RUSH: You know who got bullied yesterday was Eric Holder. Eric Holder. Yes, he got bullied by a racist, Louie Gohmert. That's the spin on that story yesterday from none other than Holder. Holder showed up... Here you've got a guy, Al Sharpton, who has this group called the National Action Network, which exists because of racist shakedowns of businesses, racial shakedowns.
And here's the Reverend Sharpton who may or may not have been an informant. The latest we have here is that he was caught by the FBI dealing or using cocaine seven months before any mob ties developed and that he was flipped into a mob informant because he faced the cocaine business. Anyway, he has an undeniable criminal past and criminal linkage.
So they asked President Obama, "Well, what are you doing going there?"
"Oh, no, no. We don't pay attention to what happened in the past. That's irrelevant. The history doesn’t matter. This is wonderful event, and we respect Reverend Sharpton immediately and totally. What happened in the past, that doesn't matter."
"Oh, so what Bush did in his eight years doesn't matter then?
"Well, no, not exactly. What Bush did is all that matters. But what the Reverend Sharpton did? No, no. That's of no concern.
From the Washington Examiner: "Obama Unconcerned About Al Sharpton's History with the FBI and the Mafia." I'm telling you, it's a fitting place for Holder to make his remarks about Louie Gohmert. Wherever this was, whatever hotel Sharpton's meeting is held at, it's "the house that racial shakedowns built." The National Action Network is the house that racial shakedowns built. And it was happening at the same time the Reverend Jackson was conducting similar business for the Monochrome Coalition.
"For the record, according to media reports, NAN has been allowed to skirt paying $1.9 million in back taxes..." Listen to this list of things here. Sharpton's National Action Network, the House that racial shakedowns built, owes nearly $2 million in back taxes and they have for years, taxes and penalties. This is since 2006. For eight years they have floated on this! Can you? Can you float eight years owing the IRS $2 million?
Yeah, ask Lois Lerner about it. She's coming up. So, I mean, at this point I don't even think it would do any good for Sharpton to call Tax Defense Partners. Nobody has any expirience here in dealing with somebody who's been floated by the IRS for eight years owing $2 million. Maybe they could help; I don't know. But I don't know anybody else who's been allowed to float like this.
But that's not it. "After it was found to have improperly reported the taxes NAN owed. And according to other reports, the Reverend Al also still owes more than $888,000 in personal debts related to his failed 2004 presidential campaign, as well as more than $100,000 in related debts to the federal government. " So there's a lot of debt that the National Action Network and Al Sharpton personally seem to not to have to be worried about.
And these minor details are not gonna keep Obama from speaking once again at the annual confab. Right here it is: "Obama Unconcerned By Sharpton's History with the FBI and the Mafia -- President Obama isn't worried about the Rev. Al Sharpton's history as an FBI informant with ties to the mafia, his spokesman said, and doesn't think that the news makes his impending visit to Sharpton's National Action Network awkward.
"'Rev. Sharpton and the National Action Network have made significant contributions to civil rights efforts, and the president looks forward to appearing at the conference,' White House [spokeskid] Jay Carney ... The New York Daily News says that 'Sharpton allegedly became an FBI informant after he was caught on tape with a drug kingpin discussing cocaine deals.'"
That takes us back us to Eric Holder, who appeared at Sharpton's house that racial shakedowns built, the National Action Network. Holder went over there after being grilled by the House committee, the Judiciary Committee, and we played for you the sound bites of how that went yesterday. So here's Holder. Before Gohmert asked a question, he said, "I know you don't care about contempt, but..."
Gohmert said, "What, I shouldn't go there?"
"No, no, I don't think you should assume it's not a big deal to me. It's a very, very big deal to me."
Gohmert said, "Well, I don't see any evidence it's a big deal. You haven't come forth with any documents, haven't answered any questions. There hasn't been any ground covered and no progress made." So it was not a pretty sight. So Holder goes over to the National Action Network, and here's a portion of what he said...
HOLDER: The last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms, even in the face -- even in the face -- of unprecedented unwarranted, ugly, and divisive the adversity.
HOLDER: You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee. It had nothing to do with me. Forget that. What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?
HOLDER: What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?
