By James A. Kidney The Supreme Court appeared split 4-4 Tuesday during oral arguments over whether the family of an unarmed Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. Border Patrol agent who shot and killed him. The agent was on U.S. soil firing into Mexico to kill the boy. You can find the details here and here. The matter was being argued before the Court. A decision is expected by summer. But the description of the argument raises troubling issues. Foremost among them, but not directly raised in the dignified court arguments 20,000 feet above reality: Is it OK for the Border Patrol and civilians to kill Mexicans across the border without liability to the families of those murdered, or even to the country whose land was invaded by U.S. bullets? Briefly, an unarmed teen-aged Mexican was playing with friends at a culvert dividing the two countries. The game was to … Read more of this post . . .
By James A. Kidney There is lots of fear, angst and anger about Trump in Congress, in the blogosphere, in op-eds and on “the street” among us little folk. But all of us could exercise a little intelligent strategizing on how to deal with the reality of President Trump in addition to protesting and complaining. Let’s use our economic power. Here is a look at an alternative way to deal with two Trump proposals, one announced and the other circulating in draft, if either becomes policy or law. On these, as well as other proposals, liberal wealth could be used to leverage the right wing agenda to reduce its influence and elevate better ideals of freedom and liberty. One of these proposals is the one Trump announced while pandering to the right wing “Christian” crowd at the annual White House prayer breakfast. Trump said he plans to “destroy” the 64-year-old … Read more of this post . . .
By James A. Kidney It took one week for Defense Secretary James Mattis to prove wrong those who believed he might be a stabilizing island of sanity in the Trump Administration. See the picture above. It is a picture of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Secretary Mattis last Friday at the Pentagon, where Trump executed his signature on the executive order “temporarily” barring immigration from seven Muslim countries. Note the display medal in the background. The visible one among several backing the stage is is of the Congressional Medal of Honor — the country’s highest military honor. The word “valor” is carefully staged to appear in photos above Trump’s head. Mattis is shown happily examining the pen with which Trump signed the order. I apologize for believing Defense Secretary James Mattis would bring sanity to the madness of the Trump administration. The disease that is Trump has already … Read more of this post . . .
By Donald J. Trump [As transcribed by James A. Kidney] [Video available beginning at noon Jan. 20] I do solemnly swear. My Fellow Americans. Let me say how honored you must feel attending my first of several inauguration ceremonies over the coming years. You get to be at the first one! Seeing the millions of you out there squeezed into the first four blocks of the National Mall gives me the kind of warmth and excitement that you also gave me during my campaign rallies. [Sounds of protest off the Mall] Ignore those sounds. They are the sounds of the losers. When you depart, and when I depart late tonight for New York, and am comforted in my own room under my Louis XIV dinosaur sheets with — who knows? Maybe Melania? Come on, Melania. It’s a special night. Anyway, the protestors will be left yelling at the night with no … Read more of this post . . .
By James A. Kidney Let’s talk about something more interesting than the Trump Administration. How about capital punishment and Dylan Roof? We can all concede that Dylan Roof is a really bad guy. He admitted to killing nine people in an historic African-American church in Charleston, S.C. in 2015. He seems proud to assert that he murdered them for no reason other than their skin color. He killed them after sitting for over half an hour in a Bible study group with his victims at the church. A jury is considering whether to impose the death penalty on Roof. The temptation is to say: What are we waiting for? But there is a surprise. Survivors of at least three of the victims are providing stellar examples of Christian forgiveness. Although Roof is unrepentant, these survivors said soon after the killings, and again more recently, that they forgive him. The federal … Read more of this post . . .