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Strong Woman Stopping Trump As Strict Constructionist Thinking Loses Ground At White House

January 23, 2019

At the end of the day there is not really much of a battle, at all, over weather Donald Trump gives a State of the Union address from the House of Representatives.   Simply stated, no president has any say in the matter until invited by a resolution from both house of congress.  And under the circumstances of a government shutdown—a shutdown predicated on lies from Trump about immigrants–means no speech will be made in the House until our government is open again.

As much I love the pomp of the event, and trying to guess who will be the ‘lone survivor’ from the Cabinet in case calamity were to strike, I am firmly on the side of the arguement that no president should ever be allowed to hold a nation hostage.  Or demand the largest stage this nation can make possible to further spread dis-information.  We all need to care enough about the core values of democracy and stand firm to deny any one such a venue, given the circumstances.

This blog has hoped for more attention from congress concerning the international implications of fracturing alliances, the undermining of liberal democracies, and the needed laws to blend with the continuing growth of technology.  But instead we are mired in a most embarrassing government shutdown.  Instead of thinking about the large weighty matters of our time we have Trump who insists his manufactured crisis and continuing publicity stunts are more important.

It would not be a far mental leap to suggest–even strongly suggest–that Trump is doing exactly what Russian President Putin has asked him to do: weaken the United States and cause as much division and chaos as possible.   Being a Russian asset does not mean hiding in dark corners.  They can act in the open and defy being called out.

Putin, it is clear, did not get the sharpest asset when landing Trump.  It would be better next time when Putin helps elect an American politician to get one that can read.

Trump has blustered that he is to give the SOTU “on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”  Where in the world did he come up with that taco salad of jumbled nonsense?

I only need to have my readers turn to the Constitution where this matter is dealt with most clearly.  The requirement is that the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” Article II, Section 3, Clause 1.

It seems ironic, for an administration so adamant that strict constructionist thinking be applied to the selection of judges, the same is not demanded of the one sitting in the Oval Office.   Making it very clear for Trump (and his supporters who read slowly, too) that there is no specific time or place required for the SOTU.

Trump’s imperial view of presidential powers will be stopped.  That will happen–is happening.  And best of all Trump is being curtailed and stopped by what he hates the most.

A strong, educated, and determined woman.

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