Historic: House votes to hold Holder in contempt

Via Fox News:

The GOP-led House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, making Holder the first sitting Cabinet member to be held in contempt.

The vote was 255-67 with one lawmaker voting not present. Seventeen Democrats broke ranks to vote in favor of contempt, while two Republicans voted against the measure.

The vote was preceded by a heated floor debate.

“It’s important to remember how we got here,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said during a speech ahead of the vote. “The Justice Department has not provided the facts and information we requested. … It’s our constitutional duty to find out.”

The GOP-led House took the step over the alleged failure to provide additional information about the failed gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a division of the Justice Department led by Holder.

Here’s the roll call.

More deets from Legal Insurrection:

The House voted on two separate items:

  • 1: Whether to hold Holder in contempt and then refer him to the DOJ
  • 2: Authorization to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to sue the DOJ in federal court [TK]

The congressman representing the district of the family of murdered border agent Brian Terry, Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), indicated he would vote against contempt.

In remarks prior to the vote, Rep. Issa (R-CA) said to Rep. Dingell: “When you say you represent Brian Terry, you do not.” Issa then read a statement from the Brian Terry family, which said that the only time they had heard from Dingell was one condolence letter.

Many democrats joined the Congressional Black Caucus in walking out of the proceedings during the vote.

And every Democrat who did should be publicly named and shamed.   What despicable, derelict “representatives”, and a shameful dishonor of the memory of Brian Terry and the 300+ Mexicans who are dead because of Fast and Furious.

Between today’s deeply disappointing SCOTUS ruling on ObamaCare, and the whole sad, sordid Fast and Furious scandal, I freaking can’t wait until November so Americans can vote this contemptible president and his allies in Congress out of office. I’m absolutely sick of every blasted one of them.

Churchill on #ObamaCare: “Never give in!”

**Posted by Phineas

Okay, he wasn’t talking about ObamaCare –something far worse, actually– but the words he delivered to the students of the Harrow school I think are fitting to recall in light of today’s news:

You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination. But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period – I am addressing myself to the School – surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Bring on November.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

#ObamaCare : The fight has only just started

**Posted by Phineas

Leviathan upheld

Okay, fine. The Supreme Court has ruled (1) ObamaCare to be constitutional, even if it had to do so in a bizarre manner by declaring the mandate a tax and thus within Congress’ taxation powers, even though the government never made that argument and President Obama swore up and down it wasn’t a tax. So be it.

But this fight isn’t over; it’s only just started.

The fight over ObamaCare has never been just about what’s allowed under the Constitution or some spurious notion of a “right” to health care. At the core is a conflict of visions over the nature of government and the relation of citizens to that government: Is it a federal government of limited, specific powers and a freeborn citizenry with inherent rights that cannot be revoked, or is it a paternalistic State of unlimited power, with citizens reduced to wards?

In the end, ObamaCare is a political question of the purest, most basic kind: What is the nature of our polity?

And that is why the fight has only just begun. The Court has thrown this back into the political arena, and there is an election coming. It is now imperative that we not only hold the House, but win the Senate with a good majority and win the presidency. It is up to us to make sure the Republicans win, that conservatives form as large a bloc as possible, and that we then hold their and President Romney’s feet to the fire.

Nothing but full repeal will suffice. Nothing.

If there are demonstrations against ObamaCare — be there. Make the demonstrations of 2010 look tiny by comparison. Let your congresscritters know in no uncertain terms you demand repeal. The vast majority of the public hates ObamaCare; make sure the public’s agents in Washington know that. This is a political battle, but we cannot win if we are not engaged.

And I am convinced we can win. I refuse to believe otherwise.

I’ll close with a statement from Senator Rand Paul, who sums up what I believe quite nicely:

“Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be ‘constitutional’ does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right,” Sen. Paul said.

“Obamacare is wrong for Americans. It will destroy our health care system. This now means we fight every hour, every day until November to elect a new President and a new Senate to repeal Obamacare,” he continued.

Paul is right. The court makes errors all the time. (2) It is now up to us to fix this one.

I’m giving all you reading this just this one day to wail, rage, and gnash your teeth. Go ahead, get it out of your system. Curse the Court, curse the government, and cry out to the heavens, themselves.

Then, tomorrow, buck up, square up, and put on a steely gaze.

Because tomorrow the fight begins anew.

PS: Romney 2012

PPS: May I suggest it’s time for the Bill of Federalism?

RELATED: J. Christian Adams on The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in today’s decision. Erick Erickson on why he’s not down on John Roberts. Jay Cost — “What did the SCOTUS just do?

Footnotes:
(1) Something I never expected — Roberts siding with the majority, and the “Great Squish” Kennedy becoming my hero for declaring the whole act unconstitutional. What a strange world.
(2) Dred Scott. Plessy v Ferguson. The Slaughterhouse Cases. Buck v Bell. Korematsu. Wickard v Filburn. Roe v Wade. Kelo. And those are just off the top of my head. The Supreme Court regularly makes bad decisions; there is nothing sacred or infallible about their rulings. They are not set in stone for all time.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

If it’s a “Right-Wing Freak Out,” I’m in great company

**Posted by Phineas

Hah! Found out last night that Your Humble Correspondent, cross-posting at Sister Toldjah’s site on the administration’s invocation of executive privilege with regard to Operation Fast and Furious, was cited briefly on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” hosted by the ever-genteel Ed Schultz. Here’s the screen cap:

 

(Click for a larger size)

And this is the post to which they’re referring.

So, in the past I’ve been called “insensitive” and “ignorant,” but this is way cool. To be in the same company as those other rabid right-wingers above is… is… *sniff!* That’s the nicest thing a left-wing tool has ever said to me. 

Thanks, Ed! You’re the best!

[Screen cap courtesy of AI Politics, hat tip ST]

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)