A MUST-READ …
Before I forget, anyone who is either directly or indirectly affected by Alzheimer’s, or just wants to know more about the way it progresses and affects everyone close to and including the sufferer, should look for “Knickers in the Fridge” and its sequel “Pillow Down the Pan”. Both written by Jane Grierson. Both very well written and researched. They are available on Kindle, and can be found by going to Amazon, searching for the titles and selecting the Kindle versions. Or search for Jane Grierson. She might be my best-beloved, but she really is an excellent writer.
Does trump have Alzheimer’s? Possibly not – but the signs are alarming.
I know whereof I speak. My mother-in-law died slowly of dementia, and my wife and I watched her slow decline, right from the very first day when we looked at each other during a lunch with her Mum, and my wife said: “Oh, Christ”. From that day on, we saw how her mother’s behaviour changed and how some of her social skills eroded. Outbursts of temper. Irrational juxtaposition of words. Inappropriate personal attacks on people. Sounds familiar? It should, because, looking not even very closely at the most recent twitterstorm from trump, one has to wonder whether he is not just stupid and bad-mannered – he is actually a sick man. And not in the sense of sick meaning evil, but actually unwell, mentally.
VICIOUS TWEETS AND MORE
What else can possibly explain the viciousness of his otherwise disgraceful attacks on the late John McCain? The sheer number of tweets over a 24-hour period? The tone of the almost-English used? The total lack of dignity? The irrationality which permeates everything?
The trump considers himself exonerated by the Mueller Report. What actually happened was the equivalent of the Scottish criminal trial verdict: not proven, i.e., guilty but not enough proof for a jury to convict.
There is, sadly, no way that trump will ever be impeached. For that to happen, the House of Representatives would have to decide on a bare majority to send him to trial – and there would then have to be a trial not in a court of law, but in the US Senate, where there has to be a 75% vote in favour of finding him guilty. The senators are all, obviously, elected, and without exception, elected under either the Republican or Democrat flag. Their re-election comes first, second and third in their minds, and to hell with what might or might not be right for the country. So, even if every last Democrat senator were to cast a guilty vote, that would mean at that least 26 Republicans would have to join them, and that is just impossible.
BUT HOW ABOUT BEING UNFIT?
Therefore, impeachment is out – but what about the clause in the US Constitution which allows for removing a president if he is found to be unfit for office? Specifically, that’s to be found in Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. The amendment states that if, for whatever reason, the vice president and a majority of sitting Cabinet secretaries decide that the president is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” they can simply put that down in writing and send it to two people; the speaker of the House and the Senate’s president pro tempore. The Vice President would immediately become “acting president,” and take over all the president’s powers.
PENCE’S ROLE, AND A BRAINSCAN?
Note who is involved – and centrally. The Vice President, Mr Pence. What are the chances of his agreeing, objectively, to decide that trump is unwell and unfit? Leave aside for the moment the questionable and possibly unfortunate result of having the extreme right-wing and isolationist Mike Pence as President, the only way he could be persuaded to declare trump unwell and unfit, would be for someone to conduct a brain scan on trump, and on the assumption that they find anything there at all, to find that he is physically demented. Either with Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia or one of the other causes of this condition. For that to happen, someone would have to get past the POTUS’ security detail, give trump a big dose of anaesthetic, and then get him to Bethesda Hospital for a brain-scan. Unlikely. Goes without saying that although he ought to consent to a scan, he would never do so.
Bottom line? The USA and the rest of us who care about the USA and acknowledge its powerful position in the world are stuck with this madman until at least November 2020.
But I hold to my diagnosis. I very strongly suspect that trump is suffering from dementia. I’ll need a lot of persuading that I am wrong, and that would have to come about by seeing a complete change in trump’s personality and way of being president. Likely?