Having been raised by grandparents and extended family members in NE Saint Catherine, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing people of modest means all over the world and we of African Ancestry, irrespective of where we are domiciled, we are at the forefront of the disadvantaged. Some say we cannot make a difference, I say each of us can.
The greatest impediment to our growth is our inability to dream. Rosa Parks was a seamstress who made a tremendous impact simply by sitting down.
I ask well intentioned people wherever you are in the world , "use this site as a sounding board to those who are in positions of power, let your voices will be heard we are humans, no less than anyone, no more."
In Jamaica, the country of my birth the disadvantaged are shouted down by those with money and power, their voices exploited for votes or sensationalism, now you have an unfiltered voice to speak your mind as long as you do not defame, degrade, libel, or demagogue anyone.
The birth and development of the American police can be traced to a multitude of historical, legal and political-economic conditions. The institution of slavery and the control of minorities, however, were two of the more formidable historic features of American society shaping early policing. Slave patrols and Night Watches, which later became modern police departments, were both designed to control the behaviors of minorities. For example, New England settlers appointed Indian Constables to police Native Americans (National Constable Association, 1995), the St. Louis police were founded to protect residents from Native Americans in that frontier city, and many southern police departments began as slave patrols. In 1704, the colony of Carolina developed the nation’s first slave patrol. Slave patrols helped to maintain the economic order and to assist the wealthy landowners in recovering and punishing slaves who essentially were considered property.
Policing was not the only social institution enmeshed in slavery. Slavery was fully institutionalized in the American economic and legal order with laws being enacted at both the state and national divisions of government. Virginia, for example, enacted more than 130 slave statutes between 1689 and 1865. Slavery and the abuse of people of color, however, was not merely a southern affair as many have been taught to believe. Connecticut, New York and other colonies enacted laws to criminalize and control slaves. Congress also passed fugitive Slave Laws, laws allowing the detention and return of escaped slaves, in 1793 and 1850. As Turner, Giacopassi and Vandiver (2006:186) remark, “the literature clearly establishes that a legally sanctioned law enforcement system existed in America before the Civil War for the express purpose of controlling the slave population and protecting the interests of slave owners. The similarities between the slave patrols and modern American policing are too salient to dismiss or ignore. Hence, the slave patrol should be considered a forerunner of modern American law enforcement.”
The legacy of slavery and racism did not end after the Civil War. In fact, it can be argued that extreme violence against people of color became even worse with the rise of vigilante groups who resisted Reconstruction. Because vigilantes, by definition, have no external restraints, lynch mobs had a justified reputation for hanging minorities first and asking questions later. Because of its tradition of slavery, which rested on the racist rationalization that Blacks were sub-human, America had a long and shameful history of mistreating people of color, long after the end of the Civil War. Perhaps the most infamous American vigilante group, the Ku Klux Klan started in the 1860s, was notorious for assaulting and lynching Black men for transgressions that would not be considered crimes at all, had a White man committed them. Lynching occurred across the entire county not just in the South. Finally, in 1871 Congress passed the Ku Klux Klan Act, which prohibited state actors from violating the Civil Rights of all citizens in part because of law enforcement’s involvement with the infamous group. This legislation, however, did not stem the tide of racial or ethnic abuse that persisted well into the 1960s.
Though having white skin did not prevent discrimination in America, being White undoubtedly made it easier for ethnic minorities to assimilate into the mainstream of America. The additional burden of racism has made that transition much more difficult for those whose skin is black, brown, red, or yellow. In no small part because of the tradition of slavery, Blacks have long been targets of abuse. The use of patrols to capture runaway slaves was one of the precursors of formal police forces, especially in the South. This disastrous legacy persisted as an element of the police role even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police. Questions still arise today about the disproportionately high numbers of people of African descent killed, beaten, and arrested by police in major urban cities of America.
Victor E. Kappeler, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Foundation Professor
School of Justice Studies
Eastern Kentucky University
There is much back and forth regarding a video in which a Jamaican so-called disc jockey who goes by the moniker “POPCAAN” is seen firing two weapons.
On the one hand, he fires a weapon which appears to be an AR15 then simply drops the weapon on the ground and pulls a semi-automatic weapon from his waistband and commences to fire the weapon as he jumps around like a previously caged monkey happy to be free from bondage.
In a statement, Popcaan’s management team said they wanted to assure fans that the “gun-shooting exercise took place in a supervised and safe setting, an official shooting range, a specialized facility designed for firearms qualifications, training, or practice”. According to the deejay’s handlers, he was at the Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club, in Ontario, Canada where the entertainer had been on tour at the time.
Whether the shooting occurred in Canada or Cassava piece what we witnessed was a lunatic careless misuse of weaponry the maniac had no business handling.
The moronic display regardless of where he was, was a case study in how never to handle dangerous weapons and why those dangerous weapons should be kept out of the hands of imbeciles.
The way in which he discarded the automatic weapon after use and the mindless discharge of the handgun is eerily reminiscent of what Jamaican police officers and innocent civilians face at the hands of these moronic cretins.
As for the arguments that this was done in a supervised setting,, that gibberish makes a mockery of any sane person’s understanding of what constitutes a safe and supervised setting.
You remember when we were supposed to be spreading democracy around the world? When nations were invaded and tens of thousands killed all in the name of spreading democracy, how is that working out today?
It seems to me that when you sow seeds you should have expectations of a harvest, that is not an alien concept. The thing is that the road to hell is fraught with good intentions.
When the most powerful nation in the world act it impacts the actions of other nations. Those nations are looking on and they are learning. And did Russia ever learn? In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. – Thomas Jefferson
One has to be either willfully ignorant or just plain stupid to ignore the assessment of all of the US intelligence agencies, that Russia intervened (not meddle) in the 2016 elections to aid Donald Trump at the expense of Hillary Clinton.
I am really annoyed at the Media’s use of the term (meddled), in the context of what the Russians did in 2016. Children meddle in their parent’s stuff.
Busy-body gossips meddle in other people’s business. Powerful nations do not employ active measures on behalf of one candidate against another simply because they want to meddle.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” -John Adams
They engage because they have designs which vastly outsize simply putting Trump in office. Russia does not like former Soviet states in their backyard joining the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance(NATO).
Russia would like nothing more than to relive it’s former Soviet glory days, those designs do not include its former Sattalites having allegiances to, and being protected by a western defense alliance.
