Supreme Court upholds President Trump’s travel ban against majority-Muslim countries
There are a number of apparent errors in this decision. These errors will be listed:
#1 The first problem with this decision is that the Supreme Court decision dips into the political weeds and violates a way more overriding value. The important value I am referring to is the Declaration of Independence where it is stated that “… all men are created equal …”. This should also mean that there should be no violation of that belief across borders. All men and women are everywhere are equal unless you have a darn good reason to suspect or can prove an individual is a threat. Let’s use that premise, that all men are equal, as a starting assumption unless it can be proven an individual is out of the norm. Not a country or religion but each single individual should be evaluated as to whether they may be a threat or not. My point is that it is a mistake to include everyone in a foreign country from being stopped from entering our country.
#2 The “Supreme” Court seems to have turned away from what the term “countries” entails.
Some countries do foster terrorism. Here is Wikipedia’s list for the United States:
- Iran (Muslim)
- North Korea
- Sudan (Muslim)
- Syria (Muslim)
Trump’s Travel ban list of countries goes beyond the Wikipedia list because some countries allegedly fail to comply with requests for data on potential travelers:
- Iran (Muslim) Six Iranians have been convicted of attempting or executing terrorist acts.
- Libya (Muslim) No record of a terrorist attack in the US.
- Somalia (Muslim) A Somali refugee injured people in an attack at Ohio State.
- Syria (Muslim) No record of a terrorist attack in the US.
- Yemen (Muslim) One Yemeni has been convicted of attempting or executing a terrorist attack on US soil.
- Chad (Muslim) No record of a terrorist attack in the US.
- North Korea No record of a terrorist attack in the US.
- Venezuela No record of a terrorist attack in the US.
What is most suspicious is there are some countries that should be considered to be on the list if we are going to lump everyone in country as being a bad actor:
- Iraq (Muslim) Two Iraqis have been convicted of attempting or executing terrorist acts.
- Sudan (Muslim) Six Sudanese have been convicted of attempting or executing terrorist acts.
- Saudi Arabia (Muslim) Fifteen of the 19 attackers of the 9/11 attack in the USA were citizens of Saudi Arabia.
- United Arab Emirates (Muslim) Two 9/11 attackers came from the United Arab Emirates.
- Egypt (Muslim) One person who participated in the 9/11 attack came from Egypt.
- Lebanon (Muslim) One person came from Lebanon participated in the 9/11 attacks.
It would appear that countries who’s citizen or citizens who have actually attacked or plan to attack the United States is not a criteria. It appears that being a Muslim country qualifies for being banned. Also, select countries who may have paid their way into political favor with American politicians, such as Saudi Arabia, is not on the list.
#3 The “Supreme” Court appears to be allowing, if not promoting, the slide to an authoritarian form of government. It is well documented that past dictatorships has grown rather slowly, inching toward more social and political control. The United States has been thought of having a rather good check and balance system. President Donald Trump has moved rapidly toward attacking, with some success, some of our checks on him being a dictator. The “Supreme” Court has not stopped this with this decision. In fact, this decision of the court fits 4 characteristics out of 14 for a fascist administration (From a study by Dr. Lawrence Britt who has examined the fascist regimes):
- Powerful and Continuing Nationalism.
- Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights.
- Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause.
- Obsession with Crime and Punishment.