CLICK HERE TO READ TEXT OF 25th AMENDMENT.
POSTCARD WRITING & POLITICAL DISCUSSION
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23 7-9:30PM
547 DOUGLASS ST. (betw. 21st & 22nd) in SF
"In case of emergency, break glass."
These are the words that Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md used in introducing his bill to explore using the 25th Amendment to get rid of Trump. Twenty-five Democrats have signed on to the bill so far. Let's thank them with postcards.
BUT GUESS WHO HASN'T SIGNED ON TO THE BILL: OUR VERY OWN NANCY PELOSI. In fact...
"For months, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have privately counseled their more militant members to forswear talk of impeaching President Trump, telling them the political support for such a step simply doesn’t exist in the GOP-controlled Congress."
That's right, folks. Let's just foreswear doing anything that might make us UNCOMFORTABLE, that might alienate some voter, where we might run the risk of FAILURE.... so awful to fail, isn't it? So much nicer to passively wait and not take any chances.
Pelosi doesn't understand that we are all being tested. We are facing a giant moral challenge, every single citizen of this country, and history will judge how we handled this.
This Op-Ed by historian Timothy Snyder very powerfully explores the historical implications of Trump's moral failure and the necessity of us all to rise to the occasion. Please click to read it.
Quite frankly, it doesn't really matter whether political support exists in Congress at this moment to remove Trump from office. What matters is what the American people think. How many of us want Trump gone? I'm betting it's a majority, but it's certainly a very large minority. I'm certain our numbers are larger than the 35% who will follow Trump to Armageddon.
Are we going to do whatever we can to pressure our elected representatives to use their power to remove Trump? THERE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM AND ONLY CONGRESS CAN USE THE LEVERS OF POWER.
We might not even have to go to the point of successful political action in Congress. If you recall, Nixon was never impeached. HE RESIGNED when it became clear that the country and many Congresspeople passionately wanted him gone.
The man who wrote The Art of the Deal, who spent a great deal of time with Trump and knows him deeply, believes if there is enough pressure, Trump will resign, that he will not hang on to the bitter end.
BUT PELOSI "AND OTHER DEMOCRATIC LEADERS" DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING TO PRESSURE HIM!
You know what? History is pretty clear about this: When evil is ascendant, it's not only morally wrong to do nothing -- it's extremely ineffective! What's that famous quote?
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
We all know that quote, right? Well, here we are, folks, and Pelosi and the Democratic leaders want Congressional Democrats to DO NOTHING. But these people were elected to REPESENT US. That's even the name of their JOB: REPRESENTATIVE. MAKE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE DO THEIR JOB! Write, phone, visit their office, organize a protest in front of their office! Get them to sign Raskin's bill!
THE PENCE PROBLEM
Several people responded to my blog saying they're reluctant to get rid of Trump and end up with Pence who might be a greater evil. The truth is, we do not know the future. Maybe Pence will resign too! Let's start with the immediate issue, which is that we have a mentally unstable vicious person who seems to be interested in nuclear war as President. If we get rid of Trump by exercising political pressure, we will be in a position of strength to deal with Pence.
In conclusion, I want to show you a photo I took at the Suffragist Parade in Rochester, NY, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote in New York State. These children are dressed as Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony:
You see, Susan B. was famous for wearing a red shawl whenever she went to lobby Congress to give women the vote. Apparently, she didn't lobby year-round, because people in D.C. used to say, "It must be Spring because I saw Miss Anthony in her red shawl today." The Suffragists never gave up. Don't you think these children deserve a Trump-free world? Am I getting corny now? I guess so. Better stop.