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25th Amendment Now

A lone demonstrator promotes the powers of the 25th Amendment outside of the White House on 16 August 2017.

Constitution of the United States, Amendment XXV, Section 4, Paragraph 1:

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.

Unalienable rights

The New York Review of Books published a review of the Snowden documentary Citizen Four by David Bromwich. In it the author notes that Snowden appears to go “further than many who call themselves libertarians. He believes that the American government has no more right to spy on private individuals in other countries than it does to spy on citizens of the United States.”

I understand that the Declaration of Independence is a separate document from the Constitution, and it is the Constitution that is the law of the land (ostensibly) basics. That said, I consider the Declaration’s assertion that all “men” are created equal, and the framing of unalienable rights as speaking of all mankind (clearly the reality was different, many were intentionally left out or greatly marginalized still: women, slaves, and underclasses). That’s why it was so obvious that a break from tyranical rule was justified.

I consider the Constitution as a companion document, meant to implement a form of government, with powers and limitations respecting those unalienable rights, and by necessity, because we can’t, for the benefit of our citizens, or at least those in our country.

It would seem the only ethical continuance of that framework would be to extend those rights to any our government must or chooses to deal with, rather than to use the limitation of the reach of our constitution to excuse use our turning on our principles out of convenience.

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