Free speech of Americans, pressed to sign pledges not to support Palestinians, boycott of Israel

It has been reported that Americans have been pressed to sign pledges against supporting the Boycotts against Israel (in support of occupied Palestine). A teacher in Texas lost her job for failing to sign the pledge.

The ACLU is fighting against these actions infringing American’s civil liberties, but with little success.  Apparently,  It is said that a strong pro-Israel lobby is behind the pledges. The past precedent case, of the right to participate in political boycotts was clearly established by the Supreme Court in NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware, a 1982 decision holding that the First Amendment protected an NAACP-organized boycott of white-owned businesses in Mississippi to protest ongoing racial segregation and inequality.

It argued that a “non-violent, politically motivated boycott” was political speech and protected. 

Governor Cuomo of New York made a blanket policy that all contractors who did not support Israel would not be contracted with. Approximately 28 states are allowing this pledge.

This is quite unbelievable in our country which has a free speech amendment that people can be forced to sign such pledges or lose their jobs or not get jobs nor get contracts. What is very weird about this is that Americans who have no clear boycott ideas are presented with paperwork (pledgeing against BDS).

Rand Paul has joined the democrats to block the anti-BDS movement.

defintion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (also known as BDS) is a global campaign promoting various forms of boycott against Israel until it meets what the campaign describes as Israel’s “obligations under international law “, defined as withdrawal from the occupied territories, removal of the separation barrier in the West Bank, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and “respecting, protecting, and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties “.

https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/americans-have-a-right-to-boycott-even-when-its-wrong/

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/257546

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/rights-protesters/laws-targeting-israel-boycotts-fail-again-court

 

 
https://www.democracynow.org/2018/12/18/meet_the_texas_speech_pathologist_who

Oversight on the Trump administration Jan-Feb 2019

The House of Representatives is vigorously pursuing investigations on Trump. One is the security clearance of Jared Kushner who lied on his first form and then took many weeks or months to turn in new forms with all of his foreign contacts. Elijah Cummings is overseeing this investigation.

Will a new federal government shut down happen? We shall see. It is apparent that Trump continues to not want to negotiate but spoke double-talk in the state of the union speech. He talked about unity. Actions speak louder than words. I say.

The peril of repealing arms control treaties

Is this evidence that Trump is on Putin’s side or that trump fights against Putin? I, personally advocate for nuclear reduction and I think that that the US should take lead on this. I have made it a point on my suggested party movement/party.

Phil Ebersole's Blog

Source: • Chart: How U.S. And Russian Nuclear Arsenals Evolved | Statista

The danger of all-out nuclear war is two-fold.  One is that a leader of a nuclear-armed nation may launch a first strike in hope that the target nation will not be able to retaliate.  The other is that the leader of a nuclear-armed nation may think another nuclear nation has launched or plans a first strike.

Although neither the American and the Soviet/Russian governments has been willing to give up the option of all-out war, the two governments have over the years made treaties to make all-out war less likely.

But since the dawn of the 21st century, the U.S. government has moved backwards.  President George W. Bush withdrew from the anti-ballistic missile treaty in 2002.  President Donald Trump has announced the U.S. will withdraw from the INF (intermediate nuclear force treaty.  There is a possibility that the…

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Big Pharma in the US

This article is about a couple who is taking on the strategy of big pharma. They cite,
“These kinds of companies have a monopoly on the regulatory system, on the delivery system, on the products,” Laura says in the piece. “So, this isn’t capitalism.”

They talk about the pharmaceutical companies fighting to lengthen the patent laws on new drugs, from 28 years to 38 years. Also, that big pharma defends themselves by saying that Americans pay the list prices. The couple, however, counters that the employers’, insurer’s and individuals’ payments to pay for these prescription, all add up to a great deal of money. Big pharma argues that the research costs a lot to develop new drugs.

