Apparently Eric Holder has decreed that any American who is of Hispanic descent will no longer be considered part of an oppressed minority.
Speaking at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on Wednesday (4/9/14), Barack Obama’s Attorney General whined about his treatment by Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) during a Congressional hearing regarding the actions, or perhaps inaction, of the Department of Justice in responding to allegations of improper activities of IRS employee, Lois Lerner.
A testy exchange between Congressman Gohmert and Holder ensued during that hearing, and Mr. Holder decided that the very friendly audience at the NAN conference, where he could expect a sympathetic reaction, was the proper place to voice his grievances.
The money line from Holder’s remarks was:
“I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” he continued.
“If you don’t believe that, you look at the way, forget about me, you look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee … What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?” (emphasis supplied)
Now this administration has often demonstrated a selective grasp of history, not only their own history as in the President saying that he’d never drawn a red line about Syria, but about history in general. Apparently, Attorney General Holder in an effort to build on his own victim status has inferred that no other Attorney General before him ever had to deal with an adversarial congress and no other Attorney General was a member of a minority.
Perhaps Mr. Holder needs to review the following paragraph from the Washington Post from 2007.
“Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, one of President Bush’s closest confidants and a key architect of his controversial counterterrorism policies, announced yesterday that he is quitting after seven months of bitter confrontation with Congress over his honesty…”
It seems like Yogi Berra described the situation perfectly when he said “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
Since Mr. Holder intimated that the sole cause of his adversarial relationship with Congress is due solely and completely to his skin color, one is lead to believe that Mr. Gonzales and others of Hispanic descent are no longer members of a minority. Well, in that case all one can say is “Hallelujah!”
Looking back a bit further in history, another AG whose relationship with Congress might have seemed more than usually adversarial would be Bill Clinton’s pick to lead the Department of Justice, Janet Reno. I don’t think anyone could interpret the time she spent addressing Congress’s concerns about the 51 day standoff in Waco, Texas regarding the Branch Davidian compound and the 76 deaths that resulted from that standoff as comfortable or relaxed.
But since Mr. Holder claims that his experience was unprecedented, using the same logic as could be applied to AG Gonzales, apparently Janet Reno is no longer to be classed as a member of an oppressed minority. Again, “Hallelujah!”
Nor do I think we should ever forget Nixon’s one-time AG, John Mitchell, who was indicted for conspiring to hinder the Congressional investigation into the Watergate affair.
Wait a minute, isn’t that the basis for the dustup between AG Holder and Congressman Gohmert? Why, yes, I believe it was. Well, I guess the issue isn’t unprecedented now, is it, Mr. Holder. And there was no hint of racial animus with regard to Mr. Mitchell, was there?