Tuesday, October 2, 2007

The 51st State of the United States - GazaIsraelWestBankia

Here's something to think about.

What if the United States were to annex Israel and the Occupied Territories???

First, of course, we would now have two salt lakes and two states where many of the residents believe in having lots of children, thereby increasing the number of potential voters for Mitt Romney for President.

Second, the entire state of GazaIsraelWestBankia would be subject to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights:

From that impeccable source of wisdom, Wikipedia

"The United States Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. These amendments limit the powers of the federal government, protecting the rights of all citizens, residents and visitors on United States territory. Among the enumerated rights these amendments guarantee are: the freedoms of speech, press, and religion; the people's right to keep and bear arms; the freedom of assembly; the freedom to petition; and the rights to be free of unreasonable search and seizure; cruel and unusual punishment; and compelled self-incrimination. The Bill of Rights also restricts Congress' power by prohibiting it from making any law respecting establishment of religion and by prohibiting the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. In criminal cases, it requires indictment by grand jury for any capital or "infamous crime," guarantees a speedy public trial with an impartial and local jury, and prohibits double jeopardy.

How do you think the applicability of the Bill of Rights to the residents of GazaIsraelWestBankia would affect the daily lives of Israelis and Palestinians?

For example, suppose the government could not evict a citizen from, or demolish, his or her house without due process, would that put Dr. Jeff Halper and ICAHD out of business?

What do you think?

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