Friday, May 19, 2017

Removing Trump Per 25th Amendment

I guess I was asleep at the switch, because I've only just woken up to the latest wizard wheeze of the ruling class; it is to remove Donald Trump per the 25th Amendment as "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

See, the idea, from Section 4, is that:
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments... transmit to the President pro tempore 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.
Pretty cute, huh?

The idea, from a long tweet series from Ross Douthat, is that removing Trump per the 25th Amendment has to do with the "central *use* of an elite - their ability to respond swiftly to a situation the public as a whole can't reckon with."

Oh yeah. Except I can't think of a case where the elite did usefullly "respond swiftly," and there are other cases where I'd say the elite did respond swiftly when it wasn't necessary.

In general, I would say that an elite is absolutely useless in doing the things it is supposed to do. I'd say that is to stop the people from doing something they might regret.

But the elite never does that. Instead it manipulates the people in order to increase its money, power, and the love of beautiful women. The whole point of the mega-administrative state is that it has been useful for the elite to acquire political power, by enticing the support of the people by offering them free stuff. Then it gets us into stupid wars that cost a ton of money and the lives of young American men. And then, per Margaret Thatcher, it runs out of other peoples' money.

So now the elite is saying that Donald Trump is somehow "unable to discharge" his duties? You mean that he gets pissed off when leakers and bureaucrats embarrass him with memos to the file? Golly! That's really bad! So that's why we need an elite. To punish populist presidents when they get mad having to deal with the permanent government.

One could ask: why aren't more presidents getting pissed off with the high-born leakers in the bureaucracy?

You know the answer to that. If you are Barack Obama, you don't have to bother, because the permanent bureaucracy is on your side, just waiting for a hint to go on a rampage to double and redouble the regulations of the regulatory state. If you are, say, George W. Bush you know that it is useless to even try to fight the permanent bureaucracy, 'cos they will probably eat you for breakfast one day.

Maybe it is time we had a president that lacks the trained-poodle blandness of a seasoned Republican. Maybe we elected Donald Trump to get into a knock-down drag-out fight with the permanent government before it is too late.

Because I will tell you what I think. I think that the good thing about the Trump administration thus far is that he has flushed the permanent state out of the bushes -- and on stupid penny-ante issues.

Who cares if the Trumpsters dallied with the Russians? It's the job of a candidate's people to make contact with foreign powers.

Who cares if the president asked James Comey to take it easy on Gen. Flynn -- although it looks like Flynn was a naughty boy taking money from the Turks. But hey, the Clintons take money from foreigners! They all do it!

My point is that if the Deep State was more serious, instead of a bunch of rich kids with sinecures, it would hold its fire for something really big and then swoop down with devastating effect. Right now, the Deep State is just teaching President Trump how to deal with it.

But aside from that, what exactly has President Trump done that is so horrible? He has a mild reform of Obamacare in the works. He is proposing a tax cut. He has cut back a bunch of stupid regulations. He has flooded the airwaves with his tweets.

But look at the good side, from the viewpoint of the elite. He is having difficulty with his wall and his immigration policies because of pushback from the Deep State. What is not to like?

Here's my beef. The "elite" ought to know that government handout programs are a really bad idea because you can never cut them. So a wise elite would always combine to prevent that. The "elite" ought to know that the science of regulatory government has been settled for a hundred years, ever since Ludwig von Mises pointed out that socialism couldn't work because it couldn't compute prices.

I could go on.

So what's the point of an elite that can't pull the people back from common mistakes? What's the point of an elite that makes really big mistakes?

I'd say that in President Trump the elite got the president it deserves. Trump is the result of decades of elite conceit that didn't bother to consider the needs of the ordinary man-in-the-street. The elite hasn't even begun to get serious about getting its own house in order before running over to Trump's house to complain about the dust and disorder there.

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