Dreams of impeachment are dancing in the heads of Trump opposition. Nightmares of impeachment are torturing the nights of Trump supporters. Do dreams come true?
On Rush Limbaugh’s daily hate diatribe, the blow-hard radio host resurrected the notion of using Section 4 the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, to remove Trump from office. I don’t drink from toilets and I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh and didn’t in my Republican Days either. So I don't know the context of his comments.
Rush is viewed by people with actual principles of which he is bereft as a vile pox on conservatism and the nation. The party viewed him as a useful fool, and certainly no one to be embraced. I am sure Rush shrugs it off, considering he makes multi-millions of dollars a year dividing the nation and sowing the seeds of hate and disunity.
The fact he was even talking about it is significant. It shows a defensive posture. Trump’s presidency is failing. I wrote about that last Monday, which you can read by clicking here. The article created quite a stir when I wrote it, but it is true. He is on the ropes.
A lot of people are telling us in articles and in interviews what the Amendment says. On the left, there is a sense of urgency in their voices as if this is unlocking a solution to our national nightmare. On the right, they speak of the Amendment’s fatal flaw. Here is the text of the amendment, courtesy of Cornell University School of Law.
“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.”
What is the fatal flaw the Right hangs its hat on but dance around exactly what the flaw is?
The fatal flaw itself is Donald Trump, and that is why the 25th Amendment is no quick fix for disposing of Trump. If you notice above, it states that when the President states by letter that the causes of the inability no longer exist, he resumes his powers and it takes a 2/3rds vote of the Congress to remove him.
I’m sure Narcissist Trump has already written the letter and keeps it in a handy place to transmit it to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. Both men are on twitter, he might even tweet it if it came down to that.
That 2/3rds vote of Congress is an even higher bar to jump than impeachment. To impeach Trump, a bill of impeachment requires a simple majority vote in the House. In the Senate, removal would require 66 votes.
This is where reality gets ugly for the left. There is no political will to impeach Trump. The votes required by the Constitution simply don’t exist. The bill would not pass the House outright. There are too many sitting Representatives in whose districts Trump is popular. It would be political suicide to put the Nation ahead of the party. When that choice is presented to politicians, the Nation always loses.
There might be a slim majority in the Senate who would actually vote for impeachment. The Senators face the same quandary as House Members. Trump is popular at home, and the first rule of the Congress is: “do what you have to do to win re-election, even if it stinks.”
Trump recognizes that fatal flaw. Yesterday, he spoke to the graduating class of the Coast Guard Academy. The young men and women didn’t get the normal speech of about a bright future, and how the Coast Guard is a valuable member of the US Armed Services. They got a Trump campaign stump speech.
He vilified the Democrats and the Press as usual and then spoke about how he was elected to represent the Little People who have no voice of their own. His speech further marginalized them, but the speech was about him, and not them after all.
He has stabbed them in the back, broken his promises to them, takes care of his wealthy buddies with big tax cuts proposed, then turns to the little guy who he has deceived and abused, and says, “save me.”
The sad part is they probably will.
Dreams often don’t come true, and the prospects of impeachment of Donald Trump only exists in hopes and dreams for now.
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