RUSH: You know, this is fascinating to me. Janet Reno had to deal with this, for one! But all kinds of attorneys general volunteered to deal with this. But, see, what this proves, what this indicate, these people think they're invincible. They're untouchable. How dare anybody even speak to them, much less be critical? How dare anybody challenge them!
Here's Holder saying, "Did you see the way the attorney general the United States treated yesterday? Nothing to do with me! Nothing to do with me! Forget about that. The disrespect they had have the attorney!" It was all about you. You just happened to be attorney general, which is why you were treated that way. How were you treated? Here's a guy... Name for me any other attorney general who ran guns into Mexico so that they would end up in the hands of drug cartels?
Fast and Furious. (interruption) What? (interruption) Yeah, I know. I'm being disrespectful even by bringing this up. You're not supposed to bring this stuff up, not with this Regime. Oh, no. "Don't go there, buddy. You don't want to go there, buddy." Exactly right. What other attorney general has closed down investigations of voter fraud in the midst of overwhelming evidence that could convict the fraudsters, i.e., the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia?
(interruption) That's right. How many other attorney generals -- attorneys general. I'm sorry. I'm slipping into my Rio Linda speech pattern. How many other attorneys general have said, "We are not going to prosecute my people. We're not gonna do that. We're not gonna prosecute black people. We're just not going to do it." How many other attorneys general have said that -- and if they had, how many other of those attorneys general would have survived?
Name for me any other attorney general who has so politicized the Department of Justice? (interrupition) Okay. Robert F. Kennedy and Janet El Reño and Web Hubbell. You keep talking about Janet El Reño. See what... (interruption) Yeah, I know, I know. I don't think Janet Reno can hold a candle to Holder, frankly. No disagreement here that Janet Reno was what she was. But she was a literal, thorough puppet.
Now, she didn't need to be. Her instincts would have taken her where she went anyway, but she was a thorough, literal, manipulated marionette. Holder doesn't have to talk to Obama to find out what to do. They don't have to meet. They don't have to be any memos between the two. Holder doesn't need any guidance. Holder is just like Obama: Angry, chip on his shoulder. You know what I remember, too? And it counts for nothing.
This is another teachable moment. When Holder was named attorney general by Obama in 2009 or whenever it happened (maybe late 2008, but whenever happened), you remember this. All of these inside-the-Beltway Republicans and even some conservative judicial intellectuals raced to the microphones to announce their full support for Holder. They said that it was a good nomination, that he was a good guy, that Holder was the right guy and this was a pleasing surprise.
We all knew what it was from the get-go. It was suck-up! If anybody was being intellectually honest, this is the guy who engineered the pardon for Marc Rich. This is the guy that was intimately involved with others of those, with the Puerto Rican terrorist group. Anybody who really thought that Eric Holder was one of the best choices anybody could have ever made was simply sucking up and trying to get the word out:
"Hey! Hey! I'm not a racist! Hey! Hey! I'm a cool guy! Hey! Hey! Don't hate me! I know you don't like Republicans, but I'm not your enemy." That's all that was, and look what it got 'em. It never gets 'em anything. Republicans try to practice tolerance, and forgiveness, and openness, and acceptance, and it gets them nothing.
I can't tell you how shocked I was at the Republican inside-the-Beltway judicial intellectual approval of Holder as the choice. That was one of the early signs that I knew we were in for a long winter. That was one of the first indications I had there wasn't gonna be any principled opposition to Obama anywhere at any time.
RUSH: Let's go back and listen to flashbacks of Democrats and the way they've treated former attorneys general. Here's Patrick Leahy, Senator Depends, Senator "Leaky" Leahy. It's January 18, 2007. It's a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, and the attorney general is Alberto Gonzales. He testified, and just listen to this. What would we call this, respect for the attorney general?
LEAHY: We knew damn well if he went to Canada he wouldn't be tortured. He'd be held; he'd be investigated. We also knew damn well if he went to Syria, he'd be tortured. And it's beneath the dignity of this country, a country that has always been a beacon of human rights, to send somebody to another country to be tortured.
GONZALES: Before you get more upset, perhaps you should wait to receive the briefing be --
LEAHY: How long?
GONZALES: I'm hoping that we can get to the information next week.
