State of the Union

Television did not exist in 1791.

Until Woodrow Wilson, the State of the Union was a written document transmitted to Congress.

All the Constitution requires regarding the State of the Union message is:

Section 3

He(!) 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;

he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper;

he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers;

he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States

What if President Trump transmitted in writing a one page State of the Union address, leaving TV and Cable News networks with no rationale for airing an “opposing response” and nothing to talk about? And his sole proposal is to fund the border wall.

They might notice also that the President has the power (on extraordinary occasions) to Adjorn Congress and specify when they may (or may not) return. That would require the Senate to deliberately disagree with the House over when to adjourn.

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30 Responses to State of the Union

  1. briand75 says:

    I think the extraordinary power should be exercised. If the Dimms don’t want to negotiate, then shut the Congress down for a year or so. I suspect that would reinforce the fact that the Congress, even though they are one of the triumvirate, is bascially worthless and ineffective.

  2. Parrott says:

    yeah what Briand said ! The ‘House’ has not been in session, since January 4. Might as well shut them down.
    For the ‘State of the Union’ message, I like the Chris Plante suggestion, two day even at the border with Mexico, with kind of a ‘Burning Man’ co-event rally.
    Have Texas Rangers & Army Rangers for security.
    If President Trump wanted another great venue, he could delay it to the Daytona 500. Have Richard Petty introduce Mr. President.
    Nancy just don’t want President Trump speaking directly to the American people.

    Question for you guys: are Polls showing up on the main page for you all ? They have quit showing for me and I miss my daily laugh. .
    Diamond & Silk were really good on WMAL this morning, common sense.
    You know after two weeks being furloughed Fed workers can get unemployment cash. If I hear one more whiner on TV,,,,

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Most likely explanation is you could have accidentally clicked the No More Polls! Button, in which case you see a Polls disabled message. When you next load the page, you get a link to show polls again.

      If that isn’t it, scroll the page down and maybe the poll is at the very bottom of the page. I have difficulty stopping that as people zoom in or out. Much of the code for the website was done before CSS was really a thing. The result is a mixture of using HTML tables along with CSS DIVs, and they fight with each other. I had clever stuff to allow the poll iframe to resize itself based on how many answers it offered, but it no longer works.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      I want to know who is paying the Federal worker’s COBRA. MSM blackout on the subject. The closest report I was was someone crying about having to make a “co-pay” but absolutely no crying about Obamacare premiums or COBRA premiums. Something doesn’t smell right.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      The link you used puts the poll on the right side, but that may be affected by the device and screen zoom factor. If do not track is turned on, it may not show up, not surely

      • Parrott says:

        Thanks Fred, yeah tracking is on. I checked. Strange,
        The message on that page is ‘No new polls found’. click on ‘Random Poll’ and ‘No New Polls found’.
        I got a ‘SQL error’ but I can’t remember what I clicked for that message. I capture a screen shot if I find it again.
        I tried on IE 11, Opera, Firefox, & Brave. Also on windows 7 , Server 2012, Server 2010 and good ole XP. If I get a chance I’ll try on server 2016. Won’t show on any of them.
        I’ll ask Mrs Parrott to try on her ipad. I’ll let you know,
        Best regards

        • Fred Stiening says:

          Well, if you have answered every possible poll or ignored every other poll more than (some number) of times, you might get that kind of error. Not many people reload the polls 1000s of times

  3. TheChairman says:

    Of course, it was written under the presumption that Congress would only ‘convene’ for a few weeks each year. The original intent was for Congress-critters to reside in their home state most of the year. i.e Listening to their constituents..

    I think he should present the idea of opening up bids to the private sector to sub-contract many of these ‘non-essential’ positions, so as to avoid future shutdown disruptions… let’s see how quickly Chuck & Nancy are forced to the table.

    He should also mention the ‘Queen of TARP, Nancy Pelosi’ had no problem quickly passing a $700 billion bailout of filthy rich banksters back in 2009, etc.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I had a way to deal with this. Matthew Lesko used to pitch a book listing every government handout program. I propose a law to discontinue every 5th item in the book and end funding and repeat the process each year. In the event this random purge hit something essential, a 2/3 vote on that item as a standalone recorded vote could keep it alive.

  4. Parrott says:

    I am totally embarrassed by Governor Ralph North-Ham-ham ham and the Commonwealth of Virginia, where I reside. It was bad enough having ‘Clinton-Crony’ Terry McAweful as the previous Governor of Virginia.
    I tell you, North-Ham-ham-ham-ham is taking the state to a new low.

    I would like to go on record right here, I did not vote for either one of them, nor did Mrs. Parrott.

