Book Review: Obama’s Enforcer

Obama’s Enforcer:  Eric Holder’s Justice Department, by John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky

This is the sort of book that my roommate would probably enjoy, if he hasn’t already read it already.  I say this not necessarily as a criticism, but as a reminder of the slight difference in focus between our reading.  Most of the time I prefer not to read contemporary political material [1], as I tend to find the material highly contentious.  And that is certainly the case here.  The authors are particular fierce and contentious when it comes to their judgement of Holder’s career as a whole and especially his behavior as an Attorney General.  And when one looks at the writing, there is no doubt there there is considerable partisanship to be found here, but also some worthwhile concerns that remind the reader (if any such reminder is necessary in our times) about the ways that trust in government and institutions is ruined by the behavior of those who hold such offices.  When the fate of ordinary people hinges on election results, politics takes on a far greater importance than it by right ought to, and it is hard to live a decent and honorable life that doesn’t attract a great deal of problems.

This particular book is a short one at just over 200 pages and it makes for a quick if painful read.  The author begins with a discussion about how Holder came to head the Justice Department for Obama (1) and then looks at the Gibson guitar raid as an example of how the Justice Department used corrupt investigations and legal efforts that reduced the legitimacy of the feds (2).  The author examines the hyperpartisan appeals of Holder and actions that demonstrated a contempt for the constitution and rule of law (3) in the author’s partisan but not unreasonable perspective as well as the double standards relating to civil rights and the refusal to consider the civil rights of religious Christians or Jews or conservatives (4).  The author then turns to something I had not been familiar with, the Pigford scam by which African Americans tried to bilk the system fraudulently (5) along with the false claims of ignorance that Holder or others in his department would make when they were called to account for their actions (6).  The author spends an entire chapter on the Fast and Furious debacle (7) and another one on the failure of Holder’s justice department to protect national security or the lives of the brave men of Seal Team Six whose identity was compromised by Obama and Holder’s desire to present themselves as responsible for the demise of Bin Laden (8) before concluding with a discussion of biased prosecutions for foreign business corruption (9) and a discussion of what is to be done, namely voting out and firing the bums (10).

There are at least a few insights that this book provides to its readers, although none of them are necessarily very enjoyable to think about.  For one, the authors talk about the outsized importance of elections in looking at the politicized use of the executive branch in selective enforcement of laws.  The book would also support a logistical strategy in seeking to cut off leftists from the benefit of either secure government jobs or from class action lawsuits with a low threshold to get benefits from the government for imaginary losses suffered by nonexistent farming operations.  Nonetheless, to adopt strategies that would seek to counteract the contemporary bureaucracy would also increase the conflict of contemporary society by making politics yet still more important than it already is to many people, and it is already far too important in day-to-day life.  How to resolve this problem without doing violence to others is by no means a straightforward and obvious.

[1] But see, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/01/29/book-review-the-politics-of-voter-suppression-2/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2016/04/02/book-review-solutions-2016/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/12/30/book-review-election-2014-why-the-republicans-swept-the-midterms/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018/11/20/book-review-grand-new-party/

About nathanalbright

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