Posts tagged with 25th Amendment
Increasingly even many Democrats are recognizing that the American ship of state is foundering. It's Captain seems out of touch with reality. The Captain may be stressed out or the problem may be more serious.
The American people are losing confidence in President Barack Obama's leadership. Movie Director Michael Moore says Obama has only one accomplishment. "100 years from now: 'He was the first black American that got elected president.' And that's it."
Republican voters are increasingly vocal in their calls for impeachment. There is a less divisive way of dealing with a situation in which a president is out of touch with reality because of stress or other reasons.
The 25th Amendment assigns the Vice President the responsibility of monitoring a president's condition and reliving a president who has become unable to handle the duties of the office.
I've been concerned about Obama's mental state since the budget crisis a few years ago when he became irrationally obsessed with keeping World War II veterans from visiting their memorial. If he had been worried about protecting the memorial, I'm sure there are hundreds of military retirees in the vicinity of the District of Columbia who would have been willing to volunteer to protect the memorial.
I initially dismissed Obama's childish sounding comment about the navy during the Denver presidential debate as possibly being due to the affect of alcohol at high altitude. Now I think the comment could indicate he is out of touch with the real world.
"You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916," President Obama said. "Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed. "We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines," he said.
Both aircraft carriers and submarines were used in World War I. The inability to protect ships from German submarines forced the United States to enter World War I. In 1916, the British navy was the free world's protector. Now the United States navy needs to play that role. This role requires a bigger navy than the United States had a century ago.
Politico has reported that "The West Wing has a preferred, authorized distillation of the president’s foreign-policy doctrine: 'Don’t do stupid [stuff]'. The phrase has appeared in The New York Times three times in the last four days. [prior to 06/01/14] So, if the White House’s aim was to get the phrase in circulation, mission accomplished!" "Don't do stupid [stuff]" sounds more like something Wally would say to his younger brother Beaver on the old "Leave it to Beaver" television show than the basis of a serious foreign policy. No wonder Obama had trouble finding a strategy to deal with ISIS.
Obama's highly publicized coffee cup salute demonstrated an apparent lack of awareness of where he was or what was happening around him. He was getting off a Marine helicopter when he returned a salute by Marines with a hand that held a coffee cup. . Military protocol says that a salute should not be returned while holding something in the hand. Obama has gotten off the helicopter possibly hundreds of times. He should be aware of the procedure by now and be aware that the media often watches him get off. He should have known Marines would be standing guard at the bottom of the steps and transferred the cup to the other hand or simply nodded his head to acknowledge the salute.
The incident might seem minor, but such socially inappropriate actions can be an early sign of dementia. Although Obama might seem a little young to be affected by dementia, many of us believe he might have risk factors for dementia. His Lincoln like build could indicate he has Marfan's syndrome which can cause fatal heart attacks. Many of us believe he is an alcoholic which is another risk factor for dementia. Alcoholism can be inherited. Obama's father was an alcoholic and Obama admits to heavy drinking in the past.
Dementia can be difficult to diagnose because "in the beginning, AD and other forms of dementia can resemble normal aging." Obama wouldn't be the first president to have some form of dementia. Ron Reagan reports that Alzheimer's was already affecting his father, President Ronald Reagan, during the second administration.
Psychology expert Dr. Gina Loudon goes so far as to say she has become “very, very concerned” that President Obama has become “irrational, erratic and perhaps not exactly what we might want to deem sane.”
On the other hand, Obama might just be stressed out. The pressures of the office may have become so great, he is no longer able to cope effectively with his situation.
Critics complain that he is taking too many vacations or spending too much time playing golf. These critics fail to consider that vacations and golf may be the only way Obama can cope with the extreme pressures he is under. Obama is having to deal with more pressure than any president who didn't have to deal with a major war. He continues to struggle to learn how to get sufficient support for his measures in Congress.
Numerous members of his administration have let him down, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with her foolish decision to not bring the Ambassador to Libya to Washington to keep him from becoming a target for a 9/11 anniversary terror attack.
Republicans are calling for impeachment, but impeachment would be very divisive and wouldn't be appropriate if Obama's deficiencies are due to a mental condition. Impeachment is a political decision with partisan concerns often overriding the issue of improper actions.
The 25th Amendment procedure is designed to deal with a situation where a president's condition may prevent limit his ability to handle the nation's problems. The procedure protects a president from a situation that could have potentially fatal consequences.
Historians believe that the stress of dealing with various scandals killed President Warren G. Harding. The stress of dealing with Watergate nearly killed President Richard Nixon. Fatigue from pushing the concept of the League of Nations temporarily incapacitated President Woodrow Wilson. Many historians believe his condition was so bad that his wife became the nation's virtual president.
If the stress of the presidency is adversely affecting Barack Obama's health, it would be irresponsible to not relieve him. The procedure for relieving a president under the 25th Amendment can be temporary. If Obama is merely stressed out, a temporary leave of absence could allow him to eventually return to office.
In observing President Obama the last few years I feel similar to Mr Scoff on the original Startrek series when he could sense the engines weren't functioning properly, but he couldn't tell why. Mr. Obama doesn't seem to functioning properly, but I'm not sure why. I don't know whether it's just too much stress or something more serious.
