Steve Sauder is president of Emporia's Radio Stations, Inc. the owners of KVOE-AM 1400, Country 101.7 and Mix 104.9. Steve has been in a leadership position with ERS, Inc., since 1987.
As ugly as it sounds discussions on ways to remove President Trump from office are not uncommon.
Besides the obvious ones like death or resignation there are two other possibilities: Impeachment or the powers in the 25th Amendment ratified in 1967.
Article II, Section 4 of the U. S. Constitution says The President and Vice President, and all civil Officers of the United States shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors." The House of Representatives has the sole power of impeaching, while the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments. The removal of impeached officials is automatic upon conviction in the Senate. The federal judiciary cannot review such proceedings. End of story.
Far less known would be using the 25th Amendment. It says:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments transmit to the President 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. And then the fun begins!
This means the Vice President and a majority of the President’s Cabinet would agree that he is unable to perform his duties. It would take 10 of the 18 people on President Trump’s Cabinet to make this move. If accomplished Vice President Pence would immediately become Acting President.
But, the ousted president has the opportunity to respond. It is unclear as to the method he would need to use, but it’s suggested that even writing a note saying “I can still be president” would suffice and Mr. Trump would once again be president!
Next the Cabinet has 4 days to vote again on the question of the President’s ability to perform his duties. If they confirm their earlier vote then the Vice President once again becomes the Acting President!
At this point the Congress is automatically called into a Special Session in which they have up to 21 days to decide to agree or disagree with the Cabinet! There must be a two thirds majority in both Houses to uphold the findings and make the Vice President the President of the United States.
I am not making this up!
If this were to happen we could have 4 Presidents in less than a month.
Once again it is time to pray for President Trump to become a more effective leader.
I’m Steve Sauder and “There’s something to think about.”
The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia defy explanation for most of us. When people travel far to protest something that doesn't really have a direct bearing on them that’s typically - code for trouble.
Both the so-called Alt-Right and Alt-Left were itching for a fight as they both arrived locked and loaded.
After the incident it was amazing how quickly the national media made this about Donald Trump and what he did not say opposed to what happened.
Trump, who I did not vote for, blamed "many sides" in his statement and he condemned bigotry and violence, but did not mentioning racism or any groups like the KKK or White Supremacists. His broad condemnation might have been wise given the uncomfortable experience of his predecessor following the Ferguson, Missouri event.
Could this confrontation been avoided? Some believe it was inevitable.
Consider with me "the rest of the story" that seems to have gotten lost.
First, an attempt by the city of Charlottesville to deny the permit to assemble based on the probable violence was opposed by the ACLU and struck down by a federal judge.
Secondly, The Mayor of Charlottesville said part of his city's preparation for the weekend was to move the permitted gathering to a large park outside of town.
BUT, that plan too was struck down at nine o'clock on Friday night by a federal judge! That’s correct! The ACLU and a federal judge stopped the city of Charlottesville from two plans that might well have defused the riots.
One has to wonder how this might have been different had it been in a large open area opposed to inside the city? Guess we’ll never know?
One last thought.
In Virginia people showed up carrying clubs, dressed in uniforms and some were wearing helmets. They came prepared for battle.
At the same time in the Emporia area we had people with clubs, uniforms and helmets, but our uniforms were pink golf attire or spandex for biking, our clubs were golf clubs and the helmets were for biking thru the Flint Hills.
You see we spent the weekend lifting up Breast Cancer Awareness with a golf tournament in Osage City, a bike journey under the stars into the Flint Hills with over 300 participating - some also from out of state and our local policemen were bragging about their victory over the fire fighters in their annual Battle of the Badges for blood donations.
Quite the contrast and a blessing for which we can be thankful!
I’m Steve Sauder and there’s something to think about!