Government 101

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It seems that the people who post items like this are ignorant on how government works. They must have failed their high school government class and payed no attention to the Schoolhouse Rock spot for “I’m Just a Bill”.

First of all President Trump, or any President for that matter, has absolutely no control what-so-ever as to what passes in the House or Senate. None. But let’s look at facts instead of hate mongering on the President.

H.R. 299 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, is a bill that originated in the House of Representatives. That is why it has the name that begins with H.R. That stands for House Resolution. This particular bill was introduced by a Republican Representative from California in January of 2017. This fact of course gets over looked by the Left.

It takes a while for a bill to go through committee, hearings, debate and committee vote before it gets released out to the general House for a full vote. In the case of this bill this didn’t happen until June of 2018, a year and a half since it was introduced. And this bill passed the House with support from Republican and Democratic Party members by 382 to 0.

At that point the bill went over to the Senate Veteran Affairs committee for hearings, debate, and committee vote before it will go to the full Senate. This bill didn’t fail in the Senate yet. It is still in committee awaiting a committee vote which was just recently proposed by both Democratic and Republican members of the committee.

If this bill dies in committee, it will be the fault of the Senate Veteran Affairs committee members, not that of President Trump. If the committee passes the bill, it will go for a full Senate debate and vote. They could tack on additional amendments which would delay the process as it would then have to go back to the House again. If no such changes are made to it and it passes the full Senate vote when it comes. Then President Trump actually becomes involved.

The President has 10 days to sign the bill making it law. If he does not it will become law anyway if Congress is in session. If Congress is not in session during that 10 day period and the President doesn’t sign it then the bill will die.

The President could veto the bill if something was tacked on to it by either house of Congress that the President disagrees with and send it back to Congress to deal with it. If both houses pass it again, without modification, it would override the President’s veto and it would become law that way. Our President needs line item veto to be able to pass good legislation while trimming the fat from it.

So at this point the President doesn’t have anything to do with this bill until it really reaches his desk. If this bill fails it is due to the legislature, not the president. Stop hating on the President for things he has no control over what so ever.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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About a month ago, the University of Massachusetts hosted gay libertarian Milo Yiannopoulous, feminist scholar Christina Hoff Sommers, and conservative comedian Steven Crowder in an event called “The Triggering.” And trigger they did. Campus Leftists felt the need to not only attend the event, but to do everything in their power to try to disrupt it.

To put it mildly, it didn’t go well for the campus Leftists, but it made an unintentional YouTube star out of one of the participants, Cora Segal.

Or as she’s better known, Trigglypuff. (A word of warning. There are parts of her outburst that are not safe for work…or for rational human beings, for that matter.)

During Ms. Puff’s…I mean, Ms. Segal’s rantings, she mentioned two concepts that I felt would make great additions to the Leftist Lexicon Words of the Week.

free speech

What Leftists say it means: the freedom to say what you want when you want
What it really means: the freedom to say what you want, but the intelligence to know when to shut up

hate speech

What Leftists say it means: speech that is hateful and should not be protected as free speech
What it really means: any speech the Left can’t handle

Ah, nothing like college kids thinking they understand the nuances of freedom of speech to teach us about how things should be. I know I feel better about the future when I think of people like Ms. Puff…I mean Ms. Segal.

Yeah, and I’m President of the Bernie Sanders Fan Club.

Here’s a pro tip for Trigglypuff: a difference of opinion isn’t hate speech in and of itself. I’m sure they didn’t teach that in your Multicultural Albino Feminist Tap-Dancing Midget Postmodern Poetry and Basket Weaving class, but it’s true. In fact, there is no fixed legal meaning of hate speech which means it could be literally anything. Including…oh, I don’t know…making an ass of yourself at a public forum by lying about a gay man and a feminist woman. In fact, that could easily be a…hate crime!

Of course, I wouldn’t be the one to press charges because I happen to believe in free speech beyond the confines of the First Amendment. Yes, Ms. Segal, I want you to speak your mind for two reasons. First, it creates a healthy environment for all parties who want to say something to do so. Second, it creates a healthy environment for me to mock you mercilessly.

That’s right, Trigglypuff. Free speech includes mocking people who richly deserve it, and you, my dear, have earned every bit of derision you have earned. Of course, you’ll call this mockery hate speech because it hurts your feelings. That’s nice. Now, care to engage in some real intellectual discourse? No? Didn’t think so.

By trying to paint free speech as hate speech, Leftists try to silence anyone who disagree with them. When that doesn’t work, they resort to the kind of antics we saw at the University of Massachusetts: disrupting the actual speakers. Although you have every right to do that, you look like an ass doing it. That’s the thing about free speech; you’re not guaranteed an audience, and you might just wind up being the Jim Fixx of running gags.

You know, like you are now.