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Monday, January 05, 2009

A hold on Holder--convincing a confirmed statist

One of the most important political fronts right now in the fight to defeat forcible citizen disarmament is blocking the nomination of rabidly anti-gun Eric Holder's confirmation as Attorney General. David Codrea is hoping to mobilize gun rights advocates (which tends to be a more monumental task than it should be--and I'm as guilty of being slow to act as anyone) here and here, and also with today's Gun Rights Examiner column, here.

In taking up this endeavor, David joins Jeff Knox, who has been sounding this alarm for a while now (here, here, and here).

Mike Vanderboegh (here and here) and Western Rifle Association have also been getting the ball rolling. I'm sure I'm missing some, but you get the idea--Eric Holder as Attorney General, as part of an Obama/Biden administration, with the Congress we have coming in, would be an absolute nightmare for the gun rights movement--but it's not a done deal, and can be stopped, with sufficient resolve and willingness to get involved on our parts.

The problem for me is that my United States Senator (my only U.S. Senator, for the moment, unless the appointment of rabidly anti-gun Roland Burris, by rabidly anti-gun and nearly unimaginably corrupt Governor Blagojevich, succeeds soon) is rabidly anti-gun Senator Dick Durbin. Obviously, all the excellent reasons to oppose Holder's nomination laid out in the above links won't help--he, no doubt, sees Holder's radical agenda of citizen disarmament as a good thing.

Therefore, I decided to point out some other reasons to oppose Holder's appointment. The letter I came up with will hopefully be convincing to a statist like Durbin. Keep in mind that I don't hold some of the sentiments implied in the letter (referring to tax evasion as "nothing less than theft, on a massive scale, from the American people," for example), but I think that Durbin might be receptive to them. Not especially honorable, perhaps, but as David says, "Any chair in a bar fight." Anyway, the following is what I'll be sending to Senator Durbin. Perhaps others with rabid statists for Senators might see something in it they can use.

Dear Senator Durbin,

As you are no doubt well aware, the Senate will soon be tasked with determining the suitability of President-elect Obama's choice of Eric Holder for United States Attorney General. Frankly, I would have difficulty imagining a less suitable choice, and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to refuse to confirm his appointment.

As Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration, Mr. Holder played a significant role in securing the presidential pardon of billionaire financier Marc Rich, whose tax evasion crimes constitute nothing less than theft, on a massive scale, from the American people. Some dismiss Mr. Holder's role in that pardon as nothing more than obedience to former President Clinton's quite legal (if extremely ill-advised and distasteful) prerogative, but the evidence points to Mr. Holder having played a large part in the pardon*.

Perhaps even worse is the prominent role Mr. Holder played in the granting of clemency to sixteen FALN terrorists. In an era when Americans face nearly unprecedented danger from terrorists, it would be the height of madness to entrust the Department of Justice to a man with anything less than a relentless drive to hunt down and stop every violent, radical extremist who threatens the safety, and indeed the very lives, of American citizens.

In the trying days that lie ahead, the United States will certainly need an Attorney General with vastly better judgment than can be counted on from Eric Holder. Senator Durbin, as your constituent, I urge you to fulfill your responsibility as a United States Senator, and block this dangerous appointment. Failure to do so would be an inexcusable dereliction of your duty to the American people. History never looks kindly on such failings.

* "Pardon is Back in Focus for the Justice Nominee," New York Times, Dec. 1, 2008

Thank you,
Kurt Hofmann
Follow the above links, and let your senators know that you will be holding them to their obligation to refuse to confirm clearly disastrous choices for important Cabinet positions. Those who cannot be bothered to do so will have no one to blame but themselves.

Update: For those with anti-gun senators who didn't yet get a letter written, David Codrea has something for you. No--this isn't yelling at you for not moving (although we really do need to be moving on this)--it's just that David came up with a lot of good stuff that I didn't think of, for convincing even a citizen disarmament advocating senator that Holder would be a disaster. Actually, even though I have sent a letter, I think I'll now be sending another.

7 comments:

opaww said...

Mind if I copy and use your letter to send to my congressman? Yours is far better writen that anything I could do.

45superman said...

Don't mind at all. The reason I posted it was so that people could use as much of it as they thought would be useful.

opaww said...

Thanks a lot...I have already trashed 3 versions of a letter I was going to send your make much more sense and far more elequent

45superman said...

I don't imagine what I wrote is any better than you could manage, but some folks tend to be their own worst critics, and never like anything they wrote themselves.

I tend to crank out some words, whether they make much sense, or not.

opaww said...

I sent this to my Senato... it is yours except I add a little at the bottom

Dear Senator McConnell

As you are no doubt well aware, the Senate will soon be tasked with determining the suitability of President-elect Obama's choice of Eric Holder for United States Attorney General. Frankly, I would have difficulty imagining a less suitable choice, and I urge you in the strongest possible terms to refuse to confirm his appointment.

As Deputy Attorney General in the Clinton administration, Mr. Holder played a significant role in securing the presidential pardon of billionaire financier Marc Rich, whose tax evasion crimes constitute nothing less than theft, on a massive scale, from the American people. Some dismiss Mr. Holder's role in that pardon as nothing more than obedience to former President Clinton's quite legal (if extremely ill-advised and distasteful) prerogative, but the evidence points to Mr. Holder having played a large part in the pardon*.

Perhaps even worse is the prominent role Mr. Holder played in the granting of clemency to sixteen FALN terrorists. In an era when Americans face nearly unprecedented danger from terrorists, it would be the height of madness to entrust the Department of Justice to a man with anything less than a relentless drive to hunt down and stop every violent, radical extremist who threatens the safety, and indeed the very lives, of American citizens.

In the trying days that lie ahead, the United States will certainly need an Attorney General with vastly better judgment than can be counted on from Eric Holder. Senator McConnell, as your constituent, I urge you to fulfill your responsibility as a United States Senator, and block this dangerous appointment. Failure to do so would be an inexcusable dereliction of your duty to the American people. History never looks kindly on such failings.

These are but a few of my concerns in the nomination of Eric Holder for United States Attorney General, other include but not limited to His extreme Anti-Gun stance, The possible involvement in the Waco cover up, and a possible connection to a cover up of a death related to the Oklahoma City Federal building Bombing. Though some of it may be speculation, it places the American people at an uneasy feeling toward Eric Holder.

* "Pardon is Back in Focus for the Justice Nominee," New York Times, Dec. 1, 2008

Thank you,
James R. (opaww) Misenhimer

the pistolero said...

That's a great letter. I'll see what I can come up with as well.

45superman said...

Thanks, Pistolero, but I think if I had waited to see David's ideas, I think the letter would have been much better.

Actually, I think I need to write another.