Current Affairs

Apparently after a certain age – say, whatever entitles you to “old fogey” status (and I am certain you can name endearing features of your own that qualify) – the political landscape becomes the sole focus of one’s being.  Religious outings, restaurants and grandchildren fade by comparison. As always American politics are notably alluring. The diversion is especially prominent during the Trump realm (or should I say something like anno Trumpe UNO).  There is little that has lately inspired such divide between a nation than the current government.  In a nutshell everything memorable about Trump begins with him maligning someone, generally blaming the Democrats for everything, followed by behaving like an uncontrollable child with a psychological problem. Above all a heap of lies and vacuous assertions designed only to sustain his unwitting presidency.  Meanwhile the bulk of the American public is in shame.

Because there is no point pretending to avoid the current importance and interest surrounding the USA presidential election and the health of its president Donald J. Trump (former reality show TV host with a collection of mis-steps challenging the descent of Harvey Weinstein) I have noted below excerpts from BBC.

President Trump’s period of self-isolation clearly has an impact on his ability to campaign.
So the question has been raised as to whether the election could be delayed, and how this might happen.
The US presidential election is held by law on the Tuesday after the first Monday of November, every four years – so this year it’s on 3 November.
Changing the date would be up to US lawmakers, and not the president.
It would require a majority of them in both Houses of Congress to vote in favour of any change of date. That is unlikely, given that it would have to pass through the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives
Even if it were changed, the US constitution rules that a presidential administration only lasts for four years. So, President Trump’s term will automatically expire at noon on 20 January, 2021.
Changing this date would require an amendment to the constitution. This would have to be approved by two-thirds of US lawmakers or state-level legislatures, then three-quarters of US states – which is, again, unlikely.

If the president were to become too ill to carry out his duties, this is what the US constitution sets out:
The 25th Amendment allows a president to hand over power to the vice-president, which means Mike Pence would become acting president. Once fit again, Mr Trump could reclaim his position.
If the president was too unwell to hand over power, the cabinet and vice-president could declare him unable to continue, and Mr Pence would assume the role.
If Mr Pence became incapacitated as well, under the Presidential Succession Act Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives – a Democrat – would be next in line, although constitutional experts say such a transfer of power would prompt legal battles.
If she were unwilling or unable to take on the role, it would be handed to a senior Republican Senator, currently the 87-year-old Charles E Grassley. This too would almost certainly face legal challenges.

If, for whatever reason, a candidate chosen by a party as their presidential candidate is unable to fulfil that role, there are clear procedures that would come into play.
Although Vice-President Mike Pence would initially assume presidential duties, he would not necessarily become the Republican party’s election candidate – as they have already officially nominated Mr Trump.
Under the party’s rules, the 168 members of the Republic National Committee (RNC) would vote to elect a new presidential nominee, with Mike Pence as one of the likely candidates.
If Mr Pence were chosen, a new running mate would then have to be selected.

Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have ever replaced their presidential nominee after officially selecting them.

I confess everything about Trump, Pence and the sycophants who so lavishly displayed their own immorality (read: just about anyone from the Republican party who said anything in public) makes me ill.  After 71 years of living, aiming always to a standard of excellence, living and sharing a commonality without hidden or obvious bias, I see no reason whatsoever that I should tolerate this patent distortion of the GOP.  As Chris Rock said, “What ever happened to crazy!” There is no excuse for Trump’s dedication to himself rather than the United States of America. The recollection of Trump shouting his way through the first televised “debate” (and I use the word reservedly) crystallizes his image as a bully, a brat and a dope. To imagine he has any more credibility than his failed casinos, wines, steaks, golf balls, baseball caps and T-shirts is wishful at best!

This is no time to resist a deeper analysis of why America has stopped being American — for four years its citizens have been living under the shadow of a president who has more in common with Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin than Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Roosevelt. Dictators are defined by their capacity to operate beyond binding rules. Institutions do not serve the country but rather the dictator, personally.