I say that reasonable laws and that make prescriptions more affordable are needed. This couple has very good ideas.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/personalfinance/houston-billionaire-couple-unveil-plan-to-fight-high-drug-prices/ar-BBSUQXq?ocid=spartanntp

The shutdown of early 2019 continues, today 1-15-19, the wall, and Trump’s love of the Prince of S.A.

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I know someone who is a federal employee. They are not getting paid and not forced to work like the TSA agents and the fed prison correctional officers, and others.

The fact of the matter, according to many experts who have knowledge about protecting borders, there are better and more cost- effective ways to protect a border. A wall can be scaled. Trump does not care about raising the taxes on the middle class to get that damn wall built. I believe in a secure border. Also he lies about the drugs. Most of the drugs are coming by boats, per the experts. The illegal drugs coming across the border are usually in vehicles at legal ports of entry and the customs officials catch a lot or most of it with sophisticated technology.

I just read that the number of illegal people trying to come to the USs by boats has increased dramatically. A few years ago it was a few hundreds per year. Now this past year, it was around 1500. I think that its what the article, I read, said. Most were from central America and Mexico. And some were from Asia, I think. People will pay many thousands of dollars to smugglers to come here. The smugglers are evil and let people die; as long as they get their money from desperate people, they could care less.

Supply and demand is what brings the people to our southern borders. The epidemic of AMERICAN DRUG ADDICTS ARE THE SUPPLY. There are other factors, such as bribery of officials in those countries south of us. Trump never mentions those items. He only mentions that we must stop the drug flow and to stop the emergency caravans. If the drug addicts are still in our country; the drug flow will change very little.

We, in the US have huge drug king pins who work with the Cartel king pins to work out the supply.

Underground, illegal capitalist efforts are nurtured by greed. If the reduction of drug addicts cannot be stemmed, people like Trump still does not want a few more of these desperate people to have a path to citizenship. HE HATES BROWN-SKINNED PEOPLE, EXCEPT FOR THE RICH CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA, the murderer, IMO.

The early proof of Trump’s racism is he and his dad not following the civil right acts, in NYC. They were taken to court for not renting to blacks and Latino-Americans. Trump never brought in the documentation. In fact, his managers had a code, marking a minority person’s application so that they would not be rented to. Trump was given contempt of court and later Trump sued the court for contempt of court. He was slapped on the wrist and his money and lawyers got him out of it.

news that h.u.d. has worsened its oversight of landlords under Ben Carson

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It was on the television news today, Nov. 15th, 2018, that countless poor people, living in subsidized housing, are suffering with ceilings collapsed, mold, rats and mice, and other unlivable conditions. One resident in a large apartment complex, was a college student with a young daughter. She expressed that she felt so stuck and had no way or options to move elsewhere.

One of the HUD (Housing And Urban Development) managers who was interviewed stated that he had only 5 inspectors and that it was impossible to keep with what was needed to force landlords to do repairs or to cancel their contracts timely.

One landlord was paid 1.5 million in rent from tax payers’ dollars. The journalist filmed him and posed a few questions to him but he refused. He entered his car and left. The reporters stated that he had been contacted several times, prior, and he never would talk to them.

The statistics noted were that the Secretary of HUD Carson has not done a competent job. The health and safety inspections are delayed and landlords keep getting paid. 
The watchdog also found that work completed by HUD’s enforcement office dropped by 25 percent since 2016.

Secretary Carson has cut staff numbers. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/under-ben-carson-more-families-live-hud-housing-fails-health-n935421

Open Letter to Members of the U.S. Congress

I recommend this post/blog.

Filosofa's Word

Dear Members of Congress …

Once again, I am compelled on behalf of the citizens of this nation to ask you to please do the jobs you swore to do when you took that oath of office and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.  I urge you to recall, if you will, that Donald Trump is not your employer … We The People are, in fact, your employers.  As such, we are very concerned when we hear Trump threaten to interfere with the business of the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and most importantly, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s influence into our election process in 2016.

Never before in the history of this nation has there been such corruption as we have seen these past 19 months, not even during the Watergate scandal, which pales in comparison to Trumpgate.  If Donald Trump is allowed…

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