The 25TH Amendment and Its Importance

I have come to the realization that my silence may be construed as agreement, consensus, and support of things I have never, could never, and will never believe in. I get that this is a hot topic right now, and my one voice will be lost in the crowd of millions who feel similar. But I must speak it, or forever feel guilty for not standing up for what is right, and good, about this country.

And stand up to those who are so very wrong, and confused, and twisting rules and laws as they see fit, in order to fulfill their agenda. There is only one agenda for this one side. Hate. Pure, unfiltered, in-your-face, HATE.

When my 25 year old daughter tells me that when she goes out in public with her African-American fiancé, whom is the most wonderful young man I could ever hope for her to be marrying in less than two months, she is afraid of getting shot.

Afraid of getting SHOT. My heart broke right then and there, sitting on my front porch steps with her.

They get looks, they get remarks, they get ignored at restaurants because no one will serve them. She fears for her fiancé who has been stopped for driving while black, in a nice vehicle, in a nice neighborhood, because they both have very successful careers and are financially responsible and comfortable. They have opted to not go out to certain events due to where it was being held, and when it would be ending: late at night.

My beautiful, amazing daughter is living in fear in a country where the “president-of-the-united-states” will not say Nazi’s are bad people.

Who says there are good white supremacists. That is not even a possible thing. It is NOT possible to be a white supremacist, and be a good person.

Yes; I intentionally did not capitalize one single word of the above title of the leader of this nation because he is not worthy of that title, and this country never deserved to be burdened with this kind of leader.

I did not see this coming as I have had and raised four daughters.

I am done with my rant; but below you will find a very important section of the 25th amendment of the United States of America. I do not know how, or who can get this ball rolling, but this amendment needs to be put to use now, right now, before we lose even more.

Section 4 addresses the dramatic case of a President who may be unable to fulfill his constitutional role but who cannot or will not step aside. It provides both a decision-maker and a procedure. The initial deciding group is the Vice President and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body that Congress may designate (though Congress has never done so). If this group declares a President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the Vice President immediately becomes Acting President. If and when the President pronounces himself able, the deciding group has four days to disagree. If it does not, the President retakes his powers. But if it does, the Vice President keeps control while Congress quickly meets and makes a decision. The voting rule in these contested cases favors the President; the Vice President continues acting as President only if two-thirds majorities of both chambers agree that the President is unable to serve.

Section 3 and (especially) Section 4 are long and complicated by constitutional standards. Nevertheless, they leave a number of issues unsettled—most significantly, what counts as presidential “inability.” At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegate John Dickinson asked, “What is the extent of the term ‘disability’” in the proposed presidential succession clause, “and who is to be the judge of it?” No response is recorded. By giving the President, Vice President, and Congress important and distinct roles, the Framers of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment went a long way toward answering the second part of Dickinson’s question, rather than try to resolve the first part.

Accessed at: The 25th Amendment

18 thoughts on “The 25TH Amendment and Its Importance

  1. lgould171784 August 17, 2017 / 10:25 am

    The president is truly a loathsome man, but evoking the 25th amendment is tough. He will never submit to the type of psychiatric evaluation that might determine his mental fitness. President Reagan continued to serve with advancing dementia. I think a better case can be made for impeachment, but again, I’m not holding my breath.

    • Angela August 17, 2017 / 11:12 am

      We will never last another 3.5 years like this…… but I agree, impeachment is what would possibly be the only option.

  2. nasrulthegreat August 17, 2017 / 10:32 am

    Unless the GOP does something trump won’t go anywhere

    • Angela August 17, 2017 / 11:10 am

      Indeed. The whole thing could be an impossible task, but we’ll never last 3.5 more years at this rate….

      • nasrulthegreat August 17, 2017 / 11:20 am

        Hopefully there won’t be a second civil war because at this rate, it is possible

  3. JT Twissel August 17, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    I’m afraid most of the republicans in Congress don’t have the balls to do anything. I was a CASA to an African American teenager and everywhere we went we got stares. She got threatened by nazis all the time.

    • Angela August 17, 2017 / 2:01 pm

      I hope, as things continue to get worse, and it will, that they have no choice but to do something about it.

      I had talked to my daughter many years ago about the difficulties she would face being in a relationship that some wouldn’t agree with. To hear the true extent of it is devastating…

      • CeCeLibrarian August 23, 2017 / 12:17 pm

        I had a similar conversation (in reverse) with my son about the difficulty he would face in his relationships with his white friends. Not at their doing, but the actions and behavior of others in response to them. It’s a shame that we have to have these conversations in 2017 but I am thankful for those who are willing to have these conversations respectfully and in love because when we have leadership in place who would rather spur on hate, we need to stand united even more. I appreciate your post so much!!

      • Angela August 23, 2017 / 12:32 pm

        Thank you CeCe, and thank you for sharing your situation as well!

  4. Aimer Boyz August 17, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    I can’t tell you how sad I am that your daughter and future son-in-law have to deal with this insanity .

    • Angela August 17, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      Thank you! Hard to believe it’s 2017, isn’t it???

      • Aimer Boyz August 17, 2017 / 11:00 pm

        I know. I used to live in this bubble where I believed that the world was slowing becoming a better place. I think that bubble has burst.

    • saraheditsesl August 28, 2017 / 8:42 pm

      I second this comment. If there was only a way to help soften people’s hearts, large-scale. We’ve come a long way, in some ways, but in other ways there’s still a long, long way to go.

      • Angela August 29, 2017 / 5:36 am

        Absolutely Sarah!

  5. D. Wallace Peach August 24, 2017 / 8:42 am

    This is really heartbreaking to read and it’s the reality for so many people. My husband is African American and we married in ’93. There were a few ugly comments, but overall our lives have been peaceful. We have always lived in open-minded states and never travel to the south. It’s a shame that we should have to curtail our choices like this and we worry for our kids. Speaking out is important. Silence about injustice and hate implies, at best, a lack of an opinion, and at worst, complicity. I would extend your concern about our president to other elected leaders who have also failed to take a stand and deal with the deep injustices perpetrated on the basis of race. We have a systemic problem beyond this one horrible man. I wish the best for your daughter and her fiance. May love always prevail. ❤

  6. marcus222ck August 28, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    In Australia the Prime Minister / President is not selected by the public, but by members of the party with the most seats. The Prime Minister can be sacked at any time, within hours by members of parliament. And they do. The parliamentary members would fear a person like Trump would get them all kicked out at the next election. Do they actually change leaders? Yes! Often. The PM only stays in power as long as his party thinks he is doing okay.

    • Angela August 29, 2017 / 5:36 am

      Thanks for your input Marcus!

  7. Lelia T August 30, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I’m as disgusted and alarmed as you are but be careful what you wish for. Our lovely Vice President would actually be worse because he has political clout and experience and he drinks the same Kool-Aid that Trump does. I think our best course of action is to work hard to change the majority in Congress in the other direction in the next elections. He hasn’t been able to accomplish much but changing the House and Senate majorities would curtail him even more and perhaps override some of his worst executive decisions.

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