TRUMP CLEARLY UNFIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY by L. Milton Hankins

TRUMP CLEARLY UNFIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY by L. Milton Hankins

The Legal Information Institute informs “The 25th Amendment, proposed by Congress and ratified by the states in the aftermath of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, provides the procedures for replacing the president or vice-president in the event of death, removal, resignation, or incapacitation.”

Two presidents–Richard Nixon by resignation and Ronald Reagan by temporary incapacitation were subjects of the 25th Amendment.

It is time Congress and the Supreme Court seriously consider the mental “incapacitation” of President Donald Trump, declaring him “unfit for the presidency” and incapable of fulfilling the constitutional duties of the office.

Here’s why this writer suggests such a strong action:

President Donald Trump is a proven, pathological liar–to the extent that the American public, as well as leaders of foreign nations, cannot accept the president’s statements as reliable. As a matter of fact, The New York Times, PolitiFact, and I have catalogued hundreds of Trump’s public prevarications.

The president is incapable of carrying out the duties of his office. He has spent a major portion of his time in the Oval Office undoing the work of his predecessor. He obviously cannot work with Congress to move important legislation he promised during his campaign. He has failed to achieve a single, notable issue on his agenda except for the successful appointment of a justice to the United States Supreme Court.

 

 

Trump’s foreign trips have been unmitigated disasters! He lambasted NATO for its lack of contributions to defense spending, embarrassed foreign leaders, disavowed the Paris Climate Agreement, and declined to hold a single press conference. His one accomplishment, an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, was narrowly approved by the United States Senate.

Trump said during his campaign he would be so busy he would rarely leave the White House. He has spent nearly every weekend of his presidency far from the White House–most weekends at his plush Mar-a-Lago estate or golfing at various Trump resort locations.

Intentionally insulting the press and various personalities in the news media have precipitated a real breach between the president, news agencies, reporters and his own spokespersons. He calls the American press “the enemy of the American people” and regularly calls newspaper reports not to his liking “fake news.” The press is the only profession explicitly protected in the United States Constitution.

 

President Trump is legally and morally dubious. He is well-known for broken contracts, bankruptcies, and was sued for his role in the phony Trump University. He has been married three times, each time having a relationship with his future wife before divorcing his current wife. As a result, he has five children by three wives. Obviously, the Republican focus on family values has shifted dramatically!

Many other indicators favor application of the 25th Amendment, but perhaps most important is the fact that Trump, his campaign staff and, especially, Michael Flynn are under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Intelligence Committees of both houses of the Congress.

Never before would such a person have been considered for the presidency, or, tolerated in the highest office of the land. Dare the Congress and the Supreme Court much longer allow this unqualified individual to occupy the Oval Office?

 

  THE OVAL OFFICE

(c) 2017, L. Milton Hankins (all rights reserved)

THINK I’LL APPLY FOR A WHITE HOUSE JOB by Milt Hankins

THINK I’LL APPLY FOR A WHITE HOUSE JOB by Milt Hankins

I’ve been thinking about applying for a job at the White House. Seriously! As I understand it, many positions–from chief departmental personnel to ambassadorships–are available. The most noticeable, of course, is (still pending) Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

What do I know about hiring at the highest level? Not much. But, it does seem to me that highly qualified persons would be standing in line for some of these jobs. There’s always the danger, however, if one makes a mistake of hearing those horrible words “You’re Fired!”

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Let me see. I’ve traveled extensively. I met the president of Argentina once. He’s long gone! I saw the Queen of England in Hawaii while serving in the U.S. Air Force. She’s eternal! I’ve had brief conversations with several presidents of the United States from John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon to Jimmy Carter.

I have education, administrative experience, years of writing and public speaking experience. I’d be perfect. I even have a passport!

But I wouldn’t stand a chance. One look at my social media accounts, my columns and my webzine and I’ll be dead in the water. I’m an avowed liberal!

Looking over the cabinet positions already filled, I realize I don’t have any money in any large, New York financial institution; I’m not head of a major corporation; I wasn’t a major campaign contributor (to Trump’s campaign); I’m not a congressman or a senator; I believe in climate change and know something about the dangers of polluting our air and water (my father and grandfather were coal miners); I taught school at several levels, so I do know something about education.

         CLIMATE CHANGE

Then, of course, I believe Planned Parenthood is extremely valuable for the women and children of this country. I support National Public Radio, and I believe we must never do anything to endanger the future of our children. And, definitely, I believe every single person in this country has a right to health care–universal, free health care. I wouldn’t turn anybody away from an emergency room or urgent care facility, even if they were illegal immigrants!

So, I guess President Trump will just have to keep looking for “qualified” people to fill all of those federal jobs.

