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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Democratic lawmaker says that he will introduce legislation that would require presidential candidates to undergo a mental health examination following a tweet from President Trump in which he praised himself as a "stable genius." Rep. Brendan Boyle's office said in a press release that the Pennsylvania Democrat would introduce the "Stable Genius Act" in the House on Tuesday. The act would require all presidential candidates to file a Federal Election Commission (FEC) report "certifying that he or she has undergone medical examination by the medical office under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy."

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"The President believes he is a 'stable genius.' I do not," Boyle added. "President Trump's reckless, erratic behavior has exposed a critical flaw in our existing election process."

The Pennsylvania Democrat added that he supports legislation to address "ongoing concerns" about Trump's "concerning behavior."

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#1; Amazing what a sheep will convince itself of for comfort.

#2 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-10 01:07 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 6

#2

Self Retorting Retort of the Year Candidate, "well" done, I guess.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 01:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Self Retorting Retort of the Year Candidate..." - #3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 01:15 PM

What's self-retorting about IndianaJones' #2?

#4 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#4

I'm pretty sure you are smart enough to figure that out.

#5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 01:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart." -Trump

With the vocabulary and chip on his shoulder attitude of a junior high student and the speaking style a 1980s tween valley girl it just doesn't jive with reality.

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-10 01:30 PM | Reply

"I'm pretty sure you are smart enough to figure that out." - #5 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 01:26 PM

The quintessential example of a self-retorting retort (and paraphrasing the post from which I originated that term) is "Your stupid.".

IndianaJones' #2 doesn't fit that label.

#7 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 01:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Maybe the legislation could be made retro-active to 2018. The world would be relieved.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-10 02:20 PM | Reply

Future presidential candidates should have to turn over their tax returns and undergo a medical exam which includes dementia screening and drug testing. It would have helped immensely if Trump had turned over his tax returns and been tested for early onset dementia and cocaine use. If he had done that and gotten a clean bill of health, there would be much less speculation about his finances and mental health today. If he had done that and not gotten a clean bill of health, hopefully more Americans would have taken that into account and voted accordingly.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 02:28 PM | Reply

So you'd be happy with Pence instead of Trump?

Future presidential candidates should have to turn over their tax returns and undergo a medical exam which includes dementia screening and drug testing. It would have helped immensely if Trump had turned over his tax returns and been tested for early onset dementia and cocaine use. If he had done that and gotten a clean bill of health, there would be much less speculation about his finances and mental health today. If he had done that and not gotten a clean bill of health, hopefully more Americans would have taken that into account and voted accordingly.

#9 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY AT 2018-01-10 02:28 PM | REPLY | FLAG:

#10 | Posted by Will123 at 2018-01-10 02:37 PM | Reply

"So you'd be happy with Pence instead of Trump?"

I wouldn't be happy with a President Pence, but I'd be happier with a president whose financial history and mental health status we know to be above board.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 02:45 PM | Reply

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No, Rightoboutnothing, you explain it to us.

#12 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-01-10 02:46 PM | Reply

I'm just wondering if a law can change the requirements for running for President or if it really has to be a Constitutional Amendment?

#13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 02:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Good question, Danni.

My bet would be on an amendment.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-10 02:51 PM | Reply

"...or if it really has to be a Constitutional Amendment?" - #13 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 02:48 PM

I'm with JeffJ on this: A Constitutional amendment.

Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution states:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
The 12th Amendment made the requirements applicable to the Vice President, and the 22nd Amendment limits the term of the President.

So, what would happen if a candidate refused to abide by the requirements of this proposed legislation? My guess is that he/she would merely point to the Constitution and ask, "Where in there does it state I have to do x, y or z to become president?"

So, yeah, an Amendment would have to be the way to go.

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 03:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I know there has been a movement in NY state to require presidential candidates to produce their tax returns in order to be on the ballot here. If that bill got passed, would it stand up in court?

#16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 03:07 PM | Reply

"I know there has been a movement in NY state to require presidential candidates to produce their tax returns in order to be on the ballot here. If that bill got passed, would it stand up in court?" - #16 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 03:07 PM

A very interesting question, Gal.

