Temple Chima UbochiSaturday, February 11, 2017
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Continued from Part 1

If voting changed anything, they would make it illegal (Emma Goldman)

The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power (William Shakespeare)

The great trouble with you Americans is that you are still under the influence of that second-rate shall I say third-rate? (H. G. Wells)

The eyes of the world being thus on our Country, it is put the more on its good behavior, and under the greater obligation also, to do justice to the Tree of Liberty by an exhibition of the fine fruits we gather from it (James Madison)

saw it coming that President Trump's travel ban would not stand, as so many people are against it, and it has created so many problems also. What happened was that things started going wrong, right from the start, for Trump's presidency, and it might not get better any more, just as the Salon also noted that Trump's first week as president was marred by a dark and divisive inaugural speech, extraordinary attacks on a free press, a visit to the CIA that dishonored a monument to anonymous heroes who paid the ultimate price, and the attempt to ban selected groups of Muslims.

As I noted previously that the travel ban was rolled out in haste, as there weren't enough consultations, and it was partial, because President Trump didn't include the Arab countries where he has business or vested interests. The NYT also wrote that the secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, was still discussing the proposed executive order restricting immigration, when Mr. Trump went ahead and signed it. Nor was Jim Mattis, the defense secretary, consulted; he saw the final order only hours before it went into effect. The Paper continued by writing that not consulting thoroughly with top cabinet officers before deciding on the order "is insane", since they "have the expertise and should be on top of the data. Ignoring them leads to bad decisions, and is also incredibly demoralizing. And there's another reason to consult: When people are genuinely involved in a decision and their input is heard and valued and respected, they are more likely to support and buy into the decision and be motivated to execute to the best of their abilities, even if the decision doesn't go their way. Conversely, people who aren't consulted feel they have no stake in an outcome.

President Trump even acknowledged that he made a mistake, as he said on Wednesday, Feb. 8, that he originally wanted to delay his temporary travel ban for a month, but was convinced by law enforcement advisers to push the implementation so that nefarious actors wouldn't rush into the U.S. ahead of the deadline. It's hard to believe Trump here, because he finds it hard to seek professional advice, as he sees himself as the only wise one in the whole of America. Even the Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, did acknowledge to Congress that the speed at which the travel ban was implemented was responsible for some of the confusion. Secretary Kelly wanted to take the blame away from his boss, when he told House lawmakers, on Tuesday, Feb 7: "In retrospect, I should have - this is all on me, by the way - I should have delayed it just a bit so that I could talk to members of Congress, particularly to the leadership of committees like this, to prepare them for what was coming". Kelly said the order would improve safety "for all our citizens," but that he would have preferred to hold off for "a day or two."

The travel ban was destined to fail, as many condemned it. Yahoo News noted that critics of the travel ban contend that it targets too broad a swath of people while doing little that would have prevented any of the terrorists who have already carried out attacks on U.S. soil from coming into the country. The Wall Street Journal bemoaned a refugee policy "so poorly explained and prepared for, that it has produced confusion and fear at airports, an immediate legal defeat, and political fury at home and abroad." Even the top House Republican, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who had released a statement praising the immigration order, later distanced himself, saying, "It's regrettable that there was some confusion with the rollout." The Vatican said it's worried about Trump immigration order, when according to Reuters, Archbishop Angelo Becciu, who ranks third in the Vatican hierarchy, said: "Certainly there is worry because we are messengers of another culture, that of openness. Pope Francis, in fact, insists on the ability to integrate those who arrive in our societies and cultures". Some Roman Catholic leaders in the United States also criticized Trump's executive order. Cardinal Blasť Cupich of Chicago said it was "a dark moment in U.S. history", and that it was "contrary to both Catholic and American values".

Not only that the travel ban created so many problems, and prompted nationwide protests, it also led 97 big tech companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, Google etc to consider legal action because of the potential business impacts. For some tech companies around the world, the ban has already thrown operations into chaos. Michael Goodwin of The New York Post summed it up this way: "Let's agree that President Trump's travel ban on visitors from seven nations was a sensible idea hobbled by flaws, especially regarding green card holders and dual citizens. Let's also agree we haven't seen a rollout this clumsy because it inconvenienced hundreds of foreign nationals. Still, we can assume, based on past performance, that Trump will learn from the mistakes. His fierce determination to be a successful president cannot co-exist with rookie blunders.

