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America's First Black Attorney General to Step Down

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Attorney General Eric Holder is calling it quits after six years of being America's top law enforcement official. He will stay on the job until his replacement is confirmed later this year or early next. President Obama is set to make the announcement official at 4:30 EST today.

    I've always been a huge fan of Attorney General Holder and am really sad to see him go. Congressional Republicans and the Republican Party in general have treated him with disrespect and with an unusual personal disdain throughout his tenure, which is something that has always made me sick to my stomach. I have my personal beliefs as to why Republicans treated him in such a way, but I will keep them to myself for now.

    Holder may be hated on the right, but I think he will be remembered on the left in a much different way. He has done more to expose the injustice that is rampant in our criminal justice system than anyone before him. He helped narrow the blatantly racist rules and regulations that send blacks and other minorities to far longer prison sentences for using the same drug in a different way. Holder was also a strong advocate of marriage equality long before many other liberals. He light the spark that eventually led to the demise of DOMA when he wrote a 2011 letter to Speaker Boehner informing him that the Justice Department will no longer defend the blatantly anti-gay law in court. The Supreme Court later ruled DOMA unconstitutional.

    Needless to say, I will miss Holder. Whoever replaces him will have some very large shoes to fill.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Eric Holder resigns, good.
  • Center Left
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    Republicans.....?.......
    The repubs hated him because they are mostly racists. Do you think that he would be a good candidate for the Supreme court if an opening happened during Mr. Obamas term ? Just curious.

    He also fought against states who changed voting laws in an attempt to make it harder for blacks to vote.
  • Democrat
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    Just as many politicians that have departed office with a large part of the population critical of their achievements, these same politicians go on to achieve even brighter accomplishments in the name of justice and freedom. Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and now Eric Holder continue on to greater achievements. These politicians have been beaten down by the cruel environment their office has presented. The taking of a government office should be sympathy for those that try to make improvements in the system that is corrupt and in contempt of the American people. American's desire holding people responsible and that means anybody and not having a day in court or a trial by peers. Americans just want false justice and the opposing parties, they just want it their way even if it means accepting corruption. Opposing parties lie, cheat and promote false advertising in order to make their agenda at whatever it costs. It costs American's trust and freedom by bending the laws toward the rich, greedy and power trusts.

    Eric Holder, I believe is a good man and a trusting person that American's should have allowed him to act in his office. Is there things beyond his control? You bet there are and if decisions go against the flow of corruption and power, all hell will come down on Holder or the Attorney General's Office. I believe that Eric Holder would have desired to go out of office with the Obama Administration. Look at Robert Kennedy, assassinated for his role in attacking corruption. The same can be for John F. Kennedy, who was up against many in office desiring to exercise their power beyond the Office of the President. Politics is corrupted and you don't have to go far to see where the money goes to how America will proceed. The corruption of money in politics, such as the Koch brothers, and the groups that channel funding into political campaigns is as criminal as I can believe. It may be legal today, but people in the Attorney General's Office and the Presidential Office will someday have the correct law of the land on campaign funding including terrorism, law enforcement, security, immigration, and protecting all America interests.

    If anybody thinks they can do a better job than Eric Holder, than step right up and make your call for the Attorney General. I dare anybody to make that call and say your the right person for the job and know how to lead America. If you can't make that call on Holder's Office, than why do you think he has done a bad job? A saying often said goes, "If you not contributing to a solution than why do you complain?". America needs leaders not wimpy complainers that do not have the courage to stand up for freedom.
  • Democrat
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    the Department of Justice does not need a activist Atty.General, the Atty. general is a prosecutor and must follow the Rule of Law whether or nor he agrees with it, there should be no selective prosecutions but prosecutions that are both fair and unbiased, and also not to be intrusive on State prosecutions because of political reasons, here is where Eric Holder failed miserably. Had he voiced his intended policies where prosecutions would be selectively enforced during his confirmation hearings, do really believe that he would have received the confirmation vote?

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote:

    the Department of Justice does not need a activist Atty.General, the Atty. general is a prosecutor and must follow the Rule of Law whether or nor he agrees with it, there should be no selective prosecutions but prosecutions that are both fair and unbiased, and also not to be intrusive on State prosecutions because of political reasons, here is where Eric Holder failed miserably. Had he voiced his intended policies where prosecutions would be selectively enforced during his confirmation hearings, do really believe that he would have received the confirmation vote?

