COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., — April 24, 2014. Attorney General Eric Holder cancelled his graduation address to the Oklahoma City Police Department’s graduating class of cadets amid the threat of protest. This may be yet another sign that the American people are fed up with Holder, the administration, and the federal nanny-state in general.
Holder was scheduled to deliver remarks at the graduation ceremony at 2:30 p.m. ET, according to his official itinerary sent out by the Justice Department Thursday morning. But an early meeting at the Justice Department delayed Mr. Holder’s departure from Washington, causing him to miss the graduation ceremony, spokesman Brian Fallon said in an e-mail.
It’s a pretty weak excuse. If Mulder and Scully and the whole FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit can jump on a Lear jet at the drop of a hat, surely Mr. Holder’s schedulers could have made it happen. The real excuse may be a lot simpler: he had to wash his hair.
It is interesting to speculate what the attorney general would have told the new police officers had he decided to brave the threatened protests. He might have told them, as he told assembled state attorneys general, that they didn’t have to enforce the laws they didn’t want to. He might have praised the administration’s plan, released just the day before, to release massive number of “low-level” drug offenders.
“Don’t worry about arresting drug offenders,” he might have said. “We’ll just let them go anyway. Same thing for undocumented aliens.”
He might also have told the graduating cadets about the importance of law enforcement officers being above suspicion and scrupulous in observing the law. But then, some enterprising cadet might have asked him about being held in contempt of Congress. It seems unlikely, though: this administration is known for planting softball questions, if questions are allowed at all.
All things considered, Holder made the right call. We wouldn’t want to have witnessed more ill-treatment of this fine attorney general. We wouldn’t want him to have to go before another liberal group to complain about it.
In this season of graduation and invited graduation speakers, it seems Eric Holder isn’t the only one getting a less than favorable reception. Michelle Obama’s appearance in Topeka, Kansas was met with protest as well. Students gathered over 2000 signatures protest the arrangements and she was forced to cancel.
The fact that the school district was combining five ceremonies into one didn’t sit well with students and their families. Somehow the educational establishment forgot that the graduation is about the graduates and not the speaker. Forgivable, one supposes, given who the speaker is.
Yet while Michelle may not have been completely welcome in Kansas, where her mother-in-law was born, her absence was felt in Japan, where her husband is visiting. Anyone with an ounce of understanding about international relations, and there are lots of such people in the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, could have told the president that it sent a strong and very bad signal for Michelle to have gone to China but not to Japan.
Apparently no one did tell him, or he chose to ignore their advice. He’s running a quite successful foreign policy on his own, thank you very much. Besides, Michelle’s trip to China was a taxpayer-funded vacation, not an “official visit.” The distinction seems to have been lost by the Japanese.
That’s not the end of poor Michelle’s problems. In Texas, middle school kids protested the awful lunches they’re allowed by the USDA program she champions. Just do an internet search on “school lunch protest” and you’ll see pictures that show you jail inmates eat better than school kids. Viewer warning: graphic images.
Of course, apologists of the left will tell us that all this is really all about racism. Mr. Holder and the Obamas are of African-American heritage, you see. In February 2009, less than one month after America swore in its first African-American president, both Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder took the occasion of Black History Month to tell us how racist we were.
Space does not permit even a brief examination of the foibles of Kathleen Sebelius or Lois Lerner, who are Caucasian. But no matter—they’re being attacked because they’re women.
While the political class and self-appointed elites in this country may think they are above the law, Americans don’t very much like their elected representatives acting like royalty. In fact, as Aristotle described centuries ago, even royalty rule within a framework of tradition and custom. The peasants didn’t take it well when Marie Antoinette told them to eat cake since bread was unavailable.
When leaders brazenly ignore the rules and act outside their prescribed roles, things get ugly. Just read Rudyard Kipling’s The Man who would be King to see what happens. But don’t take it too seriously: after all, Kipling was just a racist old white man.