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The Independent Goes Full Retard

I just ran across this piece as I’m shoving random bits of cheese into my face in a rough imitation of “lunch,” and I had to do a double take.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the South Florida Fairgrounds and Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Donald Trump Slams “Archaic” US Constitution That Is “Really Bad” For The Country

The headline was so screechy and hysterical, I felt compelled to do some research on my own. Because unlike some, who are so anxious to believe every word of any story that confirms their biases about 45, I need actual corroboration, and despite some of the idiot things I’ve heard him say before, this struck me as a bit too much even for him.

So here’s what I found. The shit-flinging monkey who wrote the piece for the Independent – some creature named Ben Kentish – somehow has lost his command of the English language, apparently, because his contention is that Trump blames the Constitution for the difficulties he’s had during his first 100 days in office.

In an interview with Fox News to mark the milestone, the Republican called the system of checks and balances on power “archaic”.

“It’s a very rough system,” he said. “It’s an archaic system … It’s really a bad thing for the country.”

As you can imagine, every screeching leftist blog picked up the story and ran with it like Forrest Gump on crack. TRUMP BLAMES THE CONSTITUTION FOR HIS EMBARRASSING FIRST 100 DAYS! TRUMP CALLS CONSTITUTION “ARCHAIC!”

All link back to Ben Kentish’s piece in the Independent, and all squawk in froth flecked glee (or rage – because WE TOLD YOU HE WAS A TYRANT!) the same malodorous claims Kentish published in the Independent.

Well, if you’re seeing the story here, you can guess what I’m going to say.

Not. Even. Close. You. Oozing. Dick. Pimple.

Even the Washington Post, which harbors no love for POTUS, had the integrity to admit he was discussing Senate and House rules in that interview, although in typical Washington Post style they claimed that by criticizing the length and complexity of the legislative process, he was really paving the way for a consolidation of his own power. But that’s a discussion for another day.

In an interview with Fox News that aired Friday night, Trump dismissed the “archaic” rules of the House and Senate — using that word four times — and suggested they needed to be streamlined for the good of the country.

A sampling:

  • “We don’t have a lot of closers in politics, and I understand why: It’s a very rough system. It’s an archaic system.”
  • “You look at the rules of the Senate, even the rules of the House — but the rules of the Senate and some of the things you have to go through — it’s really a bad thing for the country, in my opinion. They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different.”
  • “You can’t go through a process like this. It’s not fair. It forces you to make bad decisions. I mean, you’re really forced into doing things that you would normally not do except for these archaic rules.”

What Trump was really discussing when he referenced the “really rough system” was the labyrinth of legislative rules both in the House and the Senate, which makes it difficult to pass clean legislation.

And he’s not wrong. If you peruse Riddick’s Senate Procedure: Precedents and Practices, you’ll see just how vast the number of regulations is.

The rules of the House of Representatives are more than 1400 pages long. They contain a copy of the Constitution, which is a fundamental source that dictates how Congress operates. Maybe that’s what Kentish (and every unhinged fruitcake quoting his article) are confused about?

Yes, it’s difficult to pass a clean bill without riders, amendments, earmarks that benefit each legislator’s districts, and the like. And while the President can’t dictate to the legislature how it should procedurally operate, he can certainly note that said procedures are onerous, which is exactly what he did.

So is Kentish lacking in reading comprehension, or is he intentionally misleading his audience? The audio clip included with the story makes it very clear that Trump is discussing the rules and procedures in the House and the Senate. Is he hoping that his audience simply won’t listen to the clip? Or is he banking on the fact that most people are too lazy to go and check for themselves what the Constitution actually says about the legislature’s rules and procedures? Or maybe he doesn’t know himself, and hasn’t bothered to read the Constitution?

I actually hate the phrase “FAKE NEWS!” It’s an annoyingly shrill rallying cry that doesn’t really say a whole lot, other than impugning reporting based on slant or bias, which is ubiquitous in newspapers, magazines, and broadcast media lately.

But in this case, both the article and the title are actually fake – either by design, or through sheer lack of knowledge or comprehension of the English language.

Whatever the reason, Kentish is a FAIL.

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29 responses

  1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard | Reply

    When people like Obama “criticize” the Constitution, nuts like this say nothing.

    Bit off topic, when Obama called for a National Day of Loyalty, nobody said anything against it but when Trump calls for a National Day of Loyalty, morons go crazy with the “Hitler” garbage.

    “Liberals” love a President with unlimited power when it’s their guy as President but now they scream about “limits to the power of the Presidency”.

    I can understand why some sane people are concerned about Trump, but people like that shithead aren’t sane. 😦

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    1. Paul, to be fair, it wasn’t ever made to be a huge deal with past presidential proclamations – at least not since I’ve been in this country. You can find the proclamations on the White House website, but I hadn’t seen any media reporting on it – positively or negatively. This was loud and publicized. And while I’m not about the whole Hitler thing, that widely publicized proclamation rubbed me the wrong way – as an immigrant from the USSR. Hit too close to home.