States have exercised a lot of authority on who can have ballot access. Usually that relates to a filing fee and/or signatures on a petition.

But what would happen if a major party candidate for president was denied ballot access because they didn't produce a tax return (but otherwise met the state's requirements)?

Lawyers: to the starting gate!

#17 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-10 03:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can't stand Trump the person. He does appear to be mentally unstable.

But what is the point in conducting a military physical examination designed to determine whether you are suitable canon fodder, bone spur or not?

A day long battery of psychological tests may be on order for the current dingbat but most psychopaths are good at hiding their true nature, How else can they reach the top of a US Corporation?

This bill is stupid, designed to make a laughing stock of a man who has already succeeded in making himself a laughing stock in half the country and the rest of the world.

Invoke article 25.

#18 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-01-10 03:25 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by bayviking

Who said it is a military physical examination of the type soldiers go through? Aricle says: "certifying that he or she has undergone medical examination by the medical office under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy."

That means a military doctor conducts a medical examination not what the examination is comprised of. You do realize that officers also have to undergo physicals and evaluations too. The exams of all military personnel includes evaluating their mental fitness for duty - not that that is necessarily going to be the bar. The bottom line is that is what is purposed so people like Trump don't use people his crackpot physician to slide through. We are talking about someone "impartial" as possible and of vetted training and not the whack job of your choice.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-10 03:46 PM | Reply

So let's say this was law and Trump went to the military Dr for an exam and the Dr passed him. Then the Dems pried open this Dr's past and found out 15 years ago he voted republican. A. They would ruin his life B. They would demand another Dr. do an exam and one that they got to choose. C. They would say say the President paid him off. In other words the dems would never take an answer other than he is not fit for office.

Now if we could have a simple one for Congress: Dr: "Sir, do you think Guam would tip over if we added a few buildings to the end of it.?"

#20 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-01-10 04:06 PM | Reply

You would think that someone that smart would have learned a few new words in over 70 years on the planet.

#21 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2018-01-10 04:26 PM | Reply

I'm surprised they haven't done this before. All politicians, judges & police out to take these tests. If they want welfare recipients to take drug tests then what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

#22 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2018-01-10 04:28 PM | Reply

I wouldn't be happy with a President Pence, but I'd be happier with a president whose financial history and mental health status we know to be above board.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday

That would leave hiltabeast out in the cold.

#23 | Posted by Sniper at 2018-01-10 05:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

HATTER

"You would think that someone that smart would have learned a few new words in over 70 years on the planet."

He has learned two new words "reciprocal" and "reciprocity." He throws them out there every chance he gets. But he hasn't quite got the hang of what they mean yet. He just knows they make him sound smart.

Other new words will come along. He can only handle two at one time.

#24 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-10 05:54 PM | Reply

HATTER

My source, who has an undetectable microphone hidden in the Oval Office, tell me that Trump is planning to skip his 3rd Grade Primer and move on to next word he is trying to master. He wants to master "Supercalifragilistiecexpialidocious" to describe himself which is guaranteed to assure a doubting public that he really, really is the smartest president in the history of the United States and probably even the whole world.

#25 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-01-11 05:32 AM | Reply

So let's say this was law and Trump went to the military Dr for an exam and the Dr passed him. Then the Dems pried open this Dr's past and found out 15 years ago he voted republican. A. They would ruin his life B. They would demand another Dr. do an exam and one that they got to choose. C. They would say say the President paid him off. In other words the dems would never take an answer other than he is not fit for office.

DANGER: Combustible material present from egregious use of strawman arguments. Proceed with caution. NO OPEN FLAMES.

#26 | Posted by dylanfan at 2018-01-11 09:21 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

What would be the point? The side running for President would believe everything the doctors say and the side against the person running for President would say it's completely corrupt and not believe any of the results. Seriously Dems, come on. Can you at least try to live within THIS reality and not the one you keep making up? Grand ideas that wouldn't do anything but add more drama to what is already a dog and pony show really shows the country what your priorities are.

#27 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-12 11:46 AM | Reply

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