W. Virginia is the Only Coronavirus-free State

News with a Twist

Why? Trump knows; takes action!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today that cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in every U.S. state except West Virginia.

Reporting the announcement, the hosts of Fox News morning show, Fox and Friends, Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade joked that perhaps West Virginia was spared because of “coal dust in the lungs” is “apparently the antidote” to the virus.

Twenty minutes after their laughing and joking, President Donald Trump tweeted, W Virginia caronavirus free! Coal dust in lungs doing it’s job. Ordering shipments of beautiful coal dust to all other states for distribution at our great rail yards, the greatest rail yards in the world! Big coal saves the day!

Now, obviously I made all that up. But you’ve got to admit, it was just a little plausible. I mean given what’s come out of that man’s mouth and Twitter feed, it could have been true.

So, with that in mind, how about this?

Commentary

How about giving the giving the Republicans one more time at bat after whiffing on the impeachment removal? How about giving them one more chance to hit the “grand slam” this crisis and this country deserves?

How about invoking the 25th Amendment and finally and appropriately removing Donald John Trump from office?

I’m not going to provide all the ins and outs and interpretations of the 25th, the Amendment that covers Presidential Disability and Succession. You can Google it. But here’s the key, Section 4:

“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.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days 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. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

There is no doubt, based on so many things, but now evidenced by his incompetent, bordering on criminal, handling of the corona virus pandemic, Donald Trump is a President who is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

I know it. You know it. Even his sycophantic supporters know it. And that includes his Vice President, his cabinet and Republican congressmen and senators.

As I wrote recently, “Why is this man, and why are his people still making decisions?“Why did you cowardly Republican senators not remove this man from office when you had the opportunity?”

The 25th Amendment gives these cowards another opportunity. And, no, we can’t wait to let the people decide. The people’s decision is seven months away, an eternity in a pandemic when this man is in charge. As Nike says (before they closed their stores because of the pandemic, of course), “Just Do It!” Yes, just do it. And perhaps in the history books they’ll be characterized as heroes, not craven hypocrites.

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

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