In the 1920s, the Supreme Court ruled in the Thind case although the man who claimed he was white because many people in india are descended from the Aryans, anyone looking at him could tell that he was dark skinned. Senator Jeff Sessions insists that judges should not allow their “own personal background, gender, prejudices or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against parties before the court.” His assumption is there is something termed “the law” which exists apart from life. In 1896, the Supreme Court in Plessy vs. Ferguson ruled that segregation was constitutional, in 1954, they unanimously ruled it was unconstitutional. Every judge allows his beliefs, his sympathies, his prejudices to enter into making a court decision. Even as Senator Sessions spoke, an anti-abortion spectator shouted that Judge Sonia Sotomayor was “wrong about abortion” because it entailed murder of life. I assume Sessions agrees with that view. If he does, he allows his prejudices and views to impose upon the law.
Republicans appear to believe the Constitution was written by men who believed business interests must always be protected, that national health insurance is at variance with the Constitution, and the Founding Fathers would have agreed today that gun lovers could bring their guns to school, to a bar, to a wedding ceremony and any other place they desired.
We forget in 2009 the Constitution was a compromise document. The Founding Fathers disagreed and wrote a document that could be interpreted. Thomas Jefferson argued for a strict interpretation of the Constitution, but he purchased the Louisiana Territory even though there is no such right specifically guaranteed in the document. He also declared war on the Barbary pirates although the Constitution vests war making power with Congress.
Senator Sessions is a hypocrite. There was no declaration of war in Iraq. The use of torture is hardly consistent with the Constitution. Now, if Dick Cheney wants to argue, modern times require different methods, that at least recognizes we allow our views, our sympathies and our angers to enter into legal decisions.
The people of Myanmar have waited for nine days for their government to indicate the slightest concern for their welfare, but, aside for two UN planes that landed, the military junta has been hesitant to make any concessions to world opinion. But, out of the blue, the thugs who govern Burma finally granted permission for a single US plane loaded with supplies to land with supplies. The UN estimates due to failure on the part of the Burmese government to act responsibily, at least 100,000 people will die because of the cyclone and the botched relief effort. Donors throughout the world have sent enough supplies to last for months but nothing is moving due to refusal on the part of the junta to allow in UN relief workers to supervise distribution of supplies and reconstruction work.
The UN has reached the point where it has absolutely no faith in the integrity of the Burmese government or its statements about the cyclone. The junta seized aid in the two UN planes that landed and allowed their own workers to distibute supplies in an effort to claim credit for any aid received by people. At this point the main concern of the junta is having a vote on their constitution which would legalize their dictatorship and imcompetence.
Turkish Cheif of Staff General Yasar Buyukant told members of the War Academies Command that the armed forces are guardians of secularism in Turkey and will defend it against any attempt to make changes leading to Islamization of the nation. Prime Minister Erdogan assured the military his government is committed to those principles. “The government and Parliament are safeguards of the secular and democratic republic.”
Prime Minister Erdogan most probably is sincere in his desire to maintain secularism in Turkey, but he does not help to achieve those goals by having a new constitution drafted behind closed doors without any consultation by members of parties opposing his Justice and Development Party. His party only obtained 47% of the popular vote and it would be helpful if it reached out to secular political parties to obtain their assistance in drafting a new constitution. His words say one thing, but his behavior says something else.
Posted in Human Rights, Islam, Military, Politics, Turkey, World News
Tagged Buyukant, Constitution, Erdogan, Military, PKK, secularism, Turkey
Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, sharply criticized President Bush in an article appearing in the Tehran Times. He accused Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of hypocrisy in decrying violence in Burma, but continuing unabated violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Indeed, Bush and Brown, as commanders in chief, are on a killing spree that makes the government of Burma look extremely restrained in comparison…. what is the difference between Bush and Brown on one hand, and the murderous Burmese government on the other?” Roberts notes Brown and Bush are always claiming they seek democracy and use that expression to justify killing innocent people while at least the thugs running Myanmar have never hidden their contempt for democracy and freedom.
Paul Roberts, a conservative Republican, is contemptuous of Bush for claiming debasing constitutional rights is the price Americans must pay for safety, and in so doing, “Bush has sunk the United States to a new low in human intelligence and morality.” It is rather remarkable that a conservative Reaganite must assume leadership in the fight against Bush’s violation of civil liberties. Imagine if a liberal wrote such an article that appeared in the anti-American Tehran Times
Posted in Conservatives, George Bush, Iran, Iraq, Iraq War, Military, Muslims, Republicans, United States, US Foreign Policy, War, World News
Tagged Brown, Burmese military, Bush, Constitution, Myanmar, Tehran, Tehran Times
John McCain’s efforts to pander for right-wing Christian votes reached a new level when he told the nation of his belief that only Christians were qualified to run for the presidency. He claimed the “Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.” McCain said, “I admire Islam. There is a lot of good principles in it. But, I just have to say in all candor that since this nation was founded primarily on Christian principles, I prefer someone I know who has a solid grounding in my faith.”
There is NO mention in the Constitution of the United States of America about God or Christian principles. The men who wrote the document were quite clear they were NOT establishing a nation based on Christian principles. Actually, the Puritans regarded the Old Testament as of equal importance to their religion as the New Testament. I guess McCain believes Senator Joseph Lieberman had no right to run for the vice presidency. McCain has insulted millions of Americans, the tragedy is he doesn’t realize he insulted them.