None of us knows for sure what the next four years will bring. Donald Trump was a celebrity well before the election, but we still don’t truly know what kind of a President he will be. Of course Presidents are often more defined by the actions of their administrations. As we prepare to make the big transition January 20th, let’s take a “big picture” look at the type of personnel that has represented Barack Obama the past eight years.
I divide them into two broad categories…Militant Leftists and Millennial Ideologues. There’s some overlap, to be sure…but most all of them fell into either one of these two categories…embittered old liberals looking for revenge against people who’ve been pushing up daisies for decades, and idealistic old liberals who just want to teach the world to sing. I will focus on two representative examples.
Under the Militant Leftist heading, I submit the following:
I’m not prone to hyperbole, but if Former Attorney General Eric Holder is not the biggest racist in America, then he was certainly in the best position to impose his racism on others. And he was not shy about utilizing his good fortune.
He used his appointment not to faithfully and evenhandedly enforce federal law. He used it as a bully pulpit to promote his version of social justice. We got a taste of it early on. In the 2008 election, Black Panthers – wearing military fatigues and wielding a club – threatened voters at a Philadelphia polling station. They called voters “crackers”. This was a clear case of violation of voting rights. Their goal was to bully and intimidate. Not in Holder’s skewed worldview. He said, “When you compare what people endured in the South in the ‘60s to try to get the right to vote for African-Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia … to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people.” So that’s it. Because bad things happened to a certain group of people a half-century ago, that absolves that group of people of any future wrongdoing. There is a word for this. It is “racist.”
In 2010, Holder abused the concept of prosecutorial discretion while giving Congressional investigators the run-around when it came time to answer questions. His conduct during the fast and furious probe was, charitably speaking, completely unacceptable. He was held in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over requested documents. That was just the tip of the iceberg. His testimony demonstrated a Clintonian level of evasiveness that was repugnant to watch.
A 2013 edict from Holder warned US school districts not to “disproportionately” punish students of a particular race or gender—even if a particular race or gender is responsible for most of the discipline problems going on. In the real world, this would mean a harsher punishment for an Asian convicted of shoplifting as compared to, say, a Hispanic who shoplifted the same item. Is there any wonder why we still have racial tensions? Do you think this line of thinking serves to bring races closer together—or push us further apart? The Ku Klux Klan, in their wildest dreams, could not have eclipsed what Holder and his minions have done over the years to drive people further apart.
Just before he retired, Holder released the Justice Department’s investigation of the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, in Ferguson-Missouri. He admitted that there was no credible evidence Brown held up his hands and said “Don’t Shoot” after Officer Darren Wilson drew his gun. Did you read that? The whole “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” mantra that developed in the wake of the shooting? IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. Understand? It didn’t happen!
But Holder couldn’t let that go quietly. He said, “It remains not only valid – but essential – to question how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily.”
Wanna know why, Mr. Holder? Because of people like YOU. People who ginned up this fraud, tried to hang an innocent man then allowed a city to burn in order to push their narrative. You intentionally poured gas on the already-burning fire; much like you did in Sanford-Florida the year before in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. He lamented the fact that a subsequent probe found no basis upon which to charge the shooter, George Zimmerman, with Civil Rights violations. His response was to lament that the standard of proof in such cases was so high. There’s a reason for that, Mr. Holder—it protects us from dangerous people like you.
Holder’s views on race relations were a perfect mirror to his President’s. He ran the Justice Department has though he had a score to settle stemming from his days as a radical black activist in college. Of all of Obama’s appointees, he was the only one I truly despised. Disappear, Mr. Holder.
The other group of Presidential lickspittles was more annoying than dangerous. These were the Millennial Ideologues. Young people convinced of the infallibility of their beliefs that were placed in impossibly-high positions in Government. They became truly mystified when the theories they studied in grad school didn’t work in a Real World setting.
One of the most maddening tendencies of liberals is their automatic assumption that they are the smartest people in the room. In order to truly practice liberalism (or “progressivism,” if you prefer) you must assume that you know more than John Doe about how Mr. Doe should live his life, what food he should eat, whether he should own a gun, etc. It takes an unlimited amount of gall to work from that assumption…but it is essential to modern-day liberalism.
I couldn’t help thinking of that gall in 2013 when I read Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf’s mind-numbingly stupid comments about the best way to deal with Islamic State. “We cannot kill our way out of this war,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s a lack of opportunity for jobs.”
She was rightfully excoriated for her juvenile, Pollyanna remarks. Later, she doubled down. “How do you get at the root causes of this? It might be too nuanced an argument for some, like I’ve seen over the last 24 hours some of the commentary out there, but it’s really the smart way.”
So there you go…she is freaking brilliant and we’re simply too stupid to understand. She’s playing chess, we’re playing checkers. It’s the same rebuttal that Climate Change believers tell us skeptics…”you’re just too stupid to understand.”
Harf was not the only high-ranking administration official who appeared to be more suited for a think-tank roundtable; as opposed to actual real-world duties. If ever you needed proof that a college degree does not equate to common sense and reasoning, here you go.
The common thread connecting all of the President’s major nominees is their undying belief that the answers to our most pressing challenges lay in government and not in We The People. In they respect, they were perfect representatives of the person who appointed them.