The Commentariat from The Deadline Poet (below) to The Cobra in the NY Fishwrap's Op-Ed Section have been biting the ankles of the POTUS 44 over the failure of the U.S. Senate to enact the background check gun-bill. However, Quatrain-Breath and The Cobra have it wrong: it wasn't Professor Plum, Miss Scarlet, or The Butler yada yada yada. The culprit was the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV). That profile in cowardice has refused to use the nuclear option to vote out all of the impediments used by the Dumbos: filibusters and holds. Reid allows the Dumbos to demand a 60-vote majority (because of the filibuaster-threat) to pass a bill when the Donkeys hold a 54-vote majority in the U.S. Senate. Fixing blame on the POTUS 44 for the defeat of the recent nearly-lame attempt at gun-control is akin to blaming The Butler for the murder in the game of Clue. In addition, those who attempt to attach the tail o'shame to the POTUS ignore his most recent Executive Orders about gun-control. Don't pooh-pooh executive orders. FDR placed Japanese residents and legal Japanese immigrants on the West Coast in a gulag of concentration camps in sparsely-populated areas of the country after Pearl Harbor. How did FDR do it? An executive order. After WWII, HST desegregated the Jim-Crow armed forces of the United States. How did HST do it? An executive order. Stay tuned about executive orders in the area of gun-control. If this is a (fair & balanced) use of executive authority under the Constitution, so be it.
[x The Nation]
Criticism Of Obama's Failure To Get A Background Check Bill Passed In The Senate
By The Deadline Poet (Calvin Trillin)
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Disdain is what he has for brawls;
The nitty-gritty’s what he shuns.
Kid gloves are what he’s fighting with
Against some people armed with guns. Ω
[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine. Since July 2, 1990, as a columnist at The Nation, Trillin has written his weekly "Deadline Poet" column: humorous poems about current events. Trillin has written considerably more pieces for The Nation than any other single person. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time.]
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