Thursday, September 06, 2018
A Modest Proposal
The case has been made out literally since the 2019 inauguration that established Donald Trump as the president of the United States. It was immediately obvious that this was not only a man with deep psychological infirmities but an almost non-existent connection to truth and reality.
If there was any doubt that was convincingly erased in January with the publication of Michael Wolff's insider tell all, "Fire and Fury." Quite the book and still well worth reading.
Within the week a lot of us will be reading Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House." Early reviews indicate that it will be an indictment of the president's unfitness for office.
We got primed for the release of "Fear" by yesterday's anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, "I am part of the resistance within the Trump administration."
Trump obviously is unhinged. He's not mentally sound. Apparently that was not a fatal flaw to his real estate career or his reality TV show. The presidency, however, is neither a real estate concern nor a TV show.
Trump insists he's really smart and really sane despite the mountain of anecdotal evidence to the contrary. That matters because he's America's commander in chief, the guy who can theoretically plunge the world into nuclear Armageddon.
A suggestion, a modest proposal. The idea came to me when I saw a photo of a bunker housing B-61 free fall or "gravity" nuclear bombs. Nobody, not even the bunker janitor, gets near those weapons without intensive screening and clearance.
Individuals go through extensive testing to screen out all but those who are "emotionally stable, physically capable, and who have demonstrated reliability and professional competence."
Everyone is screened except, it appears, the president of the United States.
Isn't it time Congress changed that? Shouldn't every president-elect have to go through, pre-inauguration, a week of battery tests, lengthy psychiatric interviews and extensive background checks? I went through it (almost half a century ago) and it's not difficult but it is intensive and will demonstrate if a person can be considered for training or subsequent handling of nukes.
They didn't get Trump before he was sworn in but the accumulated evidence demands that he be put under scrutiny now, right now.