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The U.S. Supreme Court’s Chutzpah

westDo foreign governments come to America and locate their official Embassy in New York or San Francisco? Consulates, maybe, can be located elsewhere, but our capital is our capital.

Not so with Jerusalem, where the United States refuses to place its Embassy, preferring Tel Aviv, instead.


It seems that foreign nations have no compunctions of conscience about telling Israel where to place their capital. And now, the U.S. Supreme Court has joined the crowd.

Ruling 6-3 against a law that would have allowed children born in Jerusalem to American parents to listSupreme-Court-Rules-Jerusalem-Passport-Law-Unconstitutional their birthplace as Israel on their U.S. passports, the court ruled in favor of the president holding the power to overturn a Congressional law made over a dozen years ago. In 2002, Congress instructed the State Department that they could record the place of birth as Israel; President Obama was now contesting that.

Two-thirds of the Supreme Court justices in essence were siding with him, however, Chief Justic Roberts was not pleased. In his dissenting opinion, he wrote that this was a first.

th “Never before has this court accepted a president’s direct defiance of an act of Congress in the field of foreign affairs.”

I would tend to agree with the three opposing justices. It’s chutzpah (nerve), plain and simple, first on the part of the president, then on the part of the Supreme Court. The U.S. is now dictating where their citizens were born and what to name the place, even if not on our own soil.

That’s nutsy.


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