As a child raised in what we like to characterize as a Christian home we were led to believe that there was a holiness to the land of Israel. Christians today are still reverential to Israel as a special place sanctioned by God.
Pastors like John Hagee preach about a coming Armageddon in which the forces of good and evil will meet and Israel will defeat the forces of evil arrayed against her.
Hagee himself would be advised to stay away from that battle based on his own philosophy.
As a Christian myself I had a hard time reconciling the narrative of the western Christian Church, including the white evangelicals who demonstrate an undying fealty to Israel.
So I started digging with a view to finding out for myself what was it about Israel which makes it so near and dear to America. You know outside of the fact that the state of Israel never existed before 1948.
It also struck me that the people who populated the Palestinian’s land were actually white Europeans fleeing Hitler.
Never mind that as far as Judaism is concerned, the practitioners of that faith does not believe that Jesus, the dark-skinned Nazarene was the son of God. In fact, so angry was the Jews with Yeshua that they offered him up to Pontius Pilate the Roman Governor for execution, once they realized he wasn’t going to lead them into a war to topple the Roman occupiers.
But let us not get caught up in the weeds about Jews in the Bible at the time of Jesus Christ, because contrary to what you hear now, Hebrew-Jews and Gentiles lived side by side in Palestine for thousands of years before Jesus Christ arrived, much less just 70-years ago when the Americans and Brits confiscated huge swaths of land from the Palestinians and gave it to white people who adopted a form of Judaism they call Zionism.
The creation of the state of Israel and the strategic placement of the so-called Jewish state, cannot be fully understood unless its geographic-placement, armament, and maintenance are viewed against the strategic vital interests of the western world.
On the table for discussion is the question of a different set of rules for Israel than that which obtains for others, particularly African nations.
The strategy of labeling anyone who criticizes Israel’s crimes, “anti-Semitic” also has its roots in the preferred nation status bestowed upon her by America. It is a strategy designed to take full advantage of the empathy derived from the holocaust by silencing anyone who dares to speak out against Israel’s crimes against humanity.
A strategy which insulates and inoculates the apartheid state regardless of its transgressions of international law.
If you believe the concept of a pie-in-the-sky white God who has favorites then it is easy to ignore the mass slaughter of Palestinian civilians by Isreali defense force soldiers.
It is easy to ignore children picked off like flies while soldiers of one of the best trained, best-equipped military in the world hoops it up like they are shooting at inanimate objects, not human beings.
As long as you are comfortable with the blanket statements that every Palestinian murdered are terrorists then you are good because their lives were already devalued by the Apartheid state and its supporters.
But if you are not a starry-eyed Christian brainwashed by those who enslaved our ancestors, you will readily appreciate that a God who is touted to be “just”, could under no circumstances have (chosen people).
You could under no circumstances believe that-that God signs off on the wanton and reckless murder of innocent men, women, and children with the rationalization that they posed an existential threat to the state of Israel.
But the leaders of the Apartheid state is no longer trying to convince the entire world it is wrong and they are right.
They are engaged in systematic harassment and detention of some people who enter the Israeli state and may have previously expressed dissenting opinions on whether we should all agree it is not okay to have snipers killing unarmed protesting men women and children.
Peter Beinart, a leading Jewish-American journalist, was detained for questioning at the Ben-Gurion International Airport while entering Israel. According to Haaretz.com Beinart who is himself of Jewish heritage and a well-known journalist.
Beinart has written extensively on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for years. He has publicly expressed support for boycotting products manufactured in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. His questioning this weekend, he reported, didn’t focus on that issue, but included a broad list of questions about his political affiliations and his ties to groups in Israel that oppose the settlements and the policies of the current right-wing government in Jerusalem.
The country’s right-wing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a half-hearted apology to Beinart but the damage was already done. Clearly, Shin Bet the Israeli security service felt sufficiently empowered to harass people who have different views than they do.