Thank God that the travel restrictions have been suspended, at least for the mean time. The policy might be good, but the conception and implement were fully programmed to fail. Stephen Crowley/The New York Times wrote that for someone who promoted his management skills and campaigned as an "organizational genius," as Anderson Cooper of CNN put it, it has been a rocky White House debut for Donald J. Trump, the first president to go directly from the executive suite to the Oval Office."Chaos" seems to be the word most often invoked, closely followed by "turmoil." In less than two weeks, Mr. Trump created upheaval at the nation's borders, alienated longtime allies, roiled markets with talk of a trade war, and prompted some of the largest protests any president has faced.

To refresh: We all know that President Trump signed an executive order, on Jan. 27, barring all refugees from America for 120 days, and blocked all travel from seven majority-Muslim countries for 90 days. We all also know that a federal judge, U.S. District Court Judge James L. Robart, in Washington State, granted a temporary restraining order against President Trump's executive order on immigration on Friday, Feb 3, putting a halt, temporarily, to the president's controversial executive order. Then the government appealed the judgment, and a federal appeals court, in San Francisco, heard arguments, from the Trump administration and the states of Washington and Minnesota, on whether to keep the lower court's block of President Trump's travel ban in place. And on Thursday, Feb 9, the appeals court declined to block the lower court's ruling.

Three judges on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, who decided not to reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban, are:

*William Canby - a former U.S. Air Force lieutenant and Peace Corps worker in Africa, who was appointed to the 9th Circuit by President Jimmy Carter in 1980!

*Richard Clifton, nominated to the 9th Circuit by George W. Bush in 2001, is the second judge from Hawaii to serve on the 9th Circuit.

* Michelle Friedland, who at 44, is one of the two youngest federal appeals judges in the America. President Barack Obama appointed her in 2014, and during her confirmation hearing she received support from both parties.

Trump is promising fire and brimstone, and has vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Immediately following the Thursday's ruling, he tweeted "SEE YOU IN COURT." The president has repeatedly criticized both the appeals court and the lower court, saying on Wednesday, Feb. 8, that even "a bad student in high school" would see the law as obviously on his side. The AP wrote that "A federal appeals court has handed a resounding victory to Washington State and Minnesota in their challenge of President Donald Trump's travel ban, deciding unanimously that a lower court ruling, suspending the ban's enforcement, should stay in place while the case continues. The 3-0 decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the states on nearly every issue presented. Some legal scholars who reviewed it said the Justice Department could face long odds in any immediate appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, though that won't necessarily stop the administration from trying. Trump's comment: "SEE YOU IN COURT", after the ruling came out, prompted a sharp retort from Washington Governor, Jay Inslee: "Mr. President, we just saw you in court, and we beat you."

What it all means, according to AP, is that for now, refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim nations, identified in the president's surprise Jan. 27 executive order, can continue entering the country. Travelers from those countries won't be detained, or put back on planes heading overseas, and there won't likely be more protests jamming the nation's airports, as there were after Trump issued the surprise order. But the executive order isn't dead, either - it just isn't being enforced while the courts debate its legality.

President Trump said that his government would file an emergency appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. Rory Little, a former Supreme Court clerk, who teaches at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, doesn't think that's such a good idea. In addition to seeking to overturn a reasoned decision, he said, Trump would be facing Chief Justice John Roberts, who just wrote an annual report in which he raved about his District Court judges. The president repeatedly insulted the Seattle judge who ruled against him, in addition to the appeals judges who followed suit. In Rory Little's words: "I think Kennedy and Roberts are seething about the president insulting their judges. If they go to the U.S. Supreme Court, they risk getting a serious adverse ruling." Also the Supreme Court might be hung here as it's now split 4 to 4 between conservatives and liberals. The New nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who will give the conservative judges of the Supreme Court an edge by making them 5 against 4 liberals, still has lengthy confirmation hearings before his confirmation, if at all.

President Trump is still not getting it that the presidency should restrain him from doing or saying certain things. President Trump goes on attacking everybody who disagrees with him. Even a truck pusher or a mad person should have behaved better. The RedState calls him President thin-skin Trump, as he can't take even the slightest of criticism. It's pathetic watching him lash out at people on Twitter, when they make even the slightest of criticism. Trump attacks the judges, and described as "disgraceful" the hearing on his refugee and travel ban in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. He's now accusing the judges of putting American lives in danger, as any act of terrorism against Americans will be the judges' fault. Even Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, had called the president's criticism of judges "demoralizing" and "disheartening."

