Friday, October 13, 2017

Quickies: The 25th Amendment

     Just yesterday, Rush Limbaugh spoke of two articles that suggested that the 25th Amendment should be invoked to remove Donald Trump from the Oval Office:

     The 25th Amendment basically is the cabinet gets together and votes on whether or not the president is competent to serve, and, if not, they vote him out of office and there’s a line of succession that would assume power. This happens. And more and more people — well, it’s two that I’ve seen and maybe more than that — are now saying we’re on the verge of needing this because Trump is losing his mind. Trump is wandering around aimlessly in the White House with no friends. He’s muttering to the photos on the wall. He’s lost it and is on the verge of losing it completely.

     Subsequently, a caller asked him the following:

     CALLER: I wonder if they have thought about how they’re going to deal with the fallout if they are actually successful, because the Trump supporters are not just gonna walk away, shrug their shoulders, and leave. They are gonna rip this country apart.

     RUSH: They don’t care. They don’t care what you’re doing now. They don’t care! They don’t care. They literally don’t care. This is not about you. It’s never been about you and Trump’s voters, except to the extent that they could distance Trump voters from Trump, and if to do that they have to get rid of Trump… That’s what they’ve been trying to do since election night.

     I must disagree. The political elite wants Trump gone, but it wants his supporters to accept the coup quietly. The stories and rumblings about Trump becoming erratic, unstable, and so forth aren’t aimed at the Cabinet; they’re aimed at us. They’ll approach the Cabinet, whose members are mainly career politicians or military, with bribes: offers of power and prestige.

     It’s getting us, Trump’s supporters, to “take it and shut up” that matters most to the political elite. The Cabinet can oust the president, but no one can “oust” us – and no matter what anyone else might tell you, the American people retain the ability to overturn the political order. We have the means; what the elite want to deny us is the motivation.

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