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The Despicable Democrats will do Anything….

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Someone on the Democrat left (is there anything left of the Democrat Party that is not left?) must have finally pulled out a dusty copy of the U.S. Constitution to take a peek how to they might refine their increasingly shrill (envision Rep. Maxine Waters – who, btw, became inexplicably wealthy during her years in the U.S. House of Representatives) effort to somehow separate Donald J. Trump from the U.S. presidency.

As anyone who took high school civics (not required any more, btw), knows, Article I, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution provides for impeachment of a president by the House of Representatives via a simple majority vote followed by a subsequent Senate trial that requires a 2/3 vote to remove a president. Until Bill Clinton, few of anyone then alive would have considered impeaching a president for anything short of serious crimes or misdemeanors.  However, the Democrats’ contemporary take on Bill Clinton’s impeachment (for lying under oath, a legitimate crime for which his law license was suspended) is that it’s somehow okay to use impeachment willy-nilly to remove a president that they loathe. (Of course, they forget that Republicans could have impeached Obama on more legitimate grounds – think Benghazi and that Administration’s organized lying to the public about it right before the 2012 general election – but the House had the good sense not tear the nation apart.) Indeed, if the Democrats take the majority in the House in 2018, it’s a good bet that they will impeach Trump immediately. This would all be simply bizarre and even a bit humorous, if it weren’t so serious – the Senate would never convict Trump but the Dems don’t care. They want to hamstring him in any way possible. (They seem to forget that Clinton’s popularity actually rose after the impeachable mess he caused himself while in office.)

Democrats, who seem to feel as if they own government, especially the Presidency, seem to have no compunction when it comes to baldly trying to slant public opinion against Trump on matters of relatively trivial import. The mainstream media is their poodle. The Dems (and the mainstream media) are not above misrepresenting what Trump says and doesn’t say and/or obviously mean. So hearing all the left’s talking heads today suddenly start spouting the same mantra (Trump’s crazy, unfit mentally!), it makes me wonder if the Dem’s latest public relations tack is to end-run the impeachment clause of the original Constitution and instead campaign for getting Trump involuntarily removed, even if temporarily, via the 25th Amendment.

This 1960’s amendment, was put in the Constitution to deal with circumstances that might disable a president in-office and its Section 4 provides for the involuntary removal of a president via alternate means, namely “ 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.

Observant readers will note that final removal of a president via the 25th Amendment is an even tougher legislative test than that in Article I, namely 2/3 majorities in both the House and Senate. It’s clear that the purpose of this Amendment was for a VP to take the reins temporarily when the President is disabled, say, as was Ronald Reagan in the hours and days after he was nearly killed by an assassin in early 1981. Or, say in the case of President Kennedy, had he somehow survived a high-powered rifle shot to the head.

So why would the latest narrative suddenly be parroted by the Democrat’s commentariat go to Trump being “unsuited” for office because he’s crazy, etc.? Certainly the Dems must see that getting rid of Trump by this method may be even more difficult than via the Article I rules.

It’s my guess that the Dems and their media lackeys don’t care. The Democrats and the mainstream media and the entertainment industry are clearly willing to do anything and everything to stymie Trump, even if it hurts America, even puts America at serious risk.

All of which makes one wonder why? Why is it that the Democrats can’t abide Donald J. Trump, clearly the most liberal Republican president in history? Is it because they think that they own the Presidency and that Trump isn’t left enough, not cool enough? Is it that they are puppets (willing or unwilling) of overseas entities interested in bringing down the United States, say like, perhaps like Vladimir Putin? Or is it because he knows DC is more than just a swamp, that it’s really a sewer.  Worth thinking about. Stranger games have been played in geopolitics.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Michael P. Rethman

Scientist, dentist, university faculty, former city council chair.

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