I know that this will be two whole seasons behind you hard-core watchers of the show, but my wife and I are working our way through the show "24," which I know Bunny McIntosh watches religiously, and which my comrade and fellow citizen JB turned me on to. We have just finished season two and begun season three. Jack Bauer is a bad motherfucker (shut yo mouth), the show's a little formulaic and takes a major suspension of disbelief (but then, I've been listening to people talk about Rambaldi for four seasons now) and I could really give a shit about what Kim Bauer gets into - but hey, I'm thoroughly enjoying the show, even when I question what's going on. Case in point (for those of you ready to completely geek out with me):
During a period of crisis in the second season, President Palmer's cabinet members invoke Section 4 of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, which states:
Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.
Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principle officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.
'Ja get all that? Now, lifting aside for a moment that no one submitted shit in writing on the show, and they sequestered the Prez immediately after a preliminary vote, I was wondering what's to keep the President (in real life as well as in 24) from just firing all of his cabinet members before or during such a vote. Or indeed, just after, during the written appeals process. Nixon fired people all the time to preserve policy, so did Reagan. I was thinking this, because with the insane, jacked-up cowboy fuck we've got for President now, you would think that somebody somewhere could convene a meeting and vote him out - they could use my house. Of course, then he could just turn around and point at everyone, saying, "Fired. Fired, fired, fired, fired." And you know he would - he thinks he can run things by himself, like Harold Lloyd in the clocktower of government. Anyway, does anyone know why this can or cannot happen under the Constitution, or if there is any precedent for the situation?
Anybody want to argue constitutional law with me? Rant about the President? Or just talk about 24? About how dreamy Tony's eyes are? About Kiefer's earlobes? About how Los Angeles should sue the show 'cause it makes it look like an even more dangerous place to live?