Danielle Stanton the First Lady has died
President Stanton Devastated
Washington, The White House: Danielle Stanton beloved wife of President Andrew Holmes Stanton has died. The nation and the world are in mour- ning. Her death comes on the heels of the death of Mathew Thorn, President Stanton's Vice-President and lifelong friend. Chief of Staff Lankford made the announcement last night. President Stanton, the oldest man ever to serve as president remains secluded. Vice-President Roosevelt offered his heart-felt sympathy.
For the Good of the Country is a novel of political intrigue - a political thriller with a twenty-one day play-clock. President Stanton's grief is crippling. He sleeps only with drugs. They don't touch his depression. Maybe time heals all wounds but how much time can the nation give its beloved President? Vice-President Roosevelt is under increasing pressure to invoke the Twenty-fifth Amendment and seize the Presidency. The battle pits an old, perhaps fatally wounded, President against his young Vice-President. One clings to the power the other hopes to grasp. The battle is fought by surrogates. Rogue elements are in control; murder is just another tool.
This novel is fiction but it is not fantasy. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment may prove the old adage that "the road to hell is paved with good intention." At best the Amendment is a solution to presidential incapacitation; at worst it is a prescription for a coup d'état
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About the Author
I received formal training in political science at Carroll College (Wisc.), Vanderbilt University, and American University in D.C. I have taught political science at the college level for 12 years and served in the administrations of four presidents. At American University I became a committed activist. My first march was to Lafayette Square after the Bombing in Birmingham. There in a sea of black men and women, I listened to speeches from a podium I couldn't see. Co-mingled with those speeches were the shouts of George Lincoln Rockwell's American Nazis protesting "Nigger Crimes against White Americans." The crowd, packed upright nearly as tight as a slave ship, responded by singing "We Shall Overcome." When they sang "Black and White Together" two huge black women took my hands, lifted me to my tiptoes, and waved me like an emblem for the movement.
Later that fall, I was an eyewitness to history as President Johnson in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination addressed a joint session of Congress. President Johnson had no Vice- President. He did have a long history of heart disease. Speaker McCormack and Senate Pro Tem Carl Hayden sat behind him. They were next in the line of succession. Both were relics of a by-gone era. McCormack, the younger of the two, had served in the House since 1928. Hayden born in 1877 represented Arizona in Congress since its statehood in 1912. The scene gave birth to the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. The country needed to be able to fill Vice- Presidential vacancies and replace disabled Presidents. The Twenty-Fifth Amendment tried to do both. While the succession provisions proved effective, Section Four, the disability provision, has never been used. Inevitably it will be. Tragically it is a prescription for a coup d'état.
Fortunately it is also makes for a fascinating novel and great read!