A family member of George Zimmerman has sent a stinging letter to the U.S. Attorney General accusing him of not arresting any members of the New Black Panther Party (NBPP) because they are black. The group has actually placed a $10,000 bounty on the head of Zimmerman and Eric Holder has been virtually silent.
Another voice has been missing in this increasingly volatile and highly charged climate in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting. That man’s name is John Boehner. Using his bully pulpit, he could go a long way toward making Holder accountable, or at least reduce the exposure of the private citizen who sent the letter. In fact, the bold letter sent by a member of Zimmerman’s family member should have been sent by the Speaker of the House instead.
This is a trend with Boehner and the Republican leadership. In his apparent insistence that he avoid confrontation at all costs, key issues are not being addressed. Sadly this is nothing new with Boehner, there have been multiple reports of him asking Rep.Darrell Issa to back off of the Fast and Furious investigation, which, by the way, is beginning to make Watergate look like jaywalking by comparison.
Fast and Furious is a failed gun-walking operation run out of the ATF’s Phoenix office that reaches to the top levels of the Justice Department as well as to the top of other agencies like DHS, FBI, DEA, and the State Department. In that case, Boehner has really said nothing more than he supports Issa’s investigation. But when you stop and think of all the powerful people who may be involved, don’t you think Issa could use a little more support?
Boehner’s propensity for tears may be more telling now than ever before. Shortly after the 2010 midterms, when he knew he would be handed the gavel, Boehner had a hard time keeping his face dry. It’s looking more and more like that may have been his fight or flight response to threatening situations.