Tonight is President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress (source: Real Clear Politics). The President already has a leg up in that setting—as soon as everyone notices how few of the seats in a joint session are occupied by Republicans. The Democrats have such large majorities that a significant number of them have to sit on the other side of the aisle. Literally. So is there really any reason to even address the Republican half of the room? (Did I say “half”? It’s actually closer to 40 percent.) They should just position the President’s podium to face the Democrats’ 60 percent. After all, if every Democrat were on board we wouldn’t need any Republican votes. I just hope the Republicans don’t try to stand up and yell things during the speech like their town hall thugs. Hey, if you can shout down a woman in a wheelchair, how much of a stretch is it to shout down the President of the United States?
We may be close to getting some kind of healthcare reform passed. You can tell, because conservatives are busy making plans for how to get around it. Their latest obsession is invoking their own bizarre interpretation of the 10th Amendment (source: The American Prospect). Conservatives are saying they’re rallying around the “true Constitution” by trying to use the 10th Amendment to nullify the rest of the Constitution! Conservatives want to pick and choose which parts of the Constitution they pay attention to, just like they pick and choose which parts of the Bible they heed. “Homosexuality is bad! Help the poor? Heal the sick? Who said that crap?” The 10th Amendment says “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Interpreted by Republicans, that means “We don’t have to obey any laws we disagree with.” Tenthers use their flimsy argument to say that Medicare, Social Security, and federal minimum wage laws are all illegal. Basically, they believe in states’ rights at the expense of human rights.
These tenther nuts would make the birther loonies look rational… if they weren’t all the same people. Put tenther philosophy together with birther beliefs and you come up with “Barack Obama isn’t really President. And even if he is, we don’t have to listen to him.” Well, tonight they’re going to have to listen to him… unless Congressional Republicans choose to stick their fingers in their ears and chant “La la la la la la, this isn’t happening!”