No Jeff, We Can't Dump Trump off the 25th Floor (I mean Amendment)

No Jeff, We Can't Dump Trump off the 25th Floor (I mean Amendment)
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My friend, Jeff is a well-informed guy who is prone to stare off into the distance and shake his head in disbelief. You know what I’m talking about, you can’t believe it, either.

We can dream of a President Clinton, but we wake up to a President Nightmare.

You know the a guy is a lowlife if Hustler publisher, Larry Flynt is offering $10 Million for information leading to Trump’s impeachment.

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) started the drumbeat of impeachment on November 9. At times the drums beat louder and we all close our eyes and take a deep breath, but when we open them, he’s still there.  He’s still president, although our t-shirts may say #notmypresident .

Every week something happens that makes us think, “Maybe this time.” It’s amazing how silent Republicans can be when it’s one of their own flaunting morality and ignoring the Constitution.

Suddenly, emails and private servers are no big deal.

Staff Sergeants Bryan Black, Dustin Wright, Jeremiah Johnson and Sergeant La David Johnson were ambushed and killed in Niger on October 4, 2017.

Since then, Donald J. Trump has played 126 holes of golf.  Yesterday (October 16), during his first mention of those deaths, he said that he would call their families later this week.

He went on to lie about his predecessors not reaching out to families of the fallen, which is a lie of the worst kind, using the deaths of brave warriors for his false narrative.

It would be ten times more patriotic of him to just take a knee.

What really bothers folks like Jeff and me is that there’s 40 million zombies out there who think he’s doing a great job because their only source of news is his Twitter feed.

It’s like going to a restaurant based on a review written by the restaurant owner.

Our ears perk up when we hear of another horrible deed, but we know in our hearts the he is truly the “Teflon Don.”  It’s just a case of recurrent wishful thinking.

New hope for Don the Con’s early departure came from an unexpected source last week when a story broke about Steve Bannon telling Trump that he (Trump) should be more worried about being removed via the 25th Amendment than impeachment.

As the story goes, Trump replied, “What’s that?” It was also reported that Bannon gave Trump only a 30% chance of finishing out his first term

Why we’re listening to Bannon is unclear, but let’s look at Section 4 of the 25th Amendment:

“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…..”

Initiated after the assassination of President Kennedy, the 25th Amendment was crafted to ensure continuity of the presidency in the nuclear age. The amendment was passed by Congress in 1965 and ratified by the states in 1967.

Mike Pence would have to be the leader of this little mutiny. Then he’d have to get his band of thieves, otherwise known as the cabinet to sign on. That would be like the Merry Men turning on Robin Hood.

To make it all even more improbable, the president can fire all of them, if he so chooses. What would happen to their little plan then?

Assuming for a moment that Pence, Tillerson, et al tell Paul Ryan that the President’s gone bonkers, Mr. Don can simply submit a response saying, “Don’t worry, be happy” and he can go on being president.

These are crazy times, but as my friend, Jerry likes to quote, “Hope springs eternal.” It makes me want to climb in bed and close my eyes, like a kid waiting to sneak downstairs on Christmas morning.

Can you fit an impeachment under a Christmas tree?

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