    • TheChairman says:

      This ghoulish liberal agenda is being attempted across the nation with the complicity of the Press (not reporting or disclosing details of these bills).

      As I asked my wife this morning: how does such legislation get past the proposal stage? Either nobody is reading the bill, or they fear speaking out.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Can’t be 100 percent certain at this point, but my spidey sense tells me that Gov Ham-ham-ham is going to propose a lot of pork projects.

      • Parrott says:

        Well Ole ‘Northham-ham – ham -ham is out. he did ‘blackface or wore a hood, in school 1984, whatever, but it looks like he maybe gone. ( yeah) Kamala called for him to resign, LOL.
        He is creepy like Tim Kaine. Just a long list of losers & dipshits. They hand off to their friends.
        You could tell he didn’t have much on the ball. Good riddence.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          The message I got from the photo was even enemies can get along with a keg of beer

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            “That’s mighty white of you.”

            I had forgotten that expression completely. I was listening to WMAL’s “Saturday Morning Update” podcast today and Newsmax’s John Gizzi mentioned that phase as one that was popular 25 years ago, but no longer politically correct.

            Today, whiteness can only be referred to in negative ways, such as “white privilege”.

            • Parrott says:

              I laughed when I read that ! “Thats mighty white of you!” I used that back in the eighties .
              I guess we’ll never see another ‘Blazing Saddles’ movie again. Cleavon Little saying,”Where the white women?”
              I have my nieces saying, ” You all are dancing around here like a bunch of Kansas city ( Beeps) ! ”
              cracks me up eveery tim! They like the beep the most ! I tell you , millineals are missing out on a lot of humor.

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      He really did know how to ham it up:

      “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

      • Fred Stiening says:

        But few old drunken doctors

        • CC1s121LrBGT says:

          I’m more inclined to believe that Neil Armstrong did the moonwalk than ” Ole ‘Northham-ham – ham -ham” did.

          Today’s press conference doesn’t pass the smell test. He did not come across as an honest person or a person in touch with reality. How many people can honestly say they don’t know whether they ever dressed like that?

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            Actually, it has gotten a bit more bizarre. Here is a story that the MSM hasn’t picked up. There is another photo with Ralph Northam standing in a group of young men and one of the other young men is wearing the same pants as the person in the blackface photo that the MSM is circulating. I would say that that was not a popular style for pants back then and that it is unlilely that Northam would be sharing his pants with the other man.


            Anything is possible, including that it might be Northam under the white sheet. He seems like a man with some issues.

          • TheChairman says:

            I guess liberals don’t see the irony here: a guy in black-face trying to emulate someone who was getting skin treatments to become ‘whiteface’.

            • CC1s121LrBGT says:

              How about this one- that is about the time that Obama was breaking the law and using illegal drugs. Breaking the law, AOK.

              Distasteful Halloween custom? Your life is over.

              Social justice has is proud of electing democrats that had been convicted of murder… but a Halloween custom? We need a career dealth penalty for that.

  5. TheChairman says:

    Regarding tonights upcoming SOTU address, I have concerns about Trump’s safety, and the circumstances and direction this ‘spectacle’ has taken in recent decades.

    First, I don’t think there should be any guests or ‘poster people’ in the gallery… they’re used for political fodder, campaigning, or (recently) virtue signaling. It’s just another distraction, and diverts focus from the purpose. i.e. What IS the state of the union?

    Moreover, after the ‘open’ Cavanaugh hearings, I would not trust Pelosi, Schumer, or democrats… will a bunch of enlisted transsexuals start shouting to disrupt and taint the event live on the air? That’s -exactly- what I now expect from those Bolsheviks.

    SOTU should only involve Congress, the Supreme Court Justices (their attendance optional) and the executive cabinet, plus the necessary press coverage. That’s it.

  6. Parrott says:

    Yeah man, ‘State of the union’ he should have done the two day ‘Burning man’ motif at the border with Texas Rangers and Army Rangers. ‘Clown Posse Pelosi ‘ she don’t say all that stuff. Someone tells her ! She can’t string three coherent sentences together.
    NBC ‘news’ <– Ha ha, sucks: they attacked personal gun sales again, Loophole. I never sell a firearm to a stranger. I either sell to my brother or brother in-law or trade in at my favorite gun store and its taken out of my name at that time. It has to have a background check after that. Dems suck.
    I hope Kavanaugh do the double bird ( FO) over his head with just his robe and nothing on underneath. Take that No-so-Fienstein! Ha ha ha .

  7. Parrott says:

    Excellent Poll Fred. It showed up. Even had a Trump pic. It let me vote and see results.
    Then it went back to saying, ” no new polls found.”

    ahh Like a good ole swisher sweets cigar : )

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