Rep. Gosar: Attorney General Holder Disregards Supreme Court Ruling

| August 4 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) spoke on the House floor today to denounce Attorney General Eric Holder’s disregard for the Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder.

This floor speech is the fifth in a series of speeches highlighting the violations of the law made by the Attorney General.

Earlier this year, Congressman Gosar re-introduced his Resolution of No Confidence (H.Res. 35), which expresses no confidence in Attorney General Holder and calls for his resignation. The resolution currently has 137 cosponsors in the House of Representatives.

Below is the video and transcript of Rep. Gosar’s floor speech.

TRANSCRIPT:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to address Attorney General Holder’s misinterpretation of federalism and his disregard for our system of checks and balances.

The Supreme Court was clear in Shelby v. Holder, that states have the ability to run fair elections.

Did anybody tell Attorney General Holder?

I can’t say it better than Texas Governor Rick Perry who’s efforts to implement common sense election standards are under attack from Holder.

“Once again, the Obama administration is demonstrating utter contempt for our country’s system of checks and balances, not to mention the U.S. Constitution.”

If Holder continues to go unchecked and if he is not held accountable what sort of precedent does that set?

As Supreme Court Justice Brandeis said, “In a government of laws, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously…. If government becomes a lawbreaker it breeds contempt for law: it invites every man to become a law unto himself. It invites anarchy.”

So I ask you, has the Attorney General invited anarchy?

I will continue to make my case here in the People’s House, at the People’s Pulpit.

I will be back.

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dleeper47
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I guess Rep. Gosar didn't get the memo that once in Congress, he's supposed to abandon his oath and principles and begin "compromising" to "get things done."  Or maybe what other Republicans call "compromise" he calls capitulation.

Or maybe, just maybe, he's among the few who went to Congress with a mission to get government off our backs, out of our pockets, away from our health care, and back to the rule of law. Maybe he truly believes in Constitutionally limited government, free markets, and personal responsibility.  Maybe he's an Arizonan, not a Washingtonian, and maybe he's immune to the "Potomac fever" that has infected and corrupted so many others.

It looks like Rep. Gosar also missed the memo that says if he doesn't "go along to get along", he can't possibly get re-elected because the old bulls of the GOP will turn his picture to the wall and abandon him at re-election time. 

On that point, entrepreneur and author Gifford Pinchot has written extensively about creating change within large, hide-bound, dysfunctional organizations. He says those who are serious about positive change must "come to work every day willing to be fired."  Maybe that's Rep. Gosar's attitude. The irony is that his behavior may end up making him more re-electable, not less. 

I'm glad Rep. Gosar is in Congress. I'm not in his district, but he's doing a great job representing me whether he knows it or not.  Would that there were more like him!