In a statement released to the press, Netanyahu said that he “heard of Mr. Beinart’s questioning at Ben Gurion airport and immediately spoke with Israel’s security forces to inquire how this happened. He was told it was an administrative mistake. Israel is an open society which welcomes all–critics and supporters alike.
Keep in mind that this very same Netanyahu has branded African Jews and other immigrants to the state of Israel “interlopers“.
Netanyahu and others in his right-wing government insist if they allow Africans to stay they will change the character of the Jewish state.
Never mind that by 2019 Israel is expected to receive $3.3 billion in American aid much of that, money comes from the taxes of African Americans people.
According to Haaretz, Beinart’s interrogation is the latest in a series of incidents at Israel’s border entry and exit points that involved political questioning of Jewish Americans.. Jewish American philanthropist who donated millions to Israeli hospitals and schools was interrogated because security at Ben Gurion found a booklet about Palestine in his suitcase. Last week, two left-wing Jewish American activists were detained for three hours at the border crossing between Israel and Egypt. One of the activists, Simone Zimmerman- who is one of the founding members of the Jewish anti-occupation IfNotNow- claimed she was interrogated about her political opinions.
How long will the world ignore Israel’s crime and special treatment made possible by America’s support and armament, while other Nations are incessantly maligned and forced to bear brutal sanctions?
Why International laws not applicable to Israel is a question the world will have to confront sooner or later.
The political parties which emerged out of the Colonial era in Africa the Caribbean, South and Latin America all but squandered the opportunity to establish their respective nations on the solid footings of democratically transparent governance.
Instead, those who fought in the actual liberation wars across those geographic areas and even those in the Caribbean who led the postcolonial struggles chose to develop patronage systems to benefit themselves and those who support them.
Political leaders and by extension their political parties developed a sense of ownership for their respective countries even 50 years and more after those liberation struggles ended.
The prevailing sense is that those who did not live through and participate in those struggles have no right to political power.
Nowhere is this sense of entitlement more evident in my estimation and the resultant damage it has caused more transparently measurable, than in Zimbabwe which two Mondays ago held national elections.
President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF party has basically ruled Zimbabwe since white minority rule ended in 1980.
until he was ousted from power by the military last November.
Emmerson Mnangagwa a 75-year-old former lieutenant of Mugabe and a veteran of the military-installed himself as interim president and a new election was called. Unfortunately, the removal of Mugabe did nothing to dismantle the intricate vestiges of ZANU-PF which have been instituted under Mugabe’s rule.
Mugabe a former school teacher turned revolutionary in Ian Smith’s minority-ruled Rhodesia rose to lead Zimbabwe after white minority rule was dismantled and elections were held in 1980. Mugabe, like many revolutionary leaders who fought white oppression and colonization, did not escape unscathed. After making anti-government comments, he was convicted of sedition and imprisoned between 1964 and 1974. On release, he fled to Mozambique, established his leadership of ZANU and oversaw ZANU’s role in the Rhodesian Bush War, fighting Ian Smith’s predominantly white government.[wiki]
He reluctantly took part in the peace negotiations brokered by the United Kingdom that resulted in the Lancaster House Agreement. The agreement dismantled white minority rule and resulted in the 1980 general election, at which Mugabe led ZANU-PF to victory. Mugabe’s administration expanded health care and education and—despite his Marxist rhetoric and professed desire for a socialist society—adhered largely to mainstream, conservative economic policies.
Some of Mugabe’s policies, most notably his land reform policies which appropriated lands held by whites and gave them to blacks angered traditional powers like the United States. The resultant economic sanctions were soon to follow, helping to make life difficult for Zimbabweans.
Fidel Castro led Cuba in its own liberation struggle against Fulgencio Batista a corrupt dictator who allowed the Island Nation to become a hedonistic den for gangsters largely supported by the United States. After toppling Batista in January 1st, 1959 Castro, in turn, led Cuba down the road of communist dictatorship.
Fifty-eight years later despite the death of Fidel Castro Cuba remains immersed in a vicelike grip of dictatorship, still supervised by someone named Castro.
