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.
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