Courtesy of Vox:
The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, June 26, 5-4, that the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting Muslim-majority countries is constitutional, largely because the administration picked the listed countries using criteria that were, on their face, race- and religion-neutral. Those criteria just happened to result in a policy banning entry from a number of Muslim countries (plus North Korea and Venezuela) and to come from a president who had repeatedly promised to bar Muslims from entering the United States.
The court’s four liberals dissented. Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent, which Justice Elena Kagan joined, is cautiously written, arguing that the case should be sent back to district court based on evidence that the policy is not being applied in a fair way.
But Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by her colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg, went bigger and wrote an eloquent version of the “Are you fucking kidding me?” reaction a lot of observers will have to the majority’s naive acceptance of the Trump administration’s stated rationales for the policy. Sotomayor began as follows:
“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. Because that troubling result runs contrary to the Constitution and our precedent, I dissent.”
Justice Sotomayor is exactly right about this.
Trump has repeatedly called this a “Muslim ban” because that is exactly what it is, and adding North Korea and Venezuela as camouflage does nothing to change that fact.
And the only reason that this was possible is that Mitch McConnell blocked Obama’s Supreme Court pick Merrick Garland, to hold the spot open for Trump’s pick Neil Gorsuch.
And McConnell took a lap around the bases today to drive that point home.
— Team Mitch (@Team_Mitch) June 26, 2018
Yertle the Turtle cosplaying motherfucker!
Also, keep in mind that it was the Democrats who gave McConnell the power to hijack the Supreme Court nomination by sitting on their fat asses during the 2014 midterms because they were too complacent to show up and vote:
Four weeks before the 2014 election, the Pew Research Center released a report detailing the American public’s disinterest in the campaign:
Midterm elections rarely excite the general public, but 2014 is shaping up to be an especially underwhelming cycle for many Americans. With about a month remaining in the congressional races, 15% are very closely following news about the midterms — down from similar periods before the elections in 2010 (25%) and 2006 (21%).
Pew called it the “Meh Midterm,” and they were proven right: When the votes were counted, weeks later, turnout was 36.3 percent — the lowest it had been in 72 years.
And it was that blase attitude that sunk our asses and allowed the Republicans, who are ALWAYS motivated to turn out, to pick up nine seats and take control of the Senate for the first time since 2006.
A little over a year later Antonin Scalia died, and well you know the rest.
EVERY election is important, and EVERY Democrat needs to turn out to vote EVERY single time.
Cross stitch that on a throw pillow, tattoo in on your forehead, or at the very least put a bumper sticker on your car, because we need to keep this at the forefront of our minds all of the damn time.