Constitution has way to get rid of Trump

first_imgOur Constitution has served our republic well, and its defects have continually been remedied by its amendments, some of which have been motivated by a crisis survived.Today, many are concerned that a chief executive might engage in visceral and dangerously impulsive actions that imperil diplomatic stability and, ultimately and irretrievably, unleash awesome power at the speed of modern technology for prosecuting total war.The 25th Amendment is, in part, a safety valve. In Section 4, the amendment provides a way to temporarily dis-empower the president.The mechanism for doing such directs “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” to forward an opinion of presidential incompetency. I suggest that the Congress consider crafting a law designating that a majority of the 50 states’ governors may constitute the “such other body.”John HersheyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Sep. 11

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThankfully, fools like Trump are rarePresident Trump abruptly canceled a secret meeting to open peace talks with the Taliban, upending months of negotiations in a tweet. He owes an accounting to all the service members who have borne the brunt of 18 years of folly.He thinks it a clever negotiating tactic to bring all the parties to the table, bang his fist, shout “F you,” then storm out. That’s how to get a better deal.We don’t want a deal. We want an ending. We owe that to all our men and women in uniform, to our allies and to the Afghan people whose weddings and funerals are turned into killing fields as the war drags on.We shouldn’t be surprised.This is a guy who dodged the draft on a fake disability and spent the Vietnam years chasing skirts and shaking his behind in Studio 54. He doesn’t respect servicemen who “got captured.”He mocks the immigrant parents of a Muslim soldier killed in this war. He is cutting tens of millions in funding that benefits military dependents to pursue his phony war at the Mexican border. He gives self-aggrandizing press interviews among the headstones of the fallen in Normandy. He’s using our military to bail out his failing golf resorts. He has zero empathy for the men and women who serve.Maybe there’s a sucker born every minute, as he believes, and we are all suckers. But it’s a damned good thing a colossally feckless fool like this comes along but rarely.Terry O’NeillAlbanyNo need for Cuomo plate money grabThere’s no doubt that some New York license plates are worn to the point where they are unreadable.But the majority of the plates that I have seen are perfectly good. Why punish those of us who have plates over 10 years old, that are still good, by making us buy new plates? Hasn’t anyone thought of having the condition of the plates part of the annual motor vehicle inspection? If they don’t pass inspection, you have 10 days to get new ones.Oh, I get it, New York wouldn’t reap the high profit gained by having everybody with 10-year-old plates getting new ones at the inflated price that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to charge. This is Gov. Cuomo at his money-grabbing best.Jim SeverinoScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

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