I’ve got it! I think I have a solution! The president needs to take a look at the incredible number of conservative, right-wing columnists, the talking heads at FOX News and read the columns and Letters to the Editor in the major newspapers like the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. They seem to have all the answers!

If the president can’t tear himself away from Twitter, the National Enquirer, Breitbart and their ilk long enough to search for some good help; perhaps, he can dispatch his son-in-law Jared Kushner to take on the job.

JARED KUSHNER

Kusher already has the largest portfolio in the Trump administration. What’s one more responsibility?

During his campaign, Donald Trump repeated “Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!” ad nauseum. He promised better health care, tax relief and infrastructure improvement. Maybe, if he hired some qualified staff people and turned to professionals who know what they’re doing, he could fulfill some of those campaign promises.

If the president would just allow one or two people to tell him the truth about himself and show him how to run the Oval Office, he’d be well on his way.

He could start by firing Sean Spicer!

[Milt Hankins is the publisher and editor of Columnist with a View. His weekly column appears in the Huntington, WV Herald-Dispatch every Monday morning. He has written and published two books, Ashes on the Snow and A Sensible Theology for Thinking People. Both are available through Amazon.com and/or your local bookstore. He is currently working on his third book which is a study of the book of Genesis.] 

A NOT-SO-EASY PRESIDENTS’ QUIZ by Milt Hankins

A NOT-SO-EASY PRESIDENTS’ QUIZ by Milt Hankins

[Due to some publishing difficulties, it was necessary to re-do this article (quiz).  I’ve added five more questions.  See how many you can answer correctly without the assistance of Google!]

THE WHITE HOUSE

1. Because of rumors of assassination, he was sneaked into Washington, D.C. from Baltimore, Maryland for his inaugural ceremonies.

2. He was the first president who was divorced.

3. His wife was the first First Lady whose first name was “Eleanor.”

4. His birth initials were H.U.G.

5. This president’s wife died following her husband’s election and before he was inaugurated.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

6. This president once gambled away a set of White House china.

7. He was the first widower to become president.

8. He was the last president who did not hold a college degree.

9. His last son, Benjamin, was killed in a train accident while his father was president-elect.

10. His oldest son (named “George Washington…”) was an alcoholic and committed suicide by drowning himself.

11. His birth name was Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

12. Which president told a Supreme Court Justice, “It’s better to get out while they still want you.”

THE KENNEDY FAMILY

13. This president once worked in his father’s service station, hauled fruit to the family grocery and, later, was a carnival barker.

14. When his mother and his wife died on the same day, he went west and became a cowboy.

15. He was so large he once got stuck in the White House bath tub.

FORMER PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES

16. Born over his father’s tavern, English was NOT his native language.

17. This president never married. There was some contemporary evidence (and rumor among contemporaries who knew him) that he was homosexual.

18. This president, who grew up in Georgia, was a noted racist.

19. He had major surgery for cancer on his jaw while president. The surgery was performed on a ship in the North Atlantic and knowledge of it was kept from the American people.

20. This president had five children by three different wives.

21. He was the first president to be impeached. He was not convicted in the U. S. Senate.

President Harry Truman

22. This president once owned a baseball team.

23. This president’s wife was devoted to him, but his first love was his neighbor’s wife!

24. He and his wife graduated from Stanford University with degrees in geological engineering.

25. This president’s wife was a severe epileptic. When he was assassinated, he said, “Oh, be careful how you tell Ida.”

[The answers will be published in a later edition of Columnist with a View.]

 

 

CAN THE CHURCH NO LONGER CHANGE SOCIETY? by L. Milton Hankins

CAN THE CHURCH NO LONGER CHANGE SOCIETY? by L. Milton Hankins

In times past, Christians were seen as catalysts for change. The Books of Acts traces the impact of Christians on a preponderantly pagan society.

FIRST CENTURY IDOLS

When St. Paul encountered the worship of idols, he called the people out, challenging them to turn to the “one true God.”

According to church history, wherever the apostles, who were scattered by the Great Diaspora, wound up, they preached the gospel (“good news” of God’s love), a new way, and consequently thousands of people adopted a new ethic and a new lifestyle.

Ostensibly, twelve men (the Bible leads us to believe) were ultimately responsible for altering the way of thinking and believing in the first and second centuries.

THE RUINS OF JERUSALEM

The least we can say is that after the fall of Jerusalem and the spreading of this newborn faith throughout Eastern Europe, the world was never again the same. Yes, there was change, but the central question is: Was it for the better or for the worse?

A study of religious movements, disputes, outrages and wars provoked by Christianity (the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Reformation and Puritanism, to name a few) raises valid questions.

Today, Christianity has a tremendous worldwide presence. The twelve have become 2.18 billion! A substantial majority of Americans claim they are Christians. Christian missionaries are proclaiming the gospel in all parts of the modern world.

