Trump Inspires 'Stable Genius' Bill to Prevent National Nightmare from Recurring

Trump Inspires ‘Stable Genius’ Bill to Prevent National Nightmare from Recurring

Trump continues to unintentionally inspire progressive change

Representative Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania has pushed forward a bill that will add one more criterion for anyone wishing to run for President: they must pass a mental health exam. Aptly called the Stable Genius Act, Boyle was clearly inspired by a series of tweets from President Trump in which he praised himself as a “stable genius” in response to accusations from the bombshell book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” released the first week of January.

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When the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, their requirements for presidential eligibility reflected their time period. All they wanted to lead their small country was a natural-born citizen who had resided in the U.S. for at least 14 years of their life, and, keeping in mind the life expectancy of the era, was on the older side at 35 years of age.

But the United States has changed exponentially since its founding in the late-18th century. It is no longer a small isolated union but a massive state that has widespread geopolitical influence courtesy of its massive military, economic, and societal structures. The US has been the Leader of the Free World, and with that come a lot of responsibilities entailing the maintenance of global peace. Especially in the nuclear age where unstable dictators have access to weapons capable of ending the world.

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The President of the United States is the leader of the free world, and the caretaker of the Presidency. And with that comes greater duties that the aforementioned qualifying criteria cannot properly represent. As such, Boyle’s proposal, while humorously named, should not be cast aside as a partisan joke. Whether any given President is a Republican or a Democrat, or any other political affiliation, having a clear mindset is vital not only for the daily operations of the Presidency, but also for dealing with emergencies like international crises.

While it would take an amendment to rewrite this aspect of the Constitution, Boyle’s proposal provides an easier solution where all prospective presidential candidates must file a FEC report confirming that they have undergone a mental medical examination “under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Navy.”

Photo illustration by Reverb Press; Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore, Flickr, (CC-BY-SA-2.0); math overlay, “Confused Math Lady” meme, Public Domain.

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