The Mixed Legacy of Eric Holder

Certainly, all cabinet members serve at the will of the President and are beholden to follow policies as set by the President, but there is still a measure of discretion inherent in offices of the highest level, including that of Attorney General. For the most part through his tenure as one of the longest-serving Attorneys General in US history, Eric Holder determined much policy himself, though always mindful of the basic tone and direction set by the President. Thus, either through his following orders, both those set in stone and those more amorphous, or in utilizing his own discretion, Holder on one hand was a force for truth and justice in some areas, while failing miserably to blaze any course whatsoever in other areas.

As a vigilant defender of civil rights and voting rights, Holder is to be commended. At a time when the most partisan, conservative Supreme Court in the nation’s history so to the

evisceration of the Voting Right Act, and at a time when the assault on the right of minorities and the poor and the disadvantaged to vote has never been more pervasive and well-funded, Holder took action in state after state, seeking to use what limited tools were still left to combat the assault of the right wing against such a basic, Constitutional right. In case after case involving the denial of civil
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rights, Holder also took up the fight of those who faced discrimination and the denial of not just Constitutional rights, but of basic human rights, and blazed new trails that will make in difference in the lives of millions of Americans for generations to come.

And, in an episode as dramatic as any we have seen during his tenure, Holder stood up the the despicable treatment, words and acts of Congressman Darrell Issa, who in his typical manner, made a mockery of Congressional hearings with his manufactured “scandals” and fake evidence, seeking to make Holder appear guilty of various nefarious crimes for doing nothing more than carrying out the duties of his job.

But in other areas where he could also have made a difference, he followed a road previously set and from which, for whatever reasons, he failed to deviate, or otherwise did not pursue a new road that screamed out for new actions and new directions. Two such areas are the most important and are where his actions and inactions have had the biggest impact.

First, for several years Holder blindly followed the harsh, draconian rule of federal law in raiding, terrorizing and criminalizing legal medical marijuana providers in states
that had legalized its sale within their jurisdictions. These disgusting acts were without question the low points of his tenure as attorney general as to acts that he did authorize and oversee. The last year or so has seemingly seen a change in direction, with what appears to be realizations that 1) the general opinion as to the legalization of marijuana among the masses has changed significantly, 2) that its characterization as a dangerous drug is totally misplaced, and 3) that it should be legalized and regulated for both recreational use as is alcohol and medically for its significant benefits in combating numerous medical conditions.

Second is the greatest failure of the Obama administration, and it falls squarely at the feet of Eric Holder. Its importance has never been greater as it is today, as we have begun yet another war in the middle east, all due to the pervasive criminal acts committed by former

president george w bush, vice president dick cheney, and untold numbers of member of the bush administration. The first and most important job of the Obama administration and its Justice Department, headed by Attorney General Eric Holder, SHOULD HAVE BEEN the investigation and prosecution of bush, cheney, donald rumsfeld, condolezza rice, dick armitage, alberto gonzales, john negroponte, l. paul bremer, john yoo, george tenet, etc., etc., etc. for their acts in lying the country into a phony war against IRaw for the purposes of financial gain and personal aggrandizement. The
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removal of the Saddam Hussein government with no possible replacement is the direct cause of the rise of ISIS, ISIL Da-esh, or whatever it is being called today, and their actions leading our new involvement in airstrikes today, and likely ground combat tomorrow. [See the “Prosecute Bush” tag for numerous posts detailing the crimes and more]

Eric Holder’s legacy? It will take several years to be determined, but it looks to me that his two major failures, especially the one concerning george w bush, will be the determining factors and will serve to overshadow the his greatest successes.

About theHoundDawg

For many years as a lawyer, I saw much of the good and bad of society, and did what I could to right many wrongs. The lack of understanding of what is good and bad, right and wrong, just and unjust, as evidenced by such events as the election of King W as president, (who as such far surpassed the evil of richard nixon but not quite that of ronald reagan) lead me in a new direction, to spend my time trying to understand what is happening to our society, to try as best I can to spread my insights to others, and along the way to maybe even eke out a living through the internet.
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