He hasn't looked well for the last month or so. Some of the video I saw of him a month ago resembled the appearance of someone who's recently been treated for cancer, although I'm sure it that were the case we would have been told. We men have a tendency to cover up health problems. We not only don't we tell our doctor, we may lie to ourselves and say nothing is wrong.
President Barack Obama is solely responsible for the current government shutdown. He used the Republican opposition to his health care plan to manipulate them into a situation he could exploit.
He wants to use his media sheep to make the Republicans look bad so he can pursue his goal of gaining dictatorial control over the budget process. He wants the type of power the British monarchy lost centuries ago.
I wouldn't trust former President Thomas Jefferson with the type of control over the federal debt that Obama wants. Jefferson was not only a more honorable man than Obama, he may have had more intelligence than the last three presidents combined.
Obama's conduct of the so called shutdown indicates he is totally lacking in compassion and has contempt for the American people. Blocking public access to the various public monuments in Washington is vindictive and sick. I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of veterans in the Washington area who would be willing to stand guard over those sites if there is a need for such protection.
Obama says he won't negotiate. The only thing he will accept is total control over the debt ceiling. He apparently is willing to let the economy collapse if he can't get what he demands.
Would a sane president make such a threat?
It's time for Vice President Joe Biden and the cabinet to exercise their responsibility under the 25th Amendment to relieve a president who is acting irrationally from the position.
Various conditions can reduce a president's ability to handle the job. The president wouldn't need to be mentally ill to function improperly. Tumors and conditions that affect blood flow to the brain can interfere with a president's ability to handle the office. Alcoholism and stress can have a negative affect.
If President Obama is having some problem he would benefit from being removed from office before the problem permanently damages him. Many historians believe that the stress associated with various scandals killed President Warren G. Harding. The stress of Watergate nearly killed President Richard Nixon.
The 25th Amendment of the Constitution assigns the vice president and members of the president's cabinet the responsibility to monitor the president's condition and relieve him of his duties if they determine he has a mental or physical condition that prevents him from effectively exercising the duties of his office. This responsibility is similar to the responsibility senior officers on a warship have to relieve a captain who is not able to effectively exercise his duties.
John F. Harris and Todd S. Purdum are reporting in Politico that: "Across the capital, anxious friends and chortling enemies alike are asking: What’s wrong with Obama?"
"It’s also true, as acknowledged even by sympathetic lawmakers and some former Obama West Wingers in recent background conversations, that his presidency is in a parlous state, with wounds that are lately self-inflicted."
I've been concerned for some time that stresses of the office are adversely affecting Obama's ability to function.
At times he seems to be losing touch with reality. For example, he seems unable to understand the seriousness of the scandals that are plaguing his administration. The scandals are as real as Watergate, not phony as Obama believes.
His irrational response to the recent chemical attack in Syria raises doubts about his fitness for office. A rational president would have waited for a thorough investigation and then presented evidence to the United Nations and/or the World Court to give them an opportunity to respond. Obama's call for an immediate violent response before all the facts are in is the type of reaction I would expect from a drunk in a bar, not a president in full command of his mental faculties.
A rational president would realize that he needed to take time to convince Americans that the United States needed to get involved in another Vietnam, Iraq or Libya, etc.
Since Obama announced he wanted to bomb Syria, German intelligence has revealed that communications it monitored indicated that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had refused to authorize use of chemical weapons.
Russia is claiming it has evidence that rebels used the weapons. If so, it wouldn't be the first time an anti-government force in the region stole weapons from the government or had its personnel masquerade as government forces.
In the movie the "Caine Mutiny" the defense council for the alleged mutineers tells the court that on those on the bridge of the U.S.S. Caine could know if the captain was unable to act effectively in an emergency, Those of us who have to view the president through the filter of the media. Only those on the bridge of the American ship of state know what Obama's mental state is. Only they know for sure if the nation would be better off if Obama were temporarily removed from office.
Member of the president's cabinet need to keep in mind that if Obama has been hurt by the stresses of the office and they fail to act, they will be responsible for an disaster that occurs.
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."
Let me see if I've got this right. President Barack Obama has decided the Syria government has used unacceptable means of killing Syrians so Obama is considering demonstrating the acceptable way of killing Syrians by using conventional weapons to kill Syrians.
The fact that Obama is even considering such an action raises doubts about his sanity.
Killing residents of a country because the country's government used chemical weapons to attack another country might be acceptable. However, the United States cannot justify punishing residents of a country because its government has mistreated them. Such an action would compound the original injury.
If the United States has evidence Syrian government officials have violated international law, the correct response would be to present the evidence to the World Court for prosecution for war crimes whenever prosecution becomes practical.
Killing even one innocent Syrian for a Syrian government official's mistreatment of other Syrians would be murder. If Obama kills any civilians to "punish" Syrian government officials, Congress should impeach and remove Obama from office for the high crime of murder. The United States should then turn Obama over to the World Court for possible prosecution for war crimes.
The 25th Amendment to the Constitution assigns the Vice President and member of the president's cabinet the responsibility of monitoring a president's mental and physical health and relieving him if it appears he is not mentally or physically able to properly handle the powers of the presidency. The responsibility is similar to the responsibility of senior officers on a ship to relieve a captain who has become unable to handle the captain's duties.
If Obama is considering killing innocent Syrians to punish its government for mistreating other Syrians, the cabinet should ask mental health professionals to evaluate whether or not Obama should be relieved of his duties until such time as he regains the mental competence to handle the office responsibly.