It was inevitable. As one Biden disaster follows another – from Afghanistan to the COVID-swarmed southern border to rising inflation – the mental competence of President Joe Biden is now a front and center concern in both Washington and with American allies. In the middle of all the chaos, the President vanishes for long stretches to Camp David or home to Delaware, not to be seen or heard from.
Headlines like this one from the liberal Newsweek magazine are growing:
Impeach Joe Biden Calls Grow After Taliban Seize Power In Afghanistan
Ronny Jackson, the former Obama and Trump White House physician, now a Republican Congressman from Texas, believes Biden is mentally unfit for office, saying the President is suffering from “cognitive decline.”
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott is among those who have had enough, tweeting this:
After the disastrous events in Afghanistan, we must confront a serious question: Is Joe Biden capable of discharging the duties of his office or has time come to exercise the provisions of the 25th Amendment? https://t.co/l1bFrUdZH9
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) August 16, 2021
For those not familiar with its history, the 25th Amendment came about after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Vice President Lyndon Johnson ascended to the presidency. The problem? The next in line was Speaker of the House John McCormack. At 72, McCormack looked visibly frail, but if anything happened to the new President Johnson – who had already suffered a massive heart attack a few years earlier – McCormack would have gotten the job. Additionally, other presidents had been incapacitated for months on end. President James Garfield had been incapacitated by an assassin’s bullet, finally dying two months later. Only then did Vice President Chester Alan Arthur take over. And in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson suffered a severe stroke. His wife secretly ran the country.
Congress finally moved after JFK’s death, passing the 25th amendment. Among other things it provided for a president to appoint a vice president if the office had been made vacant when a VP succeeded a deceased or resigned president, as had happened with Johnson. It also enabled a president to appoint a new vice president if the incumbent vice president resigned. This would later happen when Vice President Spiro Agnew was indicted and then resigned, enabling President Richard Nixon to appoint then-Congressman Gerald Ford as vice president. The 25th was used again when Nixon himself resigned, making Ford president. Ford then appointed former New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller as the new vice president.
But relevant right this moment is Section 4 of the then-new amendment that says this:
“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.”
This is exactly what Senator Scott is calling for. This would mean Vice President Kamala Harris and a majority of the Cabinet would need to formally notify Congress that Joe Biden “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office” – in which case, Harris as vice president would become president.
It is crystal clear – even to America’s allies – that Joe Biden is not mentally competent to perform the duties of his office. Everything he has touched has turned into a disaster.
Clearly, as Senator Scott and a growing number of others have come to believe, for the safety of the United States – and the world – Joe Biden must be removed from the White House.