Assigned Reading: Justice Thwarts Black Panther Subpoenas
(FROM: The Washington Times)
The oldest habit in debate is to call your enemy two things: stupid and evil. I always thought it was funny that people would simultaneously accuse George W. Bush of being some kind of sinister, despotic mastermind and an illiterate idiot at the same time. Some of those liberals who were more sensitive to cognitive dissonance tried to resolve the conflict by casting Cheney as the smart evil one, and Bush as the stupid tool.
I see the same kind of tension from Obama’s critics. Is he an empty suit? A figurehead? Or a progressive socialist mastermind? My own belief is that he’s a clueless academic. His politics are dangerous in and of themselves, but he’s not a committed ideologue. He’s a progressive because that’s what all over-educated, under-experienced elites are. Its more of a fashion statement than principled position.
This doesn’t make our country any more safe, but it does explain bizarre behavior like the decision to risk incredible potential damage to protect a few clueless thugs from the New Black Panthers.
Could it be that President Obama’s legal team is imploding due to a voter intimidation case involving the New Black Panther Party?
I haven’t been following this story as much as I should have, and so a lot of the information was news to me. Not only has the DoJ refused to prosecute the obvious crimes, but they are now resisting subpoenas and instructing DoJ employees to do the same despite the fact that it’s legally questionable (at best!) and thus puts the employees at personal legal risk. Could the bizarre and possibly criminal behavior be behind the sudden resignation of Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, “the No. 2 man in the whole department”? Why are Justice Department officials dropping like flies?
I don’t know, but I agree with Rep. Wolf (R-VA):
Holder and them have done a terrible job on this. This has just been handled so poorly…. You can’t hide these things. There is something wrong here. There is something very wrong. When it all comes out, I think it will be very bad.