RUSH: So Leahy cursing as Gonzales over supposedly torture. He hadn't even seen a report yet on it. But the Democrats had decided that Gonzales and the United States and Bush were guilty of torture, so it didn't matter what the report said. It was time to launch. Albert Gonzales was harmless. He didn't politicize anything. He was practically invisible as the attorney general.
But they had to destroy him, and they did everything they could to try.
RUSH: Back on Larry King Alive in 2007 there was a presidential candidate who appeared. His name was Barack Obama, and he attacked the attorney general at the time, Alberto Gonzales, called on him to resign for carrying out the president's political vendettas. That would be George W. Bush. Political vendettas. The Democrat Party was accusing -- and it wasn't just Gonzales.
There was another Hispanic Republicans. I never can remember this guy's name, but it's one of the Hispanic judicial candidates that the Republicans really wanted. What was this guy's name? I can never remember. It'll come to me or somebody will remind me. They put this guy, this poor guy who was up to be a federal judge, through hell. They just destroyed this guy all because he was an Hispanic conservative.
They did the same thing to Alberto Gonzales. Larry King said to Barack Obama, "The major issue at hand these days, Alberto Gonzales, the firing of eight US attorneys. What's your read?" Obama said, "Well, I voted against Gonzales's confirmation for precisely the reason that we're seeing now. He seemed to conceive his role as being the president's attorney instead of being the people's attorney. What do we have now?"
Look, folks, the fact that there's partisanship in the country's not new, and I don't want you to misunderstand. I'm not crying over spilt milk or anything here. What I'm trying to point out is that Eric Holder is a coward, and Eric Holder is perhaps even worse than that. He has this air of invincibility and untouchibility.
Miguel Estrada is who I'm thinking of, another Hispanic conservative that the Democrats set out to destroy, precisely because he was qualified and eminently capable. But these people fashion themselves as untouchable royalty. You don't even look at them without permission, and you don't do what Louie Gohmert did. You never challenge these people! Whatever they say is unassailable. Whatever they say, you can't question it.
And Gohmert did.
He was insolent. How dare he!
So there goes Holder over to Sharpton's little confab crying about it, "You see the way they treated the attorney general? It's not about me. The way they treated the attorney general." Let me tell you something. It's an oversight committee. Louie Gohmert was one of the few Republicans actually doing his job. There hasn't been nearly enough oversight of this Regime.
The legislative branch is basically shrunken to invisibility, into paralysis. There has been no check or balance on the gobbling up of power of this administration. There's no humility among this crowd, folks, at all. So that's why Holder goes over to friendly territory and cries, "Can you believe the way treated the attorney general?
Why, there never been an attorney general treated this way," and I'm sure he believes that. I think he probably believes there's never, ever has there been an attorney general so disrespected. He's the kind of guy that would demand respect not because he's earned it, not because he's actually respected, but because of the office he holds, and because you're supposed to be afraid of him.
We're supposed to fear the powerful in this Regime. That's how we're kept in line. We're supposed to be afraid to speak up. We're supposed to be afraid to oppose. We are really supposed to be afraid to challenge them, and Louie Gohmert was doing that by saying, "Oh, shucks, I know you don't care about contempt, but I'm gonna ask you anyway."
Holder: "Don't go there, buddy."
"What? Don't go to the contempt?"
"Well, I haven't seen any evidence that you care like you say you do."
You're just not supposed to do that at all.
Here's Dingy Harry in 2007, March. There was an all-out effort by the Democrat Party to get rid of Alberto Gonzales.
REID: It's unethical, it's immoral, and I believe it's illegal, and Gonzales should be fired or he should resign.
RUSH: Should be fired or should resign. It's fascinating to me to watch this stuff. It's so eye-opening for people. All of this to me serves as a series of teachable moments. I know it's hard to let people know what kind of people they've elected and who they've elected have appointed. But, you know, here's another thing, folks. I don't say this just throwing it off.
How is a parent supposed to teach a child responsibility when the leaders of our nation don't accept any responsibility for anything they do? How is a young child to learn any when the leaders of our nation blame everything on racism? Holder went there yesterday, and Obama does it I don't know how often. It's too much to count.
The media, the Democrat Party, virtually every word uttered about Obama -- if it's not in high praise -- is labeled racism. It's labeled bigotry. If the leaders of the nation are gonna reduce themselves to that kind of childishness, what kind of example does it set? And it does set an example. There is no doubt in my mind. I knew it was going to happen. It was one of the early warning signs, if you will -- or early warning signals -- that racial relations have deteriorated in the last five years.
