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Culleton: Republicans should seek to remove Trump for erratic behavior

It is the Fourth of July and we need to celebrate not only the Declaration of Independence but the Constitution, not only the heroes of 1776 but the heroes of today, and be prepared to fight for our freedoms under all circumstances.

In 1776, we rebelled against King George III who later suffered from mental illness and was replaced by his son as regent.

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When a lifelong Democrat like the undersigned criticizes a Republican president that is not news. In newspaper parlance that is "dog bites man."

But if Republican gurus and spokesmen castigate a sitting Republican president that is, in newspaper parlance "man bites dog," a story worth reporting.

Such is the situation today. Earlier, such reliable and respected conservative commentators as George Wills and Bill Crystal have decried the erratic behavior and especially the inexplicable tweet storms of Donald Trump.

Congressional leaders like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Paul Ryan have been equally alarmed. On the Sunday talk shows the flood gates opened.

A particularly offensive tweet showing Donald Trump pummeling a person labeled "CNN" elicited a lengthy and eloquent retort from Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro on the ABC show "This Week with George Stephanopolus."

She stated: "Nobody at CNN is scared. If anything this is making us more resolute not to cower at the bullying of this president."

On the same show Republican Gov. of Ohio John Kasich offered a heartfelt cry for interparty cooperation on health care and an end to partisan bickering.

He quoted his wife as advising him to act like a father to the citizens of his state. He implied that if Donald Trump is the father of this nation then he is an unfit parent at best and is guilty of the political equivalent of child abuse.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is condemning the tweet President Donald Trump sent out Sunday, in which he appears to pummel a man whose face is covered with the CNN logo. Executive Director Bruce Brown called the post a "threat of physical violence against journalists."

An earlier Trump tweet savaging "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski was specifically criticized by many of the above. It was the latest example of Trump's notorious misogyny.

His recent "Cabinet Meeting" in which instead of discussing issues his cabinet members thanked him for allowing them to serve him was reminiscent of the behavior that occurred and continues to occur in totalitarian regimes like the Soviet Union, Hitler's Germany and Kim's North Korea. Even the Soviets finally rebelled against this "cult of personality."

What is to be done? Impeachment is unlikely. But his irrational behavior appears to be signs of mental instability. The 25th Amendment of our Constitution, Section 4 reads: "Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, 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."

For the "other body" I suggest the Supreme Court, which is insulated from political pressure. Like George III of long ago, Donald Trump needs to be replaced by the American equivalent of a regent, the vice president, for the remainder of his term.

The Republicans have the majority in both houses of Congress. The problem is theirs to fix. It is a distasteful duty but they should not shrink from it.

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They will be known as the heroes of 2017.

John Culleton writes every other Tuesday from Eldersburg. Email him at cct@wexfordpress.com.

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