Russia understands that if there are fractures in the world trade organization and nations cannot get along they do not have the economic power to challenge its designs in Eastern Europe and beyond. The greatest ability in business is to get along with others and to influence their actions. – John Hancock
And so Russia is waging a multi-pronged attack on NATO the WTO and the entire order which emerged after the second world war. This all while reaping the added rewards of a disunited America with its different ethnic groups at each other’s throats and the Government disrespecting and alienating it’s closest and most loyal allies. Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. -Alexander Hamilton
The American exceptionalism of which we hear much talk only existed because to a large extent most American Presidents adhered to existing norms. No matter how close they colored to the lines there was an expectation that regardless of the recklessness of their actions they acted on behalf of America, until now.
We are realizing shockingly, that past presidents were constrained not so much by laws but by respect and awe for the position they held, until now.
What we thought were laws were just norms, those norms were always there to be exploited. The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. – Patrick Henry
It wasn’t difficult for the Russians to exploit America’s simmering racial divide. For four hundred years plus, America has exploited, abused and mistreated its racial minorities. Regardless of the successes of its white majority, there has always a cold indifferent lack of empathy for their black and native American brothers and sisters.
Their failures and anxieties, coupled with the possibility of becoming a minority among the nations combined ethnic groups have rekindled old hatreds.
Those fissures did not need much to make them gaping crevices, all that was required was a divisive con-man with an agenda.
A perfect storm which presented the perfect opening for a hostile foreign power. A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. -Thomas Paine
Racism has a price, hatred has a price. Unless we refuse to see what is happening right in front of our eyes, or we stupidly tell ourselves that it is something else, we must agree that Trump is upending the existing order to aid Vladamir Putin’s Russia.
The strangest part of all this is that the entire Republican party which always wrapped itself in the American flag[faux patriots]and paraded as patriots are in on it.
The shocking inevitability of its unfolding, coupled with the robotic acceptance of the population, seems almost Biblical in proportion. How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. – Benjamin Franklin
In a revealing and consequential article (CNN.com) report on a little fact which just elude us as Donald Trump announced DC insider Brett Kavanaugh to fill the supreme court seat made vacant by the retirement of Anthony Kennedy. Since the Supreme Court first convened in 1790, 113 justices have served on the bench.
In the 228-year history of the Supreme Court, only 5.3% of justices have been women or minorities. That, of course, is if you buy into the idea that Clarence Thomas the black tool of the right wing actually sees himself as a minority.
Of the 113 justices, 109 — or 96.5% — have been men.
Until 1981, every Supreme Court justice was male. But Ronald Reagan promised he’d put a woman on the court, and during his first year in office he kept that promise by appointing Sandra Day O’Connor.
Before that, presidents had appointed women to lower courts, but no one gave serious thought to putting one on the Supreme Court. President Harry Truman thought about nominating a woman, but justices at the time said they “would inhibit their conference deliberations.”
Bill Clinton made the second female appointment by nominating Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1993.
And Barack Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor in 2009, followed by Elena Kagan a year later.
DID YOU KNOW THAT IN THE HISTORY OF THE FBI THE BUREAU HAS NEVER HAD A DEMOCRAT AS DIRECTOR?
In January of this year
RON ELVING writing for (NPR.org)
Let’s talk about Teddy Roosevelt for a moment. He started the precursor agency called the Bureau of Investigation way back in 1908. He did it because he wanted someone to look at the books of some of the country’s largest and most powerful businesses, which he suspected of violating the anti-trust laws meant to rein in the activities of monopolies.
Similarly, when the bureau was tasked with finding German spies during the World War I, it could be called law enforcement — pure and simple. But what about when it went rounded up and detained citizens who had not yet registered for the draft? Or harassed political radicals of various stripes whom the administration saw as security risks for their unorthodox ideas?
Hoover hounded Martin Luther King Jr. for years — at one point sending him tape recordings of his tapped telephone and urging him to commit suicide.
I have always been skeptical at the trust black Americans have in the FBI., They always seemed to believe that when their rights are violated by local cops and the FBI is brought in to investigate they are on the road to receiving justice. The history of the FBI certainly does not support this degree of trust in my estimation.
TRUMP PARDONS WHITE ARSONIST RANCHERS WHO SET FIRE TO FEDERAL LANDS.
Donald Trump is pardoning two cattle ranchers convicted of arson in a case that case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
America steels for major fallout as it officially launches its trade war with China on Friday.
President Donald Trump’s trade war was officially launched at 12:01 Friday morning as U.S. officials were already strategizing a controversial move to use emergency funds to mitigate the damage to farmers facing punishing retaliatory tariffs.
The Trump administration officially levied tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products at the start of a major trade battle predicted to exact significant costs on consumers and businesses. China was expected to announce its own comparable tariffs on $34 billion of U.S. goods Friday. Chinese officials had said they would not announce the tariffs until after the U.S. did so. The Chinese tariffs, including a 25 percent charge on soybeans, are expected to hit U.S. farmers particularly hard, since the country currently buys nearly two-thirds of the soybeans produced by U.S. farmers.
But Trump, who has attacked Harley-Davidson for plans to move some production to its overseas plants to avoid retaliatory European tariffs, is looking to save “my farmers” from the trade war he launched. Rural support was critical to his presidential victory. Unhappy farmers could spell trouble for midterm elections.
It’s a whole lot easier not to wreck the car in the first place than it is to think about what a repair might look like.American Soybean Association
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, has said using the funds would set a bad precedent by politicizing farm payments, Bloomberg reported.
“I am against a one-time bailout of a situation created by the administration,” Peterson said earlier this year. Farmers “want their markets left intact and not screwed up by some policy. Giving them money isn’t necessarily going to buy them off.”
Even Republican farm state Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said last month in a call with reporters that subsidies are “not what farmers in Iowa want — help from the federal Treasury,” the Des Moines Register reported.
Critics say that spending the massive fund is a waste of public money to mitigate a Trump bungle. It would also be a significant expenditure just as the U.S. debt is on track to be the biggest in historydue to corporate tax cuts and spending hikes.
Former USDA chief economist Joseph Glauber told The Financial Times earlier this month that many farmers already have some safeguards from government-backed price and income supports and insurance.
Even those who support using the funds say they won’t be enough to save farmers grappling with decreasing demand triggered by retaliatory foreign tariffs. Farmer also risk losing key markets in the long term even as they’re subsidized. Farmers in Brazil are boosting soybean production to scoop up the Chinese market.
Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, called the trade war “downright scary.”
“When American soybeans and corn become more expensive, South America wins,” Kuehl said in a statement.
