A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked the administration's attempt to impose a 90 day ban on foreign nationals from 6 Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. The judge's ruling cited the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, stating that the ban violates it by targeting Muslims. The judge further stated: " This court will not crawl into a corner, pull the shutters closed, and pretend it has not seen what it has",
And herein lies the very real dilemma, which is addressed as a core component to the stated goal of Curbside Congress: Words have consequences; tone and nature of expression carry lasting impact and can ultimately have the opposite of their intended effects. Let's take this case before us now, as a nation, not as partisans with a political agenda. There is a reason the executive has the broad power it has to impose a travel ban: the president is privy to intelligence reports that the judicial branch is not; nor is the judicial branch supposed to make judicial decisions based on anything other than the merits of the laws in question.
But here, we have the consequence of previous words and actions affecting the ability of a sitting president to make decisions in the interest of the safety of the country. Or to put it differently, people now second guess the motives of this executive order based on personal feelings and perceptions...
The Curbside Congress movement is about agreeing to achieve meaningful social changes through civil and reasoned discourse; the goal of communicating is not to bully, offend or trigger fear and hatred. It is to persuade and purposefully and collectively move towards a better social existence, for the benefit of all people, not just the loudest, strongest and most forceful among us.