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Which Would be Worse: Impeachment or Removal of the President by 25th Amendment? (Opinion)

Excellent question!

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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. 

Section 4, 25th Amendment

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“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.”

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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 is 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.”

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 attacking another nation’s leader having been in office less than three months. 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, 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?”

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DC Statehood Incoming: House Set to Vote Within Days

Biden and his team are wasting no time setting up ways to stack the electoral deck in their favor.

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Joe Biden and his cohorts in the Democratic Party are doing everything in their power to never lose another election again, and they are doing so with all the subtlety and grace of a three-legged hyena that stepped into a yellow-jacket nest. First and foremost, there are their recently-revealed plans to pack the Supreme Court with several new justices during Joe Biden’s first term. Now they’re looking to make good on their long-held pipe dream of making Washington DC its own state…and they are wasting no time. The House of Representatives will vote Tuesday on whether to make Washington, D.C., a State. The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), voted the bill, H.R. 51, out of committee by a vote of 25-19 to create D.C. statehood Wednesday. But there are likely constitutional issues at play here. The ultimate argument seems to be whether the 23rd Amendment guarantees the federal Capitol at least three electors in presidential elections, Rep. Any Biggs (R-AZ) suggested Wednesday. Biggs’ view is supported by legal scholars, who opposed D.C. statehood’s feasibility without a Constitutional amendment to the 23rd Amendment. The Office of Legal Counsel in 2007 believed it was unconstitutional, the Justice Department under former President Reagan and former President Carter stated the transformation was unconstitutional, and so did Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, when he sat on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The move is highly controversial, and twenty-two state attorney generals have already sent a stern letter warning President Joe Biden about the danger of moving forward.

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Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Appears Imminent, as Putin Blocks Off Black Sea

Russia is turning reckless, and Americans are wondering if Joe Biden has the spine to deal with it.

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Despite the mainstream media’s insistence that Donald Trump was some sort of Russian puppet, allowing Vladimir Putin to do as he pleases, it appears that the Russian leader is misbehaving far more dramatically with US President Joe Biden behind the Resolute Desk. This curious bit of political fodder aside, it certainly does appear as though the US, and perhaps some of her allies, are going to be forced into dealing with a reckless Russia in the coming days. More than 100,000 Russian troops in assault vehicles painted with “invasion stripes” were headed to Ukraine’s border Wednesday, intensifying fears of war between the neighboring nations. The advancing force includes 1,300 battle tanks, 3,700 drones, 1,300 artillery and mortar units and 380 multiple launch rocket systems, according to documents leaked to the Daily Mirror. Tensions between the countries have been escalating following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea territory in 2014, an attempt by Moscow to keep NATO away from its borders. Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but support for the organization has risen in recent years, and the country is allied with many NATO nations — including the U.S. The stripes were an important piece of the puzzle. The appearance of painted stripes on Russian armored vehicles headed to the front lines reminded military experts of similar stripes on tanks used by the Soviet army during the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Mirror reports. The stripes are used as a deterrent to friendly fire. President Joe Biden sent US Warships to the Black Sea as a deterrent, only to have Russia then limit access to the area while forcefully demanding that the US stand down.  

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