Any Democrat in office, including President Obama, must be exhausted. Republicans only know one thing; how to attack. They refuse to work for positive solutions in Washington and say ‘no’ before the legislation is offered. I would assume that resignation would be a number one priority for many of them.
Eric Holder announced Thursday, September 25, 2014, that he was resigning his post as Attorney General after six years. He is the first African-American to hold the position. His battles with Republicans have been many and fierce.
In 2010 after Arizona announced a ‘new and tougher immigration law.’ Before he read the entire bill, Holder said that he was afraid it might lead to ‘racial profiling.’ Republicans immediately criticized him. After he read the legislation in its entirety, he filed a lawsuit against the state in July. A battle was waged until the Supreme Court struck down the major provisions of the law in 2012.
In 2011 Holder announce his department would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, a Republican sponsored bill and passed into law. He then petitioned for the bill to be struck down. He believed that the bill violated the rights of same sex couples to receive federal benefits.
His biggest battle was with Darrell Issa, Republican Representative from California. A botched sting attempt aimed at federal firearms resulted in the Mexican Drug Cartels capturing over 2,000 weapons. The sting was called ‘Operation Fast and Furious.’
In 2011 Issa presented 7,600 pages of documents claiming that Holder knew about the operation much sooner than he stated in his sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. Issa announced in April, 2012, that he was preparing documents to bring Holder up on charges of Contempt of Congress. Holder offered to supply all documents to Issa’s office, with the stipulation that the matter would end. Issa declined the offer. Holder said he believed he had made a fair offer and described what he believed to be the real intent; “It’s an election-year tactic intended to distract attention.”
Other Republicans jumped into the fracas including then Presidential Candidate, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Senator John Cornyn, ranking member of the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security; both calling for Holder to resign.
In September, 2012, the United States Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General cleared the Attorney General of any other wrongdoing. Holder made one final statement. “It is unfortunate that some were so quick to make baseless accusations before they possessed the facts about these operations – accusations that turned out to be without foundation and that have caused a great deal of unnecessary harm and confusion.”
In true Republican fashion, beating a dead horse, they did not give up their attempts to remove Holder from office. Republican Representative Pete Olson of Texas filed an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Holder for Operation Fast and Furious. Nineteen other Republicans co-authored the resolution.
Holder has now resigned. The truth behind the constant badgering of the right wing is that he was a constant critic of Wall Street and the Banking Industry; supporters of the Republican Party.
Negative actions have dominated the 112th and 113th Congress’. Presently Congress should accept the label of ‘the do absolutely nothing Congress.’ Not a single positive idea has come from the right side of the aisle since 2009. It is an embarrassment to be a member of this group of men and women. Resignation should be their number one priority.