Friday, June 29, 2012
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Holder In Contempt
The Supreme Court wasn’t the only institution making news yesterday. Lost in all the commotion over the ObamaCare ruling was the vote in the House of Representatives holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for obstructing the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.
That resolution passed 255-to-67. The vote was bi-partisan with 17 Democrats joining 238 Republicans. Adding to the day’s theatrics, more than 100 Democrats refused to vote and walked out in protest.
Following the vote, Attorney General Holder released the following statement:
“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year. By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety. Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe — they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.”
The House also voted to initiate judicial proceedings to enforce the contempt citation. According to Reuters, House Republicans are following the example set by Democrats in 2008 when they sued to force the Bush White House to turn over documents and compel White House Counsel Harriet Miers to testify about nine fired U.S. attorneys. Stay tuned!
Friends, I confess I was surprised by Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion to uphold ObamaCare as a tax. But some conservatives I respect are suggesting that there is a silver lining in his opinion.
First, he slammed the door on the continued exploitation of the Commerce Clause to justify every whim of the left. Second, he defined ObamaCare as a massive tax. And lastly, he reminded the American people that elections have consequences. As Roberts declared in his opinion, “It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
I’m not terribly interested in dissecting Roberts’ opinion or divining his true intentions. My main concern right now is how it will be implemented — the financial burden it represents as well as the burden on religious liberty currently being protested by the Catholic Church and other religious institutions. More cases against ObamaCare are coming, and John Roberts will have new opportunities to clarify his ruling.
But if you are interested in such analysis,George Will and Charles Krauthammer offer some intriguing thoughts.