How does combatting medical marijuana, something that the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS NOW SUPPORT, help The American People, Inc.?
We have an immense power to enforce the criminal laws - the civil laws - ... we have with that power a great responsibility to make sure that we are using that power in appropriate ways. Whenever the justice department forgets that - the central tenant - the department finds itself in choppy waters ... I would hope that *that* would be the thing we're remembered for. That's probably the most important thing any justice department can do. But also to have a sense that our mission is bigger than simply "enforcing the law" -- there's an undefined sphere about the department's responsibilities: that is to live up to the values of our nation, our founding values -- and to come up with ways to which we're always trying to advance that cause and think what statutes to enforce... we have to think larger thoughts ... "how do we in the department make this nation better?!" ... [another! Kennedy reference] that is thought of as the golden age of the justice department, and I think that that hope and that spirit will hopefully embue all future future generations that serve in the justice department.
...the hyperpartisanship that you see in washington right now has gotten in the way of the work that government is supposed to do, and as a result The American People have suffered.
--US Attorney General Eric Holder