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.
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.
- “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.