We already know that Donald Trump is a simple-minded petty little man. He is very quick to attempt to slander anyone who dares say anything except high praise for his stupidity. Those attacks have been against Gold Star Parents, a former Miss Universe and News Reporters. His latest was the current President simply because he hypothetically said if he could have run for a third-term he would have won. Needless to say the little man went nuts.
We are looking to at least four years of this pettiness from our president after Trump takes office. That has been expected since he won and there have been no signs that he will back off from his childish games.
Of course, we expect more from our president. We also expect more from our elected officials in the House of Representatives. Although why we would expect more from them is still a mystery. The Republican side of the House has been extremely petty for at least six years.
That is going to be expanded next year. Republicans in the House are bound and determined to show their pettiness for the whole world to see. As a matter of fact, they even plan to throw out the U.S. Constitution at the same time.
As you remember, the Democrats in the House were so upset that they couldn’t get a vote on a gun control bill, the Can’t Fly – Can’t Buy bill, they resorted to a sit-in on the House floor. The funny thing was there was no way Republicans were going to pass the bill, so why they didn’t hold a vote is anyone’s guess.
The sit-in made headlines only because Ryan decided to shut down the C-Span cameras. The Democrats decided to go around the cameras and pulled out their cell phones and streamed their sit-in live from the floor over the internet.
That made Ryan and the Republicans look like fools, which they are. Ever since, they have stewed over the sit-in and being made to look like the fools they are. I say they are fools because if they had held the vote, practically no one would have even noticed. But, they had to show their “power” and decided the debate and the vote would not take place.
Even though Democrats did pick up a few seats in the chamber, I seriously doubt that the sit-in was the cause for those pick-ups. Now that the Republicans have won the election for both Houses and the White House, their pettiness is about to rear its ugly head again.
Here is what Ryan and his petty party is planning:
As part of a House rules package members will vote to approve in early January, House GOP leaders want to empower the sergeant-at-arms to fine lawmakers up to $2,500 for shooting video or taking photos on the chamber floor.
Only there is a problem with this rule that they want to pass. Most experts say this move is unconstitutional.
Experts say Ryan’s proposal may run afoul of Article 1 of the Constitution, which says “each House may … punish its Members for disorderly behavior.” For more than 200 years that has been interpreted to mean any contested sanctions against lawmakers must be approved by the full House with a floor vote, attorneys steeped in congressional legal matters say.
So Republicans who claim to love the Constitution are willing to pass a rule in the House that is basically unconstitutional. What new?
Let us assume that Democrats try a sit-in again for some reason. Let us assume that they decide to use the internet to stream their protest from their cell phones again. Under this proposed new rule, the Sergeant-at-Arms is to collect $2,500 from each member who uses their phones.
The Democrats will have two choices if that does happen. They could call a press conference and make a huge media event to show them paying the fine, or they could decide to sue the Republicans because they are violating Article 1 of the Constitution.
In either case, the sit-in that will cause these problems for the Republicans will last in the media for months if not years. Do the Republicans really want that to happen?
I have finally given up hope that the Republican Party will change anytime soon. Their pettiness and willingness to “punish their opponents” hasn’t been seen in American politics since Richard Nixon. Let us hope that we are not headed back to those times.
If Ryan and his petty Republican idiot followers could read, they would know that a mechanism for punishing violation of rules already exists. But no, they need to make headlines to show just how petty they really are by inserting this meaningless rule to be voted on in January.
We are facing a lot of problems. We need to rebuild our middle-class in order to save our democracy. We need better income equality. We need to end the theism that many Republicans want to institute in our laws.
But, instead of working on problems and making the lives of the American people better, what are the House Republicans doing? They are showing their pettiness, again.
As I said, we should expect more from our members of Congress. But, the Republican side has removed any expectations for us to expect anything but pettiness. Instead of doing their job, they are more interested in “punishing” their opponents, just like their little boy president-elect Trump.
God, it is going to be a very long four years if the Democrats can’t take back the Congress in 2018. If Republicans are allowed to continue their pettiness, will we even have a democracy left in four years?