It’s time to Talk About the 25th Amendment.
The conversation we would be having if we lived in sane times with leaders who had morals.
As the old saying goes, the Emperor has no clothes.
With each passing day, it becomes more and more clear that the President of the United States is not only immoral and corrupt, his mental state has deteriorated at a rapid pace. Since the beginning of the impeachment inquiry in particular, all it takes is a glance at the twitter feed of our commander in chief to realize that the man is not well. Whether he’s tweeting “PRESIDENTIAL HARRASSMENT” or discussing his “great and unmatched wisdom”, there are obvious, brazen signs of both his gross narcissism and inability to function cognitively.
Of course, I am no mental health professional, but in my humble opinion the signs of Trump’s deterioration are so clear and disturbing, I would argue it is essential to at least discuss the implications of the leader of the most powerful country on Earth being mentally unsound.
As the impeachment inquiry continues, I become more and more convinced with each of the President’s comments that we have a leader who would likely refuse to leave office, even if he were convicted in the Senate.
Inevitably, that begs the question: what do we do?
Unfortunately, there are very few in positions of power willing to have this conversation. But what exactly are we supposed to do when the signs of our Presidents increasing mental instability and dangerously authoritarian tendencies are growing more difficult to ignore?
Frankly, if we lived in a nation where leaders were bound by principle and not their donors, we would have begun talks about the 25th Amendment long ago.
According to the 25th Amendment:
In Case of the Removal of the President from Office, or of his Death, Resignation, or Inability to discharge the Powers and Duties of the said Office, the Same shall devolve on the Vice President …
“The inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office…”
I’m not sure that any rational person can deny there are significant, clear reasons to speculate whether Trump has the mental capabilities required to lead the United States. As weird and even frightening as it may be to consider what it would be like to have a President removed from office by his own cabinet, we have to stop and remember that he recently warned of Civil War if he was impeached.
Frankly, it doesn’t even have to go that deep.
Let’s remember that Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as a “very stable genius”. Can any of us think of any mentally sound individual who would even consider referring to themselves in that way? It should go without saying that this is in no way personal or political either. As strongly as I support Bernie Sanders, I would certainly have to rethink my voting choice if he started talking about himself in that manner.
It may not be an easy or comfortable discussion to have, but as a nation it’s time to start thinking about these things, not only based on what Trump’s past actions have told us but what he has hinted about for the future as well. We are talking about a man with a narcissism so intense, he isn’t even capable of hiding it. He has such a disdain for the facts and a lack of curiosity about the world around him that it puts not only the United States but the entire world in danger. Not to mention the fact that he has already hinted on multiple occasions that he will not accept the upcoming election results if he loses.
We live in dangerous times, and it’s about time we start having real discussions about what’s at stake and the options at hand.