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 Re: [Marxism] The President Is Mentally Unwell — and Everyone Around
 Him Knows It

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Ken Hiebert wrote
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/trump-is-mentally-unwell-and-everyone-around-him-knows-it.html <http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/trump-is-mentally-unwell-and-everyone-around-him-knows-it.html>

From the article:
Scores of psychiatric professionals say the latter <https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Case-Donald-Trump-Psychiatrists/dp/1250179459/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502149532&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+dangerous+cause+of+donald+trump&ascsubtag=[]di[p]cjc0k2a5v00heo8y6bbra4j7z[i]7ARrma[z]m[d]D>. Some of their peers — and a large number of laymen — have insisted that the matter can only be settled by a psychiatrist who has personally, privately evaluated the president. That argument has always struck me as nuts./
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If these people who see a pattern of mental illness are right, plainly this is deadly dangerous for the whole planet, especially given this man's demonstrated attitude and actions to date. He has brought in people  generally perceived as alarmingly irrational on all major issues. I'll cite John Bolton as his principal foreign policy advisor, with his madly careening record and actions on display, and the replacement of CEO of Exxon Mobil Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, who was supposedly an emissary from a more rational sector of capital, by the ideologue Mike Pompeo, and stop there. But up and down the list of secretaries and advisors it's a well-documented disaster.

So what can be done? Aside from the difficulty of getting adequate diagnostic evidence, invoking the 25th Amendment is extremely iffy on its face:/
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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.

   Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro
   tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
   Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he
   shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice
   President and a majority of either the principal officers of the
   executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law
   provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the
   issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not
   in session. If the Congress within twenty-one days after receipt of
   the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session
   within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble,
   determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is
   unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice
   President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President;
   otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his
   office."

Think about that, With a Republican majority, including SCOTUS, so mindless, so corrupt, so ideologically straitjacketed and ineffectual that rational people roll their eyes. And then there's the supine so-called opposition wing of the hopelessly compromised Congress. If all is true, it could hardly look much more worse. If only it were just a comic opera, and we'd all gasp and afterwards go home to bed. Only the corporate decision makers and their hated CIA, and the appointed special counsel seem to have any purchase; and even that's doubtful, with the kinds of security and insulation from the law available to any sitting president.


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