Michael Schaus

An open disdain for the nature of our Constitutional republic must be a requisite to work in the leadership roles of the Obama Administration. In a recent interview, the nation’s chief extortionist officer (Eric Holder) explained that he’s proud to be considered an “activist” attorney general. In fact, he even suggested that being an “activist” was necessary for his job at the Department of Justice:

"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label.”

What if I want to call him something else? He went on:

"Any attorney general who is not an activist is not doing his or her job. The responsibility of the attorney general is to change things."

Um… I don’t have my copy of his job description, but I’m pretty sure that’s a fairly politically biased interpretation of his official duty. See, I always thought the role of an AG was to implement the laws that Congress created, and uniformly protect the rights enumerated in the Constitution of the United States. I don’t actually remember anything in the official DOJ mission statement about investigating journalists, extorting banks, intimidating businesses and industries, or running guns to Mexican drug cartels.

So, Mr. Holder wants to change the world… Then he has the wrong job. He should be a legislator. (Or an overvalued teenage pop-star with vocal political views.) Heck, he’s already proven to have the ethical vacancy to excel at elected office; and if he ran, at least he’d finally be in a position to make some “changes” that don’t require a bastardization of Constitutional limitations.

Of course, this brings us to the big question: What change is Holder fighting for with your tax dollars? I mean, he’s obviously not trying to keep guns out of the hands of drug runners; he’s obviously not trying to hold individuals accountable for manipulating the market (if he was, he’d stop suing banks and start suing Fed Officials); and he’s clearly not trying to “change” the culture of corruption at the IRS. Heck, I suppose by Holder’s definition, Lois Lerner wasn’t actually engaged in any corrupt or criminal behavior when she used the IRS to silence political opponents; she was just being an “activist”.

Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is communications director at the Nevada Policy Research Institute and is responsible for managing the organization’s messaging with the public, the media and NPRI’s membership.

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