Zimbabweans had a chance to vote for a new direction, [or so we thought ] for the very first time since 1980. The opposition MDC Alliance led by forty-year-old Nelson Chamisa offered that chance to Zimbabweans.
It is inconceivable to imagine that despite the reported peaceful nature of the vote on election day that the people went into the voting booths and again voted for ZANU-PF for another five years to the tune of a two-thirds majority in the legislature.
It is incomprehensible the level of greed and hunger for power which drives these people to the extent that they are incapable of putting country of their most base instincts.
Our own Jamaica is no different.
All to often in both political parties we see black leadership treating state power as their own personal fiefdoms to be passed down to their children.
The nation of Zimbabwe was done a terrible disservice last week by ZANY-PF and all of the agencies of state including the Military , Police and (ZEC) the Zimbabwe electoral commission. The energy and enthusiasm of the people certainly was not on the side of ZANU-PF. The people voted for change but what they received were bullets and a cleverly disguised Coup d’état
Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s president and leader of the ruling Zanu-PF party, has won the country’s historic and hotly contested presidential election.
Officials from the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) announced early on Friday that Mnangagwa had received 2.46m votes, or 50.8% of the 4.8m votes cast. Nelson Chamisa, the candidate of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change party (MDC), won 2.14m votes or 44.3%, the ZEC said. Mnangagwa needed to win by more than 50% to avoid a runoff vote.
Mnangagwa, 75, was a close aide of Robert Mugabe, the 94-year-old autocrat who ruled for 37 years and was ousted by the army nine months ago, and was implicated in atrocities committed under his rule. Chamisa, 40, is a former lawyer and pastor.
Priscilla Chigumba, the chair of the ZEC, urged the country to “move on” with the hopeful spirit of election day and beyond the “blemishes” of Wednesday’s “chaos”, when the army opened fire on protesters in Harare, killing six people. “May God bless this nation and its people,” she said.
Mnangagwa tweeted that he was “humbled” by the result. “This is a new beginning. Let us join hands, in peace, unity & love, & together build a new Zimbabwe for all!” he said.
On Friday morning Chamisa called the results “fake” and said the electoral commission should release “proper and verified” numbers. “The level of opaqueness, truth deficiency, moral decay & values deficit is baffling,” he said on Twitter.
The MDC had rejected the results even before they had been announced in full. Minutes before the final result, the MDC’s chairman, Morgan Komichi, made an impromptu televised statement at the commission, saying the election was “fraudulent” and that the party would challenge the results in court. He was then removed from the stage by police.
A few Mnangagwa supporters celebrated near the entrance to the conference centre where the results were declared but there was little in the way of public celebrations in Harare other than some car horns.
Charity Manyeruke, who teaches political science at the University of Zimbabwe, said she was delighted. “There is continuity, stability,” she said at the conference centre. “Zimbabwe is poised for nation-building.”
The Zimbabwean capital was calm on Friday morning, the pavements filled with people going to work. Many also gathered around newspaper stands. The army, a visible presence this week, had withdrawn by 7am. A police presence remained, with two vehicles equipped with water cannon outside the MDC headquarters and an armoured vehicle full of riot police.
Most MDC supporters appeared resigned to the result and unwilling to take to the streets to protest. “We are just accepting whatever is there for the sake of peace, for the sake of business and calm. Life goes on. I wouldn’t support a protest. Check what happened this week when people tried it,” said Shepherd Warikandwe, a 38-year-old chef.
Hazel Moyo, a 25-year-old supermarket cashier who had voted for the first time, said that protesting would make no difference. “We will just have to put up with it. We need change but will have to wait some more,” she said.
The count took more than three days, leading to growing tensions and calls from the international community for a swift resolution.
Although the campaign has been free of the systematic violence that marred previous polls, the MDC repeatedly claimed it was hindered by a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation, bias in the electoral commission and handouts to voters from the ruling party. Several of its complaints have been upheld by monitors’ reports.
