By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
In a sympathetic profile just before his resignation, Politico said Eric Holder’s biggest legacy may be “his quiet dismantling of the War on Drugs…” How he could have “accomplished” this without legislative authority from Congress—which is supposed to make and pass laws—is never really explained. He was an Attorney General described by President Barack Obama as “the people’s lawyer.” Anybody familiar with Marxist jargon knew exactly what Obama meant.
At home and abroad, the Obama administration distributed weapons to America’s enemies. Holder’s area of expertise was facilitating weapons shipments to Mexican drug cartels, in a scandal that came to be known as “Fast & Furious.”
John Fund, co-author of the book, Obama’s Enforcer, about the Holder record, told me the other day that “No cover-up is perfect,” and that it appears a batch of incriminating documents in the scandal will soon be released, thanks to legal action from Judicial Watch.
Equally scandalous, the Obama/Holder administration made an announcement that it wouldn’t enforce money-laundering laws against banks doing business with marijuana stores.
But Politico insisted that Holder’s criminal approach to the enforcement of drug laws was something in his favor, because the “Reagan-era crusade” against drugs that he opposed at every turn “hasn’t eradicated drug use…”
Have laws against murder eradicated murder? Have laws against shoplifting eradicated shoplifting?
The Reagan approach was mostly carried through subsequent administrations, to the point where David Evans, a special advisor to the Drug Free America Foundation, notes that marijuana use went down among young people by 25 percent. “If we had had a reduction in any other health problem in the U.S. of 25 percent, we would consider it an outstanding success,” he said. But marijuana use has been going up under the Obama administration. This is not an accident.
Politico goes on, saying those Reagan policies “filled U.S. prisons past the breaking point and wrecked the lives of millions of Americans, a disproportionate number of them African-American.” So Reagan is blamed for blacks using drugs and going to prison.
Ethan Nadelmann followed up with a Politico column entitled, “Eric Holder Was Great on Drugs.” The title has a double meaning, which was apparently lost on the editors who came up with that clever use of words. Nadelmann, of course, is the head of the Drug Policy Alliance, the group funded by billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros as a means of undermining laws against the use of dangerous drugs. Politico is part of that effort.
Politico writes that, “Sensing a consensus shifting in his favor, Holder has unveiled a raft of sensible proposals to roll back overly harsh sentencing laws that would have been radioactive only years earlier but won him applause on the left and right. And instead of fighting states like Colorado and Washington when they liberalized their drug laws, as another AG might have done, he has effectively declared a cease-fire.”
There is a lot of bias packed into these two sentences. The use of the terms “sensible” and “overly harsh” tip the scales against enforcing drug laws. Plus, legal dope has become just “liberalized drug laws.” There was never any applause “on the right,” except among libertarians who promote and use drugs.
It must be noted that Colorado and Washington violated national, and even international, drug control laws, also known as treaties. That didn’t bother Holder.
Despite what Politico says, real conservatives oppose the Soros-funded drive to legalize drugs. At the recent Values Voter Summit, Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), a medical doctor, exploded many of the pro-drug myths offered by Obama and Holder and their allies at Politico. He took issue with his “libertarian friends.” The Focus on the Family magazine “Citizen” has an excellent September cover story, “Growing Like a Weed,” on the damage being done.
Fleming mentioned two cases out of Colorado—one in which a husband stoned on marijuana shot and killed his wife, and another involving a student who jumped to his death after getting high.
Fleming didn’t mention it, but an Alaska television reporter just announced on the air that she ran a marijuana club that she had been reporting on. She used an obscenity on the air and walked off the set. This was a vivid example of the dangers from the marijuana industry and the media that promote it.
This former reporter, Charlo Greene, has now appeared on a television show sponsored by The Huffington Post, where she lit up a marijuana cigarette on the air.
Greene is a poster girl not only for the marijuana culture but for modern journalism. She admits she violated commonly accepted notions of journalistic ethics because she wanted to keep her job. “I have a journalism degree,” she said. “I know in journalism there’s a line that you’re not supposed to cross, and the minute that I bought my business license [for the marijuana club] on 4/20 of this year, I shouldn’t have reported on any marijuana stories. But if I had gone to my boss and said, ‘Hey, I just bought this company,’ I would have been fired, period. I wasn’t ready for that to happen.”
In other words, she lied and deceived her viewers, just so she could hang on to her job for a while. This is an argument for drug tests.
Greene said she lied for the benefit of “my people” in Alaska, who deserve access to dope.
The Huffington Post TV interviewer, the Russian-born former Russia Today (RT) host Alyona Minkovski, was amused by the whole interview, including the spectacle of Greene smoking dope on the air.
In an obvious understatement, Greene said, “I am not the only journalist that smokes weed.”
“I certainly am a supporter of legalization of marijuana,” Minkovski quickly added. We’re sure she is.
As the Joel Gilbert film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia” shows, the game plan behind marijuana legalization has been to create another “progressive” constituency in need of something government can provide—in this case dope to “cure” problems like high arches.
It is a terrible scam that results in many wrecked lives. Holder has helped make it possible.