They have not gotten better, and I'm convinced that a sizable percentage of the people that voted for Obama in 2008 thought they were voting to end racism, or at least they hoped they were. They thought by voting for a black man, the first African-American president, they would sweep away all the detritus and the vestiges of slavery from all of those years and we could finally put it behind us and unite.
I'm convinced that's what millions of people that voted for Obama thought they were helping happen -- and instead, racial strife in this country has gotten worse. A whole new generation of people is being taught that every white person doesn't like black people because of race, and that's horrible. Look at Hank Aaron. I mentioned this yesterday. I cannot tell you how seriously depressing that was.
I grew up loving Hank Aaron. I'm like every other kid. I wanted to play Major League Baseball. I wished I was good enough. When I was a kid, I played baseball every chance I got, and when I tried out for the high school baseball team and didn't make it, that blew my world up for a while. It just destroyed me. I had to deal with the fact, "Maybe I'm not as good as I think."
I'd been in all the youth leagues, and I'd gotten by. But, man, Henry Aaron and that home-run quest? Going to St. Louis when the Braves were in town to play the Cardinals? And then I lived in Pittsburgh and the Braves would come to town, and I'd go watch Pirates and Braves when Aaron was playing.
Then Henry Aaron yesterday comes out and says (summarized), "Well, the only difference of KKK then and today is that they're wearing stand for white shirts and suit and ties and so forth." That sends a message to all kinds of people who, like me, respected and idolized Hank Aaron. So now you have the attorney general, "Oh, yeah, yeah! It was racism yesterday with Louie Gohmert.
"That was all kinds of racism. Can you believe the attorney general had to face that?" Obama resides to it, falls to it all the time, and the media does as well, and it's not helping any. It's making it worse. Any criticism of Obama is immediately labeled racism. So, the racial divide's growing. It's the exact opposite of what millions of people who voted for Obama hoped would happen.
Nobody will ever convince me... Let me put a different way. I am certain that millions of people voted for Obama for one reason only, and they couldn't have cared less about policy. They hoped that they were making a statement that would heal the country, and look what's happened. So now the number one law enforcement person in the country, the attorney general United States does this?
It was an oversight committee hearing. He was not attacked. He was not approached racially in any way, shape, manner, or form. But he chalks it all up to racism. It's unnecessary. It's a shame. In truth, you know what all this really is? This is five years of a lost opportunity. Barack Obama had a singular opportunity after he was elected, and I made this point when I made my CPAC speech, my frst ever nationally televised address to the nation.
Barack Obama, as the first black president of this country, had an opportunity to heal this country like no other president before him ever had. Barack Obama could have, in these past five years, done more to promote racial harmony than any other president, and he has done just the exact opposite. That's because, as an Alinskyite, that's all he knows.
He is not a unifier, and he is not a leader in that sense. So the first African-American president has, sadly, resorted to exacerbating racial tension. And he's got an attorney general who is helping him. The first time was not yesterday. It was blowing off the New Black Panther case, and then openly saying the Justice Department is not gonna be used anymore to prosecute "my people," or "our people," or whatever it was he said.
Everybody understood what he meant.
So we've been set back.
It's gonna take even more time now just to make up the ground that we've lost in the last five years.
RUSH: This is Vern in St. Paul, Minnesota, and I'm glad you called, sir. Great to have you with us. Hello.
CALLER: Oh, hello, Rush. Dittos.
RUSH: Thank you.
CALLER: What Holder said to the committee when he said, "Don't go there, buddy," I would take as a threat.
RUSH: Sure sounded like one, didn't it?
CALLER: Yep. Anybody tells me something like that, they're issuing a threat.
RUSH: "Don't go there!" It's typical of somebody in this position that thinks they're untouchable, unassailable. "You can't look at me unless I grant you permission, and you dare not question what I do! How dare you? Don't go there, buddy. Don't go there." Another reason why it could be considered a threat is this guy's got the power the Justice Department for recriminations if he wants to, or they can simply call up whoever's running the IRS, if they want to.
We know that that's how this Regime operates.
We know that now.
Not that anybody cares, obviously, but we know it.