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Meet Eric Holder

Our new Attorney General, Clintonista Eric Holder, has come out of the box on the attack.In a speech to employees of the Justice Department on Wednesday, he described the United States as “essentially a nation of cowards” on matters of race.He also said that we do not talk enough with each other about matters of race, that is, we as average Americans do not.He called for greater levels of comfort and tolerance in such conversations with each other. Justice Department employees were told they have a special responsibility to advance racial understanding. Well, that is quite  a sermon or whatever you might choose to call it. Assuming for the moment that he is somewhat accurate, try the following comment on for size.

Rep James Clyburn, Democrat, SC has said that opposition to the stimulus is an insult to him and a slap in the face of African-Americans. His spokesman, Hope Derrick, said he didn’t mean that those governors who had expressed opposition to the stimulus  were racially motivated. By the way, one of the guvs in question is Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, the son of Indian immigrants.

So, we can we say about all this. Is there racism in this country still, sure. Will it always exist, probably in some degree or another. Should we work at its elimination?  Certainly, we should. However,  I take some issue with some of what Mr Holder said. For example, average Americans probably doesn’t include Washington insiders, which, of course, he is. Calling people as a group, as an entire nation; basically, cowards, doesn’t seem to me to  be an approach designed to improve the climate of discussion.

Perhaps, the most telling thing he said  may have sounded the most innocuous. He, the country’s top law enforcement official tells  Justice employees they have a special responsibility in this area. Well, who are the employees of the Justice Department? Among groups that come to mind are the FBI, ATF, U S Marshals, U S Attorneys and so on. Folks, these people and others among enforce laws. Surely he doesn’t mean that the government would deign to involve itself even more in people’s lives and relationships? Guess we will have to wait and see.

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February 19, 2009 - Posted by | Culture, Politics | , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. With Holder calling us the American people a nation of cowards reminds me of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and all the anti-American things he said about our great nation. When Jeremiah Wright said that the chickens came home to roost, I wonder if he was talking about Barack Obama roosting in the Whitehouse!

    Comment by goodtimepolitics | February 21, 2009 | Reply


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