By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
Members of Congress concerned about America’s survival have shied away from impeaching President Obama on national security grounds. They either think impeachment would take too long or that the political process of impeaching the first black Democratic President would be too polarizing. There is an alternative: removing Obama from office because of cognitive impairment.
The issue of removing a president on medical grounds has been in the news lately. Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly charges in his book on Ronald Reagan that Reagan was so impaired by John Hinckley Jr.’s attempt on his life that it affected his ability to serve as president. A number of Reagan scholars say O’Reilly is guilty of restating “old claims and rumors, virtually all of which have been discredited by the historical record.”
Rather than accuse Obama of being a secret Muslim blinded by Marxist ideology, perhaps the way for Congress to save our nation is to invoke the 25th Amendmentto the United States Constitution dealing with presidential disabilities. This amendment allows Congress to review whether or not the president is able to discharge the powers and duties of his office. If it is determined that he is not, then he can be replaced. A case can be made that he is so affected by previous drug use that he is just not capable of comprehending reality. As a former member of the “Choom Gang” of heavy marijuana users, Obama seems indifferent to the facts on the ground concerning the Muslim terrorist threat.
The charge that Obama has been impaired by marijuana is not made lightly. Interestingly enough, however, a new study has just been released regarding the “psychosis-like effects” of marijuana. The authors examine how marijuana, or cannabis, “increases the noise in your brain,” as a press release puts it, and reduces the ability to think and act normally. What the authors have uncovered about the effects of marijuana should not only raise questions about those who use the drug on a regular basis, but it should also focus attention on the national drive encouraged by the Obama administration to make cannabis more legally and freely available. The study contains numerous charts and graphs concerning brain functions and complex mental processes.
Senior author Dr. Deepak Cyril D’Souza, a professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, says that a dose roughly equivalent to half or a single marijuana cigarette “produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural noise in humans.”
Coming in the wake of evidence that the Planned Parenthood shooter was a pothead who may have moved to Colorado for legal access to the weed, this study also puts a number of other violent episodes in perspective. Oregon columnist Dan Lucas has compiled a list of these cases linking marijuana to violence or terrorism, including the July 2012 Aurora, Colorado theater shootings and the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
On a global basis, the evidence of the acceleration of conflict is all around us. Yet, a few days before the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Obama told America there was no credible threat. He claimed the U.S. government was “taking every possible step” to keep the country safe and there was no known “specific and credible threat” to the U.S. “We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said. He added that his team knew of “no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland and that is based on the latest information I just received in the Situation Room.”
It is possible he was misled by the intelligence community, which failed for some reason to notice the plot. Perhaps NSA defector Edward’s Snowden’s illegal disclosures helped the terrorists get away with both Paris and San Bernardino. Whatever the case, however, Obama talked during his Sunday White House address as if the terrorists in San Bernardino were not true Muslims. He said Muslim Americans “are our friends and our neighbors, our co-workers, our sports heroes—and, yes, they are our men and women in uniform who are willing to die in defense of our country.” One of those “co-workers,” Syed Farook, was a member of the terrorist duo which carried out the attack that killed 14 Americans and wounded 21 others.
Rather than apologize to the American people for having misled the public about the nature and imminence of the threat, he spoke as if guns laws were the problem. He seems oblivious to the fact that ordinary Americans see self-defense as their only option, as long as the White House pretends the threat does not exist.
Obama referred to “interpretations of Islam that are incompatible with the values of religious tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity,” ignoring the fact that these interpretations are based on what is in the Koran.
Obama is, presumably, not smoking marijuana in the White House. But he talks and acts as if he is still under the influence. Indeed, the long-term impact of the weed on his intellectual processes is a subject of concern. David Maraniss, author of a book on Obama, notes that the word “choom,” taken from “Choom Gang,” means to smoke marijuana. He said Obama “started a few pot-smoking trends,” suggesting the future president understood ways to make the “high” from the drug even more powerful and lasting. One method they used was to smoke dope in a car and then inhale or suck in what was left of the smoke in the ceiling of the car.
What Maraniss leaves out of his book on Obama is the role played by Obama’s mentor, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis, another dope smoker who probably gave the young Barry some tips on inhaling the drug for full effect. Davis, a pedophile, probably also taught young Barry about experimenting with sex.
It is worth recalling that when he ran for office, Obama refused to release his complete medical records. Instead, a sympathetic doctor merely released a 276-word “summary,” claiming he was in excellent health.
Considering Obama’s remarks on Sunday, when he lectured the nation on “discrimination” and insisted on bringing more foreign Muslims into the U.S., one has to entertain the possibility that Obama is so mentally impaired that he is isolated from reality and cannot comprehend the nature of the threats against ordinary Americans. He seems determined to make even more Americans into sitting duck targets for terrorists.
Interestingly, one of the San Bernardino victims was a Christian woman, Benneta Betbadal, who fled to the U.S. to “escape Islamic extremism and the persecution of Christians that followed the Iranian Revolution,” her family said in a statement. She worked with Farook at the San Bernardino County Health Department.
Rather than express sympathy for this Christian woman, Obama told the nation on Sunday that we have to accept more Muslims.
If Congress doesn’t want to find Obama guilty of having an ideology that explains his sympathy for radical Islam and disqualifies his continued service as President, the only alternative is to diagnose his medical condition with public hearings and conclude that he has lost touch with reality and is mentally ill. A Congressional Research Service study cites evidence that section four of the 25th amendment is designed for “a sick president who refuses or is unable to confront his disability,” or “a president who is disabled but unwilling to step aside.”
This section is complicated, but it explicitly allows for Congress to establish a committee or another body to review the president’s disability and recommend his removal from office. It refers to several ways the president can be removed, including through a body “as Congress may by law provide.” This would begin the process of congressional action.
The main objection will be that using Obama’s dope-smoking days against him is going back too far in his life to justify his removal from office. But many observers see that something is seriously wrong with this President’s approach to his job. Blaming his performance on the lingering effects of the heavy use of illegal drugs makes as much sense as any other explanation at this point.
Indeed, with impeachment on ideological grounds off the table, it is within the jurisdiction of Congress to decide that Obama has done enough damage to the nation and the world and that he must go. Since Obama seems to be AWOL in the War on Terror, dereliction of duty by Congress in this case would only increase the danger and risk to the nation.