Eighteen opposition officials were detained by police during a raid on the MDC’s headquarters in Harare on Thursday afternoon.
Prof Stephen Chan, an expert in African politics at the University of London, said the election could be judged “plausible to credible” but could not be called “free and fair”.
Chan, who is in Zimbabwe, said he believed the problems with the count were down to incompetence rather than conspiracy but that the alleged irregularities before the poll could have been significant, especially in avoiding a runoff.
“The narrowness of the result suggests that Mnangagwa is the last of the Zanu-PF giants and that at the next election the opposition will have everything to play for,” he said.
Mnangagwa’s share of the vote was lower than some expected. Zanu-PF had swept to a two-thirds majority in simultaneous parliamentary elections and was broadly considered the favourite by analysts. But the opposition campaign gathered significant momentum in the last days of campaigning.
The announcement of the result was delayed while figures for Mashonaland West, a major province and Zanu-PF stronghold, were finalised, and was disrupted by an MDC spokesman who said the party rejected the results because they had not been verified by polling agents.
All polling station data would be made available to the media and party officials, the ZEC said.
Zimbabwe now faces new uncertainty and a potential period of instability. The country si hoping to reintegrate into the international community after years of isolation. Foreign powers will have to decide whether the elections give Mnangagwa and Zanu-PF the legitimacy needed to seek to rejoin institutions such as the Commonwealth.
Without a massive and rapid infusion of foreign aid, the country is also facing total economic breakdown.
Polls had earlier given Mnangagwa, a dour former spy chief known as “the Crocodile” for his reputation for ruthless cunning, a slim lead over Chamisa, a brilliant if sometimes wayward orator.
Support for Zanu-PF has historically been strongest in rural areas, where more than two-thirds of voters live. The party dominated its traditional heartland provinces of Mashonaland Central and East, while the MDC won the major cities of Harare and Bulawayo convincingly.
By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA AND FARAI MUTSAKA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The ruling party and the main opposition group both declared Thursday they won Zimbabwe’s presidential election ahead of an imminent announcement of the official result, deepening a political crisis that was worsened by deadly rioting in the capital.
The death toll from street clashes Wednesday rose to six, with 14 injured, police said, and 18 people were arrested at the offices of the main opposition party amid tensions over a vote that was supposed to restore trust in Zimbabwe after decades of rule by Robert Mugabe.
There were conflicting accounts of who was responsible for the bloodshed in the capital of Harare, which followed opposition protests of alleged vote-rigging. Police tried to disperse angry crowds with tear gas and water cannons, and then soldiers fired live rounds.
While the military has been criticized for the crackdown, police spokeswoman Charity Charamba blamed rioters, saying some were drunk and that they destroyed eight cars and 22 shops. About 4,000 opposition supporters, some carrying iron bars and stones, were “besieging” downtown Harare, she said.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling ZANU-PF party also accused the opposition of inciting the violence. The opposition, human rights activists and international election observers condemned the “excessive” force used against protesters and appealed to all sides to exercise restraint.
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission said it will start announcing results of Monday’s presidential election at 10 p.m. (2000 GMT, 4 p.m. EDT), though by law it has five days to deliver the final tally. It has sometimes given conflicting statements about when it is releasing information.
International election observers urged the commission to reveal the presidential results as soon as possible, saying delays will increase speculation about vote-rigging.
Meanwhile, police raided the Movement for Democratic Change party headquarters of the main opposition candidate, Nelson Chamisa. A lawyers’ group said he was being investigated by police for allegedly inciting violence.
Chamisa, opposition politician Tendai Biti and several others are suspected of the crimes of “possession of dangerous weapons” and “public violence,” according to a copy of a search warrant, which was seen by The Associated Press. The warrant authorizes police to search for and confiscate any evidence as part of their investigation.
The authenticity of the warrant was confirmed by Kumbirai Mafunda, a spokesman for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights.
Chamisa, however, said the police who raided his headquarters and seized computers were looking for what he called evidence of vote-rigging. The evidence already had been moved to a “safe house,” he said.
