Washington Shell Game
And the Supreme Court
Written by JB Williams
Working under the assumed ignorance of average American
voters, Washington politicians played another round of hide the real issue throughout the Alito
confirmation process, much like the New York street magician makes that always
elusive little pea vanish from under the nutshell you just saw him place it
Politicians usually win
this game too, just like the street magician. Not because Americans are
actually stupid, but because that are totally predictable.
Focusing the attention of
an overly socially selfish nation upon the single issue of abortion rights, as
though that is the sole reason to confirm or reject a Supreme Court nominee,
the real issues at stake in the current round of Supreme Court appointments
somehow vanished from thin air.
Bush, his staff, their
supporters, pro-lifers, proudly proclaim their victory with the swearing in of
new Justice Alito, as if they all know for certain how he will rule from this
point forward, as if they too forgot that there are issues facing our nation
that just might trump the abortion debate.
To be sure, confirming
Justice Alito may in fact be a step in the right direction and the abortion
debate is important. But there remains a lot of ground to cover before we can
actually claim any real victories. We might want to focus on the pea instead of
the shell for a bit, before returning to daily life as though all is well now
that one confirmation is behind us.
The truth remains, even
if we count Justice Alito, there are only four true conservatives on the
Supreme Court, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito, leaving five liberal justices
still well capable of continuing the judicial
activism they have come to love so well. Future 5-4 decisions may
still go the wrong way.
For this reason, pro-life
activists may want to step carefully in their rush to reverse Roe vs. Wade, or
they could end up with yet another affirming vote from this group.
As I see it, there are at
least three issues that are more pressing than abortion rights today and how
the new Supreme Court addresses these issues will certainly have a more
profound impact on America’s
future than any issues squabbled over during the confirmation hearings.
(Legal and Illegal)
“Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses
yearning to be free” For much of our
national existence, these words described a nation ready willing and able to
offer a better life to anyone willing to leave theirs behind in search of
personal freedom and liberty. But in recent years, these words have been
interpreted as an open invitation to the world’s largest soup kitchen and
they are drawing at best, a soup kitchen crowd.
Immigrants from around
the world once traded their old lives and traditional beliefs for new ones in
the new world of promise and opportunity. Some still do. But many others seek
only to exploit America’s
generosity and open borders, while destroying our values and principles, our
traditions and our prominent position in the world community. Predictably, we
continue to welcome this form of immigrant who arrives on our shores not
seeking to change their own lives, but seeking to change America.
Not to make it a better America
– but to make it less of an America.
Our immigration problem
includes both illegal and legal immigration. Never forget that 14 of the 19
hijackers were here “legally”. Left to fester for decades now, our
immigration problem is complex. But it is not complicated…
Illegal immigration is by
definition “illegal”. Another act of congress is not needed to deal
with this problem. An act of enforcement is needed and the longer we wait to
enforce existing immigration laws, the better our chances of never enforcing
Legal immigration can be
solved the old fashioned way. I have only a few questions for legal immigrants.
1) Why are you here? 2) What’s in it for us? How does allowing you to
call yourself an American improve America
by American standards? 3) Are you prepared to do as the Romans do, while in Rome?
In other words, are you prepared to adopt (or at the very least respect)
American principles and traditions in order to become an American? Because if
not, take your hyphenated rear-end back home!
Whether arriving here
legally or illegally, you are a guest in our home. Respect it and love it or
leave it! The high court is the pinnacle of our justice system, our law
enforcement. Before law enforcement agents on the ground can do their job
effectively, the courts must signal that they are willing to do theirs, because
in the past they haven’t been.
Cases of the government
grabbing private land for commercial uses are popping up like a busted bag of
Chiclets across this country. Americans are no longer safe in their own homes,
secure from their own government and too many Americans seem unconcerned until
the government comes a knocking at their own door.
Freedom includes a basic
right to own the property we worked hard to earn. The government needing a
slice of it for a highway or railway is one thing. But for a fancy condo
development or shopping mall is quite another.
American freedom more than this issue today and unless the new US Supreme Court
does something to stop and reverse this trend immediately, no home, no private
property will be safe from government seizure. If the high court does not
address this fast, it will soon spin out of control, gaining speed and reach, just
like the immigration problem.
itself in many forms today. But make no mistake, America
can NEVER benefit by having MS-13 members, Al Qaeda members or members of a
hundred other terror related organizations living in our neighborhoods.
Immigrants, legal or illegal, who are suspected of such belief systems, have no
business living in this country. America
has already paid a very heavy price for looking the other way, turning the
People worried about NSA
spy games and CIA torture camps had better start worrying about who is living
next door. Every day in this country, we find sub-human people intent upon
harming innocent US citizens and they are living in the most unlikely places,
right down the street.
What ever it takes to
properly identify them, collect them and immediately deport them, will be the
difference between peaceful security in this nation and events that will sooner
or later make September
11, 2001 look like a day at the park.
Two alleged conservatives
have been seated to the high bench. Wonderful! But success can not be defined
by this alone. It can only be defined by how fast and how effective the new
court is at stopping the insanity going on all around us.
When I see Roberts and
Alito making serious headway on these and other issues vital to our national
survival, I will celebrate a true and lasting success. Until then, for me, the
jury is still deliberating….