AFTER watching Kamala Harris fight it out with Mike Pence in the only vice presidential debate, it’s really not too hard at all to envision her as the president of the United States.
Except, of course, for the fact that she is running to become vice president.
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If the Biden-Harris ticket wins on November 3, it will be Joe Biden who will become the next president of the United States.
But, a real and increasingly legitimate question is now being whispered with growing frequency within the hallways of power in Washington, DC.
That questing being: “How long will Biden be allowed to remain president if that ticket wins?”
For anyone fond of palace intrigue – or White House intrigue in this particular case – it should be stressed that for months at a time during President Donald Trump’s first three years in office, various people from the very suspect to outright corrupt Department of Justice, shamefully tried to come up with ways to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove a president from office they despised for purely personal and ideological reasons.
What is the 25th Amendment?
In the simplest of explanations, the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution declares that a sitting president can be removed from office if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet determine that he or she is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office.
Should that happen, the vice president would immediately assume the office of president.
Publicly, some Democrats have expressed concerns regarding Biden’s cognitive health. Behind the scenes, all Democrats are truly worried about the issue.
As we have seen over the years and decades, the office of the president is incredibly challenging and stressful during the best of times.
As the United States – and the rest of the world – now finds itself in the worst of times, the job is going to become exponentially more difficult by the day.
Biden will become 78 years of age on November 20 – the oldest candidate ever to be sworn-in as president of the United States was… drum roll please… Trump at 70 years of age.
Aside from Biden’s very advanced age for a sitting US president is the actual concern regarding his cognitive issues.
Again, other than those blindly in the tank for Biden or the Democrat Party, basically everyone who watches recent videos of Biden, will come to the sad but honest conclusion that his cognitive abilities are in-fact, diminishing.
How fast is the question of the moment?
In a world where the US president has to deal with growing challenges from China, Russia, the pandemic, and the pending economic collapse brought about by the virus and the corrupt and bankrupt public employee pension and health-care plans, a president with the clearest of minds who graduated at the top of his class from Harvard Law School while simultaneously running ten successful businesses on the side would still be on the verge of a nervous breakdown from the pressure of the office.
Knowing that absolute truth, how long could the Democratic Party – via a future Vice President Harris – afford to wait before it and they determined that a President Biden was simply “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office?
While potentially sad and even heartbreaking at a number of personal levels, at some point, a Vice President Harris and the Presidential Cabinet would have to put those emotions aside in the best interests of the nation.
Some who opposed Trump in the Department of Justice dreamed and schemed to use the 25th Amendment to get rid of him for unethical and partisan reasons.
If the Biden-Harris ticket wins on November 3, Harris might soon find herself assuming the office of president of the United States for truly legitimate reasons.
As we have seen in 2020, anything – no matter how unthinkable or even bizarre – can instantly become the new reality.
Douglas MacKinnon is a former White House and Pentagon official and author of the novel, The Dawn of a Nazi Moon: Book One.
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