“OFF WITH HER HEAD!” spake the Mad Queen in Lewis Carroll’s bizarre “Alice in Wonderland,” flailing about, ordering dire punishment for anyone who displeased her.

Is America now facing such inanities? Such dangers? Cooler heads think so.

Consider the wild, revolutionary thinking of a leading radical, Senator John McCain. Of course I am kidding about his being radical. He is calm and rational. McCain, former POW/Viet Nam veteran and now Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Forces, spoke recently at the Munich Security Conference in Germany. McCain asked: “Can the West survive?”

McCain does not see the question as alarmist or hyperbole. He compared today’s political atmosphere in America to the Nazi years in Germany of the 1940s and 1950s. He and many others (too few?) are “alarmed by a growing inability—even unwillingness—to separate truth from lies.” Without mentioning the name of Donald Trump, McCain spoke to assembled NATO and world leaders of the troubling political climate in the U.S.

A week or so ago, I wrote of our need to plan for “survival” in this divisive, oppressive new age. I got push-back from colleagues for even that mild proposal (perhaps because I mentioned a recent book, listing many of Trump’s bizarre behavior and speeches, entitled “Insane Clown”).

But my proposal was wrong for other reasons. That point of view assumed we COULD survive, that all or most things would be “alright,” if only we “resisted,” (wrote to our Representatives, joined progressive organizations pushing back against atavistic policies and appointments). I am persuaded (by McCain and others) we may almost be too late.

Now, I am of a different mind. We must reconsider. We must prepare for even worse. (The recent rantings of Trump’s first press conference suggests his mind set). Our duty now—to our families, indeed, to our country and to the world–is first to see and acknowledge the dangers, then to respond quickly.

Some say that means impeachment. Others say that would take too long; it took 900 days to remove Nixon. We don’t have three years. A recent New York Times editorial warned “Mr. Trump’s speech and actions demonstrate an inability to tolerate views different from his own, leading to rage reactions.” The Times continued: “his words and behavior suggest a profound inability to empathize; these traits distort reality, leading him to attack facts and those who convey them (journalists, scientists).”

The Times cited recently published conclusions by a long list of psychiatrists: “We believe that the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as President.” The group of scientists broke their silence because “too much is at stake to be silent any longer.”

Others disagree. Dr. Allen Frances, of Duke Medical College, opines: “Trump’s behavior does not meet criteria of narcissistic personality disorder.” In spite of his expertise, he is faced with an overwhelming number of colleagues in his profession who, simply, are saying Trump is mentally deranged.

But, even Frances agrees: “Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it, and has been richly rewarded rather than punished for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy.” Indeed, “it is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well-behaved and well-meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither”).

Frances concludes: “psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and PURSUIT OF DICTATORIAL POWERS” (sic). So, that is the best judgment from an expert who does not think Trump is crazy. Not crazy, just unfit to lead a great nation.

What is to be done? Providing New Jersey laws allow, Mr. Trump could be committed (by his daughter and/or son-in-law), or at least forced to submit to involuntary psychological evaluation. Such a reaction is possible but not probable.

Our U.S. Constitution provides for impeachment (majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate). Possible charges? Treason? The Russian Connection? And/or other misuses of power? Even if charges could or should be brought, that process might take too long.

No solution is perfect. Resignation or impeachment would also leave us with Pence, whom many feel would be worse than Trump. “The organized Right wants a President Pence. He’s calmer, less vulnerable to political challenge, linked to corporate and Wall Street interests, a social reactionary and ideologically in tune with House Republican/’Freedom Caucus’ colleagues” (Richard Brodsky, The Huffington Post, February 17, 2017).

So, meanwhile? How to respond? The Constitution provided for physical impairment of the President and his removal, should he be incapacitated, but left vague who had the power to judge. But, barring a physical melt-down of Mr. Trump neither is this event likely.

Thus, many are distraught during our current “Alice in Wonderland” scenario. Many are aghast at the damage already wreaked and fearful of other disasters to come. David Brooks of the New York Times: “President Trump’s mental state is… unhinged, unmoored and unglued.” Dana Milbank of the Washington Post: “The President of the U.S. is barking mad.”

Solutions? The “court of public opinion?” Sane, calm judgement from Senator McCain and other heroes? Perhaps it is time for the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the Constitution to be put into play: The Vice-President, plus two-thirds of the Cabinet, could judge Trump mentally incompetent to continue as President.

Trump could object; (you think he might?) Then, two-thirds of both houses of Congress would be necessary to render judgment and remove him. Alas, as of today, none of these possibilities are in play—except the growing judgment of the world.

Meanwhile the world waits and watches… and, as in “Alice in Wonderland,” things get “curiouser and curiouser.”