Look, I believe one should show respect for the President of the United States, but I don’t believe the respect makes him immune from harsh criticism.
I also appreciate the balance of powers that James Madison established in our Constitution, creating a tension between the executive and legislative branches. But, when you regulate the language House members can use in criticizing the President, that seems to show undue deference to the executive.
House Rules Committee Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) has released a helpful, updated primer for members regarding their conduct on the floor and in committees.
Especially useful: The section on how to properly insult the executive branch in the in the chamber.
Via Jim Hoft who opines:
House Democrats have decided to ban free speech in the US House of Representatives.
House members will no longer be able to call President Obama a “liar” even when he’s lying.