The attorney general of the United States wants you to know he's 'proud to be an activist'

Eric Holder has some crackpot ideas about what his job is as attorney general.

Holder was interviewed by Juan Williams for The Hill and had this to say about how he views himself and his job:

Holder remains indifferent to conservative protests that he is an ‘activist’ looking for trouble by digging into what he calls “policies [with] disproportionate impact on communities of color.”

“If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label,” he said. “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 [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.”

Later, he defiantly added that critics who say his department includes an “activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.”

Holder famously stirred white conservative anger when he said America is a “nation of cowards,” for its reluctance to engage in serious conversations about racial disparities. In a recent speech at historically black Morgan State University, he reiterated that position.

Disparate racial outcomes “are not only shameful and unacceptable – they impede our ability to see that justice is done,” Holder said. “And they perpetuate cycles of poverty, crime and incarceration that trap individuals, destroy communities and decimate minority neighborhoods.”

Holder’s bitter divide with conservatives about racial issues has its roots in the city in which we conducted our interview. In the 2008 election, the presence of two members of the New Black Panther Party at a polling station in Philadelphia led Republican prosecutors to bring charges of voter intimidation.

House Republicans claimed Holder’s Justice Department treated the case lightly and used a double standard, going easy on blacks when whites charged with the same crime would have faced harsh prosecution.

This is wrong on so many levels as to be beyond belief. The job of an attorney general is not to be an activist, but to be the chief law enforcement officer of the US. Putting n activist in that job is like throwing a match into a gasoline dump. The AG must be even handed in his application of the law - not a partisan hack doing the bidding of the chief executive.

Further, iis it really the "responsibility of the attorney general  to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.” Where did he get that job description? Off the back of a cereal box? His job is to enforce the laws dispassionately based on the Constitution and precedent. How can he do that if he thinks he's an "activist"?

Holder's words remind us: Be afraid. Be very afraid.


 

Eric Holder has some crackpot ideas about what his job is as attorney general.

Holder was interviewed by Juan Williams for The Hill and had this to say about how he views himself and his job:

Holder remains indifferent to conservative protests that he is an ‘activist’ looking for trouble by digging into what he calls “policies [with] disproportionate impact on communities of color.”

“If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label,” he said. “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 [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.”

Later, he defiantly added that critics who say his department includes an “activist civil rights division and this is an activist attorney general — I’d say I agree with you 1000 percent and [I am] proud of it.”

Holder famously stirred white conservative anger when he said America is a “nation of cowards,” for its reluctance to engage in serious conversations about racial disparities. In a recent speech at historically black Morgan State University, he reiterated that position.

Disparate racial outcomes “are not only shameful and unacceptable – they impede our ability to see that justice is done,” Holder said. “And they perpetuate cycles of poverty, crime and incarceration that trap individuals, destroy communities and decimate minority neighborhoods.”

Holder’s bitter divide with conservatives about racial issues has its roots in the city in which we conducted our interview. In the 2008 election, the presence of two members of the New Black Panther Party at a polling station in Philadelphia led Republican prosecutors to bring charges of voter intimidation.

House Republicans claimed Holder’s Justice Department treated the case lightly and used a double standard, going easy on blacks when whites charged with the same crime would have faced harsh prosecution.

This is wrong on so many levels as to be beyond belief. The job of an attorney general is not to be an activist, but to be the chief law enforcement officer of the US. Putting n activist in that job is like throwing a match into a gasoline dump. The AG must be even handed in his application of the law - not a partisan hack doing the bidding of the chief executive.

Further, iis it really the "responsibility of the attorney general  to change things [and] bring us closer to the ideals expressed in our founding documents.” Where did he get that job description? Off the back of a cereal box? His job is to enforce the laws dispassionately based on the Constitution and precedent. How can he do that if he thinks he's an "activist"?

Holder's words remind us: Be afraid. Be very afraid.