You are probably getting tired of my repeating a favorite quote from Edward R. Murrow. “The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems take longer.” This adage. however, is more apt than ever in the past 48 hours.
NOT ROCKET JUSTICE
It is 10:03 am on February 8, 2024. The U.S. Supreme Court has just begun oral arguments in Trump v. Anderson, by which Donald Trump is asking the Court to overturn the ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court making him ineligible to be on the state’s primary ballot for having engaged in an insurrection in accordance with Amendment 14, Section 3 of the Constitution. This morning, there was a lot of handwringing by legal scholars and political pundits about the outcome, but equally important, the impact on a Supreme Court that has lost favor with an increasing majority of Americans.
University of Alabama law professor Joyce Vance explained the Court will likely further alienate half the population regardless of which course they choose. Referring to removing Trump from the Colorado ballot and likely other states, she said, “You’re damned if you do; damned if you don’t. In these cases, your best bet is to do the right thing.”
But sometime RIGHT can also be EXPEDIANT. There is, I believe, a simple solution. Although the justices are hearing oral arguments today, I am sure they are already well versed in both sides’ claims and could issue an opinion this afternoon. But I suggest they wait until Wednesday and give the nation a Valentine. Here is why.
The 11th District Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled Trump has no immunity as a citizen to criminal prosecution, gave Trump’s legal counsel until Monday to file an appeal to the Supreme Court. No doubt “last minute Donald” will have his attorney’s file the appeal at 4:59 pm on 4/12. The Supremes will likely give Jack Smith the same five days to respond. The already completed appeal will be filed at 10:00 am on 2/13. The justices will take the rest of Tuesday to have clerks review the filings for any surprises and to prepare a final draft of the Colorado decision.
On 2/14 the Supreme Court announces it has made two decisions. In the case of Trump v. Anderson, they rule in Trump’s favor on a technicality which I have always said is a hurdle. Lacking a conviction of engaging in or providing aid and comfort to an insurrection, the Court unanimously rules the Amendment 14-3 is not self executing. However, the Court does believe that the American public has a right to know if a candidate has conspired to overthrow a fair and secure election of the nation’s chief executive. Therefore, the Court, based on the unimpeachable opinion issued by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, denies certiorari in the immunity case. Furthermore, the original stay in this case is permanently lifted and Judge Tanya Chutkan is authorized to proceed with scheduling and conducting the United States v. Trump trial with all deliberate speed.
Happy Valentines Day! Here is half of a candy “I LUV U” heart for everyone.
THE GHOST OF SADDAM HUSSEIM
This morning, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations Richard Haass laid out Iran’s motives for backing and funding numerous terrorist militias in the Middle East. Haass claimed the Israel/Hamas conflict offered a window for Iran to solidify its influence in several Middle East countries including Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. The broadcast also included an interview with Kurdistan prime minister Masrour Barzani who feared if the Iran government forces a U.S. retreat from the region, the Kurds, who have been an American ally in the fight against ISIS, will pay the price.
If only we had a nation that could counterbalance Iran’s position in the region. Oh wait! We did! It was Iraq until George W. Bush and Dick Cheney preemptively overthrew the government on false pretenses. And we, as well as our Kurdish allies, are stilling paying the price.
ROTARY FIRING SQUAD
In a recent blog, I mentioned that, at one time, I was a member of my local Rotary Club along with Congressman Aaron Bean (R-FL 4). At the heart of membership is the motto “Service Above Self” and the Rotary Four Way Test.
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Too bad Aaron does not believe the Four Way Test applies to his service in the House of Representatives. He supports Trump and “the big lie.” In August 2023, the Jacksonville NBC affiliate reported Bean called Trump’s indictments unfair. He is quoted as saying, “We always took pride in that there was a blind justice in our country, but it appears that Lady Justice now is peeking from her blindfold, and checking, what’s the letter behind your name before I take, I seek justice?” If justice was blind, Trump would have been treated exactly like Reality Winner, the NSA translator who spent four years in prison for leaking a single document. So much for the TRUTH.
On Tuesday, he voted to impeach Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas although the resolution drafted by Majorie Taylor Greene identifies no high crimes or misdemeanors as required by the U.S. Constitution. When someone does not play by the rules, how FAIR is that?
Finally. this week he joined House Speaker Mike Johnson and an overwhelming majority of GOP senators and representatives who killed a bipartisan national security bill, despite support by the Border Patrol Union. Why? Because Joe Biden and Democrats might get some credit for addressing the issue. And that would hurt Trump’s chances of re-election. I guess Aaron thinks the ALL in the four-way test is not Americans who say immigration is a major concern, Ukrainians who are fighting to save their democracy, Israelis trying to crush Hamas, humanitarian aid to innocent Palestinians in Gaza or our Pacific allies who face a growing military threat from China and North Korea. In this case, Aaron’s definition of ALL is Donald Trump and his standing in his own political party.
For what it’s worth.