Bubonic Plague (Black Plague) was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history. The illness resulted in death to somewhere between 30 and 60 per cent of the European population in the Middle Ages. Now a “white plague” threatens the continued existence of all normal life on planet Earth. This is the consequence of a dangerous minority―an unhealthy combination of racists and lunatics―roaming the streets of America. With the most renowned member of this society of broken and diseased minds sitting in the Oval Office, Armageddon is getting too close for comfort. It is time for the Congress of the United States to use the 25th Amendment to halt this growing scourge.
Congress, living in fear of a supposed populist Trump coalition, has been reluctant to challenge destabilizing affairs that have marked the presidency of Donald Trump. The events that took place in early August 2017 on the University of Virginia campus at Charlottesville should provide a tipping point. A protestor was murdered, and nineteen others injured by a domestic terrorist at a white nationalist rally.
The racist group, carrying Nazi and Confederate flags and adorned in riot gear, gathered at the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for a memorial service. When confronted by civic-minded protestors, a riot broke out. Charlottesville authorities cancelled the license for the gathering and ordered the crowd to disperse.
Donald Trump was predictably silent about the Ku Klux Klan and neo-fascist, Nazi organizers of the rally. His genetic impulse was to blame “everyone in attendance” rather than the actual organizers. Following two days of intense, bi-partisan outrage over his failure to identify the event organizers, Trump finally capitulated and named the responsible parties at a news conference. Nevertheless, Trump appeared more like a hostage, than a president delivering a national message of healing and unity, and he proved as much the next day; he doubled down on the “everyone one in attendance” theory and blamed the news media for concocting the entire affair with “fake news.” Most of the loud and proud Trump coalition will continue to support this dysfunctional man. Thus, it is imperative for Congress to act.
Approximately 60 million Americans suffer some form of mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), prevalence for any personality disorder in the United States is 9.1 per cent. Specific prevalence rates for borderline personality disorder and antisocial personality disorder were estimated at 1.4 per cent and 0.6 per cent respectively. Of the diverse groups identified in the Trump coalition of voters, this is the only one that is reliably quantifiable. More to the point, this is the group that sealed his election victory.
Pennsylvania had 20 electoral votes up for grabs. 6.166 million votes were cast and Trump won by 44,000 votes. Using the NIMH formula, 86,324 borderline psychotics voted, and 36, 996 full-blown psychotics voted.
Michigan had 16 electoral votes. 4.8 million votes were cast and Trump won by 10,700 votes. Again using the NIMH formula, 67,200 borderline psychotics voted, and 28,800 full-blown psychotics voted.
Wisconsin had 10 electoral votes. 2.976 million voted, and Trump won by 22,000 votes; 41,600 borderline psychotics voted, and 17,850 full-blown psychotics voted.
To be elected to the office of President, 270 Electoral College votes were needed, which Trump won 306 to 232. Mental illness and number crunching aside, the unprecedented upsurge in turnout in the presidential election reveals a compelling story: many of the people in this group had never voted for anything or anybody —a rather wide dragnet which includes those who otherwise might be considered conservatives, liberals, independents, Democrats and Republicans. To be clear, these people were not even voting for a candidate; in their delusional minds, they were inducting a kindred spirit into the brotherhood of the insane. Without their vote, Hillary Clinton would have won both the popular vote, and the vote in the Electoral College by a 278-260 margin.
Racist culture, apparently festering unimpeded since the end of the Civil War, now is out of the closet and contemptuously displayed with Donald Trump’s nod and wink approval. For many opponents of cultural diversity, Faulkner’s “ineradicable curse” of racism is analogous to the wedding vow―till death do us part.
Likewise, Alex Jones-type conspiracy theorists will never leave the Trump coalition for any reason. The Commander-in-Chief of prevaricators spits out lies with the rapidity of a machine gun, and conspiracy theorists love it.
The only possible defectors from the Trump coalition are those identified as angry blue-collar Republican voters. Many of these individuals had legitimate complaints against a government they considered elite―Republican and Democratic leaders alike―and out of touch with the man on the street. Normally, after witnessing the bizarre presidential events orchestrated by Donald Trump, these people would exhibit buyer’s remorse and begin to stray, but now they are hostage to the Trump coalition due to Stockholm Syndrome. They will eventually leave, but it will take something more cataclysmic than Charlottesville to force them out.
Section Four of the 25th Amendment states in part:
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.
Obviously, no person in the executive branch, including Vice President Pence, will attempt to have Trump removed from office. However, Congress can enact legislation to appoint and convene a body of individuals for such purpose. It could not be more clear that Donald Trump, due to his mental state, is unable to discharge the duties of his office.
What we saw in Charlottesville was a violent assault by members of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Party against democracy loving Americans who were supporting their city’s decision to remove a racist, Confederate statue. These racists and fascists came from all corners of the country dressed in riot gear, armed with clubs, ball bats and other weapons. The attack that occurred may be construed as war against a city or state, and therefore, fits within the statutory definition of treason.
Philosopher George Santayana had a saying that is relevant here: “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It will be recalled that the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials prosecuted 22 major Nazi war criminals and sentenced 12 of them to death. Now we are confronted with a resurrected Nazi regime―a white plague which is self-described as racist white supremacists―that has fully bought into the most unthinkable and horrifying acts that one human can commit against another. Legislation should be enacted, first, which brands these miscreants as domestic terrorists, and second, requires the death penalty for all participants and their sympathizers, which, of course, includes the President of the United States.