    Can you name just one Attorney General our country has ever had that fits this standard? Attorney General's always have and always will be partisan. It doesn't matter what side of the aisle they are on. To suggest Eric Holder is some runaway Attorney General who only enforces the laws he wants to enforce only shows your bias.
  • Liberal
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    We need a lot more like him in Washington!
  • Democrat
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    Jared, you could not be more correct. As Fox news had a Republican Senator gives his analogy of Holder's Office, he quickly subscribed to the idea that an Attorney General should not be involved with politics and be only about current law. An Attorney General should be about promoting civil rights, immigration, protecting America from terror and criminal acts. An Attorney General should champion changes in law to increase freedom and rights to every American citizen. If the law is incorrect, than he should have the knowledge and power to say "No", and add direction to American politics. This was all about DOMA, which was rendered incorrect and was changed by the Supreme Court. Holder did right to challenge the DOMA law at the time and force a civil rights change to American citizens. Holder protected our American freedoms and will be held in history as being one of the best Attorney Generals the United States have produced. If Holder hasn't got one already, he should be awarded the Medal of Freedom by the Presidents Office.

    As for someone who is against anything Limbaugh says, I have to agree with what's on Politico about Rush. Rush is indicating the Holder is up for a Supreme Court position. I like it. I fully support it and I sure hope America gets a new Supreme Court Judge as Eric Holder. Maybe Scalia will leave, so Holder can step in. SCOTUS will dramatically change with Holder on the Court.
  • Democrat
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    So any law the Congress passes and the Atty. General feels is wrong , he should be allowed to decide whether or not to enforce it, bypassing the entire Judicial Branch of the government that hears Appeals and which makes the determination of what's considered constitutional or not, that would make that position (Atty. General) the most powerful position in the United States, and you would like that authority to be in the hands of one person. wow!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: So any law the Congress passes and the Atty. General feels is wrong , he should be allowed to decide whether or not to enforce it, bypassing the entire Judicial Branch of the government that hears Appeals and which makes the determination of what's considered constitutional or not, that would make that position (Atty. General) the most powerful position in the United States, and you would like that authority to be in the hands of one person. wow!
    That is not even remotely what I said, but I must applaud you for one heck of a straw man argument.

    What I did say is that you seem to have an odd hatred of this singular Attorney General when all Attorney General's our country's ever had have been partisan politicians. I challenge you to name one, just one, Attorney General in our two hundred plus year history that was not a partisan. I have a feeling that you will struggle mightly with this if you have any elementary knowledge of Attorney General's past.

    Let's talk about our most recent (confirmed) Attorney General, Michael Mukasey. He once told the American Bar Association, during his tenure as Attorney General, that "not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime." I'm sure you see nothing wrong in that, being someone who leans heavily to the right, but how would you react to Eric Holder saying something like that? I have a guess as to how you would.

    How about Alberto Gonzalez? Did you feel that he was a runaway Attorney General when he fired multiple District Attorney's for political reasons? Could you imagine if Eric Holder fired a bunch of right leaning DA's? Or what if Eric Holder told a Senate hearing that not every American citizen has a right to writ of habeas corpus? All hell would break loose if he ever said something like that.

    These are just two recent examples of former Attorney General's doing things that you would surely call for a resignation if they had been done by a Democrat. It's ok to have differing political leanings, but it's quite easy to expose your blatant hypocrisy.
  • Democrat
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    johnnycee Wrote: So any law the Congress passes and the Atty. General feels is wrong , he should be allowed to decide whether or not to enforce it, bypassing the entire Judicial Branch of the government that hears Appeals and which makes the determination of what's considered constitutional or not, that would make that position (Atty. General) the most powerful position in the United States, and you would like that authority to be in the hands of one person. wow!
    That is not even remotely what I said, but I must applaud you for one heck of a straw man argument.

    What I did say is that you seem to have an odd hatred of this singular Attorney General when all Attorney General's our country's ever had have been partisan politicians. I challenge you to name one, just one, Attorney General in our two hundred plus year history that was not a partisan. I have a feeling that you will struggle mightly with this if you have any elementary knowledge of Attorney General's past.

