Friday, August 11, 2017

If Congress won't end this, the Cabinet should. Trump must go.

We've reached a real crisis point in American history. The President of the United States - as warned by most sane people - is completely unfit for office. While in my opinion there won't be a nuclear war or war with North Korea - the Twitter rhetoric coming from the President of the United States is the talk of a senile man with no understanding of the world - who is also under federal investigation.

Let's put all out chips on the table. If you read between the lines North Korea's later statements, they are trying to de-escalate. They went from laying out a plan to "envelope" Guam, to "if provoked" language. They're playing the games they always play because their nuclear program is a deterrent to be taken seriously in the world.

However, Donald Trump took to Twitter to say the military was "locked and loaded" and ready to strike North Korea. Beyond the insanity of that statement, the military's state of readiness has not changed, no allies are moving into any type of war phase and the more sane members of the administration - namely Secretary of Defense Mattis and Secretary of State Tillerson - know this is all rhetoric.

Meanwhile, China has taken their stand. They will remain neutral. This is a massive blow to any sort of planned US military action and why the entire situation needs to be immediately de-escalated. China doesn't want a war and they will stop the provocateur. China doesn't want an armed Japan, they don't want Korean refugees and they certainly don't want the world economy to collapse because they have to go to war with the US.

Trump - surrounded by amateurs like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka - doesn't understand the geopolitics at play. He doesn't care about the millions of lives put at stake. This is why he must be removed.

In addition to the North Korean crisis, Trump thanked - THANKED - Vladimir Putin for expelling US diplomats from Russia. Making the foolish and idiotic claim that it "cuts the payroll," Trump has come out in support of a serious diplomatic sanction Russia has placed on the US. He still has not addressed Russia's hacking of the election (because that's how he won), and he continues to do Putin's bidding. For this reason, he must be removed.

Furthermore, The Republican Party is getting what it deserves. The GOP made a deal with the devil and now it's coming back to haunt them. The legislative agenda of the Republican Party has failed spectacularly, and they have control of the government. Now, Trump - who is wildly unpopular and by far the worst President in US History (only 8 months in!) - is going after the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. To be frank, McConnell has contributed to the division of America more than any other figure when he obstructed President Obama, but there is still time to reverse course.

The Congress has the power to reclaim their Constitutional authority as the chief governing body and heed John McCain's words and return to regular order. The way to do this is to remove Donald Trump. Show the world that America will not stand for an unfit leader. Mike Pence would not be a good president, but he would have the temperament to de-escalate a crisis with North Korea and be a steward of the system until the next election.

If Congress refuses or fails to act, Mike Pence, James Mattis and Rex Tillerson must. They too have the power to remove the President. We may not be able to wait for impeachment or for Robert Mueller to bring down the hammer of justice.

The 25th Amendment needs to be enacted and Donald Trump needs to be removed.

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