Part VI – Behind the Scenes in Washington DC

Lesson Materials

Are today’s elections and current events
a result of chance or design? (Conclusion)

The Dangers of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment

This amendment was passed on February 10, 1967 and defines the procedures for filling vacancies in the offices of President and Vice President.

Section 1 of this amendment was unnecessary, since it merely repeated what the Constitution had already provided in Article II, Section 1, Clause 6. This simply states that if the President dies or is incapacitated, the Vice President shall take his place.

Section 2 states that if the office of Vice President becomes vacant, then:

  • The President is authorized to nominate a replacement.
  • The nominee is then confirmed by merely a majority of those present in the House and the Senate.

Section 3 allows the President to voluntarily relinquish his office to the Vice President if at any time he feels incapacitated. When he recovers, he can take over his office again and the Vice President must step down.

Section 4 provides that if the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet (or review board set up by Congress) decide the President is incapacitated, the Vice President advises Congress that he is taking over as acting President.

Notice that the initiative for unseating the President is in the Vice President, backed by a mere majority of the Cabinet or such other review board as Congress may establish.

After the President has been ousted and the Vice President has assumed power, the President can advise the leaders of the House and the Senate that he is really able to discharge his duties.

The Vice President then has four days to respond. Meanwhile, the Vice President continues to serve as the acting President.

If the Vice President still thinks the President is incapacitated, he so advises the leaders of the House and the Senate and continues acting as President.

The House and the Senate then have 21 days to make a decision. If they do not happen to be in session, they have 48 hours to assemble.

After an appropriate inquiry, the House and Senate must decide whether the President is incapacitated or not. If two-thirds of the House and Senate agree that he is not able to discharge his duties, then the Vice President “shall continue . . . as acting President.” If the vote is less than two-thirds, then the President is allowed to resume his office.

This amendment was pushed through Congress in 1965 and ratified in 1967. It is considered by some authorities to be poorly structured.

Consider what this kind of procedure might have done to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War when he often stood alone in making some of his most difficult decisions.

It is believed that this amendment tends to encourage a type of political maneuvering which gave the United States, for the first time in its history, an unelected President and an unelected Vice President.

Americans Had an Un-elected President and Vice President in 1974

You will recall that this amendment was put to use by the “Founding Fathers of Change” with Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. Here is the report we gave in Part 3 of our Behind the Scenes report:

It was 1974. The president of the United States was Richard Nixon (born in 1913, incidentally). His vice president declared that he was going to resign because of tax problems, which he did. Because of the 25th Amendment, President Nixon could now select who he wanted as vice president. He selected Gerald Ford. Not many months later, President Nixon was accused of impeachable acts by individuals (outside of government??) who released tapes with proof of inappropriate behavior of the president.

President Nixon resigned, and Gerald Ford became president, though he had never been elected by the people. He began his presidency with two interesting actions:

1. He pardoned former President Richard Nixon “of all crimes known and unknown.”

2. He selected Nelson Rockefeller, from one of the prominent families of the “fathers of change” as vice president.

We now had a president and vice president who had never been elected by the people. What happened next created a “wow” in my studies.

President Ford’s wife developed personal health problems, possibly causing the President to resign. If President Ford resigned, Nelson Rockefeller would be our president! But Betty Ford got better and President Ford remained. However, the next election was very interesting.

David Rockefeller encouraged one of those close to his family to run against Gerald Ford, and David’s brother, Nelson Rockefeller. The candidate’s name was Jimmy Carter. His vice presidential selection was Walter Mondale – a very prominent political leader.

The 1976 bicentennial election, 200 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed by our original Founders, would put two (apparent opponents??) running against each other. But they were both supported by the same power group!

President Carter was elected, and was president until 1981.

Why Didn’t Ford Resign, as Planned?

Ford didn’t resign – but he almost did. A survey was taken, and it was found that Nelson Rockefeller was not popular enough to be elected at the next election. It was necessary, then, for the Founders of Change to come up with another politician. Their thinking was, “Select a (supposed) opponent to Ford and Rockefeller who would run against them in the next election. This will guarantee that one of our people will become president.”

Both the presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate were actually on the same team, even though in the election debates the controlled press portrayed them as being opposed to each other.

That particular election was a great learning tool for the “Founders of Change.” Now they knew what they could do to circumvent the “chains of the Constitution” to get their people elected.

A Strange Imaginary Scenario

Could this ever happen again?

What if President Obama wanted to be more involved in the world scene after his presidency, and not be just another “former president of the United States”?

What if Obama wanted to resign a year or two after his second election and become a world leader of peace – let’s say like the head of NATO?

If he did resign, Vice President Biden would become president. Who would he select as Vice President? What if he told the media that his friend and political helpmeet Hillary Clinton was the best qualified person to be President of the United States?

And again — What if President Biden then announced that he no longer wanted to be President because of family issues? His Vice President would then become President if he resigned. Once in the Presidency, Hillary Clinton would then be the obvious candidate for the next election. But, what if Hillary was not popular enough to be elected, like Nelson Rockefeller years ago?

Perhaps those who were thinking up this crazy scenario wanted to find out how popular Hillary Clinton was with the people before Obama’s resignation, like they did before Ford’s resignation. What could they do to find out? What if they could have a book published – a biography of her “exciting” life? If the book was a smashing success, it would be an indication that she was popular enough to be electable.

But if Hillary’s biography was a failure, what then?

A supposed opponent to her would need to be selected, just like when they selected Carter to run against Ford.

Opponents on the Same Side

But how could the Founders of Change ensure that these two “opponents” would surface as the major candidates in the political scene? What if all areas of the press gave the two “opponents” six more times the coverage in the media than any of the other candidates? Under this weird scenario, the Founders of Change could guide the press, so that through the eyes of the voters the best two candidates possible would be selected by the two major political parties.

To further guarantee the outcome, those in charge would want to select the Vice President for each of the candidates, for this would be their safety net in case their newly elected President was not following their desired goals.

What an interesting scenario this could be! All because of the 25th Amendment, that the Founders of Change pushed through the amending process back in 1967, and guarded by them ever since.

Meanwhile, President Obama would need to be looked upon as a great friend of World Peace. For, who knows what he might want to become once he is a former president?

What a crazy story! A scenario like this could never become a reality – could it?

A Glimmer of Hope

If something like this ever happened, would it be possible to ever return to checks and balances?

This will be the subject of our July Behind the Scenes report.


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