Remember the 25th Amendment?
Back during the Trump administration, every Democrat seemed to be an expert in it. While it’s mostly intended to provide a roadmap to presidential succession, the corner of it that everyone seemed to obsess over involved removing
the president without going through the process of impeachment if he is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
Every time there was a Trump gaffe, it seemed, there was a groundswell of talk about how he was nutty and how the Constitution provided a mechanism to put him on the sidelines — provided, of course, “the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress” declare him unable to perform his duties in a written statement.
The 25th Amendment
still hasn’t changed, even if the president has. Yet, we don’t seem to be talking about it much anymore. On Tuesday — as he tends to do on most occasions in which his mouth is open for any length of time — President Joe Biden proved why it’s more relevant than ever. If, of course, anyone who talked about invoking it was really concerned about a president mentally “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
On this occasion, Biden sat down to talk with CNN
about a wide range of topics. Most of the headlines came from talk of Russia and OPEC+’s cut in oil production
; Biden said Vladimir Putin was a “rational actor” who “totally miscalculated” by invading Ukraine, while he threatened Saudi Arabia and other OPEC powers with “consequences” for aiding Russia by proxy with the oil production cut.
However, the part that should have caught everyone’s attention came when Biden was touting his so-called “Inflation Reduction Act.”
If you’ve followed the omnibus spending bill, you’re aware it has as much to do with inflation as my buying a Porsche would have to do with securing my child’s education — because, you know, I could drive her to school in it.
Instead, the tax-and-spend bill was primarily aimed at ticking off boxes on the Green New Deal agenda: $370 billion of it was designated for climate-change provisions, according to the Daily Caller
But that’s not all, Biden said. Banks are going to be bringing a whole lot of money from banking “off the sidelines” for green investment.
Just don’t ask him the exact number because he’s a bit, ah, unclear about it:
That’s right, “a billion, trillion, 750 million, billion dollars off the sidelines of investment.”
Which one is it? That’s kind of important, because the difference in those numbers is a few orders of magnitude off. What Biden seemed to be referring to was a Bank of America report
that estimated corporations would spend $740 billion ” “to meet emission reduction goals over the next decade or so.”
It didn’t take long for the Biden stans to point out the usual excuse: He has a childhood stutter, so please stop bullying him.
OK, Mr. Flash Knight: Does a childhood stutter make you forget that a person died
This was Biden in September, infamously scanning the room for a GOP representative who’d died in a car crash a month earlier. As Politico’s Meredith Lee Hill noted, this was at an event where they planned to show a tribute video to Rep. Walorski
, for the love of Pete.
don’t do that. Nor do they induce one to tell an audience at a Maryland auto plant, “Let me start off with two words: Made in America!”
Nor do they induce … etc., etc.
Little wonder then that, as the president turns 80
on Nov. 20, the White House is trying “to downplay the birthday and simply focus on the work,” according to a Politico
But it’s all just Biden’s childhood stuttering. Sure, Jan
Remember, that 25th Amendment
is still there. Will it be invoked? Of course not — but that unlikelihood didn’t stop idle discussion of it during the Trump years.
If this were just one case of the president searching for a number, and going from $750 million to a trillion dollars, that’d be one thing.
The bigger issue is that it’d almost be more of a surprise if he found it on the first try — and what’s more, we all know it.
For everyone who pretended to care
about a president who was “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” between Jan. 20, 2017, and Jan. 20, 2021, now’s your chance to show the world just how serious you really were.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal
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