Farm lobby groups had been battling against the imposition of the U.S. tariffs, arguing instead for negotiations over specific issues.
Earth’s resources are by no means infinite, as the planet heats up scientist warns that our planet is getting warmer each year. It is time for us to take stock of how we treat the precious resources at our disposal.
The wealthiest among us are the most liberal with the use and dispensation of earth’s resources, that is not to say that those of us on the consumer end of the spectrum are not equally as reckless in the way we use and consume precious resources.
Sure, the processes which produced those resources may still be at work replenishing them in some instances but do we want to run out of drinking water and wait on the replenishment process? Are we prepared to destroy our oxygen supply then wait for replenishment?
Even with the abundance of food, poverty, droughts, famine, wars and other forces are wreaking havoc, forcing millions into starvation, and the death of countless others.
The monied powers which drill for oil and natural gas, destroy mountains and other lands for coal have a vested interest in denying climate change. Sure we need those resources to maintain the modern lifestyle we have come to treasure and enjoy but in as much as the mega-corporations and governments have a responsibility to be judicious with our natural resources we all have that same responsibility to protect the environment.
That responsibility can come in the form of simply turning off the tap while brushing our teeth. turning the lights out in rooms we are not using.
On average about two gallons of fresh water flows from a tap each minute. According to (sustainability.nscu.edu), although 70 percent of planet Earth is covered with water, only 1 percent of it is available for human consumption? Our surging population is leaving our lakes, rivers, and aquifers struggling to meet this growing demand for fresh water. In fact, water demand is expected to climb 50 percent from 2007 to 2025.
With the Polar ice caps melting even more rapidly than scientists had initially anticipated, the warming of the earth is effectively assured, the less ice on the planet is the more dark ocean which attracts the suns rays and the process is self-fulfilling.
Melting ice caps means rising ocean levels. Rising ocean levels means cities and towns submerged under water. More violent storms. Population centers forced to move further inland. Disputes over living space. Contamination and stress on fresh drinking water sources. And conflicts associated with the foregone.
I doubt that there is a rational person who would disagree that these events are not happening today, not abstract predictions for future generations?
The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.
The heat-trapping nature of carbon dioxide and other gases was demonstrated in the mid-19th century.2 Their ability to affect the transfer of infrared energy through the atmosphere is the scientific basis of many instruments flown by NASA. There is no question that increased levels of greenhouse gases must cause the Earth to warm in response.
Ice cores drawn from Greenland, Antarctica, and tropical mountain glaciers show that the Earth’s climate responds to changes in greenhouse gas levels. Ancient evidence can also be found in tree rings, ocean sediments, coral reefs, and layers of sedimentary rocks. This ancient, or paleoclimate, evidence reveals that current warming is occurring roughly ten times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming.3 argues https://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/
These images are not sexy, we tend to quickly turn the page and move on because these things are only happening to those people. But are they really? In our increasingly interconnected world, how long are the consequences of famine drought wars, and other maladies going to avoid our doorsteps?
The truth of the matter is that the policies of powerful governments and corporations have direct causation on some of these events playing out in real time.
Policies which upend the fragile stability in less powerful nations have a ripple effect on where we live. When we wage wars or destabilize other nations we cause the mass migration of people. When we destabilize the delicate and fragile peace within those countries borders, by choosing one side over another, we are contributing to the movement of people.
It is one of the most natural things for humans to become nomadic as they look for food water and a better life.
When powerful energy corporations are given carte blanch to upend our eco-system just so that they may have more zeroes on balance sheets, we are by default contributing to the mass migration of people to our shores.
These are the hard challenges which face the leaders of powerful nations.
Building walls as a means of safety and security is a tried and failed concept, history is replete with the examples. Subsequently, the order which came out of the Marshall plan after the second world war despite its imperfection has held to date.
There has been stupid uncalled for war since 1945, we all know that when moronic leaders are given power they are going to make moronic decisions.
Nevertheless, the period of relative peace between the ending of the first world war and the beginning of the second began is a mere 21 years.
Between the end of the second world war in 1945 and today is 73 years. Seventy-three years and still no worldwide violent conflagration.
The world order has held. It is up to present leadership to strengthen the existing order so that future generations may have a planet on which to live.
Those who went before us did not destroy the earth, we have a responsibility to ensure that others have the same opportunities on this another American Independence day.
As an avid animal lover, I tried my best to let be a trending story about a Kentucky woman’s slaughter of a South African Giraffe and the subsequent fallout. Of course, I couldn’t.
But I couldn’t because in the story are other stories which still persist on the African continent which are hardly any different than that which existed when our people were stripped away and sent to the western world as human chattel.
The story involves a Kentucky woman Tess Thompson Talley a big game hunter who posted to her social media account, her celebration of her ]kill] of a fully grown Giraffe.
On her Facebook page, Thompson-Talley wrote,“Prayers for my once in a lifetime dream hunt came true today! Spotted this rare black giraffe bull and stalked him for quite a while. I knew it was the one. He was over 18 years old, 4000 lbs. and was blessed to be able to get 2000 lbs. of meat from him.”\
Many people including celebrities have come out strongly against Talley. One celebrity wrote on Twitter quote,“What’s 16 feet tall and has a c**t on the back of its neck?” Actress Debra Messing wrote: “Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer.”
Look, every human-being is vested with the ability to differentiate between wrong and right and so I am constrained from disagreeing with those who shoot verbal darts at Thompson-Talley. After all, there is a certain majesty and awe in all of these wonderful creatures, it takes a special kind of retardation to kill one of these majestic creatures just to fulfill a bloodlust.
THE REAL ISSUE
Those who would destroy our eco-system, and by extension our planet deserve every bit of condemnation that they receive. Nevertheless, the larger question ought to be, why is Trophy hunting legal in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe?
In 2015 there was another uproar when Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist was raked over the coals for slaughtering Cecil the Lion. On this occasion as well, Palmer was well within what Zimbabwe’s laws allowed.
Eric and Donald Trump Jr the two sons of US President Donald Trump have also caught flack in 2015 when photos surfaced of them posing with a dead elephant and other animals several years earlier.
In as much as animal lovers are justified in their wrath against the mindless slaughter of these innocent animals, the real anger must and should be directed at these African Nations.
The fundamental issues which existed in the 15th century which allowed the enslavement of people and their ultimate debasement which reduced them to chattel are clearly still existent on the African continent today.
