It's About Rule Of Law Not Politics
U.S. Federal border officer Brian Terry is dead. U.S. Federal border agent Jaime Zapata is dead. Hundreds of innocent Mexicans are dead including Mexican attorney Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez who was the brother of Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez, the former Chihuahua state attorney general. What they have in common is that they were all murdered by guns that were placed in the hands of the most notorious Mexican drug cartels known.
They were put in the hands of these ruthless criminals by the illegal (White House/Justice Department/ATF) gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious–an illegal operation that coerced American gun shop owners along the border to allow straw purchasers to buy thousands of assault weapons which were in turn placed in the hands of the drug cartels.
It is unjustifiable and unforgivable for Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to take the position that Chairman Issa is in some way being unfair to Eric Holder in demanding he turn over all documents subpoenaed by the committee.
It’s been nearly two full years and Holder has done nothing but stall, obfuscate, and lie. He has made no less than three major retractions of sworn testimony he made to the committee.
With that said, this shouldn’t be about politics it should be about justice. It should be about right and wrong. It should be about upholding the law. Every member of that Committee–as well as Eric Holder and Obama–swore an oath to uphold not only the Constitution but also the laws of the United States to the best of their ability. People are dead, including two Americans (that we know of), and they are dead specifically because of an illegal government operation that was a clandestine attempt to undermine the Constitutional right of We the People to own and bear arms.
The blood of those murdered by the illegal actions of the federal government screams out for justice. Eric Holder, with heretofore unwitnessed dissociative arrogance, told the Committee he had not only not spoken to the family of Brian Terry, but that he had not even made an attempt to do so. Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata were murdered protecting the American border; Trayvon Martin was a thug wannabe and yet the very same members of Congress, Holder and Obama were out front leading the cacophony of cries for justice. Do not the families of Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, and the families of the hundreds of Mexicans who were murdered deserve the same insistent calls for action?
This should never have been about politics. It should never have been about Democrat or Republican and I condemn those in the media who are reducing it to same. I condemn those members of the Committee such as Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, Elijah Cummings, D-MD, Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-DC, for being obstructionists instead of upholding the plain and straight forward rule of law.
Eric Holder is the highest law enforcement officer in America. It is his job, his sworn duty, to uphold the law–not exercise every tool of deceit and Machiavellian subterfuge to break the law for an even more egregious illegal pursuit. It is the job of the Congress and Obama’s White House to ensure that Holder does his job.
We are a nation of laws. It is not in the interest of truth, justice, and the maintaining of the law when those sworn to uphold same blatantly break the law and try to cover up their involvement in the criminal enterprise.
I must here point out that Speaker of the House, John Boehner, R-OH, must be singled out for condemnation, as well. Instead of playing golf with Obama, he should be using his position to demand, and force if necessary, that the rule of law be upheld. But instead, we have those sworn to uphold the law nefariously devising programs to break the law, and even more abominable–we witness those sworn to hold other elected officials and their appointees accountable insidiously searching out ways to do anything but.
This is the time for us to demand justice for those murdered and that those responsible for their murder, either directly or indirectly, vis-a`-vis the implementation of the illegal and criminal program responsible, be held accountable. It is time for us to tell our Congressmen and those running for office that we expect them to demand accountability, as well. It is time for us to write letters to the editors of our local newspapers making known when our Representatives ignore us, do not respond or when they respond with tepid or canned replies that have little if anything to do with our voiced concerns. We must call local and national talk shows and make known those Congresspersons who are less than helpful. And most important, we must demand that those working to bring justice to the Terry family, et al, stay the course.
In closing, I say to Elijah Cummings: “Don’t blow smoke in my direction.” If you were serious about leaving no stone unturned in bringing those responsible for these crimes to justice, you wouldn’t be attempting to block efforts to that end.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here