Diana West

One thing an old Ivy League revolutionary can't stand is people noticing that he represents the Establishment. That he embodies the System to a point where he can make it stop and make it go. He will go to great lengths to convince himself, if not others, this is not so.

Take Eric H. Holder Jr., Columbia College Class of 1973, Columbia Law School Class of 1976, now into his sixth year as U.S. attorney general of the Obama Imperium. The man really wants us to think he is not also "the man."

Yes, he is "the attorney general of the United States," as Holder told a group of St. Louis Community College students in Ferguson, Missouri, this week. "But I am also a black man."

Holder took himself to Ferguson to spur the federal civil rights probe by more than 40 FBI agents into the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black, by 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson, who is white. As the Justice chief declared at local FBI headquarters: "We're looking for possible violations of federal civil rights statutes." Obviously, Holder left those scales of impartiality at home. Not that he would need them in Missouri, where Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon announced "a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued," presumably of police officer Wilson.

Even the dark suits and American flags fail to obscure the 21st-century lynch mob at work. According to the snap judgment of federal and state authorities, Wilson shot the 6-foot-4, 292-pound man multiple times for "racist" reasons. The other story out there gathering reportorial mass is that Wilson fired as Brown charged him after having beaten Wilson to the point of fracturing his orbital socket and rendering the six-year veteran cop nearly unconscious, but, heavens, don't let what's quaintly known as the judicial process function unimpeded to ascertain the facts. Keep that media circus going because the nation's top cop is ringmaster.

In his "closed-door meeting" -- no media -- at the community college, Holder wanted students to know he understood their "mistrust" of police. In fact, he wanted the whole country to know it because the Justice Department later released excerpts of his remarks. "I can remember being stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike on two occasions and accused of speeding," the handout says. "Pulled over ... 'Let me search your car' ... Go through the trunk of my car, look under the seats and all this kind of stuff. I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me."


Diana West

Diana West is the author of American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character (St. Martin's Press, 2013), and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization (St. Martin's Press, 2007).