Justice just took another turn for the worse this week. I sat listening to a news story that the U.S. Department of Justice was now going after a community college in Arizona. Last week, they went after a local Sheriff trying his best to protect citizens. What is going on in Washington? Why are they going after local units of government and others? It got me to thinking about where we are going in this country, and I asked myself the following question: Just who are the real “extremists” and “radicals” in America today?
Many people take issue with talk-show hosts and media people when they don’t like their message. So is the extremist Glenn Beck with his “hate filled” message of Faith, Hope and Charity? He assembled perhaps 300,000 people last weekend on the Capitol mall to celebrate people who inspire others and to raise money for children of deceased Special Forces members. Or are the real extremists many of our current political leaders who are out of the mainstream in their views?
Like a bad dream or trashy comic book, the radicals seem to have taken over our U.S. Justice Department and planted a bunch of real extremists apparently out to destroy anyone in their way. What was once “up” is now “down” in this world; what was once “justice for all” has become legal efforts that effectively become political intimidation. Just this summer we’ve been subjected to these injustices:
- Filing of a U.S. Department of Justice federal lawsuit against the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona – – one of the few sheriffs in America willing to stand up to the U.S. Government and protect citizens by enforcing existing immigration law – – for alleged civil rights infractions. Some characterize this as a “witch hunt”.
- Filing of a U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division suit against an Arizona community college for asking a non-citizen applying for a job to produce their green card.
- Filing of a federal lawsuit and then an appeal to overturn a judge’s ruling that the Obama Administration cannot arbitrarily shut down all oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and throw 26,000 Americans out of work because of the mistakes and poor practices of one company.
- Refusing to enforce civil rights and federal election law prohibiting people standing outside of polling places with club-like weapons in Philadelphia during the 2008 national election.
And the list of such things under Attorney General Eric Holder goes on and on. So I ask … is this how you want your top law enforcement officer to operate?
Just a suggestion – – – let’s return government to its original purpose. The U.S. Justice Department, which was not even created until June 1870 or almost 100 years after the birth of the country, has become a monster. It is going after the very things we hold most dear and trying to crush true patriots. Here is a brief history of the Justice Department from Wikipedia, which can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Justice
- “The Attorney General was initially a one-person, part-time job, established by the Judiciary Act of 1789, but this grew with the bureaucracy.
- “At one time the Attorney General gave legal advice to the U.S. Congress as well as the President, but this had stopped by 1819 on account of the workload involved.
- “In 1867, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, led by Congressman William Lawrence, conducted an inquiry into the creation of a “law department” headed by the Attorney General and composed of the various department solicitors and United States attorneys. On February 19, 1868, Lawrence introduced a bill in Congress to create the Department of Justice. This first bill was unsuccessful.
- “A second bill was introduced to Congress by Rhode Island Representative Thomas Jenckes on February 25, 1870, and both the Senate and House passed the bill. President Ulysses S. Grant then signed the bill into law on June 22, 1870.
- “The Department of Justice officially began operations on July 1, 1870.”
I’m wondering if anyone at Wikipedia will have the guts to add this language to the official history?
- In 2010 it became known through a former U.S. Justice Department employee that senior officials would no longer prosecute any civil rights charges against persons of color involving potential violations against white people. Later that year the Department sued judges over rulings it didn’t like (Gulf of Mexico oil rigs), and sued the State of Arizona and a community college in Arizona to push its political agenda for illegal aliens. Other departments of the Federal government also began to fill with radicals, including the Department of Labor which actually paid for and ran public advertisements asking illegal aliens to call them for help if they felt they were not being paid fairly in the jobs illegally obtained in the U.S.
Now that we know the Founders never intended to have an over-reaching group of attorneys telling states and citizens what to do, perhaps we should look at scaling back their authority.
Also, who should get your vote as the extremist? Glenn Beck or Eric Holder?