Did one of the television series "24" plot lines inspire the following? And, could some at the (almost) highest levels of the Democrat Party and the U.S. government actually be capable of the following kinds of thoughts?
VPOTUS, CABINET AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP EYES ONLY (see following distribution list)
To: CABINET OFFICERS AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
Subject: Operation Able
Following up on the serious discussions we have been having, both all together and in sub-groups, about the question of POTUS's ability "to discharge the powers and duties of his office" and the grave danger he seems to be creating for the United States, I believe the time has come to decide whether to act now or to establish, yet again, future milestones which, if reached, would cause us to act and deliver to the Congress the declaration required by Amendment XXV, Section 4 of the Constitution to allow me to "immediately assume the powers and duties of the office [of POTUS] as Acting President." (U.S. Constitution, Amendment XXV, Section 4.)
For reference, the full text of Amendment XXV, 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.
As we have discussed, Operation Able would simply culminate in my delivery to the Congressional leaders the written declaration, on the authority of Amendment XXV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, with my signature and the signatures of the Cabinet Officers receiving this memorandum, declaring that we believe, as demonstrated by the performance of POTUS, he is "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office . . . ."
Simultaneously, we would, of course, issue press releases to all major media outlets and also to the internet communities via social media networks and Twitter. As you know, the SOS and trusted members of her staff had already drafted the necessary diplomatic communications that she will also simultaneously use to confidently reassure all U.S. allies that Operation Able has succeeded.
We would also deliver simultaneously to POTUS and FLOTUS the press statement we have prepared for them acknowledging POTUS has agreed with us that because of his [redacted redacted redacted] condition he has agreed that it is in the nation's best interests for him to acknowledge his inability to discharge the powers and duties of his office, will not challenge our declaration and will resign his office immediately for the benefit of the nation. I should also note that key to the success of Operation Able has been the voluntary assistance and insights of the former POTUS; his assistance will be key regarding successfully implementing the public relations aspects of Operation Able. The nation, and we, will owe a debt of gratitude to the SOS for her wise counsel at the genesis of Operation Able to include the former POTUS for these critical aspects of the operation.
After the public announcement by the POTUS and FLOTUS, we will publicly applaud POTUS's gracious and fearless decision to place the nation's best interests above his own.
You know I would never put my own political interests above the best interests of the nation's, as well, but I do want to remind all of you that I have indicated I believe the POTUS's lack of an effective response to the Gulf of Mexico tragedy provides us, along with his failures with respect to Israel, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea, unemployment, the economy and health care (which we now all know was passed without crucial budget forecasting information being given to the Congress), ample evidence to justify the conclusion of our declaration, that we cannot risk the possibility that POTUS may be able to somehow mask his [redacted redacted redacted] condition, and that we cannot allow our nation to be further placed at risk because of POTUS's [redacted redacted redacted] condition that makes him, according to the Constitution, unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office and, therefore, unable to remain as POTUS.
Please let me hear from each of you as soon as possible.
Put another way, I wonder if, after reading something like the above, those at the (almost) highest levels of our government might start seriously contemplating the possibilities?
I also find it passing strange that no names are explicitly set forth in this (apparently satirical) memorandum. Hmmmm.