One of the early scandals of the Obama administration involved accusations that his people interfered with the prosecution of members of the new Black Panther Party on charges of voter intimidation. I was all over this story awhile ago, but like many things it eventually got lost in the clutter. There has been so much going with this administration that one story never stays in the headlines for long. Now a judge has ruled that Obama’s political appointees did indeed directly interfere with the prosecution.
Really the case had already been won. It was just a matter of finalizing some procedural issues in a case the previous administration had handled. Sadly, voter intimidation by armed black activists didn’t meet Eric Holder’s definition of a crime. He dropped all charges and didn’t even explain why. Really though, what could he say other than the case didn’t fit his racialist agenda.
In theory and principle the US Attorney General should have a degree of independence from the president because he may in fact have to investigate the president who appointed him or her. It is becoming increasingly clear that this is not the case with Eric Holder and Barrack Obama. Basically this is a ‘good old boys’ club. Holder and Obama are personal friends and are backing each other up. This is why Holder is trying to stop states from fighting voter fraud and why the White House is helping stonewall the Congressional investigation into fast and furious.
This New Black Panther Party scandal bothers me for a few reasons. First and foremost it was not their case. The previous administration had brought the case and won. Why did these guys come in and just say “never mind”? Second, this involved multiple armed men, standing outside voting locations in Philadelphia; they claimed to be there as security patrols but anyone with brain understands why they were there and what the message was. Is the integrity of the voting process really so meaningless to Obama’s people that they would see this as a non-issue? Would they have dropped the case if it had been armed white men in hoods standing outside polling locations? Exactly!
Holder and his entire team at the Department of Justice have been thoroughly disgraced and have lost all credibility. They have shown little interest in enforcing the nation’s laws instead of pushing their private grievance driven agenda. Rather, they have shown themselves to be both racist and corrupt. They are more interested in some misguided sense of racial solidarity than in the concept of blind justice distributed equitably for all. They protect their own and push their agenda while innocent people are caught in the figurative, and sometimes literal, crossfire. This is only compounded by their penchant for distortion, obfuscation and outright lying. The DOJ used to prosecute gangsters, now they are acting like them.