. Evidence shows, beyond any genuine doubt, that only conservative organizations were targeted, yet that doesn’t seem to bother them. There are always other things more important on which to focus:

Worried Sick

Again, the only network that has stayed on the IRS story consistently is Fox, which naturally makes this network the recipient of criticism from those who want the scandal to go away. There is a pattern here:

Another Story

The mainstream media doesn’t like to be reminded of its total lack of objectivity in reporting the news.

The Romeike Reversal

German Homeschooling FamilyMany of you, I’m sure, have heard that the German homeschooling family seeking asylum in the U.S. has now been told it can stay. In an amazing turnaround, the Department of Homeland Security contacted the Romeikes to inform them they have been granted “indefinite deferred status,” which is bureaucrat-speak for permission to remain as long as they don’t break any laws. I am delighted for them, as are a whole host of others. They never should have been threatened with deportation in the first place.

This decision came less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court refused to review their case. Michael Farris, their lawyer and advocate, ascribes this unexpected reversal to God’s intervention, perhaps helped along by the administration’s concern over negative publicity. After all, what did this family seek other than the right to educate their children according to their faith and to be grateful residents in a country that would allow them that freedom?

While I applaud the DHS decision, I don’t see this as a reason to have increased confidence in the Obama administration’s approach either to parental rights or fidelity to the rule of law. Any administration that promotes abortion on demand—and praises Planned Parenthood for its endeavors—and refuses to follow the law with regard to the definition of marriage cannot be depended upon to make correct decisions in the future.

Eric Holder’s DOJ has been particularly remiss in upholding the rule of law. He refused to prosecute Black Panthers who intimidated voters in Philadelphia. He said the DOJ would not be supporting the Defense of Marriage Act, despite it being a federal law passed by Congress and signed by none other than Bill Clinton. He now has informed state attorneys general that they don’t have to carry out any state laws defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Add to this the reprehensible conduct of his IRS toward conservatives and his lackadaisical attitude toward investigating those abuses, and we have an attorney general, responsible for ensuring the law is followed, doing just the opposite. He only follows laws he likes:

Enforce Me Not

So, while I rejoice for the Romeikes, theirs is a victory for one family. It’s not a guarantee that all of America’s families can breathe a sigh of relief. We must remain vigilant.

Parental Rights & Obama

According to the Supreme Court, the battle is over for the Romeike family. The Court denied the request for a review of their case. The Romeikes, for those who may not know or have forgotten, are a homeschooling family from Germany who came to the United States for the freedom to teach their children in the way they believe God intended. They were fleeing their native country because Germany has a law that requires all children to attend government-sponsored schools. The parents felt those schools would be detrimental to their Christian faith and sought to homeschool instead. For that basic human right, they were threatened with having their children taken from them.

When they first came to the U.S., they were granted asylum. Then, out of the proverbial blue, the Obama administration, via its Department of Justice—known more often lately as the source of a string of abhorrent injustices—singled out this family for deportation back to Germany where they almost certainly will lose custody of their children.

Farris & German Homeschooling Family

My friend Michael Farris has served as their attorney throughout this long legal battle. Yesterday was a discouraging day for him as all his effort seems to have been for nothing. Well, it’s never an effort for nothing when you stand for the principle of parental rights, but this is a disturbing result nonetheless.

The argument that won the day for the DOJ is that the German law isn’t targeting this family in particular; rather, it applies to every German citizen. Therefore, the argument goes, it is not a basis for asylum. Never mind that the law is unjust to begin with; never mind that it tramples on the basic right of parents to raise and educate their children as they see fit; ignore the fact that this law puts the state in charge of all children over the natural rights of parents. As George Will commented last night on Fox News, the Court may be technically correct, but why did the Obama administration go to such lengths to single out this family?

Charles Krauthammer, normally a commentator of profound insight, couldn’t grasp how this could be perceived as persecution since, he said, the majority of Germans are Christians and don’t find any problem with this law. All that reveals is that Krauthammer, who is an agnostic, has no understanding of what constitutes a genuine Christian. For him, it’s primarily cultural. Yet even Krauthammer sympathized and argued there has to be some way to allow them to stay in America.

So why did Obama and his lackeys target this family? I think it has a lot to do with their own biases against a dedicated Christian family asserting parental rights. In the process of this deportation, the DOJ argued that parents don’t really have the right to homeschool their children; the government has the final say.

Well, some contend, that was only in the context of the German family and doesn’t apply to American citizens. No, it was a broad statement, and even though it is not currently being applied to Americans, it gives a giant hint as to what the Obama people believe and how they would like to proceed, given the opportunity.

Others will attempt to gloss over this attitude by saying they wouldn’t dare cross that line. We would never see a law in the U.S. that bans homeschooling. Why, that would be almost as absurd as believing that someday the government would put its stamp of approval on same-sex marriage.

Oh . . . wait a minute.

Obama Pulling a Clinton?

I’d like to offer a short follow-up to yesterday’s post, in which I commented on Bill O’Reilly’s interview with President Obama. The president denied there was any malfeasance or scandal that should cost anyone his/her job, whether in the Benghazi tragedy, the comedy of Obamacare, or the drama surrounding the IRS targeting of conservative groups. In the case of the IRS, he even went so far as to say there’s wasn’t even a “smidgen” of corruption involved.

Let’s focus on the IRS for a moment. It’s important to keep abreast of what’s happening with that investigation. First, whenever Congress holds a hearing about it, all the committee gets is stonewalling or someone taking the Fifth to avoid self-incrimination. Second, the person charged with spearheading the investigation (as far as anyone can figure out, since no list of investigators has been provided) is a woman who gave thousands to the Obama reelection campaign and who owes her job to her loyalty to the administration. Finally, leaks from the investigation are hinting there will be no criminal prosecutions for this IRS action. Perhaps that’s why Obama can confidently—shall we say “smugly”—assert there is no evidence of corruption.

All of this stalling and assigning of cronies to conduct investigations is a hallmark of Eric Holder’s Department of Justice, and is one very real reason why he has never been put out to pasture; he’s just too irreplaceable for an administration that desires a major coverup job:

No Evidence

Meanwhile, the general public, which has a hard enough time paying attention even when there is no stonewall to drag out the story, continues in willful ignorance, hoping everything is as rosy as they want it to be:

IRS Musical

I think Obama is trying to pull a Bill Clinton here. That president was so beset by scandals that the public became overwhelmed with them, leading to a numbing effect and simply wanting it all to be over. They got tired of the constant drumbeat of scandal and sought peace and quiet. Leave the president alone, they said, in effect. Obama may be seeking to exploit public weariness in the same way. His tactic is to act as if all the accusations are hot air generated by political foes and a news network that is unfair to him personally. He even told O’Reilly to his face that he was unfair.

Perhaps the takeaway from the interview—at least the one Obama wants—is this:

Never Say

If he is outraged enough and condescending enough, maybe all the questions will go away. Let’s hope not. Too much remains to be answered, and too many people need to pay the consequences for what they have done.