The following is a brief excerpt from Chapter 1 of my new book: “The Way Things Oughta be,” released by Everly Books. This segment pertains to the U.S. Attorney General’s office. The book covers 36 chapters and hundreds of issues
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Subject matter in this particular chapter was written a year ago, which should have, and could have, included the morass involving the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s wrong doings while Secretary of State.
“The office of president of the United States is not supposed to be above the law. In the first seven years of serving as president, Barack Obama has ostensibly violated numerous laws and established procedures in order to further his chosen agendas. Among them: implementing the Dream Act by executive fiat, making recess appointments when the senate was in session; changing Obamacare laws on the fly without congressional action, authorizing military action in Libya without congressional approval, killing American citizens with drone strikes in other countries, disregarding illegal gun running by the Justice Department in Fast & Furious, IRS selecting adversaries based on political leanings, and so forth. Who is going to hold him accountable? The Attorney General? The New York Times? Those entities have proven to be the president’s loyal guardians.
“The Fast and Furious scandal along with Benghazi and the IRS probes based on selective political targets were deserving of investigations by a special prosecutor. Those functions would normally come under come under the umbrella of the Justice Department, but we’re not holding our breath. Attorney General Eric Holder established an impenetrable protective moat around the Oval Office, ensuring that no legal harm would come to the president from his “enemies.”
“As in the Nixon Watergate scandal, these kinds of serious cases warrant a special prosecutor who should be appointed by the president or the attorney general, but as we see, that has not happened. Too bad Bill Clinton didn’t have Eric Holder for an attorney general during the Monica Lewinski affair. There would never have been an impeachment, and illicit White House activities could have continued in the shadows, integrity be damned.
“Some folks will say, “So what? Kennedy did it. He was a womanizer, as were other past presidents.” Saying “so what” is exactly what’s wrong. The president is the national exemplar for role models. If a president can get away with illicit conduct, why not the rest of us?
“‘Tis all a sad reflection of an apathetic populous and the absence of effective watchdogs.
The Way Things Oughta Be:
- Establish the attorney general as an elective office, not appointed by the president as a personal protector. Attorney generals should be accountable to the people, not to the head of government. In 45 state systems, attorneys generals are elected, not beholden to governors. They must be an independent investigative, enforcement and prosecutorial arm of the federal government, not a political entity with diehard loyalty to the president. By retaining them as presidential appointments, we keep politics in the equation.