Let me be clear, the term “pussies” is NOT in reference to female body parts which Donald Trump believes are subject to eminent domain. Women have already shown they have pretty big testicles. By all standards, the Women’s March on Washington was a success not just in the nation’s capital, but around the world. Attendance exceeded everyone’s wildest expectations and the message was clear. Women’s rights are non-negotiable and women will be watching.
The “pussies” mentioned in the title of this post are the duly elected 535 Democratic and Republican members of Congress who have so far abdicated their responsibility to protect the Constitution from being bulldozed by the current occupant of the White House and his entourage of enablers. Sadly, Congress needs to be reminded the first three words of that venerable document are “We The People.” So when “we the people” petition the government, those in power have a responsibility to listen and when necessary Congress has the power in Article II, Section 8 to respond to the public will.
Among its authority, Congress, not the president, has the power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes (Article II, Section 8, Subsection 3).” Therefore, an executive order which restricts the movement of people into the United States is in direct violation of the separation of powers. Equally important, “we the people” are opposed to such a ban by a margin of 52 to 36 according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll. A similar CBS News/New York Times survey confirmed only 35 percent of voters in the last election favored even a temporary ban on Muslim immigration.
Pussies, do your job. This morning Congress should immediately pass legislation declaring the executive order is a violation of the Constitution and shall be immediately suspended. And if vetoed, both houses must override the veto by large margins.
And while you’re at it, “we the people,” not just the media, want to see Donald Trump’s tax returns to ensure there are no conflicts of interest which place his personal interests above the public welfare or are violations of the Emolument clause (Article II, Section 9, Subsection 8). According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, 74 percent of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns.
Pussies, you have the power to make this happen. Article II, Section 8, Subsection 18 of the Constitution states Congress is authorized “to make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.” There is no exclusion for the president. Therefore, this morning the joint leadership of the Senate should announce they will not act on any further cabinet, sub-cabinet or White House appointments until such time as Trump releases his tax returns for the past five years.
Two weeks ago, Trump accused civil rights icon John Lewis of being all talk and no action. As usual, he picked the wrong target. Not only did Congressman Lewis risk his life during the civil rights movement, he more recently led the 2016 sit-in on the House floor to force a vote on gun control, especially broader background checks, something 90 percent of Americans supported after the Newtown massacre. That is what Congressional leadership looks like.
Congressional pussies, your marching orders are no difference that those issued by Ben Bradlee to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in All the President’s Men.
You guys are probably pretty tired, right? Well, you should be. Go on home, get a nice hot bath. Rest up… 15 minutes. Then get your asses back in gear. We’re under a lot of pressure, you know, and you put us there. Nothing’s riding on this except the, uh, first amendment to the Constitution, freedom of the press, and maybe the future of the country. Not that any of that matters, but if you guys fuck up again, I’m going to get mad. Goodnight.
If you do, regardless of ideology or party affiliation, America will owe you a lasting debt of gratitude.
For what it’s worth.