Opposition demonstrations had broken out after electoral officials said the ruling party had won a parliamentary majority in the elections, and Paul Mangwana, a ZANU-PF spokesman, told a news conference he anticipated similar success in the presidential race.
Elsewhere in Harare, Chamisa said he was confident that his MDC party would be forming the next government.
As the rival camps sparred over the outcome, they also appealed for calm. Mnangagwa said his government was in touch with Chamisa to try to ease tensions, although the opposition leader said he had not received any communication.
During the 37-year rule by Mugabe, who resigned in November under military pressure, elections were marked by violence against the opposition and alleged fraud, and international sanctions were imposed on Zimbabwe as a result. A credible vote is crucial to the lifting of the sanctions so that the collapsed economy can recover.
Monday’s balloting was called free and fair by the electoral commission.
The European Union observer mission expressed “serious concerns” as representatives of Western and other groups gave their first assessments of the election.
Former Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the lead observer of a U.S. monitoring mission, also had expressed concern about delays in announcing results, saying that the longer it went on, “the more it calls into question the population’s confidence in the election process.”
Mnangagwa, who is close to the military, called for an “independent investigation” into the riots, saying those responsible “should be identified and brought to justice.”
The military deployment was the first time that soldiers had appeared in the streets of the capital since Mugabe’s resignation. At that time, thousands of jubilant residents welcomed their presence.
Some Harare residents expressed frustration and exhaustion at the violence.
After assuming office several months ago, the former deputy President of the ZANU party Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks legitimacy from new elections held July 30th, and sanctions put in place by some western powers in response to Mugabe’s land reform policies in that country.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa gives a speech at the ZANU-PF rally at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Saturday. Shortly after his speech ended, there was an explosion. Claire Harbage/NPR
Mnangagwa came into power last November after divisions in the ZANU-PF party caused massive upheaval. Weeks of political chaos led former President Robert Mugabe to resign after 37 years in office.
The results of the elections may not be known for days yet even though the leader of the
On the other side of the coin the head of the largest opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party,40-year-old Nelson Chamisa has tweeted that he has already won the elections, though the Zimbabwe Election Commission(ZEC) has not announced a winner and has cautioned candidates in the elections not to make any announcements until (ZEC) has certified the election results.
The next three days should be a tense wait as Zimbwebians hungry for a different approach wait to see whether their vote will truly reflect their intentions when they entered the polling booths.
Let’s hear what young Nelson Camisa has to say about his vision for Zimbabwe post-Robert Mugabe.
Polls have closed in Zimbabwe’s historic election, the first since the fall of longtime leader Robert Mugabe.
Millions have voted, turnout was high and the day was free of the violence that marked previous elections.The 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe confidante, is in a close race with main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa.
The 40-year-old Chamisa has called the election a choice between Zimbabwe’s past and future.Final election results are expected within five days.
The state-owned Herald newspaper is reporting that voting has officially ended in the southern African country, with most polling stations shutting their doors.
Polling officers will take a 15-minute break before vote counting starts, the report says.
It’s the final minutes of voting in Zimbabwe’s historic election, with turnout high and free of the violence that marked previous years, AP reports.
For the first time, former leader Robert Mugabe isn’t on the ballot.
Zimbabweans say they are eager for change after decades of turmoil and economic stagnation. “Why would I fight my fellow Zimbabweans?” asks voter Tapiwa Kahondo. “I’m so happy for today, man. I’m so happy,” Kahondo told AP.
The opposition has raised concerns about delays in the voting in its stronghold urban areas, and it has warned it will organize peaceful protests if the elections are thought to be flawed, according to AP.
The elevation of Donald Trump to the American presidency has demonstrated just how quickly the established norms we have come to take for granted can disappear.
President Obama, a man truly conversant of the weight he carried as the first minority president comported himself with immaculate fidelity and class. Additionally, his wife Michelle and their two daughters completed the model family image many are now looking back on with great nostalgic emotionalism.
