Prosecuting Arizona

Last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some news. In an interview with Ecuadorean television, she informed the world that the Justice Department was planning to take Arizona to court over its illegal immigration bill.

Let’s look at this development from a couple of different angles. First is the appropriateness of the Secretary of State being the bearer of this news. Her job is international affairs, not domestic. What does this mean? One of two things, either one not good. Either she spoke out of turn, which shows an administration in some state of disarray, or she was tasked deliberately to be the point person on this, which shows an administration in some state of disarray. Wait a minute—the two are the same, aren’t they?

Of course Attorney General Eric Holder is the one who should have been given the task. He’s the one responsible for deciding what types of things should be subject to federal prosecution. His track record is interesting: thugs standing outside a polling place in Philadelphia intimidating voters did not deserve prosecution, in his view; Arizona’s attempt to bring illegal immigration under control does.

Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona never was told about this. In fact, as of today, it’s still not official—Secretary Clinton’s announcement was a trifle premature (unless it was meant as a trial balloon to see how it goes over in public opinion). Brewer has said Arizona will fight this in the federal courts and win. She’s standing tall.

Politically, what does the administration have to gain by pushing for this? A majority of American citizens are in agreement with what Arizona has done. One commentator speculated that since President Obama’s not going to win over those voters anyway, this lawsuit will be a way to galvanize his base going into the November elections. That may be true, but how telling is that as to the nature of our politics at this time?

The last time I checked, illegal immigration was . . . well . . . illegal. The law that makes it so is from the federal government, not Arizona.

Arizona has done nothing more than try to enforce what is already federal law, and for that it is being prosecuted? Take note: this is the nature of the administration currently running our government.

More on Holder, Radical Islam, and Profiling

Yesterday, I wrote about Eric Holder’s amazing confession: he never even read the Arizona illegal immigration bill that he was so bitterly criticizing. After writing it, this very appropriate cartoon surfaced, so it’s worth sharing.

Even a fictional conversation can contain a lot of truth. Actually, I believe Holder has read the Constitution; he just has a different take on it—that it should be ignored.

Incidentally, it’s now a matter of record that Janet Napolitano, director of Homeland Security, former governor of Arizona, and another critic of the new law, hasn’t read it either. Is this our comic relief for the week?

I also noted in the posting yesterday that in an appearance at a congressional hearing, the Republican questioner couldn’t convince Holder that radical Islam should be clearly identified as a threat. Holder refused to acknowledge it without multiple conditions. Perhaps his attitude is captured in this:

Who’s the real coward?

Speaking of radical Islamic terrorism, remember how eager the media was to pin the Times Square bombing attempt on someone connected with the Tea Party? It was a severe disappointment when the perpetrator turned out to be . . . well, a radical Islamic terrorist. Yet when it comes to the mainstream media, it’s difficult to dissuade them.

Maybe profiling is the answer after all.

No, that’s not what I meant. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it became reality.

A National Disgrace

Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States, has pretty much made a mockery of that office. I don’t say that lightly.

He’s the one who keeps pushing for terrorists to have civil trials, who claims that America is a nation of cowards that is unwilling to engage in a meaningful dialogue on race [wait a minute, didn’t that nation of cowards elect a black man to the presidency?], and who can’t bring himself, while testifying to a congressional committee, to say that radical Islam is a threat to the country.

A few days ago, he made a curious admission: even though he had been criticizing the Arizona illegal immigration law, he acknowledged he had never actually read the law. Cartoonists are having a good time with this one:

Where have we heard this kind of thing recently? How about the healthcare bill? Congress voted for that ill-advised legislation without reading it. Must be an epidemic. Is it too much to ask that government officials read the legislation upon which they either vote or comment?

The position of attorney general is that of the chief law enforcement agent in the federal government. Holder is disgracing himself and his nation by both his words and his actions.