Set aside any protestations about the need to thin out certain species of animals on the continent. The fact that foreigners are allowed to visit any African nation and be allowed to degrade its natural resources should be cause for condemnation of the corrupt leadership which exist in these countries.
Over the last four hundred years, Europeans have plundered, raped and pillaged the rich and varied resources which were abundant and in many cases unique to the African continent. Not only have Europeans pillaged the natural resources they have also destroyed and laid destitute the human resources. As a consequence, the entire continent of Africa is now exposed to rampant famines, drought, massive outbreaks of disease and is essentially a basket case when considered against most of the other continents.
In many parts of the continent, including South Africa, and more so in Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe the only thing left other than the impoverished people, are the precious animals which have managed to survive the murderous onslaught of Europeans and Americans.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that these precious animals would be protected at all cost and a tourism product developed which includes the showcasing of these majestic animals in their natural habits where possible.
Shockingly, this crop of African leaders is no better than what obtained four hundred years ago when Africans aided and abetted the sale and enslavement, murder and other abuse of their fellow men and the resultant genocide which has been waged on the continent for over four centuries.
Michael Annon, 29 years old, Mason/Security Guard of Sheffield, Westmoreland was discovered floating in the sea at Paradise Westmoreland. Reports are that fishermen saw the body of Annon afloat and summoned the police.
The body was retrieved and it was discovered that the hands and feet were bound.
A stone was tied around the neck and the body had what appeared to have two (2) gunshot wounds to the forehead.
The Police are investigating.
I want to add this little bit of additional information in support of my theory that Democratic voters want stronger more clearly defined policies from their party as opposed to the lukewarm Republican-lite approach which has clearly alienated many voters the least of which is the militant left.
According to ( politics.myajc.com) Turnout among black voters soared in last month’s Georgia primary, a show of strength that could bode well for Democrats in this year’s contests for governor and other statewide offices.
The data show the broad majority of African-American voters pulled Democratic ballots, which could bolster the hope of Stacey Abrams, who is racing to be the nation’s first black female governor. Her Republican opponent will be decided in a July 24 runoff between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
Abrams built her electoral strategy around energizing left-leaning voters, including minorities, with liberal stances on gun control, criminal justice initiatives, and tax policy. Her approach was vindicated with a whopping victory over her opponent, who aimed for a more centrist appeal.
A strong case to be made for the Democratic party to stop being a doormat for the Republican party which has now become a right-wing Fascist party of white men.
Sure voters who leave the Republican party or more appropriately whom the Republican party has left need a party which reflects their values. Nevertheless, the idea that so-called moderate Republicans will not support a stridently left-leaning Democratic Party which supports workers rights, universal healthcare for all, among other working class issues is patently wrong.
Never lose sight of the fact that many of those voters were actually called Reagan Democrats, and many of them voted for Barack Obama twice.
Voters want political parties which reflect their values.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties have wedge issues in which they believe, On which they campaign and generally govern. For the Republicans, it was[is] small government. Gun ownership. States Rights. Against abortion. Strong military and religion, to name a few. Except that Republicans are only fiscally conservative when there is a Democrat in the white house.
Democrats believed in social programs. And expanded role of Government in helping to take care of those unable to take care of themselves. Over the last few election cycles, Democrats have become champions for abortion rights. Gay rights, as a [civil right] and, have signed on to illicit wars even though their voters are generally opposed to America’s militaristic forays into other countries.
Republicans have had an uncanny ability to formulate policies and stick to their talking points. They exercise discipline as they push those policies even when they are proven to be destructive. (See the Iraq war).
Republicans slavishly stick to the script when it comes to the tenets of the policies which they believe in.
One example of that has been how they purged the party of moderates as it lurched to the far right, through the process of primary challenges to establishment moderate. The right labeled moderate republicans (republicans in name only )[RINOS].
That process forced from its ranks moderates like the late Pennsylvania US Senator Arlen Specter, former Secretary of state Colin Powell, former Indiana US Senator Richard Lugar to name a few. In fact, the party’s platform has been so radicalized that the hero of the former right, Ronald Reagan, would potentially be excommunicated from what now obtains as the Republican Party.
Others like John McCain have either been sidelined or forced to adopt the toxic rabidity of the right, or risk expulsion from the party.
Gone is the party of George H W Bush or even George W Bush who was arguably more conservative than his dad, but who was a man who proposed Immigration reform, and talked about compassionate conservativism.
The Democratic party in my estimation never seemed to have a political identity, except that it isn’t the Republican party. Democrats are split into different categories, moderates, conservative, blue dogs, and of course progressives.
The Democratic party has been out-hustled by the right which has cultivated a web of grass-roots organizations which act as factories for their brand of conservatism.
The gazillion different organizations, think-tanks, and interest groups which drill home the conservative agenda to the faithful are well funded by wealthy Industrialist and Billionaires like Charles and David Koch, Sheldon Alderson, Foster Friess, Robert Mercer, The [JETS] Woody Johnson, to name a few.
The Democratic Party has no credible grass-roots organization which presses home at the local level the values of the party. The Democrats which seemingly only care about Presidential elections have completely lost the war at the local level.
Even in deep blue states like New York, Connecticut, Massachutes and others local counties and town politics are dominated by Republicans.
The lack of grass-roots organizations and organizing makes it harder for Democratic presidents to enact their agendas because Republicans control the foundations and can simply say no.
Trade Unions which were once a bulwark of support for the democratic party have seen their influence eroded through strategic assaults against them like that which was waged by Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker who has eviscerated unions in his state. Other states have enacted right to work laws which have gutted the power and strength of public sector unions, knee-capping an integral support structure of the democratic party.
The Supreme court’s most recent decision which now prevents unions from collecting dues from non-members all but removes that slush of funds unions once had to donate to Democratic candidates. Thanks to Anthony Kennedy’s parting gifts to his pal Donald Trump.
Additionally, the group which usually made up the bulk of union membership[white males] have largely moved on to the Republican Party as a matter of course.
Not that the unions have not been serving their interests but with the changing face of America along racial lines, white men are wont to support any other party other than one whose purpose is the protection of white supremacy.
On the other hand, the Democrats are old, out of ideas and confused about who they are and what the party stands for.
The rise of Barack Obama out of nowhere to win their nomination 10 years ago against the establishment neanderthals, ought to have been a warning to the party that the progressive voters who are forced to support the party wants more focused leadership.
The lesson was staring the Dems in the face yet they failed to recognize that there was a faction of the party which was unhappy with the Republican-lite approach the party was invested in.
