I bet you’re really surprised to find that Filosofa is once again feeling snarky, aren’t you? I mean, whatever could possibly have set me off now? The impeachment trial is going so well, Donald Trump is keeping his mouth closed and the republican senators are showing their wisdom and integrity and … gaaaakkk … I cannot even carry on that charade! I’m making myself sick! However, for the moment, I shan’t touch on the impeachment trial … perhaps later today.
Another 5-4 decision …
Well, I had held onto a thin thread of hope that the courts in this nation, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, would retain their independence, their integrity, even in the face of the Trump regime, but that hope is fading fast.
It started back in June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s discriminatory travel ban against people from predominantly Muslim nations. Since the text of Trump’s proclamation did not specifically say it was a ban against Muslims, though it was, Chief Justice John Roberts, along with four other justices, deemed it to be valid.
Since then, the Court has ruled to uphold numerous of Trump’s mandates that had been struck down repeatedly by the lower courts. And then came yesterday where, once again, the Court proved in a 5-4 decision that they are no longer a non-partisan, fair and impartial branch of government. The ruling allows his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency to certain immigrants deemed likely to require government assistance in the future. Now, the problem with this is multi-fold, but the first thing that jumps to mind for me is … who decides, and based on what criteria, which immigrants are “likely to require government assistance in the future”?
Do we trust ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to apply a fair and equitable standard? Ha ha ha ha ha! ICE, the ones who happily separated children from their parents three years ago and unconscionably put them in cages, without bothering to do the due diligence to ensure that the children could be reunited with their parents at some point!
This policy is almost certain to become a wealth test … only the wealthiest will be allowed to apply for permanent residency (green card), for it is only wealthy people Trump has any use for. Make no mistake … this is discriminatory on many levels, and the Justices who sit on the Supreme Court all know it. Impartial? Fair? Honourable? HAH!
The peacemaker??? HAH!!!
Question: How can a ‘man’ who cannot even keep peace within his own nation, who has only further divided his own nation since taking office three years ago, possibly be the person to develop a peace plan for the most volatile area on the globe?
Answer: He can’t.
Not only is he a divider rather than a peacemaker, but he does not understand, has never understood, and doesn’t care to learn the complexities of the Middle East. And yet, he claims to have a plan that he will unveil at noon today. Funny, Jared Kushner … whose only qualification to even set foot in the White House is his father-in-law’s claim to the Oval Office … was allegedly the one who drafted the ‘peace plan’. Kushner, like his father-in-law, has experience as a shady business mogul … not any in government, history, or foreign affairs, and apart from the fact that he is Jewish, likely knows less about the Middle East than I do!
So, what’s in this ‘peace plan’ that Trump only presented to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu (another who is as corrupt as Trump himself) yesterday? I don’t know, but according to an Israeli television report, it is “the most generous proposal ever presented to Israel.” Speculation among Israeli media claims that it would pave the way for Israel’s annexation of virtually all settlements in the West Bank, which Israel has controlled since the Six-Day War of 1967, give Israel full sovereignty over Jerusalem, and make no major provision for returning Palestinian refugees. That, my friends, would lead to all-out war. But, again, that is speculative. I understand that Trump/Kushner did not meet with Palestinians while preparing this plan.
A headline in Haaretz, a bi-lingual Israeli newspaper, raised my hackles …
Trump’s Peace Plan Means Settlements Are Permanent. Democrats, Get Used to It
And the article begins …
“Even when Democrats hold the White House again, they won’t be able to reverse the core terms of Trump’s Middle East peace plan, and U.S. leverage over Israel will have diminished.”
Part of me wants to tell Israel where to put it, walk away and leave them to their own devices. My father was Jewish, and I was raised in a Jewish/Catholic household, but today I have no use for either of those religions. The Jewish state has become arrogant, domineering, and cruel, stealing land from Palestinians, killing wantonly, and claiming it is their god-given right to do so. However, for the U.S. to walk away would mean certain death for large numbers of Palestinians, because Netanyahu, like Donald Trump, cannot be trusted to place any value on any human life other than his own.
Time was that we had intelligent Middle-East experts in our government … experts that advised the president in areas of foreign policy and diplomacy. They have all left now, and we are left with the pompous Pompeo, the ignorant, cruel Kushner, and Trump himself. What could possibly go wrong?
A quiz …
I came across this interactive quiz in The Washington Post yesterday. I found it fun and interesting, and thought you might, too, so check it out if you feel so inclined.