Barack Obama’s most grievous sin, even after two bruising campaign seasons and eight (8) years in the white house was his wearing of the now famous tan suit which Republicans cultists harangued and castigated him for with the media’s full acquiescence. You may also remember how mad the right-wing nut-jobs were? Their nonsensical arguments were that it wasn’t suitably presidential, or some cockamamie reason they came up with for hating it.
Obama’s sartorial departure from the ho-hum of the traditional blue suit was all it took to get the ignorant racist right all ginned up. True to form, the racist right never bothered to read up on history(not that it matters what color suit someone wears, it’s their own damn business).
They group-think and are prone to following the ignorantly agenda-driven fringe elements, like [rats behind the pied piper of Hamlin].
The truth of the matter is that other presidents had donned tanned suits before President Obama did, including Ronald Reagan the titular deity of the political right. As the nation grapples with the avalanche of maddening events today, it is important to distinguish what Republicans were hand-wringing about only three years ago.
The Press is under assault, daily there are tweets from the presidency lambasting the free press. Refugees seeking Asylum are separated from their children and deported without their children. People living in the United States for decades are summarily rounded up and locked up as well as deported for minor infractions committed decades earlier.
Members of the press are barred from press briefings for asking questions they are duty bound to ask. People of color are being gunned down in the streets by racist whites, some in police uniforms. States purge millions from voters lists without consequence, while unnecessary trade wars create panic and fear, and yes, prices are beginning to rise as a result, even as farmers begin to see the results of these reckless un-necessary policies.
As the sky seems to be falling those who did not vote for this look to Special counsel Robert Muller a (Republican) to save them, even as Trump’s collaborators in the Republican-controlled House file articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein for refusing to hand over evidence to them which are part of an ongoing criminal and counterintelligence investigations.
Nations which fought alongside America are now sidelined while old foes are given credence and deference. Meetings between Executives of the American Government and other nations, even hostile powers, are held in private with no documentation of what was said and it gets worse, the [regime], sorry I meant the administration now decrees it will no longer have readouts of conversations Trump has with foreign leaders.
Under normal circumstances, this would not be tolerated by the world’s oldest democracy, so whats different this time?
Whats different is a systematic and concerted assault on institutions and sensibilities so exasperating and overwhelming, that we simply tune them out.
Ladies and gentlemen that is how democracies die. “[Remember what you hear and see happening is not what is really happening”][sic].
There are remarkable events which become indelible markers for us in our lives. Those events, some tragic, some consequential, all serve to remind us of our past and guides us in the future.
[The-supposed] moon landing. The day President John F Kennedy was assassinated. The day Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The day Bobby Kennedy was assassinated. The Day Ronald Reagan was shot. The day they knocked the Twin Towers down. The day we witnessed the Trump Helsinki summit with Russian despot Vladimir Putin.
Regardless of what happens from here on in, those of us who watched the highlights, whether we know it or not, are witnesses to a monumental event in modern history the full extent of which we may or may never ever fully be told.
IN RESPONSE TO DONALD TRUMPS HELSINKI SUMMIT WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN
“Today’s press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.
“President Trump proved not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin. He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world.
“It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout – as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience. But these were not the errant tweets of a novice politician. These were the deliberate choices of a president who seems determined to realize his delusions of a warm relationship with Putin’s regime without any regard for the true nature of his rule, his violent disregard for the sovereignty of his neighbors, his complicity in the slaughter of the Syrian people, his violation of international treaties, and his assault on democratic institutions throughout the world.
“Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American Presidency. That the president was attended in Helsinki by a team of competent and patriotic advisors makes his blunders and capitulations all the more painful and inexplicable.
“No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary; but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are—a republic of free people dedicated to the cause of liberty at home and abroad. American presidents must be the champions of that cause if it is to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. One can only hope they are not waiting totally in vain.”
“My people came to me,[Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coates came to me, some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be”
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.
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.
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.
Donald J. Trump
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()
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.