I guess compromise still exists at the Oklahoma capitol!
Back in November, State Sen. Nathan Dahm – the ranking member of the Derplahoman Caucus – introduced legislation to name a stretch of Route 66 in Northeastern Oklahoma after our gracious, humble, infallible leader – President Donald J. Trump.
The move received immediate pushback from both evil Democrats and establishment Republicans, who for some reason thought that politicizing a road that Lt. Governor Pinnell sadly described as our state’s top tourism attraction was a bad idea.
As a result, Senator Dahm went back to the drawing board and came up with a plan that both Democrats and establishment Republicans could get behind – naming a desolate stretch of highway in the faraway corners of Oklahoma’s panhandle after our conman president!
A proposed bill that would name a stretch of highway in Oklahoma after President Donald Trump is moving ahead.
Senators Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Marty Guinn, R-Claremore, want to rename a 20-mile stretch of Highway 287 in the Panhandle from Boise City to the Oklahoma-Texas state line as the “President Donald J. Trump Highway.”
The bill passed a Senate committee on Tuesday.
I’m not a big fan of President Trump, but I think this is a great idea. Outside of a sewage treatment plant or I.C.E. concentration center, I honestly can’t think of anything more deserving of being named after him than a desolate, empty stretch of apocalyptic road in an area of the state that is literally called “No Man’s Land.”
The only problem is that the bill may be illegal. Via The Tulsa World:
The first question Dahm faced came from Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City: “Is this legal?”
Dahm responded yes. Hicks pushed further, saying the statute defining the process for naming memorial bridges and highways requires honorees to have been dead for at least three years. The statute also says proposals should specifically state the accomplishments of a person upon which a proposal is based.
Trump and Dahm’s bill met neither of those requirements, but Dahm countered that it was irrelevant due to a phrase he included in the amendment: “Not withstanding any other provision of law …”
Sen. Adam Pugh, one of the two Republican committee members who voted against the bill, said he couldn’t support the bill as it stands. Pugh, R-Edmond, said he believes the honor belongs to a “special class of people,” often service members who gave their lives for their country.
“I don’t want to trivialize what I think is a very sacred act,” he said.
Sen. Bill Coleman, R-Ponca City, said he also wouldn’t support the bill because he couldn’t quite understand how it’s legal under the state statute.
Oh, come on you pansy snowflake losers! Since when has something being “illegal” ever stopped Trump and his cronies. Do the right thing and give the man his highway! Best case scenario – Donald Trump highway becomes a tourist attraction for Q-anon conspiracy theorists, the alt-right and poorly educated, and boosts the panhandle’s tourism business. Worst case and more likely the scenario – the highway, like lots of things bearing Trump’s name, goes bankrupt.