Monthly Archives: January 2017

Interesting question for future

I remember a moment in early 1973. I had been following the stories in the NY Times about Nixon’s shenanigans during the election the year before. Suddenly the conviction came over me that Nixon would not be able to complete his second term.  It took a couple of years but eventually that turned out to be correct.

Now I have the same feeling about another newly elected President. I don’t see how the Trump farce can go on for a full 4 year term. I think everyone is beginning to realize that Trump is mentally disturbed and not capable of sustained rational thought. His erratic behavior could be extraordinarily dangerous.

This raises an interesting question. Nixon resigned under the prospect of impeachment, when there was finally proof that he had violated the law. What is the procedure for dealing with a president who is mentally disturbed? That is not a ground for impeachment, or is it?

P.S.   Jan. 31, 2017

I should have remembered bu David Brooks remins me that the twentyfifth deals withe the problem.

http://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, 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.

Note that the Vice President seems to be the key agent.

Edsall again.

An interestring article by Thomas B Edsall in today’s NY Times. About the future of the Democratic Party, and with an interesting set of reactions from readers.  And those of you who don’t care about the Democrats, ask yourself who else is going to save you from Trump? The pitiful third parties of the election?

At least the disaster has been so complete that we’ll probably not have have to deal with the Clintons anymore. I still think you’ll learn more about what has been going wrong from Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal than any other source.