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Created by John Eipper on 08/12/17 4:39 AM

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Former NH Senator Calls for Commission to Determine Trump's Mental Health (Leo Goldberger, USA, 08/12/17 4:39 am)

Three cheers for Gordon Humphrey, the former New Hampshire Senator, the sole sane voice in the face of our dangerous crisis with a disastrous man at the helm of our nation.  Our Commander-in-Chief promises nothing less than "fire and fury" in his irrational posture of "deal-making" with North Korea. Despite Trump's usual bluff, it is difficult not to see this scenario as playing with fire in the context of an unpredictable Supreme Leader. Kim Jong-un's single-minded aim is to maintain his self-serving, oppressive dictatorship at all costs.

If only there were enough members in Congress with the courage to act upon Gordon Humphrey's urgent appeal for some appropriate action to potentially save millions of lives! Holding on to their seat seems likely more important to most of them--no matter what.

In case you missed it, herewith the link to yesterday's news item:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2017/08/09/former-senator-wants-commission-determine-trump-mental-health/04jv0DDyWpDBNJKnxuoXEL/story.html

JE comments:  Humphrey was my US senator during my Dartmouth years, and in the 1980s he was one of the most conservative voices in Washington.  He endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections.  Things do change.

What are the chances of a Trump Sanity Commission?  Nil.  Has there been any precedent for such a thing?  The Goldwater Rule, which prohibits psychiatrists from diagnostic speculation, is one of history's few intersections of psychiatry and politics.  It also muzzled a healthy debate on the mental state of politicians.  Too bad.


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  • Goldwater Rule (Leo Goldberger, USA 08/13/17 3:33 PM)
    John E's comment about the so-called Goldwater Rule is not really relevant to my recent post, as it only applies to the members of the American Psychiatric Association. Its principles of medical ethics prohibits psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures they have not examined in person, and from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements.

    As for invoking the relevant sections of the US twenty-fifth amendment, it clearly makes presidential disability a political and not a medical determination.



    For further enlightening details, see link below:


    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/05/presidential-disability-is-a-political-question/527703/


    JE comments:  The political aspect of the 25th Amendment is precisely why it won't be applied to Trump.  As one of the commentators cited in the Atlantic wrote, the cabinet and the Vice President are still busy "enabling" the President.  To be sure, cracks are emerging, especially regarding Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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