We now know that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is going to keep his job, despite the daily toll of Trump criticism last month. He was assured of this in a phone call from Gen. John Kelly when he took office as the new White House chief of staff early last week. I am delighted about that appointment, by the way. And am just hoping that General Kelly will be able to rein in Trump enough so that it will lead to the end of the embarrassing, amateur-hour behavior the White House has lately been exhibiting.
Meanwhile, let’s discuss Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I am about 60/40 on what he is doing right now. I am delighted that he is cracking down on the notorious gang MS-13 in the hopes that he will soon rid the country of that scourge, responsible for so many awful murders in the metropolitan area, particularly in Long Island. It passes understanding that the prior administration did not take this situation seriously. And, in fact, that they allowed at least 16 members of these gangs to enter the country illegally as “unaccompanied alien children.” As Sen. Ron Johnson reported to the Senate Homeland Security Committee in May, citing internal documents from a whistle blower, U.S. Customs and Border Protection “apprehended them, knew they were MS-13 gang members, and they processed and disbursed them into our communities.”
I am also happy that Sessions is looking at the effects of reverse racism in university admissions. This is a situation when universities are so set upon providing entrance to certain specific, favored minorities that they end up discriminating against other ones. This is an ongoing situation for well-qualified Asian students, who gain entrance to universities at much lower rates than Hispanics and blacks with the same qualifications.
Ilya Shapira, writing for USA Today, cites Princeton professor Thomas Espenshade “who found that Asian students applying to selective private colleges are six times less likely to be admitted than Hispanic students with the same academic qualifications and 16 times less likely than black students.” This policy that works against qualified Asian students hearkens back to the Ivy League’s Jewish policy,in place many decades ago that was enforced to keep a limit on the percentage of Jews allowed to enter every class as a form of social engineering. That applies here, as well.
I am thrilled that Sessions is starting to crack down on leakers. There was a new escalation in the leaking against the president last week when word-for-word transcripts of his calls with the president of Mexico and the prime minister of Australia were published by the Washington Post. This is unprecedented and sets an awful example for future disgruntled workers in the federal government. It is simply the case that no president can operate well with the threat that every personal call he has with other national leaders could be made public at the whim of an enraged citizen. Not to mention the other pertinent fact that this leak, which included classified information, is a felony.
On the other hand, I am dead set against Attorney General Sessions’ decision to crack down on sentencing laws for non-serious drug offenses. There is no point in filling up the jails with people using marijuana recreationally and as a form of medication. This idiotic obsession with criminalizing marijuana, instead of using it in medical research to help people with chronic illnesses where other forms of medication are not efficacious, simply achieves waste of a drug resource that may one day help millions deal with their chronic complaints. In Israel, in contrast, where extracts of cannabis are approved for medical use, there are many clinical trials currently being run, including for Parkinson’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy in children, Tourette’s syndrome and some aspects of autism, among others. If we, in the USA, want to continue to be a leader in drug research, it is counterproductive to cut off funding and research for a drug that may lead to many medical therapy breakthroughs in diseases where there are, as yet, no easy answers.
And finally, I was against Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation. It showed off a nicety of character that seems antiquated after eight years of the Obama administration, where all such minor conflicts were simply pooh-poohed by an administration that refused to pay them heed. And a mainstream media, so in favor of the president, that it simply did not report on his scandals with anything like the obsessive zeal that would have followed if a Republican president had been in office while the same issues occurred.
Mara Schiffren, a Campus Watch Fellow, is a writer and functional medicine health coach who lives in North Salem.