That disquiet among younger progressive voters was squandered by the Democrats, and so Ralph Nader was able to split the vote twice, eventually costing them a President Al Gore.
Still not recognizing the systemic progressive shift of it’s younger supporters the party missed the message and so Bernie Sanders the Vermont Socialist was able to launch his leftist-populist movement which ultimately split the 2016 vote on the one hand and kept enough progressive voters at home to give rise to Trump.
For years Democrats followed the mainstream media’s narrative that younger voters were not dependable voters. I have always believed that young people are far more focused than the left gave them credit for.
Younger voters and leaders on the right are some of the most focused and dedicated to their cause, as a consequence, I believed that Democratic leadership was woefully myopic in adopting the media’s talking points about apathy on the part of young voters.
Then came a young, bright, focused, and convincing messenger,”Yes we can” and to the disbelief of the brackish Democratic establishment Barack Obama was elected with a large plurality of younger voters and an impressive coalition of interest groups, not once but twice.
The Republicans recognized the threat Obama posed through his message-deliver, coalition-building and his stated goal of transforming America into a country where all people could compete equally and live their best lives and so the embarked on a plan to obstruct whatever he proposed even policies they themselves once supported.
Though many in the house and senate owed their respective wins to Obama’s coat-tails, rather than stand steadfast with Obama they fought amongst themselves about who were blue-dog democrats as against who was not.
By 2010 Republicans recaptured control of the House, increased their number of seats in the Senate and gained a majority of governorships to boot.
In 2012 Republicans lost 7 seats in the house but retained control. By the 2014 midterms, Republicans took control of the Senate, gaining 9 seats.
With a final total of 247 seats in the House and 54 seats in the Senate, Republicans accomplished their largest majority in the Congress since1929.
Despite the foregone, it is clear that the Democratic party has not learned a single lesson, that supporters of the Democratic party want a party with clear de-marked lines of distinction between itself and the Republicans, not a Republican-lite party.
The voters who giddily supported Bernie Sanders and even those peeled of by Jill Stein are still looking for that party with a difference.
That reality is lost on Party leaders like Nancy Pelosi who name is poisonous in middle America. Speaking to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary win in the Bronx and QueensPelosi dismissively said: “they made a choice in one district, so let’s not get ourselves carried away as an expert on demographics and the rest of that within the caucus outside the caucus”.
Talk about showing bravado as captain of a sinking ship.
But Pelosi is certainly not the only one being dismissive of the Latina’s victory. Iraq war veteran herself a minority, Illinois US Senator Tammy Duckworth who ought to know better had issues with the Democratic party moving too far to the left, warning it could ostracize midwestern voters.
Asked whether Ocasio -Cortez represents the future of the Democratic party, Duckworth retorted shockingly, quote, “I think it is the future of the party in the Bronx where she is”.
These comments represent the brain-dead stupidity of a party searching for an identity but are stubbornly unwilling to heed the signs.
The stark reality is that many Democrats have moved to the Republican party, if for nothing the Republicans do what they say they are going to do, we can argue about the merits afterward.
Over the last four election cycles, the Republican party has gone through a complete metamorphosis, moving decisively to the right. It is incredibly silly to suggest that voters on the left do not want their party thus clearly defined.
Today despite lurching decisively to the right Republicans control the white house and both chambers of the legislature and have 5 hard right votes on the supreme court.
Additionally, they control ore state houses, state legislatures, all the way down to dog catcher. So much for not going too far to the left.
According to the (WashingtonTimes.com)“Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey of some 11,000 voters ages 18-34 conducted during the first three months of the year.
Two years ago, young white people favored Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a margin of 47 to 33 percent; that gap vanished by this year, with 39 percent supporting each party,” the analysis said. “The shift was especially dramatic among young white men, who two years ago favored Democrats but now say they favor Republicans over Democrats by a margin of 46 to 37 percent.
In an opinion piece for the New York Times Thomas B. Edsall wrote Democratic losses among working-class voters were not limited to whites; that crucial constituencies within the party see its leaders as alien;A consistent theme is that the focus on white defections from the Democratic Party masks an even more threatening trend: declining turnout among key elements of the so-called Rising American Electorate— minority, young and single voters. Turnout among African-Americans, for example, fell by 7 points, from 66.6 percent in 2012 to 59.6 percent in 2016.
Even as many Trump-fatigued Americans talk of a November blue wave Donald Trump is predicting a red wave of his own.
Arguably he knows something the rest of us doesn’t. After the debacle of the polling in 2016, I dare not challenge anything Trump predict.
The Democratic party continues to be out of touch directionally as well as how it treats black women, it’s most loyal base of support.
As part of the resistance against the Trump agenda, many young females have stepped forward to mount challenges to the old guard of democratic wishy-washy republican-lite democrats. Many are African-American women, who like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have received zero funding or support from the national Democratic party.
Say what you want about the Republican Party or Donald Trump for that matter, they never ever forget that their most hardcore base of support comes from white males.
In the meantime, the (NewRepublic)reports that Democrats are losing their most loyal voters: black women. At a moment when so much attention is focused on how Democrats can win white working-class voters who backed Donald Trump, new data shows support for the party is slipping among its most reliable voters—African-American women.
I am absolutely not mad that there is a lull in support by black women for the Democratic party, despite their loyal support and fidelity to the party there is no Black-Women in the party’s leadership or what passes for leadership.
Most importantly, the party is duplicitously silent when their sons are abused and murdered by police.
It was rather offensive to hear Nancy Pelosi chastize Senior Congresswoman Maxine Walters for telling supporters to push back against Administration officials. It did not take long for Charles Schumer to jump on the anti-Maxine Walters train, after all, why not berate the black woman and cry tears about civility to Republicans while neither dinosaur had a single word of chastisement for the thinly veiled threat Trump made against Ms. Walters.
I don’t pretend to know what is going to happen in November save to say that as far as we are told the Russians are still working to meddle in America’s elections and the view of many of the nation’s intelligence chiefs is that nothing is being done to stop them.
The Supreme court has all but gutted the voting rights act for no reason except that the court had the power to do it as so it did.
Trump is packing the courts at all levels with white men, many of whom are white supremacists and the Democratic party doesn’t even have a leader.
Though imperfect, the Media is the only line of defense which stands between the American people and the right’s attempt at turning this country into a full-fledged white ethnostate. Trump did say the media is the opposition. His push-back against the fourth estate is emblematic of how one responds to an opposition party. Many Republicans are beginning to attack the media as well, Litt;e Marco Rubio being chief among them.
