Three More Days

by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng | November 3rd, 2018

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Three More Days

by baldilocks

The great Wal­ter E. Williams reminds us of how our sys­tem of gov­ern­ment works — or, at least, how it’s sup­posed to work.

Democ­rats are hop­ing the com­ing elec­tion will give them a major­ity in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Repub­li­cans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My ques­tion is: What would a House major­ity mean for the Democ­rats? Let’s look at it.

To con­trol the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Democ­rats must win at least 218 seats, which many pre­dict as being likely. To con­trol the Sen­ate, Democ­rats must win enough seats to get to 51, which many pre­dict is unlikely. Let’s say the Democ­rats do take the House. If they were to pass a mea­sure that Repub­li­cans in both houses didn’t like and Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump didn’t like, either, he could use his veto pen. To over­ride Trump’s veto, Democ­rats would need to meet the U.S. Constitution’s require­ment that they muster a two-​thirds vote in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (290 votes) and a two-​thirds vote in the Sen­ate (67 votes). Nei­ther would be likely.

It’s quite a chal­lenge to over­ride a pres­i­den­tial veto. Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt was the veto king, with 635 vetoes. Only nine of them were over­rid­den. Pres­i­dent Grover Cleve­land vetoed 584 con­gres­sional mea­sures and was over­rid­den only seven times. If the House Democ­rats were to do all that they promise to do and if Pres­i­dent Trump were to mar­shal the guts of Pres­i­dents Roo­sevelt and Cleve­land — both Democ­rats, I might add — the next two years would be a sight to behold.

I remem­ber how ret­i­cent George W. Bush was to use his veto power as pres­i­dent. I don’t think that would be a prob­lem for Don­ald Trump. Just a hunch.

I’d almost like to see the Democ­rats have more feces fits when the pres­i­dent refuses to bow down meekly to donk majori­ties in the Leg­isla­tive Branch. Almost.

Williams con­tin­ues on in his usual calm, rea­son­ably man­ner and as I was read­ing, it occurred to me that even if the Democ­rats get every­thing they want on Tues­day, they won’t be sat­is­fied. Why not? Because Don­ald Trump will still be there as pres­i­dent of the United States, with all the author­ity inher­ent to the office, and with none of the fear of George W. Bush. Yes, I said it.

Win­ning on Tues­day will be the first step to their ulti­mate goal: remov­ing Pres­i­dent Trump from office. And you know that a vic­tory on Tues­day will embolden them in their already aston­ish­ing recklessness.

It’s up to the Peo­ple to pre­vent them from tak­ing that step.

Either way, be pre­pared for crazy. And for funny.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

The great Walter E. Williams reminds us of how our system of government works — or, at least, how it’s supposed to work.

Democrats are hoping the coming election will give them a majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans and much of our nation dread that prospect. My question is: What would a House majority mean for the Democrats? Let’s look at it.

To control the House of Representatives, Democrats must win at least 218 seats, which many predict as being likely. To control the Senate, Democrats must win enough seats to get to 51, which many predict is unlikely. Let’s say the Democrats do take the House. If they were to pass a measure that Republicans in both houses didn’t like and President Donald Trump didn’t like, either, he could use his veto pen. To override Trump’s veto, Democrats would need to meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that they muster a two-thirds vote in the House of Representatives (290 votes) and a two-thirds vote in the Senate (67 votes). Neither would be likely.

It’s quite a challenge to override a presidential veto. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the veto king, with 635 vetoes. Only nine of them were overridden. President Grover Cleveland vetoed 584 congressional measures and was overridden only seven times. If the House Democrats were to do all that they promise to do and if President Trump were to marshal the guts of Presidents Roosevelt and Cleveland — both Democrats, I might add — the next two years would be a sight to behold.

I remember how reticent George W. Bush was to use his veto power as president. I don’t think that would be a problem for Donald Trump. Just a hunch.

I’d almost like to see the Democrats have more feces fits when  the president refuses to bow down meekly to donk majorities in the Legislative Branch. Almost.

Williams continues on in his usual calm, reasonably manner and as I was reading, it occurred to me that even if the Democrats get everything they want on Tuesday, they won’t be satisfied. Why not? Because Donald Trump will still be there as president of the United States, with all the authority inherent to the office, and with none of the fear of George W. Bush. Yes, I said it.

Winning on Tuesday will be the first step to their ultimate goal: removing President Trump from office. And you know that a victory on Tuesday will embolden them in their already astonishing recklessness.

It’s up to the People to prevent them from taking that step.

Either way, be prepared for crazy. And for funny.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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