Which Would be More Devastating to the Country, Impeachment or the Removal of the President by the 25th Amendment?
By Dan Perkins
March 29, 2021
I have thought long and hard about the title of the commentary and how it may anger many people, but making people angry is not a reason not to publish my thoughts. As a current events commentator, I have written perhaps 400 commentaries. Most often, I try to write about things that might make people stop and think about the possibility of the commentary's subject matter.
In my lifetime, I have seen three of the four impeachments in American history. I have never seen a political party try to use the 25th amendment to remove a President. Let’s take a moment and look at the language of the 25th Amendment.
Section 4, 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."
I believed that no vice president would ever begin such proceedings because the President's Cabinet officers are appointed and the President could always fire the Cabinet members who went along with such a movement—throwing the entire effort into chaos. The amendment calls for an "Other Body," which was never established, to attest to the President's fitness to serve. It has been suggested that the makeup of the "Other Body" be four psychiatrists, four medical doctors, and two retired statespersons (such as former presidents) - one from each party. These ten members would elect a chair. Thus, the commission would be completely bipartisan and contain the opinions of non-politicians.
One only has to look at the process to understand why it would be so disruptive to our country and has never been done before, but things are different now. The House issued a bill of impeachment of a private citizen and the Senate conducted a trial of a former President. Both actions were clearly against the Constitution, so what would be the scenario that would cause Vice-President Harris to seek a vote of the cabinet to declare that the President is not fit from a mental capacity standpoint to govern and must be replaced?
She would have to decide that the party's agenda is in jeopardy and that President Joe Biden and his competency are in question. It would not be a single event but a series of statements and actions by the President that would have the American people and those in Congress questioning his actions and losing confidence in the President's ability to perform his job.
Here are three events in the first 2 months in office that are raising red flags in the American people's minds, and they are speaking out where they substantially disagree with President Biden.
First, Rasmussen Reports of March 15, 2021, reported that 73% of likely voters are concerned about the crisis at the southern border, and in the same survey, 51% of likely voters oppose any amnesty plan.
Second, 75% of likely voters support Voter ID Laws. Thirty-six states have enacted some form of voter ID law, but those laws would be nullified if the Senate approves H.R. 1, which passed the House on a party-line vote. Critics say H.R. 1 “would force states to allow anyone to vote who simply signs a form saying that they are who they claim they are.” (1)
Third, Biden has created an international incident that has caused the Russian Government to withdraw its ambassador in response to President Biden calling Putin a "Killer." We have the President of the United States, having been in office less than three months, attacking another nation's leader. I believe that many foreign leaders are trying to figure out what he is thinking, calling Putin a "Killer."
I have no doubt the President Biden’s handlers are nervous that he is going into a press conference next week (just completed on March 25, 2021), and they don't know how he will react at the podium trying to answer questions. If he does poorly at the news conference, look for the rumblings that we can't take the risk of letting him continue.
I believe he can fight off critics for a while, but if he hides out in the White House, the rumbles will increase, and you will hear two stories develop. One is that Biden will resign for the good of the country, and the other is that, if he refuses, Harris will enact the 25th amendment. The mainstream media will be asking the question, “What is wrong with President Biden?”
Dan Perkins is the author of 9 books, a nationally syndicated talk show host, an expert on energy, the founder of the Black and White radio and TV network promoting free speech, and the host of two shows on the network, Blacks and Whites and Dan After Dark. His newest outlet for commentary is https://yournews.com/33908. You can find more info about Dan and his works at danperkins.guru.
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