Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Republican Supreme Court Upholds Trump's Muslim Ban

Another dark day -- but not unexpected -- thanks to a solid 5 Republican "justice" hack majority on the Supreme Court:
The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country, a priority of the president’s since his first week in office. 
The vote was 5 to 4, with conservatives in the majority and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. writing the opinion.
Roberts' opinion was a twisted masterpiece in evading the bald- faced evidence, provided by the shitgibbon himself, that the travel ban was instituted as a ban on people practicing the Muslim faith:
Roberts wrote that the presidential proclamation that led to the ban “is squarely within the scope of presidential authority.” And he rejected arguments that it was based on the predominant religion of most of the affected countries. 
“The Proclamation is expressly premised on legitimate purposes: preventing entry of nationals who cannot be adequately vetted and inducing other nations to improve their practices,” he wrote. “The text says nothing about religion.” 
How conveeeenient!  It was so nice of the Stormtrumpers, during the course of months of appeals, to erase any textual language mentioning a religion, even though every sentient person knows what the intent of the ban has always been. Lower courts consistently struck down the ban for very obvious reasons: the shitgibbon's bull- horned, oft- repeated prejudice against Muslims and his equating his "travel ban" with a Muslim ban so many times.  And how curious that six of the eight countries covered by the ban are Muslim- majority:
The current ban, issued last fall, barred various travelers from eight countries, six of them with Muslim majorities. They are Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela. But restrictions on North Korea and Venezuela were not part of the challenge. Chad was later removed from the list.
But, hey, hack Roberts and his hack Republican cohorts didn't read the word "Muslim" so, perfectly legit.

Recall that in the recent Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, the hack Republicans went way out of their way to sniff out any possible bias against the Christian loons who wouldn't make a damn cake for a gay couple, but were unable in this case to smell the rancid odor of anti- Muslim bias from the shitgibbon's order.

Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor spoke the plain truth and for what we used to stand for as a country. This is part of Sotomayor's dissent:
The United States of America is a Nation built upon the promise of religious liberty. Our Founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment. The Court’s decision today fails to safeguard that fundamental principle. It leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” because the policy now masquerades behind a façade of national-security concerns. But this repackaging does little to cleanse Presidential Proclamation No. 9645 of the appearance of discrimination that the President’s words have created. Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus. That alone suffices to show that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim. 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...
The decision can be read here, with concurrences and dissents (pdf).

How different this and other cases might have been had a Supreme Court seat not been uncivilly allowed to be vacant for the last year of President Obama's administration, or had roughly 70,000 votes switched in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016.

(Image: No checks and balances on the hack Republican Supreme Court.)


donnah said...

In addition to the atrocities we now face daily at the hands of Trump and his hapless, evil administration, we have to realize that his Supreme Court is going to be with us for decades to come. We have Mitch McConnell to blame for this, but it will only get worse as long as this administration remains in power. It's only a matter of time until they take down Roe v Wade. It's why Conservatives elected this monster.

I feel that we are being attacked from a thousand fronts. We have to stop them whenever and wherever we can. Vote locally, vote nationally. It's getting to a point of no return for our country.

W. Hackwhacker said...

donnah - there's been a string of 5-4 decisions recently that have underscored the depth of how we've been screwed by McConnell's gambit. From the cakeshop discrimination suit, to affirming Republican racial gerrymandering, to finding for pro- life "pregnancy centers" in California, this band of hacks is working hard to roll us back to the 19th century and keep us there. We have a long haul ahead of us after the f*ckery of the past 18 months -- we have to have sustained electoral victories at the local, state and federal level and be more dogged than the knuckle draggers have been over the past decades.

donnah said...

It boggles my mind, the treachery of it all. I'm always going to be a Democrat, but I know we're not perfect. When the Republicans get into power, they reverse, replace, and rebuild. They reverse previous laws and replace them with their own bastardized laws which benefit the rich, the white, and the religious. They have researched old laws and use them to counteract newer ones. They establish connections and buddy up to big donors.

No, I don't want to model our Democratic party after them. But when we regain power, I hope we have some strategies of our own. I hope we have integrity but also the spine to back it up. I have never felt so frustrated and depressed about this country as I am now. We cannot allow these traitors and criminals to prevail.