Attorney General Eric Holder had something of a meltdown on Capitol Hill today when a Republican Congressman pressed him on his preferential treatment of the New Black Panther Party. Rep. John Culberson, R-TX, read a statement from a Democrat calling the Black Panthers’ actions the worst case of voter intimidation he had ever seen. In response, Holder huffed that, while the Panthers’ nightstick-wielding threats were “inappropriate,” the assessment was demeaning to “my people.”
Perhaps more important than his admission that he does not see the American people as “his people” is a line he uttered shortly afterwards.
After Culberson cited “overwhelming evidence that your Department of Justice refuses to protect the rights of anybody other than African-Americans to vote,” Holder stated, “This Department of Justice does not enforce the law on the basis of race.”
Holder intended this as a denial, but it seems more like a Freudian admission.
After all, it is precisely what Holder’s Justice Department stands accused of, not enforcing the law on the basis of race.
Not only conservatives but Democrats such as Bartle Bull and apolitical observers who cannot deny what they see with their own eyes recognize that the Black Panthers’ voter intimidation was an open-and-shut case, and that the Obama administration refused to enforce the law because the perpetrators are black and the victims are white. Former head of the Justice Department’s Voting Rights division Christopher Coates, division attorney J. Christian Adams, and four other employees have spoken of the department’s hostility to enforcing the law against minorities.
Culberson pressed Holder for obstructing the Civil Right’s Commission’s investigation. However, it seems others will prosecute the case. Rep. Lamar Smith wrote a letter to Holder in January stating, “Allegations that the Civil Rights Division has engaged in a practice of race-biased enforcement of voting rights law must be investigated by the [House Judiciary] Committee.”
Holder’s race-based enforcement of the law would be open to conjecture if the Black Panther case were the only evidence. But it seems on every front, the Attorney General — and the president — overlook minority lawlessness.
If you are Hispanic and in this country illegally, the Obama administration will not only not enforce immigration law but prevent other governments and responsible law enforcement officials from doing so.
If you are black, American Indian, female, or Hispanic, you do not have to provide meaningful proof that the Department of Agriculture discriminated against you before claiming a $50,000 payoff. When one of the lawyers representing black “farmers” admits he knew of “hundreds” of cases of fraud, it only encourages Obama to press forward with a similar plan for other minority fraudsters.
The administration will refuse to purge dead or ineligible voters from the rolls. But Obama will send the feds to threaten local officials who dare ask voters to prove they are American citizens. The message: If you are an Hispanic who wants to vote, you don’t have to comply with the laws that assure your eligibility. (Eligibility is something of a sore issue for Obama, anyway.)
All of this ignores Affirmative Action, set-asides, and “hate crimes” laws, which assure the same standards of justice are not applied to all citizens equally but discriminate against the majority of Americans while benefiting certain others on the basis of race.
Holder’s audacious admission-masked-as-denial marks a new low in federal disregard for equal justice under law. This kind of discrimination on behalf of heavily Democratic constituencies violates the basis of our system of justice and must be brought to an end.