Well, the obomination's attorney general pick promises to be worse than Janet Butcher of Waco Reno:
Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general will not sit well
with advocates of Second Amendment rights — Holder has consistently championed
stronger gun-control measures.As deputy attorney general in the Bill Clinton
administration from 1997 to 2001, Holder “was a strong supporter of restrictive
gun control,” according to The Volokh Conspiracy, a Web site that focuses on the
legal system and the courts.He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a
three-day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more
than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault
weapons" by anyone under age 21, a gun show restriction bill that would have
given the federal government the power to shut down all gun shows, and national
gun registration.“He also promoted the factoid that ‘Every day that goes by,
about 12, 13 more children in this country die from gun violence’ — a statistic
that is true only if one counts 18-year-old gangsters who shoot each other as
‘children,’” noted the Web site, founded by law professor Alexander Volokh.After
the 9/11 attacks, Holder wrote an opinion piece for The Washington Post arguing
that a new law should give "the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms a record
of every firearm sale." He also said prospective gun buyers should be checked
against the secret "watch lists" compiled by various government entities.Earlier
this year, Holder — who would become the first African-American attorney general
— co-signed an amicus brief in support of the District of Columbia’s ban on all
handguns and on the use of any firearm for self-defense in the home.Holder also
played a key role in the snatching of 6-year-old Cuban Elian Gonzalez from his
Miami relatives’ home in April 2000, according to the Web site. Gonzalez was to
be sent to Cuba where his father lived.Although a photo clearly showed a federal
agent pointing a gun at the man who was holding the terrified child, Holder
claimed that the federal agents sent to capture Gonzalez had acted "very
sensitively."David Kopel, author of the Volokh Conspiracy report, observed: “If
Mr. Holder believes that breaking down a door with a battering ram, pointing
guns at children (not just Elian), and yelling ‘Get down, get down, we'll shoot’
is an example of acting ‘very sensitively,’ his judgment about the responsible
use of firearms is not as acute as would be desirable for a cabinet officer who
would be in charge of thousands and thousands of armed federal agents, many of
them paramilitary agents with machine guns.”Holder has already come under fire
due to his involvement in the Mark Rich pardon in the final hours of the Clinton
presidency.Billionaire Rich renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved to
Switzerland to avoid prosecution for racketeering, wire fraud, tax fraud, tax
evasion, and illegal trades with Iran in violation of the U.S. embargo following
the 1979-80 hostage crisis.Seventeen years later, Rich wanted a pardon, and he
retained Jack Quinn, former counsel to the president, to lobby his old
boss.Holder had originally recommended Quinn to one of Rich's advisers,
political analyst Dick Morris reported. And he gave substantive advice to Quinn
along the way.Once the pardon was granted, Holder sent his congratulations to
Eric Holder also favors censorship of the internet: http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/08/11/21/2224235.shtml
He picked AZ Governor Janet Napolitano for the head of Homeland Security. http://www.foxnews.com/printer_friendly_story/0,3566,455045,00.html
For anyone who doesn't know, she is very far to the left, rabidly anti-gun, and not good in any way, shape or form for us.
Something else that can have potentially bad implications:
WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's 3 million campaign volunteers
got re-enlistment notices this week.
Campaign manager David Plouffe, in a
mass e-mail sent Wednesday to former workers, asked how much time they can spare
for four missions integral to Obama's effort to transform his victory into a
broader political movement.
The volunteers' options are, Plouffe wrote:
Campaign for progressive state and local candidates
local efforts to advance Obama's agenda
Train others in Obama's organizing
Focus on local political issues.
"Obama's building a
political machine," said Stephen Hess, a presidential scholar at the Brookings
Institution, a center-left Washington research group.
"These people have just
opened up a new world for politics," added Hess, the author of "What Do We Do
Now?: A Workbook for the President-Elect."
Pre-Internet presidents, he said,
lacked the ability to communicate in real time with masses of their volunteers.
In addition, the social networks such as MySpace and Facebook that link Obama's
army together didn't exist.
The net effect was that pre-Obama political
machines grew out of local politics and remained rooted there. Statewide or
presidential candidates relied largely on local leaders' support.
Obama, who, at least for now, has the allegiance of thousands of volunteers in
most if not all congressional districts.
"Your hard work built this
movement," Plouffe wrote them. "Now it's up to you to decide how we move
His four-page questionnaire also asks respondents to name their
top-priority issues out of 27 listed. The options included environment and
global warming, civil rights and voting rights, war in Iraq, jobs and trade, or
divisive politics and partisanship.
Plouffe also invited volunteers to
identify their proudest campaign accomplishment and, separately, to name a
fellow volunteer or field organizer who inspired them.
In the hallmark of a
campaign that ran on small donations, volunteers are once again invited to make
a financial contribution. This time it's to the Obama-Biden transition