The Left is apoplectic that Queen Hillary is not President today. They squawk about popular vote totals, stolen votes in key swing states, collusion with Russia, impeachment, smoking gun revelations (that lack smoke)…you name it. The depths to which they sink knows no lows. It’s enough to send someone who does not like Trump into defending Trump.
Their latest “fix” is invoking Section 4 of the 25th Amendment which deals with presidential succession. Specifically, Section 4 states:
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…
Some strange-looking Congressman, first elected in 2016, named Jamie Raskin from Maryland has proposed the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act which would set into motion those last lines listed above in Section 4 of the 25th Amendment.
The mechanics of the bill are thus: Congress would appoint this commission of eleven people- some from Congress, some from outside. Whenever there was a concurrent resolution from both houses of Congress, the commission would swing into action and order an examination of the President to determine his physical or mental capacity to fulfill the office. They would then report back to the commission. The text of the bill is unclear what comes next other than they report the findings to members of Congress. One supposes that Congress would then act to remove the President from office whereupon the Vice-President would take over (which is what sections 1-3 of the 25th amendment pretty much deals with).
Currently, the bill has 19 Democratic co-sponsors. They read like that scene from “Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer-” namely, the Island of Misfit Congresspeople. We have John “Give Me Reparations” Conyers, Debbie (a/k/a Medusa) Wasserman-Schultz, assorted Congresswomen who sport bad wigs, and Luis “Make Them All Legal Now” Gutierrez.
According to one unsubstantiated report based on anonymous sources, Democratic operative Jon Cooper claims that the 25th amendment trending on Twitter has upset Trump. On July 4th, Cooper tweeted :
If every member of #TheResistance tweeted #25thAmendmentNow to keep it trending,@realDonaldTrump’s head would EXPLODE.
Of course, no one knows who Jon Cooper’s “source” in the White House. He is a rich cash bundler who worked for the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012. His preferred candidate in 2016 was Joe Biden but he formed the Democratic Coalition Against Trump in August, 2016. He seems to be the inspiration for Raskin’s idea.
The 25th Amendment was passed in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination and was quickly ratified by 1967 after being introduced in 1965. It was passed to clear up the order of succession which had left the Vice Presidency vacant many times in the past. Section 4 was added based on two historical facts. The first was the stroke suffered by Woodrow Wilson which was kept a secret by Wilson’s wife and doctor. The second was Kennedy who suffered a massive brain wound, but was alive when he made it to the hospital.
Section 4 has never been invoked although it was considered once before against a Republican President: Ronald Reagan. Supposedly, Reagan’s cabinet was apprised to observe the President’s behavior for signs of laziness and ineptitude. One meeting with Reagan dispelled those suspicions.
To this writer, this all sounds Orwellian: a Congressional Commission to have a medical expert examine the physical or mental capacity of an elected official in order to drive them out of office because you don’t like them. Isn’t this what they did to political opponents in Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and Hitler’s Germany?
So while the Left drools over the possibility of Raskin’s H.R. 1987, they continue to be trolled by a president who is Twitter happy. Are we now to believe that what someone says on Twitter is grounds to be declared “mentally incapacitated?” This is the entirety of their evidence that Trump is mentally unfit.
While Trump’s antics on Twitter are certainly unbecoming of the office and often juvenile trolling of the media, one hardly believes that is grounds to remove him from office. In fact, a greater case can be made that Democratic brains (sorry to insult the brain) like Sheila Jackson-Lee, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi suffer from some mental incapacity every time they step before a microphone or take a pen to paper.
Hopefully, the House Judiciary Committee will see this proposed piece of “legislation” for what it is. One wonders whether they will even hold a hearing on it. If so, what a tremendous waste of time and effort when there are more important matters facing this country.
In the interim, Jamie Raskin- who literally looks like an escapee from your local mental institution- needs to get back in his straight jacket in the padded room where he and the others can dream up another fantasy.