The first sentence of our Constitution established the responsibility of the three branches of our government to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty."
Our president has worked to fill these responsibilities and elevated this country on the global stage.
During the month of September the president announced U.S. brokered historic international peace agreements between traditional enemies UAE and Israel then Bahrain and Israel as well as an economic treaty between Kosovo and Serbia.
President Trump was nominated twice for the Nobel Peace Prize by diplomats from Norway and Sweden for these historic events. Within two weeks President Trump received a third nomination from a group of Australian professors and lawmakers for "really producing peace in the world in a way in which none of his predecessors did;" "none of his predecessors" including those career politicians who have been elected in congress for 20, 30, or 40 years.
Within the month of September the Trump’s administration’s Department of Justice allocated 101 million dollars to combat human trafficking following another 30 million in August for the care of victims of human trafficking.
The Justice Department also announced breaking an international illegal opioid network with 121 arrests in the U.S., 42 in Germany and 16 others in Canada and Europe, seizure of 500 Kilograms, over half a ton of illegal fentanyl, oxycodone, methamphetamine, and hydrocodone.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo floundered, unable to lead or act. Trump acted: Under his leadership, the military built a 2900 bed hospital virtually overnight; the US Navy hospital ship USS Comfort with its 500 bed hospital was taken out of drydock and brought to New York; he sent hundreds/thousands of ventilators and millions of PPE to NYC; he cut the bureaucrat red tape to reinvent and distribute a rapid and reliable COVID-19 test almost overnight.
It was not de Blasio, not Cuomo, not the Democratic or Republican Parties, it was President Trump who confronted this crisis and accomplished these things.
All this COVID-19 support for New York was accomplished by the president while congress fled Washington D.C. abandoning the American people.
But our Congress wallows in tantrums through a series of dueling news conferences and rhetoric filled tirades during hearings. They behave like actors pretending to be someone else before the cameras preforming from a script in the latest series of the situation comedy for an audience.
The Austrian psychoanalyst, Heinz Kohut, tells us children’s tantrums represent narcissistic rages, confronted with rejection of omnipotence provoking fury.
In the current issue over the filling of a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy members of the U.S. House of Representative are introducing a bill to limit the term of a Supreme Court Justice to 18 years.
They also propose to limit the president to two nominations to fill high court vacancies, one in the first year in office and one in the third. The Constitution fixes the life term of Supreme Court Justices. Article II section 2 also states the President "shall nominate . . . Judges of the Supreme Court" without any restriction on the number of judges the president can nominate.
Are members of the House throwing tantrums passing bills which have no validity under the constitution?
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, exhibiting narcissistic rage over the rejection of her omnipotence, threatened to impeach the President Trump if he nominates someone to fill the Supreme Court vacancy citing the pending election.
The Constitution conveys no authority to the House of Representatives in matters related to the nomination or the confirmation of Supreme Court Justices. Article II Section 4 of the constitution states a president may be impeached for "Treason, Bribery, or high crimes and misdemeanors."
Nominating someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy is well within the responsibility of the president and certainly not treason, bribery, or a high crime and misdemeanor.
Does throwing a tantrum with a the threat of impeachment by the Speaker of the House not only exceed the authority granted under the constitution but also present a perjurious violation of her oath to uphold the constitution?
Sens. Gillibrand, Blumenthal, and Hirono have publicly declared they will not meet one on one with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
There is no requirement for them to meet, but are they throwing a tantrum demonstrating their narcissistic rages because they are being confronted with rejection of omnipotence?
As we have our ballots in front of us in the voting booth, ask: With our president fulfilling his responsibilities under the Constitution, is our Congress obsessed with throwing political tantrums in the halls of Congress showing how their childish motivation consumes our politicians’ time?
The above is the opinion of the author and is not meant to reflect the opinion of the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Government.
John M. DeMaggio retired after 30 years of service as a Captain from the U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Forensic Science from John Jay College and a Master's of Science from Whiting School of Engineering, Johns Hopkins University. Privately consulting in counterterrorism, forensic science, and investigations, he also conducts international counterterrorism training, having retired as a Special Agent in Charge and serving as Co-chairman, Investigative Support and Forensic Subgroup, TSWG, developing interagency counterterrorism technology. He is also an op-ed contributor for The Hill. He previously published "Mitigation of Terrorist Effects on Victims' Motivation" in U.S. Army Counterinsurgency Center Colloquium. Read John M. DeMaggio's Reports — More Here.
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