15 May 2017

An early end to Trump's presidency

I remember how long the eight years of George W. Bush’s presidency felt. Not to mention the equally long eight year’s of Reagan’s. I dread eight years of Donald Trump. Like many people, I am wondering if there is some way to shorten his presidency. Countless articles have been written about this, mostly focussing on the impeachment process or triggering the 25th amendment. There are, in fact eight broad categories of ways to rid ourselves of Trump, some of which are plausible. A few are science-fictional, but I have included them to be complete and because they are entertaining.

Impeachment: the House of Representatives votes to impeach Trump, after which the Senate tries him. This seems unlikely to happen until after the 2018 mid-term congressional elections.

25th amendment: the vice president, believing that the president is incapacitated mentally or physically, together with a majority of the Cabinet, declare to the Senate that he is incapacitated, and the veep becomes acting president. One can imagine VP Pence doing this.

Resignation: Nixon did it, under tremendous pressure. Perhaps Trump will resign out of boredom, frustration, or impending exposure of treason.

Death: No one wants to speak of this, because wishing the death of the President is an attack on USA as a whole and on its institutions. I don’t wish it. Still, it has happened in the past, through illness or assassination. In addition to these there are five other ways death could come: by accident, suicide, an act of terrorism (which would not be assassination if not aimed specifically at the President), during an act of war, or a natural disaster.

Kidnapping: by humans, or also, to introduce the first of the science-fictional possibilities, by alien abduction.

Disappearance: the President runs away, without resigning. Or he gets lost (because of dementia, amnesia, or some other reason.) Or the second science-fictional possibility—he stumbles into a space warp/wormhole.

Radical change or destruction of the USA: There are six possibilities. 1. There is a radical revision of the Constitution, eliminating the office of president, or otherwise making it impossible for Trump to continue as president. 2. One or more parts of the USA secede, and somehow Trump falls out of the shuffle. 3. Military coup d’├ętat. 4.The government is overthrown in a revolution. 5. The USA is conquered by an enemy, either earthly or extraterrestrial (third science-fictional possibility) 6. The USA is devastated by a natural disaster or huge and rapid climate change, and ceases to exist. 

Temporal intervention: a time machine is invented and someone goes back in time to change something so Trump does not become president. This is the final science-fictional possibility.

And also there are supernatural effects: this doesn’t interest me much, so I haven’t given it any thought. Feel free to make your own list of possibilities such as magic or zombies.