The United States Congress: Decorum Lost

M. Jaggers

Lord, what would the Founders say if they read the letter from the Congressional Black Caucus to President Trump indicating their desire to “educate” him on all things relating to—what else—the Black community?  It is one thing to enfranchise a group in our representative government; but to be condescended to by them in this manner?  Gerrymandered districts have given us an abundance of diversity in the House of Representatives, and to a lesser extent, the Senate.  This sometimes results in a complete debacle of stumbling incompetence and embarrassing displays of semi-literacy.  But what is most offensive, these diverse Congress critters exhibit impudence and a breach of decorum, which again, makes one think back to the Founders with regret.

The Congressional Black Caucus rejected Trump’s offer for a second meeting because his initiatives would not meet their agenda.  They’re not used to not getting their way.  In fact, many protected groups are having a hard time adjusting to the Trump Era.

They chided our President: “We took advantage of every opportunity to educate you on the needs of the Black community and provide you with the information and solutions necessary to act on them in good faith.”  Never mind the futility of any “solution” to the needs of the Black community that has already been the recipient of trillions in federal aid with nothing to show for it. What strikes one is their refusal to attend a civil meeting when their demands are not immediately accommodated. Could it be that Trump is not buying into the minority grievance industry?  

On the list of CBC grievances are cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, and the repeal of Obamacare. The prospect of a repeal/replace of Obamacare seems to hit the Black community especially hard, because not only would that mean less free stuff, but it would also imply that their First Black President and the Democratic-controlled Congress maybe weren’t all that great at crafting legislation.  Blacks take this kind of thing rather personally.

A member of the CBC, Rep. Gregory Meeks, noted, “Until we can deal with substance and issues, what’s the benefit of a meeting?”  That’s a fair point.  There is no benefit of meeting.

Elijah Cummings, the former chairman of the CBC, is a good example of what I mean when I refer to the loss of decorum in our noble institution, the United States Congress.  Cummings is a “civil rights icon,” and therefore we must only speak of him in hushed, reverent tones.  Instead of reasoned debate, his preferred method of discourse is bursts of petulant emotion, usually with arms flailing and eyes bulging.  He is a front-line infantry soldier for the real brains behind the Democrat party, sent to obstruct hearings with a set of talking points simple enough for him to repeat.  He seems to relish this role, and excoriates Republicans in a frankly savage manner.

This is most vividly illustrated in an incident last year, when Rep. Darrell Issa was compelled to shut off Rep. Cummings’ microphone when he refused to accept that Issa, as the chairman, had adjourned a hearing.  The hearing related to the sordid matter of the Lois Lerner IRS scandal.  In her testimony, she refused to answer questions, prompting Issa to end the hearing in frustration.  Cummings, however, was not quite done grandstanding: “Let me ask my question,” he shouts wildly, after Issa had already pounded the gavel.  The man does not like rules, it does not comport with his nature.  He seems more inclined to primal shows of force as a method for transacting politics.

Issa then gives in and invites him to ask his question, at which point Cummings begins reading directly from his talking points, holding up a piece of paper and reading verbatim; again, presumably written by some left-wing policy wonk.  Issa, in exasperation, simply shuts down the meeting when it becomes clear that Cummings’ “question” is not really a question at all.

Cummings continues though, his pride wounded, literally yelling into the microphone, “I am a member of the Congress of the United States of America, I am tired of this.”  As the room clears out, another dreadlocked Black guy in a suit (a funny image in itself) has insinuated himself behind Issa with arms crossed menacingly, giving a kind of “amen” to Cummings’ rant.  Issa looks over his shoulder to this man, as if he’s assessing whether he’s about to be physically attacked.  It’s as though they’re preparing for a “Black power” coup right on the House floor!  I ask the reader, is this the inevitable outcome of Blacks becoming involved in our government’s deliberative bodies?

Another example of this type of incivility is when Senator Kamala Harris questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the Intelligence Committee Hearing.  This hearing was never-ending saga of Trump-Russia collusion.  Harris, by the way, is of African/Jamaican/Indian/Asian heritage — and thus a poster child of the ascendant majority and likely soon-to-be presidential candidate.

When Harris repeatedly interrupted Sessions, he protested, “Well, let me qualify [my response].  If I don’t qualify it, you’ll accuse me of lying.”  Harris’ hectoring of Sessions was so inappropriate that it required the intervention of — to his credit — Senator John McCain, who reprimanded Harris: “Chairman, the witness should be allowed to answer the question.” To this point Chairman Richard Burr advised Harris accordingly.  During her testy exchange with Jeff Sessions, Harris otherwise had a kind of supercilious grin.  She was radiating contempt, as though he had somehow not earned the respect of his former peers in the Senate.

