So what do we have before us?
We have a rogue federal agency in the ATF that has been rudderless, without a permanent director since 2006, and with little hope of getting one anytime soon. (The president chose to nominate Andrew Traver for the post; he was immediately blocked by Republicans because of his anti-gun views and association with the Joyce Foundation.) We have a Justice Department that intends to deeply encroach upon individual liberties, emulating by deed, if not name, the same sort of lawless power King George gave to the redcoats. And we have a president that promised the most â€œunprecedented level of opennessâ€ in government, who has the power and responsibility to order the ATF and DOJ to respond to Congressional requests for information and subpoenas, and who refuses to do so.
And we have a congressional committee on which the GOP holds a majority, which has, so far, refused to stand up to its own responsibility to carry out congressional oversight on the Executive, and issue contempt citations to Attorney General Holder and everybody else involved in this deadly fiasco.