I really hope this is not a trend. Have we not enough reasons to already weep in this land? Hat Tip to Christine.
A great read and all too true.
Federal judges in four courts froze a hastily issued Executive Order barring certain immigrants from entering the country. Intelligence officials leaked descriptions of classified intercepts in a winning attempt to force Trump to fire his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, who had misled the nation about his ties with a Russian diplomat. Then more leaks came, from current and former officials to the New York Times, asserting that Trump campaign aides and senior Russian intelligence officials had been in contact during the 2016 presidential campaign. And the President of China, Xi Jinping, successfully pushed Trump to retreat from his pledge in December to give more recognition to the government in Taiwan.
At the center of this tempest of confusion Trump has continued to hold court and set the tone, doing things as he has always done them, in his own way. Without his wife or family in the residence, he calls friends late at night and rings up offices through the White House switchboard early in the morning. He invited his daughter Ivanka, an amorphous adviser without an official title, into sensitive meetings, and cheered his policy aide Stephen Miller when he went on television to peddle baseless conspiracy theories about phantom Massachusetts residents voting illegally in New Hampshire last fall.
While support for Trump remains strong among his voters, there has been a clear erosion of his national popularity, which the President has noticed. Disapproval of his job performance, as tracked by Gallup, rose from 45% of the country on Inauguration Day to 53% in mid-February. At this point in their presidencies, Trump’s predecessors going back to 1981 enjoyed a honeymoon of being favored by a net 17 to 49 percentage points. Trump has tweeted that the negative numbers are fake.
There are no words to describe what the majority of the nation is feeling 24 hours after witnessing the most unstable person ever to sit in the Oval Office coming unglued in front of the nation. And doing so for over 70 minutes. It is not like this nation was not warned. America was told what would happen if they voted for Donald Trump. There is fear and alarm from coast to coast and throughout international capitals following the most unhinged and shocking display to ever come from the White House.
The New York Times is reporting that even some of the unseasoned staff who now work in the White House attempted to stop the train wreck from taking to the podium. But there was no stopping a man bent on his own destruction. That type of personality is dangerous to himself and this nation.
“For days, a frustrated and simmering president fumed inside the West Wing residence about what aides said he saw as his staff’s inadequate defense and the ineffectiveness of his own tweets. Over the objections of some top advisers who wanted to steer him away from confrontation, Mr. Trump demanded to face the media, determined to reject the narrative that his administration is sinking into chaos, scandal and incompetence.”
There is no doubt, after watching the press conference, that one can only conclude there is a serious level of instability and mental disorder within Trump. He needs to be removed from the presidency through a constitutional process so he can receive the medical care he needs and also to make sure the nation is not placed in further danger.
Therefore, less than a month into office there is a need to consider using the 25th Amendment to save this nation.
The 25th has been invoked only twice, each time for a matter of hours while a president underwent a colonoscopy. Reagan had one in 1985, and chose to have a pre-cancerous polyp instantly removed.
But also in the 25th is Section 4, which reads as follows: “Whenever the Vice President and a majority [of the US cabinet] transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
Under this clause, the vice-president and a majority of the 15 cabinet officers can stand down a president whose mental capacity they doubt. Recall that late in Reagan’s second term, when his attention span had become negligible, his inner circle seriously considered this option.
Should this action be used, and should the President challenge it, the VP and the cabinet send the ultimate decision to Congress. If two thirds of each House votes that the President is unfit to govern, the VP continues as Acting President.
I do not post this lightly as the political process is a treasure to me. I have a deep regard for the will of the voters. History has proved the durability of our nation even in the most stressed of times. But nothing from our long narrative as a nation comes close to the severity of the problem that we now confront.
Each American needs to ask if they have lying eyes after watching Thursdays display by Trump? If they know what they witnessed can not to be tolerated for the best interests of this nation there is only one way to proceed. That route takes this country to the 25th Amendment.