Harris continued her disrespectful, interrupting ways in questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during another Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.  Once again John McCain was compelled to implore the chairman, “They should be allowed to answer the question.”  Chairman Richard Burr advised Harris to “provide the witnesses the courtesy” that had been so lacking in the hearing.  Her expression during this reprimand displayed even more agitation, as if to say, “Who is this White man telling me what to do?”  After all, wasn’t that the ethos during the Obama era?

As American readers are aware, there are many examples besides the ones listed above where the dignity of our government is being compromised by POC expressing their contempt for the traditional customs and proprieties that ultimately support republican government.  These are just a couple that come to mind at this particular time in history.  This topic could even encompass a book perhaps—though a thoroughly depressing one.  What we are seeing is that traditional norms of decorum clash with the sensibilities of the coalition of the ascendant.  In the end, all our institutions and culture will disappear if things keep going this way.

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21 Comments to "The United States Congress: Decorum Lost"

  1. Pat Kittle's Gravatar Pat Kittle
    June 30, 2017 - 11:06 am | Permalink

    Did the US Congress actually have any remaining trace of decorum after its members raced each other out of their seats to demonstrate their fealty to Netanyahu — with 29 standing ovations?

    How I’d love to be the Congressional Whitey who’d tell Black Caucus racists:

    “It’s high time WE educate YOU on the needs of the White community and provide you with the information and solutions necessary to act on them in good faith. You have already received TRILLIONS of dollars from White taxpayers, and it’s not our fault you have so astonishingly little to show for it. We have a hard enough time raising & supporting our own children, which is why our birthrate is low, and we are seriously tired of you taunting us and threatening us with your irresponsibly high birthrates. White people ask very little of you. Practice responsible birth control and raise your own children.”

    • David's Gravatar David
      June 30, 2017 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      If two participants to a proposed discussion or negotiation cannot mutually agree to at least some common goals and recognition of the other side’s natural interests and need in arriving at that goal–no communication can occur. One side can scotch the whole thing, despite the best intentions of the other. I believe that Whites have more than gone the extra mile at the bargaining table. We owe nothing more.

    • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
      July 7, 2017 - 3:17 am | Permalink

      Let them keep their high levels of benefits – but payable only in the African country of their choice. They will live like kings out there with all their dollars until they die. Then let their children inherit the bank card but its monthly payout is halved. When the children die and pass it on it is halved again. Even the third generation would still live like kings. They cannot complain as they are always telling us how great Africa is and that ‘Africa is for Africans’ There would be an Exodus.

  2. T. J.'s Gravatar T. J.
    June 30, 2017 - 11:11 am | Permalink

    How many “blue states” got that way from voter fraud? JS suggests that California would go red every election with honest vote counts.

    >>>’Voter fraud’? California man finds dozens of ballots stacked outside home

  3. Poupon Marx's Gravatar Poupon Marx
    June 30, 2017 - 12:06 pm | Permalink

    When decorum, common rules, past procedures, traditional order break down, the operant will be force, intimidation, threats-either implied or expressed. This is commonly referred in colloquial terms as “The Law of The Jungle”, which is referencing animal behavior themes such as “Kill or Be Killed or Eaten”.

    Such seems to be the driving motives of The Left, or The New Left, or The Newest Left. Superficially The Left SEEMS to have changed from those earlier epochs when it agitated for First Amendment rights, Equal Treatment, The Little Guy, etc., etc. But that was a TACTIC. The STRATEGY was always to gain power by crook, hoodwink, false outrage, lies, and misrepresentations; to enumerate just a few of these head fakes and projections as ephemeral as Star Trek holograms. Watching The Left operate is so similar to the “Holodeck” on Star Trek. Nothing is real except ONE BIG THING: The attainment, metastasis, and total grip of CONTROL over everything. Like some super virulent tumor-which is a mass of rapid growth, but dysfunctional tissue that contributes nothing, The Left does not have any inhibitions on its actions and thought. “Reptilian” is how I would describe them, and the subset of the GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY. Some many differ in my characterizations and posit they resemble insects.

    • Walter's Gravatar Walter
      July 1, 2017 - 2:10 am | Permalink

      Beautifully said of something so ugly.

    • Michael Adkins's Gravatar Michael Adkins
      July 1, 2017 - 12:44 pm | Permalink

      Poupon Marx,

      The grievance industry has been nothing more than a run away gravy train for decades.

      Although, there are other important issues such as why we allow hipsters and hennetasters to sell European reproductive tissue? Most know a community exists online that profits handsomely by using fertility centers, personal websites, sperm auctions or a donor bank. Why allow our genetic continuance to be shipped to Kigali, Rwanda, Pu Dong, China or Bombay, India?

    • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
      July 7, 2017 - 7:50 am | Permalink

      Pouponmarx: ‘“Reptilian” is how I would describe them’
      Whatever we call them – lefties, globalists, marxists, RINOs, new left – they are as different from the rest of us as a pitbul fighting dog is different from a friendly labrador dog. And as with dogs, the best explanation for this very significant difference is that their genes control their behaviour.

