Eric Holder gets a thrill out of villainy. He’s the DOJ’s original bad boy.
Holder appears to be a bit confused about his job description. Instead of behaving like the U.S. Attorney General, he’s displaying the maturity of a 17-year-old and the cunning of a mobster.
The U.S. Attorney General has a big job. He (or she) is supposed to be America’s frontline defender of the U.S. Constitution. Unfortunately, Holder is on the frontline of the opposing side. He’s leading the charge against freedom. Here’s how.
Taxpayer-Subsidized Gun Tracking
Holder’s middle name is common sense. Which is why, within days after Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ron Conway offered a $1 million prize to privately fund “smart gun” development, Holder proposed a plan to seize $2 million from taxpayers and dump it into federal research for smart guns.
A so-called smart gun is a firearm that syncs with a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip in a bracelet or watch. The gun will not fire unless the shooter is wearing the bracelet. Supporters claim RFID will prevent accidental deaths. However, existing smart gun technology is costly (around $1,800 for the firearm and bracelet) and prone to error.
Many people feel uncomfortable relying on RFID for self defense—just as many people would not want to rely on iPhone 5S fingerprint identity sensor technology in a life-or death situation. Besides, there is no reason why anyone should be required by the federal government to use a RFID gun over a non-RFID gun.
The private market can and will develop this technology and consumers will decide whether they like it enough to pay a premium. In the hands of the federal government’s researchers, this technology will be developed in a way that will help the government track gun owners in a worst-case scenario. Or, to support the Solyndras of smart guns in a best-case scenario.
That’s not common sense. That’s dense.
Threatening Pulitzer Prize Winning-Journalists with Jail
“There is no such thing as ‘too big to jail,’” Holder has quipped. Which is interesting considering that he has not jailed himself after he was held in contempt of Congress for failing to come clean on Fast and Furious. Nor has he jailed his girlfriend, Girls Gone Wild Extraordinaire Lois Lerner for her involvement in the IRS witch-hunt against conservative non-profits and her subsequent silence before the American people.
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