To the Editor:

This phrase is derived from a legal standard set by the Supreme Court for judging when freedom of speech may lawfully be limited. Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. illustrated the point by arguing that no one has a constitutional right to shout “Fire!” in a crowded theater when no fire is present, for such action would pose a “clear and present danger” to public safety.

It is my contention Donald Trump has repeatedly called “Fire” on the world stage. Examples include his war of words with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un; withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord; and recently choosing not to certify Iran’s nuclear agreement compliance. These actions destabilize the world by heightening regional tensions, while leaving people everywhere worried about the future.

Such acts also diminish our global influence by creating uncertainty and doubt among allies. I believe Trump’s true agenda is personal and petty; he is dismantling Obama’s legacy piece by piece to satiate his ego while leaving the rest of us in peril.

My solution to this problem? We need to employ the 25th Amendment. This amendment facilitates the transition of power if the president is unable or unfit to serve. Section IV allows the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president from office.

I urge this cabinet to act before regions of people are destroyed by preventable war and our planet is irreparably damaged.

Steven Belletire

Marion

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