Bob Barr

As if any more proof was needed to buttress calls for Holder to step down, witness the Attorney General’s deafening silence following Obama’s recent proclamations that he will allow neither the Constitution nor the laws of this Land to stand in the way of his implementing through unilateral Executive action whatever he desires. For a sitting Attorney General to remain silent – even complicit – in the face of such flagrant flouting of our system of government, is – and ought to be – totally unacceptable to all Members of Congress; and to every citizen who understands – as did our Founding Father John Adams – that we are “a government of laws and not of men.”

The contrast between Holder during the Clinton Administration and Holder in the current Administration is -- in a broad sense -- a testament to the manner in which power in Washington can change men’s hearts and minds. On a more parochial level, it is a grim reminder of the culture of cronyism and backroom politics Obama brought with him to Washington, D.C. from his hometown of Chicago. That the nation’s “Top Law Enforcement Official” would fail in his duty to fight such actions is disappointing in the extreme.

Since my first call for his resignation last year, things have only gotten worse -- not better -- for the Department of Justice. And, time is quickly running out.

The President’s State of the Union push to govern extra-constitutionally, and Holder’s compliance therewith, opens the floodgates for what is to come from the Obama’s “legislate-by-Executive-Action” strategy; sure to last until the end of his term if not stopped by We the People -- through our elected representatives, court challenges, and speaking out at every opportunity against an Administration that proudly proclaims itself above the law. If we cannot – as apparently we cannot – rely on the leadership at the Department of Justice to demand justice of this President, then clearly we need new leadership at that Department. We also must, as a nation, take all other lawful steps necessary to bring our government back onto what James Madison correctly called in Federalist Paper No. 49, the “Constitutional Road” mapped out by him and our other Founding Fathers more than two and a quarter centuries ago.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.