One of the things I admire about the military is their complete willingness to totally subjugate themselves to the civil government. Generals and admirals may disagree with Congress and the president, but they have sworn an oath to uphold the constitution, which means when Congress and the president tell them to jump, they ask, “How high?”
The president is our “king” in the United States. One of the reasons why we adopted the Constitution of the United States is because the Articles of Confederation did not provide for a king-like administrator, which means our government was inept. Of course, we limit the powers of our “king” with checks and balances. The senate must approve any appointment, and the Congress writes the budget and legislates what parameters the administration can operate under. The House can impeach anyone from the administration it pleases, for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”, and the Senate must try such impeachments.
This kind of behavior by Eric Holder troubles me. Eric Holder is our Attorney General of the United States. This is a position which the senate has approved him for, and which he holds until such a time as the House decides he has done something worthy of impeachment and impeaches him, and the senate convicts. It is also held within the confine of the laws that the Congress writes, and the budgets that the Congress passes.
In other words, they serve at the whim of the Congress, and under the direction of the Congress. Every red cent of spending is their business. Every official action is their business. Treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors are their business.
When Congress asks Eric Holder to come testify, they are asking him to explain why they should not impeach him, or defund him, or write new rules making his life more difficult. The proper attitude that Eric Holder should have is the same attitude someone going before his boss should have.
Eric Holder’s outrage at being questioned about Fast & Furious is troubling. Does Eric Holder think that his position gives him power over congress, or that he is free to do as he pleases without congressional oversight? If so, does the think that the limits the constitution has placed on our “king” do not apply to him? If he really believes this, then he is an enemy to our people, or at least, those of us who still value the constitution. Perhaps he imagines Barack Obama as some sort of king who answers to no one but God for his behavior, and has the right of rule given to him by God. With his official position given to him by King Obama, Eric Holder supposes he too is a sort of king in his position, answerable only to God and the king.
It’s this sort of thing that really troubles me. Has Eric Holder never heard of English history? Does he not know about Roman history, or Greek history, or any history of any country that ever had a king?
Or does Eric Holder think he is somehow exempt from that sort of thing. Are we a new people, fundamentally different than our ancestors from 200 or 2,000 years ago?
Maybe he thinks he is a superior human being, Homo Sapiens Sapiens Superior. He has somehow evolved the right to rule over the inferior Homo Sapiens Sapiens race, and how dare anyone, let alone a lowly representative from Idaho (of all places!) question his behavior!
Sure, we can handle things like this. If someone rises up proclaiming a right to rule, then someone else must rise up claiming the same to throw down such a ruler. We call those things civil wars, and they are nasty affairs. The Constitution of the United States was designed to allow us to overthrow our governments without blood. The reason why our past elected officials are not dead is because the Constitution of the United States saved their lives from the people who would organize and overthrow them.
Viewed this way, Eric Holder should be hiding behind the constitution the same way soldiers hide behind hard cover in a firefight. If he has some beef with the representative from Idaho, he should be citing article, section, and paragraph to explain why he gets to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal.
Of course, rational thought isn’t a strong suit among liberals like Eric Holder. It’s why they’re liberals in the first place.