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Maybe we should rename the Justice Department

by Greg Krehbiel on 9 April 2012

It seems that presidents tend to nominate an Attorney General who will pursue the president’s particular ideological twist on the law. That certainly seems to be the case with Eric Holder. See, for example, Obama’s Justice Department wages war on pro-lifers

I wonder if it’s because the attorney general is in charge of “justice.” Not “enforcing the law,” or something a normal human might be able to do. Rather, he seems to have a cosmic, God-like responsibility. “Do justice.”

Sure, I know that’s a traditional thing to tell people. Do justice, love mercy, walk humbly with your God, etc. But appointing somebody to be in charge of “doing justice” for the United States doesn’t quite sit right with me. Since he won’t really be able to “do justice” on a grand scale, he’ll have to pick a few particular injustices that irk him.

At least that’s what I suspect will happen.

But if we called it the “Federal Law Enforcement Department,” or something along those lines, I think it would lower expectations and (might) limit the “moral crusader” side of the job.

-- 2012-04-09  »  Greg Krehbiel