“There is a vast amount of discretion that a president has — and more specifically that an attorney general has,” Holder responded. “But that discretion has to be used in an appropriate way so that your acting consistent with the aims of the statute but at the same time making sure that you are acting in a way that is consistent with our values, consistent with the Constitution and protecting the American people.”
Aside from the absolute arrogance present in this statement and the assumption that the President and the AG have almost king-like powers to decide what laws mean and how and when to enforce them, I want you to focus on one particularly disturbing and important extract from Holder’s statement – this one:
“…at the same time making sure that you are acting in a way that is consistent with our values, consistent with the Constitution and protecting the American people.”
We already know that like Woodrow Wilson before them, Obama and Holder see the Constitution as an impediment to the progressive agenda and as an obstacle to be worked around, not obeyed. We also know that “protecting the American people” means “protecting some of the American people, especially the ones who are on board with the Democrat agenda.” The especially frightening part is that they are going to make “sure that you are acting in a way that is consistent with our values…”
That seems benign enough, right? Values are a good thing, aren’t they?
Well, like every crumb that falls from the “progressives” collective pie hole, you have to understand the context to understand the meaning. Holder’s statement reminded me of an interview Obama did with Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times in 2004 (originally reported on by none other than James Taranto ) where Obama said:
Falsani: Do you believe in sin?
Falsani: What is sin?
Obama: Being out of alignment with my values.
So if being out of line with Obama’s and Holder’s “values” are the equivalent of sin, that would seem to me to be the most salient example of the narcissistic core of today’s “progressive” ideology, would it not?
If Holder and Obama can determine what sin is, we are well and truly screwed as a country.
If all anchors to true values – the Constitution being the primary definition of them where government involvement and power resides – are fungible to the whims of the personal values of our President and Attorney General, we are truly living witnesses to the transformation of a representative republic into a sort of monarchy by proxy where “progressive” politicians can decide what the laws mean and change them as they see fit. This is the true development and deployment of the unitary executive and presages a move to make the other branches of government obsolete.
It is hard to hit a moving target, and Muhammad Ali wishes he could rope-a-dope half as well as the Justice Department.
Congress and the courts had better wake up before it is too late.
It may already be.