WANTED: Touchstones – Last seen… (who knows?)
As Eric Holder tries to host an off-the-record meeting with reporters to discuss his law-breaking… it is interesting to recall the words of the president on his arrival in office….
January 21, 2009 ~ Barack H Obama
To be sure, issues like personal privacy and national security must be treated with the care they demand. But the mere fact that you have the legal power to keep something secret does not mean you should always use it. The Freedom of Information Act is perhaps the most powerful instrument we have for making our government honest and transparent, and of holding it accountable. And I expect members of my administration not simply to live up to the letter but also the spirit of this law.
I will also hold myself as President to a new standard of openness. Going forward, anytime the American people want to know something that I or a former President wants to withhold, we will have to consult with the Attorney General and the White House Counsel, whose business it is to ensure compliance with the rule of law. Information will not be withheld just because I say so. It will be withheld because a separate authority believes my request is well grounded in the Constitution.
Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.
The “creeping sense of remorse”
In a sparkling moment of inspiration, Eric Holder has acknowledged the “creeping sense of remorse” he’s felt as recent news stories have unfolded. For those that are unfamiliar with Mr Holder’s history… he’s not so much expressing doubts about the moral rectitude of his actions as much as a feeling the rest of us would describe as an “oh shit I’ll never get away with this what the hell was I thinking” moment.
Face it. That has nothing to do with conscience
Holder’s conscience hasn’t been heard from in so long that even he couldn’t locate it with a search warrant and all the imperial storm troopers he used to raid Gibson Guitars.
But in the wake of the news that, just like the IRS…
… Holder has been using his authority as Attorney General like a pair of brass knuckles to punish and intimidate political opponents of the Obama administration… he’s apparently decided to launch a charm offensive.
[Nice trick when you don’t actually have any charm.]
Plans to meet with the mainstream media
I’m sure some believe the object is to apologize for several actions that he’s personally taken (as well as personally denied taking while under oath), but more likely he’ll try to deflect blame onto others and evade knowledge of his own actions (much less *responsibility* for them), which has long been his modus operendi.
Meanwhile, I’ve heard Democrats that continue to defend Holder
… say it’s like banging their head against a brick wall, and they fear continuing to do so might cause permanent damage.
Don’t worry, guys… those brick walls can take a lotta punishment. :-)
So here’s in a nutshell, the Obama admin’s excuse on IRS scandal…
. Operative phrase: “… the government is so vast”
For those that want the executive summary, here’s David Axelrod’s explanation of why the Obama administration has multiple scandals in progress involving a massive pattern of clearcut abuse of power by executive branch agencies:
“Part of being president is there’s so much beneath you that you can’t know because the government is so vast….” ~ David Axelrod / Professional Sycophant
Thanks for confirming one thing we’ve said all along
The Tea Party, all libertarians (big L or little), and the Republican party would like to thank Mr Axelrod for the ringing endorsement of a point we’ve been making all along. The larger the federal government, the more waste, fraud and corruption. It has become bloated and unmanageable at best, and at worst it appears to now be carrying out targeted hits on behalf of a certain family of political mobsters.
Now while I am not necessarily disposed to believe…
… that EVERY scandal at hand is truly caused by lack of oversight instead of being the result of institutional prodding from soulless lackeys doing the bidding of a particular group of thieves and scoundrels who moved their crime syndicate HQ from Chicago to Pennsylvania avenue… if you don’t mind… now that even a witless stooge like you acknowledges the super-sized federal government you guys have been pumping full of steroids is a prescription for disaster instead of a fix, how about doing something to address the obvious problem instead of exacerbating it?
Frankly an endorsement from a mindless party hack like Axelrod
…wouldn’t be my first choice, but when even HIS excuses start sounding like a ringing endorsement of the Tea Party, you know they’re running out of ammo. Oh well, take heart, David… when it comes to ammo, records suggest the DHS still has a LOT more than they should need.
Seriously now…NBC News (that bastion of rightwing propaganda?) announced they’d been informed by law enforcement that the search warrant that named Fox reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” for violations of the Espionage Act was signed by Attorney General Eric Holder. That warrant authorized them to seize his private emails.
Gosh Mr Holder… that might have been a pertinent detail to mention when this scandal broke.
The disclosure of this spurious claim against a high profile reporter, which included labeling him a flight risk, has been cited among a string of other scandals (most recently… the AP reporters records seizure and the IRS scandal where conservative groups were targeted by a special unit) as disclosing a pattern of intimidation tactics by the executive branch that has caused a “chilling effect” among journalists and political opponents.
But fear not, our president has tasked someone to investigate to make sure there was no wrongdoing. In keeping with the sterling managerial judgment that has gotten this administration into multiple such scandals… the man Obama has assigned to look into it is (drumroll please)… ERIC HOLDER.
I can only begin to imagine how much better college would’ve been if my professors had the good sense to assign me the task of grading all my own essays.
UPDATE: It was just pointed out to me that during last week’s I-don’t-know-fest during which Holder literally gave some form of I don’t know answer over SIXTY times… he made actually gave a definitive answer. He told Congress the following (under oath and on camera):
In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.