Contempt Of Congress Not About Holder’s Skin Color

It had to happen: Al Sharpton has weighed in on Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress. And as reasonable minds would anticipate, Sharpton has made it about color of skin. Following is part of what he had to say.


“The highest officer of law and order in this nation has been ridiculed, scapegoated and handled as some sort of criminal throughout this ‘investigation.’ Turning over thousands of documents and overextending himself, AG Holder was spoken to and mistreated as if he were a child, and reminded that despite his esteemed position, he can and would be profiled. AG Holder was in essence ‘stopped & frisked’ without probable cause, and after he cooperated, he was made an example of. What Issa just showed us is that no matter what our stature in this world, someone can easily try to ‘put us in our place.’ What could be more outrageous?” (Attorney General Eric Holder Has Been ‘Stopped and Frisked’;; 6/20/12)


In response to Sharpton‘s question, “What could be more outrageous?”–I’ll be glad to answer.


America is a nation of laws, and apart from child abuse and human trafficking, what greater crimes are there than murder, government sponsored illegal enterprise that results in murder, and an attempt to subvert the Constitution of The United States by those sworn to uphold and defend it?


As it now stands, we know the results of the aforementioned, but we do not know the participants. Ergo, it is imperative to leave no slip of paper unturned in the investigation of same. As is the case with any criminal investigation that means everyone and everything must be looked at for the purpose of determining their and/or its involvement in the crime. And it is important to keep in mind that Operation Fast and Furious was not a botched gun-running sting; it was an illegal gun-running operation disguised as a gun-running sting.


Federal government employees and hundreds of other innocent people were murdered as a direct result of the more than 2,000 assault weapons covertly placed in the hands of the most violent drug cartels known. Gun shop owners were illegally coerced into going along with actions that they knew to be illegal.


This was not the act of a lone gunman or a rogue agent. It is incestuously intertwined in the highest offices in the federal government. Those responsible for these acts must be found, arrested, and brought to justice for the sake of those murdered and for the sanctity of justice.


There is also the very important issue of ensuring the sanctity of not just our system of laws, but, even more important, ensuring that the ongoing sanctity of the Constitution not be undermined by ruthless Euro-socialist anarchists bent on subverting it.


Sharpton, of all people, should know that and he, of all people, should support that. In America, criminal investigations are not based on status, wealth, position, or color. They are based on getting to the bottom of the crime and bringing the offenders to justice.


It is not about race and shame on Sharpton for attempting to make it so. How dare he use race as a ploy to prevent Holder from cooperating with Congress and any other law enforcement agency that deems it necessary to investigate his role in the commission of a crime. The idea that Holder is somehow above the law or that he is protected from having to comply with the investigation in totality based upon his willingness to cooperate in all areas of the investigation flies in the face of our system of jurisprudence.


President Nixon and all of his senior staff had to comply with the investigation into Watergate; all those involved in the savings and loan scandal known as the Keating Five had to comply–to mention but two incidents. But Sharpton would have us believe that because Holder is black and the attorney general he is somehow above this. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was held in contempt of Congress and was forced to comply with the Congressional investigation into the firing of Justice Department attorneys. 


I repeat: we are a nation of laws and no one is above them regardless of what Obama and Holder believe and regardless of Sharpton’s claims that it is wrong for a black man who holds high elected office to comply with a Congressional investigation.  Neither Holder’s color nor his position permits him to decide what papers he will turn over and/or in what way he cooperates with a criminal investigation to determine the involvement of his department.




About the Author:

Mychal Massie is chairman of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives-Project 21 – a conservative black think tank located in Washington, D.C. He was recognized as the 2008 Conservative Man of the Year by the Conservative Party of Suffolk County, N.Y. In 2011, he was recognized as one of the most influential black conservative Republicans. He is a nationally recognized political activist, pundit, and syndicated op-ed columnist. He is a frequent keynote speaker and former host of the top-rated radio talk-show “Straight Talk with Mychal Massie.” He has been a guest on every major cable news network and talk-radio programming worldwide. He is frequently quoted by authors and program hosts alike. His positions on a colorblind society, educational reform, abortion, individual responsibility, limited government are forthright and unyielding. A provocative, outside the box, visionary thinker, in February 2011 Mychal hosted an “empty chair debate” at the National Press Club, after Al Sharpton, Marc Morial Chairman of the National Urban League, and former Congressman and co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus Walter Fauntroy, refused to debate him on the merits of their accusations of racism.


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