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      1. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard | Reply

        “To Be Fair”.

        I’m “only fair” to sane people. 😉

        And I understand the POV of somebody who lived under totalitarian rule better than the idiots who “imagine” Nazis whenever somebody disagrees with them. 😀

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        1. Hah! So you’re fair to no one, then? 😉

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        2. Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard

          LOL 😆

          Not even to myself as I’m not sure about my sanity. 😉

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        3. Maybe I can clear this up.
          The Leftards Dictionary™ definition.
          Nazi: adjective
          1 Anyone who expresses an opinion not completely in accordance with National Socialist Democrat Workers Party doctrine.

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    2. Or Trump bombs the middle east, it’s bad and hysteria ensues. Obama drops over 26k bombs on the Middle East, no one bats an eye. But it was a good war then.

      I mean, I have no real love for Trump, but the media does so much twisting and cherry picking of what he actual says, in addition to his own foot in mouth disorder, it’s hard to make heads or tales of this.

      Kind of ironic — just wrote something about this very same topic.

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      1. Great minds and all that! 😉

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      2. Oh, and you’re doing keto? Me too!

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        1. Yep. The struggles… and the bacon.

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        2. Mmmmmm. Bacon! Since I’ve been strictly following it with only a cheat day here and there, I haven’t had a single migraine since December! YAY!

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        3. … I just ate a whole box of unbreaded publix chicken wings in one sitting. No shame at all.

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        4. Sorry, not sorry! I’d do that when I was TDY in Florida rather than go to restaurants.

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    3. To be fair, “Loyalty Day” is a matter of public law (36 U.S.C. § 115) dating back to 1958. Its history goes back further to 1921 as “Americanization Day.” The law specifically “requests” the President to issue a proclamation. I think every Prez since ’58 has issued the proclamation, but most didn’t make such a big deal of it as Obama (and to a lesser extent, Trump).

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      1. Yes, I know this. That was my point. No one has made a big deal out of it until Trump. I don’t remember Obama making a big deal out of it either.

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        1. Trump didn’t make a big deal about it either.

          The same #FakeNews press referenced in this article made it a big deal about him following the law.

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        2. the same fake news that didn’t make a peep or called it right -wing paranoia when Obama was called on violating the law?

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        3. Yeah, fake news like Fox News? Whatever.

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  2. By design. 100% unadulterated purposeful lie. I no longer give them the benefit of doubt when common Ma and Pa with crappy Fire Tablet can find the info easily via Google.

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  3. Nicki, thank you for doing the research and finding those rules. It is a topic of some interest to me and I always thought that they were some secret star chamber or something. Now I can read them.

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    1. They definitely are out there, but OMG… the sheer volume of rules is insane! And the House, at least, has to approve rules before each session. And that usually involves changes and amendments and such! BLECH.

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      1. What rules do they follow while deciding what rules to follow?

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  4. So… even if he had said it…

    Trump calls the constitution outdated and archaic and its a HORRIBLE thing he must be hounded for

    Obama calls the constitution outdated and archaic and he is a wise statesman who deserves a Nobel prize.

    pull the other one its got bells on.

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  5. Quibble: I didn’t think the Independent could GO full r-tard anymore: they’ve been there for over a decade. That *is* the “news”paper of Robert Fisk, after all…

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  6. “…..So is Kentish lacking in reading comprehension, or is he intentionally misleading his audience? ……………….”

    I can’t believe that question is even being asked.

    As for “fake news,” well, that is just another was of saying propaganda.
    It is abundantly clear that the media is nothing more nor less than the propaganda arm of the democratic party and the millionaire/billionaire, leftist ruling elites of NYC and Washington, DC.

    They are the modern, USA equivalent of Stalin’s Pravda and Izvestia or Joseph Goebbel’s Der Völkische Beobachter” or Julius Streicher’s Der Sturmer. All served to promote an agenda.
    No one today would classify any of these publications as purveyors of “fake news.”
    Nope.
    They were all propaganda outlets to serve the cause of the ruling elites, and in that regard, they are no different at all from the media today here in the USA.

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    1. The phrase is too general to me and doesn’t really say anything. Having grown up in the USSR and read Pravda and Izvestia, I can see VAST differences between the reporting. Yes, our newspapers and broadcast outlets do slant reporting, but believe me, they’re STELLAR compared with the propaganda back then.

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  7. And we all know how devoted to the Constitution “liberals” are.

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  8. The Independent needs more staff. It seems they can’t have archaic and edit, too.

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  9. Nicky, my dear friend, with regards the ‘journalist’ it’s ’embrace the power of ‘and’ ‘!

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