Supreme Court considers case of a shot fired in U.S. that killed a teenager in Mexico
Upon its creation, and for decades after, our nation legally considered African-Americans only 3/5 of a human being and allowed them to be treated worse than cattle. That supreme error cost more American lives than World War I and WW II combined and, to this day, continues to plague our nation with prejudices and injustices, in individuals and institutions, that continue to take innocent lives and instill mistrust at every level of the US government.
The creation of our ‘great’ nation was based on the fundamental principle that all people are created equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights including "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." These “self-evident truths” should be simple enough for even President 45 to grasp.
The Court’s decision is whether it should handle the case of an innocent 15 year old Mexican child murdered on Mexican soil by an official US Border Patrol agent who discharged his firearm from US soil.
Paul Ryan often says “The outcome of one’s life should not be determined by the place of their birth." GOP leaders often say that "Our government doesn’t give us our rights. Our rights were given by God -- and the purpose of our government is to protect those rights."The Court decision on Tuesday will show if these "Supreme” human beings fully understand the increasing existential dilemma that our nation faces between choosing "justice for all" or continuing to make and enforce unjust laws.
Inscribed on the exterior of the U.S. Dept. of Justice is something that should be posted in every room of the Supreme Court. “Justice is the great interest of man on earth. Wherever her temple stands, there is a foundation for social security, general happiness, and the improvement and progress of our race.”
Here’s another quote that should be recited by Supreme Court justices prior to each case. “Slavery was legal. Colonialism was legal. The Holocaust was legal. Apartheid was legal. Legality is a matter of power, not justice. Sustainable human and national security is not a function of military power. It is a function of justice. And, that is what makes us and our nation great.” Anonymous.
So much wisdom in words, yet so much hypocrisy in action by both major political parties, proud libertarians, and even the Green Party. FYI: I’m registered Green and I’ve spoken to several CATO Institute intellectuals who believed that the US Constitution only protects US citizens and it should not be altered. That’s national libertarianism, not true libertarianism -- and just as flawed as the U.S. Constitution.
In defense of CATO, I often praise its 1997 report by Ivan Eland that clearly documented the terrorist blow back consequences of US interventions abroad. According to that report, 48 of the 50 terrorist attacks against the US between 1985 and 1995 -- were a retaliation against US military interventions abroad. The other two were home grown violent extremists: one reacting to the injustices of the US government at home and abroad (Timothy McVeigh who considered himself a US patriot). The other, Ted Kaczynski , the Unabomber, reacting to what he perceived as the evils of our nation’s increasing dependence on modern technology.
It’s important to note here that most US national security experts today believe that terrorism and our own nation’s “dysfunctional government” are the top two threats to our national security. Both greater than Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and climate change. Most also agree that our nation’s greatest vulnerabilities are our over-dependence on advanced technologies and how they can be easily used or abused to recruit or enable home grown terrorists with unprecedented destructive/disruptive power.
In this light, our nation’s original commitment to "justice for all" needs be taken seriously and urgently codified. Failing that, Americans should not be surprised at the continuing loss of both our freedoms and our security, regardless of who is President, in Congress, or sits on the Supreme Court.
Security is no longer a function of armies, armaments, or disarmament. Security it is a function of justice. If we don’t codify justice by law, individuals, groups, or nations will seek an informal type of justice more accurately labeled revenge.So, whatever the Court’s decision, it and the American people should fully recognize that "making America great again” will not happen by our unwavering and persistent thoughts and actions that have unjust consequences of people outside our borders. It will not be achieved by doubling or tripling our military budget or its destructive capacity. Our unexamined assumption that human beings without US citizenship and outside our borders do NOT possess the same invaluable rights that we do is a receipt for unprecedented and increasingly lethal catastrophic consequences.
Making America great again can only be accomplished by consistent laws and actions that enforce this great ideal. Such idealism is not just pragmatic, it is essential to the survival of our nation.
For further inspiration and wisdom in support of making our nation great for the first time read these quotes:
"Law is often the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." --Thomas Jefferson to I. Tiffany, 1819"I say that you cannot administer a wicked law impartially. You can only destroy. You can only punish. I warn you that a wicked law, like cholera, destroys everyone it touches -- its upholders as well as its defiers." -- Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee. Source: the book, Inherit the Wind
"We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail," Why We Can't Wait, 1963Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere... There are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." - Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" (April 16, 1963)