There is really no Democratic party of consequence to speak of, Trump and his cult of followers knows it quite well.
The threat follows Waters’ call to protesters to confront members of the Trump administration in public over their support for the president’s zero tolerance policy against immigrants.
Waters’ statement says she received an increased number of hate calls and death threats after President Donald Trump attacked her on Twitter Monday and in a series of other comments.
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!
“As the president has continued to lie and falsely claim that I encouraged people to assault his supporters, while also offering a veiled threat that I should ‘be careful,’ even more individuals are leaving [threatening] messages and sending hostile mail to my office,” Waters said.
“There was one very serious death threat made against me on Monday from an individual in Texas which is why my planned speaking engagements in Texas and Alabama were canceled this weekend … individuals threatened to shoot, lynch, or cause me serious bodily harm,” she added.
Waters’ speech at a rally last Saturday in Los Angeles and later on MSNBC set off a furious debate about civility in politics, with some of Waters’ colleagues in the Democratic Party criticizing her too. Her supporters say that Trump himself has set a basement standard for civility and that policies such as separating immigrant children from their parents are monstrous and should be denounced.
Restaurant owner Stephanie Wilkinson told The Washington Post that she’d explained to Sanders that her business has “certain standards” to uphold, “such as honesty and compassion.” Last Tuesday, protesters hounded Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen out of a Mexican restaurant in Washington.
Trump accused Waters of threatening harm to people. The congresswoman said Monday that she believes in “very peaceful” protests and never called for violence or harm against anyone. Story originated here()
This is what’s happening in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, while in Maryland a white mass shooter killed five people yesterday and was taken into custody without a shot fired.
He was not assaulted or tased, they simply took him into custody without incident.
Please call the Lancaster Police Department in Pennsylvania & ask them if this is how they treat unarmed & non-violent black men who are complying. The number is: (717) 735-3300.pic.twitter.com/dtGelcgxvh
The FBI has long warned that police departments all across America are being infiltrated by neo-nazis and white supremacists. As far as we know nothing has been done about it. In fact, it appears that prosecutors and the courts have gone out of their way to both avoid charging these murderous fascists for the crimes they commit, or convict them on the rare occasion that they have murdered maimed and seriously assaulted people of color.
Despite these warnings, the FBI itself has gone out of its way to report on a fictitious strawman which exists only in their minds.
“Black identity extremists” a term coined by the FBI to legitimize law-enforcement attack on Black people whom it says are likely to attack law enforcement officers.
Not only is there no such group, all attacks against police are by white shooters. All of the mass shootings being carried out in schools and other workplaces across the country are being done by white terrorists not people of color.
This kind of escalation, in order to abuse citizens through the use of unwarranted force. It is a direct result of what Donald Trump told them to do.
This is not happening in the abstract, it is happening right here in New York State. Eric Garner was baited and harassed simply for selling loose cigarettes before he was murdered by NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo on Staten Island.
The then district Attorney destroyed the case by having a corrupt and fraudulent grand jury decide that the murderous Pantaleo would face no charges despite what we all saw with our own eyes, murder in real time.
The district Attorney Dan Donovan is now a member of Congress, Pantaleo has not faced justice and Eric Garner is still dead.
While you African-Americans were watching Jamie Fox on BET television, out buying the latest fake hair at the Korean store, or having the traditional chicken dinner at your church in celebration of your pastor’s 6th Anniversary some rather interesting things were happening.
In New York, there were primary elections for those seeking to represent their parties in the US Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina activist surprised New York Rep. Joseph Crowley, a 10-term incumbent once seen as a likely replacement for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
But that is not what should be concerning to African-Americans, Ms. Cortez’s primary win is a welcome sign that maybe finally younger votes who took the time to listen to her have decided that they wanted a fighter, not a moderate Republic-lite candidate simply to go along to get along.
The shocking reality is that despite the seriousness of the crisis at hand and the fact that Trump’s policies are likely to hit Blacks the hardest the turnout in District (5) Meeks’ district, only 4% of voters turned out to vote. In Clarke’s district (9) turnout was only 9%, In district 11, Staten Island Democratic turnout was 9%, the Republican turnout in the same 11th though not phenomenal doubled Democratic turnout even though the district has far more registered Democrats than Republicans..
The turnout in districts 12,14 and 16 was hardly any better,, averaging just a tad over 12%. Citywide turnout was only 10%
Which begs the question, what are black voters doing which is more important than voting?
Every election cycle we hear the cliche about how this election will be the most consequential. News flash, these midterm elections the language is cliche, as usual, only this time it is actually true.
Associate justice of the Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy has decided that of all the men who have occupied the white house, Donald Trump is the person he wants to choose his successor.
This after Mitch McConnell hijacked the process in 2016 thwarting President Obama’s constitutional responsibility and power to place Merrick Garland on the high court.
Republicans were allowed to make up the rules as they went along and even though there was almost a full year left in Obama’s term McConnell refused to even meet with judge Garland, effectively filibustering the President’s pick to fill the seat vacated by Antonin Scalia a hard right operative who died in the spring of 2016.
The end result of Democrats lethargy and apathy McConnell and the lawless Republicans were allowed to get away with hijacking the process until Donald Trump was installed into the presidency. Despite the fact that there is an active criminal and counterintelligence investigations underway by special counsel Robert Muller, Donald Trump was allowed to install another hard right functionary in the person of Neil Gorsuch onto the Supreme Court.
Since then the court has decided in what is now a predictable 5-4 split that Ohio can purge voters from its voter’s list if they choose not to vote regularly. The court in a 5-4 split also voted to uphold Trump’s Muslim ban, completing ignoring the mountain of evidence of Trump saying that he wanted to ban Muslims from America.
Yesterday the court also voted to eviscerate public trade unions. The ruling put a stop to Unions right to collect fees from workers who benefit from union representation even though they chose not to be members of the union. Makes sense since whatever the unions fight for and accomplish all of the workers in that work pool benefits.
Unions say they have to collect the dues otherwise everyone would get free representation. The court voted against the unions, upending a long-held tradition.
USING UTTER HYPOCRISY AND ABUSE OF POWER REPUBLICANS STEAMROLLED THE PATHETIC DEMOCRATS
The Mitch McConnell rule of 2016 said that he would not be holding any hearing on Judge Garland in an election year. This was not a law or rule ever practiced in the US Senate, it was a Mitch McConnell’s rule.