A CHURCH IN ADELAIDE AUSTRALIA

And a new question is raised. Has Christianity lost its power to significantly affect society? As I see it, that appears to be the case. And largely, I suspect, because modern Christians have perverted the message of Christ. What the modern church, in general, espouses is neither attractive nor effective!

If it were attractive, hundreds of thousands of new converts would flock to the churches annually. Sanctuaries would be overflowing–not half full. Churches, not the government, would be the most visible, successful protectors of the impoverished.

If it were effective–that is, if it had the power and the authority to change society–most of the prominent issues the church occupies itself with would be moot. It is unlikely that terrorism would be a major concern, and crime blotters might take up a column inch in our local newspapers.

Something is radically wrong with modern Christianity. It ought to be making an impact in and on our daily lives, but it isn’t. It should be changing our society, but it isn’t. It should be a proactive force for what is just, right and good, but it isn’t.

Is the church no longer a major, positive force for change in our society? I’m afraid so.

If you have doubts about this, consider the number of social issues where the church establishment is on one side and the majority of its congregants are on the other. The church needs either 1) to re- invigorate its message or 2) stop slighting its relevant, major message with minor irrelevancies.

It might also practice what it preaches!

CHARITY

[This article first appeared in the Huntington, West Virginia Herald-Dispatch a number of years ago. It seems as relevant today as it was when it first appeared.  Readers can find a weekly column by this writer in the Monday morning issue of the Herald-Dispatch.]

 

A LOOK AT TRUMP’S FIRST 60-SOME DAYS by Milt Hankins

A LOOK AT TRUMP’S FIRST 60-SOME DAYS by Milt Hankins

It is with considerable consternation that I try to understand how folks can say anything positive about the Trump administration. We are nearing a third of the way through his first year in office. It doesn’t look promising.

Trump made wide-sweeping promises about what he could do, including putting coal miners back to work, major infrastructure projects, repeal (which was later changed to “Repeal and Replace”)

AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), important immigration reform, comprehensive tax reform, and reduction of regulations, especially in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Some I hoped for…others, not so much!

What we are getting is bluster and sputter. What’s shaking with some of these promises and declarations?

According to reports from coal-mining country in southern Kentucky and West Virginia, not much has come from the White House that is boosting the return of coal jobs.

COAL MINERS

What little we are seeing, we can attribute to the efforts of West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice.

CLEAN MOUNTAIN STREAMS

The executive order that removed restriction on dumping coal mining waste didn’t bring the opening of new mines, but it certainly unnerved a lot of people who live downstream and depend on fresh, clean water!

Legislation concerning the Affordable Care Act is stalled by any number of dubious “improvements;” and from what I’m observing many Republicans are questioning the proposed plan. What’s not to question when it will cost 10-20 million people their healthcare insurance over the next few years.

Immigration reform? Other than money in the federal budget (which is likely to be DOA in the Congress) for a wall along our southern border, not much is happening here either.

ISLAMIC IMMIGRANTS

It appears that the administration is having a difficult time getting an immigration restriction on some Middle Eastern countries–which says to me that the new administration can’t even come up with a workable, temporary immigration proposal that passes judicial muster.

The truth is coal jobs are NOT coming back and repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act is doubtful. Comprehensive tax reform has turned out to be little more than a campaign ploy, which we hear about every four years. And, this country of immigrants is not going to look favorably on turning back people who are suffering. We had sad experience with that when we turned back Jews who were fleeing Hitler’s death camps. By boatloads we sent them back to their deaths.

Okay, so you say I’m expecting too much. Here’s how I look at it. President-to-be Trump said, “I can fix it!” He bought votes with startling promises. He even said he would accomplish “on my first day in office” some things that he has apparently forgotten. At the least, he has put some of his most brazen assertions about what he could do on the back burner.

President Trump hasn’t even filled a majority of important sub-level cabinet positions in his administration. He has assailed the nation’s press, calling it “the enemy of the people.” He has insulted his predecessor in a most noxious fashion–actually accusing him of a felonious act. He won’t even apologize, or admit the truth, after a congressional investigation has found absolutely no evidence of wiretapping or surveillance of Trump Tower before or after the election.

Trump has spent an inordinate amount of time pouting like a spoiled child.

He has piled up enormous travel and security expenses for us taxpayers running back and forth almost weekly between Washington, D.C. and his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach; in addition, taxpayers are paying for his wife and son’s security at Trump Tower in New York City. 

THE PRESIDENT’S HOME IN WASHINGTON, D.C.

Considering that the nation provides a beautiful, perfectly adequate home for the president and his family in the nation’s capitol, this is a disgrace!

Mr. President, I’m a patient man. Let’s see what you can accomplish in your first 100 days.  So far, it isn’t looking very promising. And I’m afraid you are proving those right who say you are “unfit” to be president of the United States.