Trump disparages Senator McCain for criticizing a Trump-authorized raid in Yemen as a "failure." The raid resulted in the death of a Navy SEAL, as well as several children and other civilians, including an 8-year-old American girl. McCain clarified his comments based on the fact that the mission included gathering intelligence, which they did, but also capturing Al Qaeda terrorists, which they did not. Trump then tweeted that McCain doesn't know how to win anymore, but the RedState reminded that John McCain just won re-election with 54% of the vote. And considering that Senator McCain was actually fighting in Vietnam while Trump was busy bedding women as his service to the country, he might want to think twice about tweeting this kind of nonsense. Meghan McCain, the daughter of Senator John McCain, defended her father, a decorated navy pilot, and she made a reference to injuries Sen. McCain suffered as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, on Twitter, thus: "Trump has never served. My father can't bend one of his knees or lift one of his arms above his head. I am done with this today. DONE. Disagree with politics ANY single day but how dare anyone question the honor of my father and his service."

President Trump disparages Senator Richard Blumenthal, who now finds himself at the center of his furious battle with the courts over his controversial travel ban, because he told reporters that the Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, expressed dismay over Trump's criticism of judges, including those involved in lawsuits against the administration's travel ban from seven Muslim nations. According to Senator Blumenthal, "He certainly expressed to me that he is disheartened by the demoralizing and abhorrent comments made by President Trump about the judiciary"! Trump, according to Nathan Rousseau Smith, taunted the New York Times reported in 2010 that Blumenthal, despite having talked about "the days that I served in Vietnam," never did so. But in actual fact, Neil Gorsuch said what Senator Blumenthal narrated, as Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska., said he specifically asked Gorsuch about Trump's criticism of the "so-called judge" who ruled against his proposed travel ban from seven Muslim countries, and the Supreme Court nominee gave an answer similar to one reported by Blumenthal. Senator Sasse said in a Senate floor speech that Gorsuch "got a little bit emotional and he said that any attack, or any criticism, of his 'brothers and sisters of the robe,' is an attack or a criticism on everybody wearing the robe as a judge". Even a spokesman for Gorsuch, according to CNN, confirmed that the nominee had made the comments.

President Trump has been attacking the media, and sees any report critical of him as "fake", but any favorable report as "authentic". If a poll is not favorable for Trump, it's fake, but when favorable, it's real. The President disparages those protesting against him and his policies, and sees them as people who were paid to demonstrate. President Trump ripped Nordstrom Company for its decision to drop Ivanka Trump's signature brand from its stores based on the brand's performance. Trump called Nordstrom's decision 'Terrible!' For those who don't know, Ivanka is president trump's first daughter. This makes one to wonder if the president is mixing politics and business interests together.

Trump will now find out that running a business and ruling a country are two different things. Now the rhetoric of the campaign has given way to the reality of the situation. As a business CEO, one can hire and fire at will, one can change rules at will to suit his or her business, but as a president, things are different; Trump can't hire or fire the Congress or a judge or suspend the constitution, if any of them doesn't suit him. Even he can't appoint ministers (secretaries) without the Congress' approval etc. We saw how hard it has been for almost all his nominees to get clearance from the senate. President Trump's Cabinet nominees have encountered a far more combative opposition in the Senate than their predecessors. Example was the 50 senators who sided against Betsy DeVos, Trump's Education pick. That made the Vice President, Mike Pence, as the head of the senate, to vote in a rare bid, to break the tie in the Senate over the confirmation of the Michigan education activist, Betsy DeVos.

Trump will need a learning curve, and will be frustrated. Governance is by various rules and regulations, and he should never deviate from them, or else he will get into trouble with the other arms of the government. I knew right from the start that the system will bring Trump down to his level, because, as my people say, "a child, who throws his father up, will be blinded by his clothes". During the inauguration, Trump had the audacity, to insult all politicians, and most of all, some of his predecessors, who were sitting right behind him, of being "criminals" who cheated the people, promising to be a different president. I know what was going on inside the minds of those ex-presidents and other politicians on that day, as they were thinking and saying, inside themselves, that "this "fool" will soon learn like others".

Now, the system has taught Trump a lesson by suspending his travel ban, at least temporarily, and this is a big setback for him; and many more are coming, unless he "pulls the hand break", and I'm allowing The Hill to conclude this article, in these words: Thursday's decision by a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a trial judge's decision to temporarily stay President Trump's travel ban, broke no new legal ground. And yet it may well be remembered as one of the most important rulings in modern American history. Its significance lies in its unanimous reaffirmation of the basic constitutional principle of checks and balances, at a time when that principle is under unprecedented attack.






Continued from Part 1