Opinion:Trump's instability a signal to invoke the 25th Amendment
Kimberly Blaker | 10/26/2017, 10:51 a.m.
America is in a crisis and living in dangerous times – our most significant threats
being the result of an unstable, unruly dictator-like President Trump few Republicans are willing to stand up against. He's a President who roughly one-third of the American population worships and who boldly applaud every wretched and reckless remark he spews.
If we took a step back two years in time, before he entered the presidential
campaign and all his sexist, racist, xenophobic Trumpeting, and pulled out our
crystal balls to glimpse what America and the Presidency would look like today, we'd be in a state of stupefaction and horror. It would be beyond the mere disbelief we now experience, on a daily basis, because of the gradual normalization of such ill
behavior by the leader of our country. We're now living with a President who in
recent weeks has proven daily in one way or another, he's completely unhinged.
As a result, our nation is inching ever closer to grave danger both from within and
globally. The President's hate-mongering attacks on Mexicans, blacks, Muslims,
women, and LGBTQs have led to an upsurge in violence against minorities. White
nationalists have become emboldened. Equally disheartening is the awakening of the usually-silent (except in like-company) racist white population that makes up an
easy one-third or more of our country. This figure's gleamed from an August 21 –
September 5, 2017, Ipsos poll. The result is growing social unrest.
On October 10th, Trump went beyond his standard lashing out at the media. He
tweeted: “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what
point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” When the
President goes beyond mere criticism and suggests means by which to shutdown
reputable news sources, we're entering dangerous territory. Media control is common among ruthless dictators, not democracies.
The next and more pressing issue of the day, because of the vast scale the danger
presents, is Trump's inching us ever closer to the threat of a nuclear attack by
North Korea. Trump has repeatedly fueled Kim Jong-Un's distrust, fear, and hatred
for America. Trump is playing with fire and doesn't seem to care who might get
scorched in his path. On October 12th, we were told North Korea's missiles aren't
quite there yet, by John Kelly, the White House Chief of Staff who's also a retired
Marine general. He did state, however, “The American people should be concerned
about a state that has developed a pretty good ICBM capability and is developing a
pretty good nuclear re-entry vehicle.”
This comes only days after Republican Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Foreign
Relations Committee, said Trump's threats could put us “on the path to World War
In light of all that's occurred and the imminent threat we're facing, we should take
America's 27 leading psychiatrists' and mental health experts' warning under
immediate advisement. Their 384-page scathing analysis of Trump's mental condition warns that he's severely unfit to serve and is thereby putting our nation in grave danger.
It's time now for all Americans who care about our democracy, pluralism, and the
avoidance of another world war to vociferously call upon congress to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment. More at thetimesweekly.com
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