Eric Holder, Felon in Chief
Do you remember the event leading to the formation of the Congressional Oversight Committee and their recommendation that Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress? Usually, I hold Congress in Contempt myself as I feel both parties that dominate its ranks are corrupt and are selling us down the river of lost liberties. I am going to make an exception on this one because I believe the issue at hand is perhaps the most important liberty outside the First Amendment, that of the Second, the right to bear arms!
To understand "Fast and Furious", it is essential to know the mind of the President and his Administration. All one needs to know about that is the President's voting record on the issue, which is abysmal and his expression of disdain and elitism made when the then "presidential hopeful" Barrack Obama was speaking to a friendly audience in San Francisco. His reference to the citizens of my state (PA) as "clinging to God and guns" is all one needs to know about the President's view of the Second Amendment. This provides a clear window into what I believe is the real purpose for the "Fast and Furious" debacle!
Shortly after the inauguration of Obama, stories of mass gun smuggling across the border between Mexico and the United States became front page news. This, I am sure delighted the Obama Administration, and the Mainstream Media began pursuing the story with abandon. Media outlets, friendly to the Administration began investigating the origin of these "sales" and soon several legitimate gun dealers were identified as the "culprits" and vilified for their indiscriminate sales. Herein however, the eyes of justice being blind, laser points of truth began to burn through the armor plate of Administrative secrecy!
First, the gun dealers who were being maligned in the press cried "foul" and were able to document the FACT that they did wave the flag of attention to the proper authorities. They documented the FACT that they were TOLD to let the sales happen and the ATF would follow the trail of the weapons. OOPS!! Suddenly, national interest in the story took a turn that was unforeseen by the Attorney General. Suddenly, people wanted to know who had authorized the "Fast and Furious" program and why the stated purpose of tracking those weapons was never even attempted. Heads began to roll in the ATF as authorization of the program was tracked up the food chain. Unfortunately for Holder and perhaps the President himself, signs kept pointing higher and higher and a Congressional investigation was initiated.
Let me stop here and address those who claim this is nothing more than a partisan "witch hunt'. From the revelation of the Watergate break-in and President Nixon's involvement. Justice is NEVER served by suppression of the truth. Nixon, although it is unclear whether he had prior knowledge of the break-in, chose to conceal the crime and thus went down with the ship and rightly so. The investigation into Watergate was intensely partisan, but SO WHAT! The fact is, a sitting president sided with law breakers and THAT benefits nobody and actually hurts us all. We should all want the truth regardless of how painful the outcome. Those of you, who side with the obvious cover-up being perpetrated here, as proven through the lies told by Holder while under oath, are no friend of justice or the truth. Get over your own partisan suspicions and join the search for the truth as Nixon's supporters were forced to do by the irrefutable evidence!
The facts are, Holder lied to the Congressional committee about when he learned about “Fast and Furious”. Perhaps he can claim he didn’t read the emails, but he cannot deny the briefings he attended about the subject. If he was that detached, he is a horrible manager and should be fired. I suspect the documents he is withholding show that he was NOT detached and actually a participant. We certainly know that he was informed of the program at least 10 months prior to the dates he claimed. I also suspect that his boss, Barrack Obama, was aware as well and documents will confirm that! This is why the President is now invoking “executive privilege” over events and documents he claimed never to have seen or been aware of previously. If he didn’t have knowledge, executive privilege does NOT apply!
The current Administration had an ulterior motive in this scandal, in my opinion. Given the President’s disdain for gun ownership rights and his promise to the Brady Foundation to pursue more stringent gun laws, it is the opinion of this writer that “Fast and Furious” was a program designed to create a crisis. Remember the quote by Rahm Emmanuel, “Never let a crisis go to waste”? This Administration, in my opinion went about to create a crisis. Because absolute secrecy was critical, not even their allies in the press were notified and in their exuberance to support the Administration and prop up this façade of a President, the inadvertently opened a line of reasonable questioning that DEMANDS to know why this happened? Why were innocent Mexican’s lives disregarded and why did Brian Terry have to die. We deserve answers and if you don’t want them, I question your sense of justice.
Not only do the American people deserve to know, but our neighbors to the south also deserve answers. For their sakes and our relationship, the perpetrators of this scheme MUST be dealt with severely. Only swift and fair justice will keep our relationship with Mexico friendly. Not to complete this investigation will damage our relationship with them and will stain our reputation and the trust that we have for the justice system to protect us. In my opinion, Eric Holder is the catalyst that will either restore our faith in “equal justice under the law” or destroy it. The President is the one who must act on our behalf to extricate Holder from that position of trust. If he fails to do so, he is just as guilty as NIXON!
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