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    • Tom McMasters-Stone

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    • October 19, 2017 in Columnists

    Twenty-fifth amendment — it ain’t going to happen

    There has been much discussion lately about removing Trump from office. It is certainly warranted.

    At this time in history, relations with North Korea have not been this bad since the July 27, 1953, when the Armistice was signed.

    Last week, this idiot sent two nuclear bombers cruising over the Korean
    Peninsula. AYKM?

    The ONLY reason for tweaking them with bombers is to provoke them into some aggression. Period.

    The POTUS is apparently blind when it comes to our protections from a nuclear strike. It takes four “anti” missiles per launch against us to give us any hope for protection, but it is still a bullet racing against a bullet scenario. Tests are not particularly inspiring, either, as only 10 of the last 18 tests were successful. While he sits there smugly Tweeting his nonsense, people’s lives are being endangered.

    Impeachment is the most publicly known method of removing a POTUS. However, thanks in some part to Steve Bannon, talk has revolved around the 25th Amendment to the Constitution.

    It ain’t going to happen.

    The Twenty-Fifth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States was enacted in the aftermath of the assassination of JFK and is designed for stability of leadership through its mandates.

    If over half the Cabinet members and the Vice-President advise the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority leader, in writing, that the POTUS is incapable of fulfilling his duties, he’s out, and the VP moves up.

    However, as soon as the POTUS advises those same two people that he is once again capable, he is back in.

    So, If the VP and a majority of the Cabinet once again advise to the contrary, it goes to the entire Congress to decide, and requires a two-thirds majority of both the Senate and the House to remove the President.

    Section 4.

    Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, 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.

    Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

    Two-thirds? Of both bodies? Never.

    There is only one variable and that’s Trump’s ego.

    We are told that Trump spent some time very alone after the results of the election were announced. The conclusion can be arrived at that he was stunned, never expected to win, and wanted the fame and fortune that being a loser and a prominent Republican would likely bring him. Yes, even though most presidential second-place finishers simply disappear — unless your name is Richard Nixon.

    If Trump realizes he is in over his head, he may decide not to appeal the decision to remove him, and then start waving the “abused flag” and appeal to the one third of the American public that still supports him.

    The odds are slim, but it could happen. On the other hand, Mike Pence is a right-wing disaster and would take the country back to the Dark Ages.

    So, realistically, the only real hope we have is in the smoking guns that may be found in the Mueller investigation, that the results will take BOTH Trump and Pence out, and place Paul Ryan in the hotseat.



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