And so it was President Obama’s pick never even got a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Neil Gorsuch a right-wing member chosen by the Federalist society is now sitting in the Supreme Court seat which ought to have been occupied by Judge Merrick Garland.
Now Anthony Kennedy decided he wants to have Donald Trump chose his successor, these things do not happen a vacuum. These things happen because they are well coordinated. Regardless of what Anthony Kennedy may have done in his career, voting to allow Trump to discriminate against Muslims and others, then deciding to leave in July giving Trump the power to stack the highest court with another ideologue in the vein of Alito Thomas, and Gorsuch will be his legacy.
Now the rights of women to make their own decision with their bodies is all up in the air. Voting rights, Immigrants rights, and the fundamental rights of all average Americans are under assault.
Since Blacks find it too much of a bother to get up and vote as they clearly did not do in the primaries two days ago in New York, they should be prepared to find themselves back on the cotton fields.
Justice Anthony Kennedy would seek to sanitize himself of the stench of his capitulation to Donald Trump, writing. “An anxious world must know that our Government remains committed always to the liberties the constitution seeks to preserve and protects, so that freedom extends outward, and lasts”.
Then he voted to give Donald Trump the power to discriminate against Muslims on the basis of their religion.
African-Americans should find no comfort in the fact that Donald Trump’s vitriol is directed at Muslims and Hispanics coming in through the southern border. He has already decided that the Haitians given temporary stay years ago after the earthquake, must leave the country by 2019.
It was the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller who said the following In his response to the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis‘ rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
After the death of Associate supreme court justice Antonin Scalia on February 13, 2016, it was up to President Barack Obama to choose a successor to replace the hard right, Scalia.
President Obama had almost a full year left in the white house.
It was the prerogative of Presidents before the 44th president Barack Obama to appoint candidates to fill vacancies on the nine-member court. Obama had filled two previous slots with the court’s first Latino American, Sonia Sotomeyer and another woman, Elena Kagan.
It is the prerogative of the Senate to advise and give it’s consent to the choices a president puts up for confirmation. Through the process of open hearings and personal meetings, the Senate gets to vote yea or nay on the president’s pick to fill the court’s vacancies.
President Obama chose Merrick Garland a centrist jurist who should generally sweep through the process to sit on the nations highest court. Judge Garland was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals in April 1997 and became Chief Judge on February 12, 2013. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1974 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1977.
Following graduation, he served as law clerk to Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. From 1979 to 1981, he was Special Assistant to the Attorney General of the United States. He then joined the law firm of Arnold & Porter, where he was a partner from 1985 to 1989 and from 1992 to 1993. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1992, and as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1993 to 1994. From 1994 until his appointment as U.S. Circuit Judge, he served as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, where his responsibilities included supervising the Oklahoma City bombing and UNABOM prosecutions.
The Republican Majority leader in the US Senate had other ideas. Mitch McConnell decided against all norms, that despite the fact that there was almost a full year left in President Obama’s term he would subvert the authority of the president by refusing to even give judge Garland a hearing.
This McConnell did using the spurious argument that with a presidential election imminent it makes sense to have the people decide which president should select a replacement for Scalia.
Precedent was out the door and a new precedent established by the hyper-partisan Kentucky Republican. McConnell was rewarded for his ghastly behavior with the elevation of Neil Gorsuch, a right-wing jurist appointed by Trump.
Donald Trump, conversant of the role the courts can play in advancing the policies of the fundamentalist right, has been on a tear packing the courts with right wing fundamentalist actors, many of whom have openly expressed racist views.
Many of the candidates Trump placed on the federal bench have been deemed to be blatantly unqualified by the nation’s bar association.
Mitch McConnell has crowed that the presidency of Donald J Trump has been the greatest period for Conservatism since he has been involved in politics.
Yesterday the US Supreme upheld Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, in a 5-4 decision the court agreed that Donald Trump may discriminate against immigrants based on their religious belief.
Feeling the heat from the scathing dissent of Associate justice Sonia Sotomayor Chief Justice John Roberts wiped away the ignoble supreme court decision which legitimized the internment of Japanese Americans during the second world war.
See Article explaining the berth of what happened during world war11.(https://www.nps.gov/articles/historyinternment.htm)
After the supreme court’s decision upholding the travel ban, the Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell trolled the nation by posting a picture of his meeting with judge Neil Gorsuch.
The publication the [Hill.com] a conservative publication, gushes, quote [ Justice Neil Gorsuch’s genuine conservatism, his faithfulness to the original public meaning of the Constitution and legal texts, is also demonstrated by his joining with Justice Clarence Thomas in all but three of the cases decided by the Court. That should be good news for any conservative court watcher“.] That assessment ought to give every progressive a chill down the spine.
Writing for the [dailybeast] Michael Tomasky ask this pertinent question.
Back in 1974, Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski issued a subpoena ordering Richard Nixon to turn over some papers and tapes relevant to the investigation. Nixon turned over some material, but not all, hoping that would satisfy Jaworski. It did not. Nixon’s lawyer, James St. Clair, went to the DC Circuit, and specifically to Chief Judge John J. Sirica, who became a household name in that year of 1974, to quash the subpoena. Sirica refused.
Would today’s Supreme Court rule similarly? We must start thinking about this now.
Thus far the Media has held against Donald Trump’s onslaught, the courts have held to some degree, the Congress has not. During the second world war, Japanese Americans were summarily rounded up and placed in camps. The anti-Japanese movement became widespread around 1905, due both to increasing immigration and the Japanese victory over Russia, the first defeat of a western nation by an Asian nation in modern times. Both the Issei and Japan began to be perceived as threats. Discrimination included the formation of anti-Japanese organizations, such as the Asiatic Exclusion League, attempts at school segregation (which eventually affected Nisei under the doctrine of “separate but equal”), and a growing number of violent attacks upon individuals and businesses.source[https://www.nps.gov/articles/historyinternment.htm]
One of the key players in the confusion following Pearl Harbor was Lt. General John L. DeWitt, the commander of the Western Defense Command and the U.S. 4th Army. DeWitt had a history of prejudice against non-Caucasian Americans, even those already in the Army, and he was easily swayed by any rumor of sabotage or imminent Japanese invasion.
The site named above, gives anyone wishing to have a better idea of what happened in America to Japanese Americans based on bigotry, racial animus, and plain ignorance.
These events are disgustingly shameful events which still haunts America today.
Chief Justice Roberts sought to wipe away the supreme court’s decision which legitimized these atrocities, even as he voted to give a racist demagogic president carte blanche to do the exact same thing as laid out in justice Sotomayor’s scathing dissent.
