Democrats are still suffering from shell-shock given the election results but that doesn’t stop them from dreaming about just how they’ll get rid of President Donald Trump. I’ve already read or heard of the potential impeachment of President Trump. At first, this simply slid off my consciousness as just another liberal rant, but it does not appear to be going to go away anytime soon. There are probably some Republicans that would entertain such a move given the intense dislike of Trump by some of the old school Republicans who must have to, metaphorically, hold their noses whenever they enter a room where he happens to be. That is unfortunate but those may well be the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only), that find it difficult to live in this new conservative world of Republicanism.
Enter stage left: the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. Is there the potential for a coup d’etat in the United States of America? That is quite unlikely but that doesn’t mean people cannot dream, especially when they might feel like Alice in Wonderland every time they awaken. “This has to be a dream; no, it has to be a terrible nightmare.” How can we liberals accept that there is a President Trump and not a President Clinton?
Presidents have voluntarily turned over their duties to their Vice Presidents. Both Reagan and Bush 1 did so when they had to undergo surgery. There is the potential for sitting Presidents to be declared unable or unfit to sit in their elected office and that would continue unless and until Congress saw fit to return them to their office.
There is also a section that would permit, in special cases, the Vice President and unnamed “other individuals” to declare the President unable or unfit to discharge the duties of the office, and that could continue unless or until Congress sees him or her as again being fit for office.
CNN recently interviewed Congresswoman Jackie Spier (D-California) who stated that Trump “has to get a grip”. She went on to say “the 25th Amendment is there if the president becomes incapacitated.” Another Democrat Congressman, Ted Lieu (D-California) interestingly enough, who said he wants to introduce legislation that would force Trump to have a psychologist or psychiatrist in the White House at all times. Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) claims a few Republicans have expressed concerns regarding Trump’s competency. Finally, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) said that Trump’s mental health could be the reason to invoke the Amendment. He went on to say that Trump’s verbal exaggerations are “not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on…Nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis.”
Interesting that Democrats would be laying this kind of groundwork if there had not already been some discussion, at least, to that effect. Nothing about the current state of affairs in national politics should be discounted, including these allusions to what might be in the Democrats’ perfect world.
Can you even begin to imagine the press if this notion gained momentum? They would put Piranhas to shame as they chased this blood in the water. The Democrats would’ve solidified, once again, their brother and sisterhood with the mainstream media. It would be a Katy-bar-the-door event for the ages.
On the other hand, can you imagine President Trump if such a move were to be perpetrated against him? The level of angst and anger would be difficult to quantify. I would not be at all surprised to see, again, fisticuffs on the floor of the House; the Senate probably would behave given the average age of its members who might not be able to form a fist any longer, and if formed might not be able to muster the energy to swing it at someone. That would be in keeping with the slow-walking that seems to be so pervasive in that august body.
We live in a very different time, entertaining to some degree, and frightening, as well. The idea that national politics would reach such a low level must have earlier inhabitants of those bodies rolling over in their graves. Those engaging in these antics ought to be ashamed of themselves, BUT we know they are likely proud instead.