      That is why the true lefty never changes their views – they are wired to be as they are. For example, there was a girl ‘helping refugees’ in Germany and she was murdered by those she was helping. The father at the time of the funeral asked for donations to … guess where … the refugee centre! This shows that even the murder of his own daughter did not shift his views one iota. That is why it is futile to argue or interact with these people. Nothing can make them change their views, even when their own politics leads to the death of their child. Their politics controls them totally. Their politics of hatred of the better is more important to them than their children’s safety and their own safety and comforts. But they will still avoid dangers they have caused if they have the option, eg George Clooney is leaving Britain after campaigning for open borders, so he is departing from the place that he helped make more dangerous.

      This control of behaviour by the genes also applied to many missionaries of the past who went to Africa and India. Their desire to ‘save’ blacks or Indians was stronger than their need to keep their own children safe from diseases and dangers, and many nuns ‘married’ the church as they put their love of the abstract above their love of a potential husband and children. These missionaries were not ‘reptiles’ as the ones you describe are, and were acting out of excessive empathy, but nevertheless, both groups (reptilian left and Africa-lovers) have in common an intense love of Africa, or any backward people.

      Only when enough voters realise that they (the New Left) are the enemy within, only then can anything be done to stop the new Left from poisoning our society and doing to us what they did to white S.Africa, where the whites voted to hand over their country to a racist black tribe. I am sure it gives them a warm feeling of satisfaction to observe the struggles of the whites there. And it makes them even happier when they hear that Holland, where the Boers came from, refuses to let whites return there, even if they are pure Dutch in descent. They must be so happy that a Nigerian can come to Britain more easily than a white S.African. And at the same time this happy lefty will, if he can afford it, live in an exclusive area where wealthy whites live.

  4. Trenchant's Gravatar Trenchant
    June 30, 2017 - 6:12 pm | Permalink

    Our institutions and culture have been antithetical for a very long time. I hope the latter prevails.

  5. Bennis Mardens's Gravatar Bennis Mardens
    June 30, 2017 - 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Negroes are insane, but Jews are DEADLY.

    • July 1, 2017 - 6:05 pm | Permalink

      Jews are insane AND deadly psychopaths. A race of mental aberrants that bode terminal illness for western civilization.

  6. MGD's Gravatar MGD
    June 30, 2017 - 9:41 pm | Permalink

    “What we are seeing is that traditional norms of decorum clash with the sensibilities of the coalition of the ascendant. In the end, all our institutions and culture will disappear if things keep going this way.”

    This is why segregation and lynching were invented.

  7. Sursum corda's Gravatar Sursum corda
    June 30, 2017 - 10:39 pm | Permalink

    This is the reason why I see the United States as a lost cause. I long for another country for myself and my children. It is not my dream for them to be educated and join the US workforce in order to financially support black welfare recipients and their uppity co-racialists in Congress.

  8. Sursum corda's Gravatar Sursum corda
    June 30, 2017 - 10:44 pm | Permalink

    It’s sickening when you consider the millions upon millions of dollars that have been squandered on the fools errand of attempting to change the basic nature of most blacks. They were made for Africa, not a complicated 21st century European society.

  9. Gilbert Huntly's Gravatar Gilbert Huntly
    June 30, 2017 - 10:57 pm | Permalink

    The Congressional Black Circus – CBC

  10. Sir Charles Pipkins's Gravatar Sir Charles Pipkins
    June 30, 2017 - 11:38 pm | Permalink

    “Stumbling incompetence and semi-literacy.” The worst aspect of this isn’t the borderline retardness of black officials, but just how duped so many pathological altruist White people are by numinous negro psyops that they cannot see the obvious!

  11. E.'s Gravatar E.
    July 1, 2017 - 2:53 am | Permalink

    Forced integration with the Negroid race is beyond exasperating.

  12. July 1, 2017 - 6:49 am | Permalink

    Give Cummings a break. He just wanted to show everyone he could read (if he in fact really WAS reading).

  13. Rickie's Gravatar Rickie
    July 1, 2017 - 8:45 am | Permalink

    Look to the South African Parliament to see what happens when you put blacks in charge of a political system designed for whites.


  14. Raymond Caruso's Gravatar Raymond Caruso
    July 1, 2017 - 10:50 pm | Permalink

    If anyone else hasn’t said it, I will say it: Africans are hostile, unassimilable aliens who should have no part in our government. Granting them citizenship was treasonous and letting them coarsen and hinder the nation’s business doubly so.

    • pterodactyl's Gravatar pterodactyl
      July 7, 2017 - 3:20 am | Permalink

      Raymond Caruso – it can all be reversed if the whites want it to be. Until then nothing will change.

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