    Let's talk about our most recent (confirmed) Attorney General, Michael Mukasey. He once told the American Bar Association, during his tenure as Attorney General, that "not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime." I'm sure you see nothing wrong in that, being someone who leans heavily to the right, but how would you react to Eric Holder saying something like that? I have a guess as to how you would.

    How about Alberto Gonzalez? Did you feel that he was a runaway Attorney General when he fired multiple District Attorney's for political reasons? Could you imagine if Eric Holder fired a bunch of right leaning DA's? Or what if Eric Holder told a Senate hearing that not every American citizen has a right to writ of habeas corpus? All hell would break loose if he ever said something like that.

    These are just two recent examples of former Attorney General's doing things that you would surely call for a resignation if they had been done by a Democrat. It's ok to have differing political leanings, but it's quite easy to expose your blatant hypocrisy.
    Actually my reply was to AMC, and what is it with you that you feel that you must criticize damn near every posting of mine, I did not like what this Atty. Gen. did regarding a Philly voter intimidation case back in 08, first impressions are a tough item to run away from, coupled that with the "Fast & Furious" mess which many people died including a Border Agent, the complete disdain of a contempt of congress citation from this top law enforcement officer in the country which shows a total disrespect for Congress, lets not go into the terror trials needing to done in criminal Courts rather than Military Tribunals where they belong, I could go one but why bother, you feel this guy was the best thing to happen to the Justice Dept. since sliced bread, which is your right however it is also my right to hold a different opinion, which I do. I do not care to debate this issue with you because so many times in our prior debates it usually ended up with you calling me names and other left handed asides that were not germane to the issue in discussion. Your whole point of debating is ferret out who you deem to be DINO's or anyone else who holds a different views than yours. So good day. Please don't respond as my original posting was not in reply to any of your postings.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    johnnycee Wrote: Please don't respond as my original posting was not in reply to any of your postings.
    I'll respond whenever I feel it will further a discussion. I'm sorry to hurt your feelings, but I will continue to expose any members hypocrisy and blatantly anti-Democratic opinions. This is the Democratic Hub, not the Drudge Report.

    I'd also remind you that you were the very first person to respond to my original posting. Were you just talking to yourself?

    To bring this back to the topic at hand--Attorney General's always have and always will be political. To suggest otherwise is just nonsense.
  • Democrat
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    And that reply was to my feelings towards Eric Holder and that was, which I will repeat, was that Eric Holder resigns ,good. nothing more ,nothing less.
  • Liberal
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    Johnny you always seem to be on the wrong side of every argument perhaps you would be better off posting on a conservative Republican site where people will understand where you're coming from, because we sure don't here!
  • Democrat
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    As I stated before , there was a very learned man who was fond of saying that a group of like minded men who reach a certain conclusion, does not mean that it is the right conclusion, so it is here, if you feel that only liked minded individuals, as your self, are only welcomed on this site, please leave that requirement on the application to enter this site, oh, I am sorry I thought you were the moderator, for some weird reason you feel that Democrats should not have to follow the Constitution, and if they have those thoughts and ideals of following the Constitution then they are not to be considered a Democrat, you firmly believe that that this country nation should always be divided by parties, as long as the Democrats are on top, come November there might well be a change, I don't know if it will be for the better or not, but I suppose everything you accuse the GOP of doing during President Obama's terms in office as far as blocking legislation goes, the remaining Democrats will be doing the same thing, that is the nature of politics. I believe voters should be independent and fully informed on all issues, and not just one favorite issue, I believe campaign promises should be kept or at the very least a reason should be given as to why that particular newly elected official could not keep that promise, I also think all of the Congressional people should not stop from working just to ensure their re-election, let their record speak for them. I believe all Bills should be stand alone Bills and after they are passed and amendments are needed, let them vote on that issue alone, do away with all {Walking around monies}, and every lobbyist should banned from contacting congressional people about their own stated purposes. that is where I stand politically I am ,for the umphteth time, a registered Democrat as well as an Election Day Judge, I owe no one an explanation of my views other then what I already stated. PGR, I do not hold it against you that you are non-believer, but yet you hold it against me that I am a Christian, what does it matter to you to what Deity I worship or not, my opinions are mine nonetheless, also I choose whether I leave a site or not, not you, if I obey the rules of the site, then there is no problem, if the Moderators of the site feel that my postings are either too provocative or inflammatory then I am sure they will inform me otherwise I am here to stay, deal with it.