Thanks to Glen Thrush via Drudge we can see the House of Representatives rules about insulting the
Sun God president. (Really!)
Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.
“Disgrace” and “nitwits” — okay.
“Liar” or “sexual misconduct” — ixnay.
Under section 370 of the House Rules and Manual it has been held that a Member could:
• refer to the government as “something hated, something oppressive.”
• refer to the President as “using legislative or judicial pork.”
• refer to a Presidential message as a “disgrace to the country.”
• refer to unnamed officials as “our half-baked nitwits handling foreign affairs.”
Likewise, it has been held that a member could not:
• call the President a “liar.”
• call the President a “hypocrite.”
• describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
• charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
• refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
• refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”
How can our representatives properly represent us if they are gagged by rules of speech? What about free speech?
I can understand decorum and manners. But going to this lawyerly extreme I don’t think makes any sense at all.
One of the problems we have is that our head of state and our head of government are one and the same. In England they have a better system. The head of state lives in a palace and should not be insulted without insulting the country. That’s understandable. While the head of government governs from a humble address (10 Downing St.) and can be called whatever a representative wants to call him.
Representatives should be able to call our head of governmennt a “miserable, reckless, lieing, coward” without rebuke if he deserves it. We shouldn’t elect a head of government who can’t take it. My further suggestion is that we should follow the British example and install the winner of the Ms. America pagent in the White House as head of state and send the President of the United States Bureaucracy to a boarding house — a nice one, but a boarding house nonetheless.