Here in the United States, some people are finally beginning to ask: "Is there a mentally unstable man leading the United States as president?" And this is not meant as an insult, but as a genuine concern. I think it has become very obvious that someone in a leadership position such as this who constantly tweets out a barrage of insults and anger-fueled tirades very well may be mentally unstable. But here's the problem with that if it is true: The United States does not have a way to remove him from office.
See, this has never before happened in our history to this extent. Or, more to the point, this has not happened since 1945. Why 1945? Because that's when the United States fielded nuclear weapons, having invented them over the preceding few years. And we dropped the ball with finding a check-and-balance to remove a president from power who demonstrated possible unstable personality traits that would preclude trusting him with nuclear weapons any longer. Why and how?
We were not at all prepared for the consequences of having developed nuclear weapons. This type of destructive power was new to humanity as a whole. We invented these weapons to use in a world war and were not at all clear on what the future for them would be. At first, the military was entrusted with them. But later, we became worried about what would happen if a military general went insane and used them without permission. Therefore, the office of the President of the United States was given the sole authority and command over the use of these weapons. However, we forgot to put in a check-and-balance as to what shall be done if it becomes clear the president is mentally unstable. As I said, it's never happened before in our history. So we're in uncharted territory here.
For a United States president to be removed from office, he must be impeached. To be impeached, he has to have committed a crime or get caught lying to Congress. There simply is not way to remove him from office if he demonstrates behavior that leads us to believe he is unstable. See, we're still going on laws written before the invention of nuclear weapons. It simply was not foreseen that humanity would ever have this type of destructive power. And if we did not have nuclear weapons, it might not be as dangerous if the president was mentally unstable. But, as I said, our laws have not kept up with the times and the entire world is in peril as a result.
One problem the United States has is partisan politics. Because each side engages in false accusations against the other, passing a law to remove unstable presidents from office would be nearly impossible. Each would use it in ways the law was not intended and, thus, each would refuse to even entertain writing such a law, knowing that. However, we still must come to the matter at hand, which is: "How, then, can we protect the world from an insane United States president?" And the answer might be a stop-gap, but one the world ought to press for immediately.
The nuclear weapons of the United States should not be in control of one man, but two men wholly removed from the presidency. One from each party, with a military background, who serve terms in the command center these weapons are launched from after orders are given to do so. Further, they would only launch upon proof the United States is under attack and the president concurs. However, the president would have no authority to order the use of these weapons under any condition on his sole authority. That is what needs to be implemented.
But, further along, at some point the United States is going to have to come up with a law to remove a mentally unstable president from office. Nuclear weapons aside, the president can still order airstrikes, drone attacks, and raids from aircraft carriers on his word alone. If a president is mentally unstable, the potential for misuse of military power is clear. And it has already been misused several times by presidents who were not as obviously unstable as this one is. Now, what needs to happen is the use of military power of any kind returned to Congress and used only after a declaration of war. The United States has deviated from this law and the entire world has suffered as a result. Be that as it may, we still need an additional law to remove an unstable president from office.
As I have said, I don't think the United States government will act on its own to fix this glaring error in presidential power. But the world can't wait for the ponderous wheels of government to roll out a law to check presidential power some decades into the future. I would suggest that the world needs to demand this right now. I would suggest the world needs to demand the United States government do something. There needs to be a law here. It is when events happen that laws became necessary. For example, when automobiles were invented, no one knew that we would need traffic signs and stoplights at that time. But after several car accidents, then those things and laws regarding them became needed. And so it is now with the president of the United States. The entire world never foresaw that a nation such as the United States could become so militarily powerful and 2,600 nuclear weapons entrusted to one man. Therefore, a law now becomes necessary to ensure the safety of the world. The time for that law is upon us. And that law is a law to remove mentally unstable presidents from office in the United States.
Jack Perry is a writer who lives with his wife in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. When talking about the ambitions and goals of the United States government, Jack warns: "Always Assume It's A Scam." Jack writes, bakes bread, and is a Path pilgrim and wayfarer of this world.