Imagine how much harm can be done by a president with wide unchecked power, then learn just how it has happened time and time again right here in America.
You have seen me talk about the maddeningly outrageous sentences meted out by Jamaican judges even as the country continue to be drenched in blood.
A mother beats to death her two-year-old toddler for defecating on herself. A retarded judge gives her a three -year sentence suspended for two years.
Murderers who are arrested by the police are summarily granted paltry cash bail and returned to the streets, regardless of the fact that they were already on bail for having murdered and had gone back to kill, sometimes up to six separate times.
Instead of fixing these glaring inconsistencies in the justice dispensation process the brain-dead decision makers will lecture you on the virtues of securing the rights of murders. Never mind that the murdered and assaulted parties had their right to life and safety taken from them without anyone speaking on their behalf.
Shockingly, as gangsters continue to murder whomever they want without any visible or discernable fear of the law, the authorities continue to embark on a process which may only be characterized as the response of the people who pretended that the naked emperor was in fact clothed.
Those in the diaspora who brave the killings and return to settle are targeted by gangsters, sometimes with the aid and blessings of their relatives and are usually viciously and senselessly murdered.
The murders are generally carried out in the most graphic and barbaric of fashion. They simply wash away the blood and continue on as if they never existed.
We have been talking about these contradictions which are easily fixable in our country, yet administrations of both the JLP and the PNP have ignored the seriousness of the consequences of crime on the society, focusing instead on adding more and more layers of oversight to the already feckless police department rendering it even more useless to the fight at hand.
We have decided that wherever possible we will bring you the graphic images of what is really happening even while the world’s attention is hijacked and forcibly diverted to the carnival in Washington DC.
We can in no way continue to pretend that this wanton and gruesome way of life is normal. We cannot continue to hide these images and pretend that we do not have problems. We simply cannot continue to hide these factual images while pretending that it’s not so bad, all the while telling ourselves that there are killings everywhere.
I call on the legislature to stop playing politics with this existential problem and get to the task of drafting, debating and passing laws which make it clear that killings, rapes, violent crimes will no longer be tolerated.
At the same time, it is imperative to attach mandatory minimum sentences to violent crimes, thereby removing from the Island’s criminal-loving judges the ability to set murderers and other violent felons free with the slightest of slap on the wrist even for murder.
The court’s sabotage of the process has over the last several decades contributed to the nation’s crime trajectory. It has undoubtedly created and aided malaise and apathy in law-enforcement on the one hand and on the other hand created corruption in some members.
The average law abiding Jamaican are left to wonder whether they will ever again have a life when they can live their lives in ways that are less than caged animals dreading the butcher’s knife.
This situation can be remedied all is required is the will to do it but both sides of the political divide must stop pandering to the faux forces of human rights which have set up shop in our country.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday to uphold President Donald Trump’s ban on allowing travel from six countries in a major decision that inspired outrage from the court’s liberal justices. In a separate written dissent joined only by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Sonia Sotomayor used Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric about Muslims to underscore the “stark parallels” between the majority opinion and one of the high court’s most shameful moments: Korematsu v. United States, the decision that upheld Japanese internment during World War II. .
“A reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus,” Sotomayor wrote. “The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens.”
In the majority opinion, the justices explicitly overruled the 1944 Korematsu decision, but Justice Sotomayor rejected their arguments, saying that their actions “merely replaces one ‘gravely wrong’ decision with another”
In the intervening years since Korematsu, our Nation has done much to leave its sordid legacy behind … Today, the Court takes the important step of finally overruling Korematsu, denouncing it as “gravely wrong the day it was decided.”…This formal repudiation of a shameful precedent is laudable and long overdue. But it does not make the majority’s decision here acceptable or right. By blindly accepting the Government’s misguided invitation to sanction a discriminatory policy motivated by animosity toward a disfavored group, all in the name of a superficial claim of national security, the Court redeploys the same dangerous logic underlying Korematsu and merely replaces one “gravely wrong” decision with another.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts wrote the majority opinion and dispensed with the religious debate in order to focus solely on whether Trump satisfied the demands of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In response, Sotomayor argued that Trump’s executive order should have been struck down based on the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment, which ensures that the government “cannot favor or disfavor one religion over another.”
In reaching that conclusion, Sotomayor flatly rejected the government’s request to ignore Trump’s multiple statements about Muslims and his earliest description of the executive order as a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US. “Given President Trump’s failure to correct the reasonable perception of his apparent hostility toward the Islamic faith, it is unsurprising that the President’s lawyers have, at every step in the lower courts, failed in their attempts to launder the Proclamation of its discriminatory taint,” Sotomayor wrote.
Sotomayor compared Trump’s many broadsides against Islam, which comprise several paragraphs of her dissent, with the Court’s recent 7-2 ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, noting, “The Court recently found less pervasive official expressions of hostility and the failure to disavow them to be constitutionally significant.” In the aftermath of the Masterpiece case, some legal experts had suggested that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s ruling, which depended on hostile statements made about religion by Colorado public officials, might foreshadow his rejection of Trump’s travel ban on similar grounds. It didn’t.
Sotomayor said Trump’s order fails to even clear the standard set by “rational-basis review,” the lowest bar of judicial scrutiny, because the “administrative review” undergirding it is too unconvincing in its aims and secretive in its process to distinguish the order from its public history as a Muslim ban.
She was similarly unconvinced by the government’s contention that the travel ban did not target Islam specifically, calling the inclusion of North Korea and Venezuela on the list of prohibited regions “insubstantial, if not entirely symbolic.” The order still “overwhelmingly targets Muslim-majority nations,” she wrote, adding that the US “remains wholly unable to articulate any credible national-security interest that would go unaddressed by the current statutory scheme absent the Proclamation.” If anything, the benefits of such an order would be redundant given existing immigration vetting protocols, she argued.
As a fine point in concluding her dissent, Sotomayor borrowed an approach popularized by her late, conservative colleague, Justice Antonin Scalia. When he especially disagreed with a Court ruling, he would dispense with traditional protocol and end his dissenting opinions without the usual “I respectfully dissent” in favor of some plainer language. Sotomayor opted for the harsher option: “Our Constitution demands, and our country deserves, a Judiciary willing to hold the coordinate branches to account when they defy our most sacred legal commitments. Because the Court’s decision today has failed in that respect, with profound regret, I dissent.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/06/sotomayor-dissent-trump-travel-ban/