I Want To Be Wrong

David Richardson

I am making an observation.  It looks like there is a possibility that the current president, #45, may very well be our final president.  By past statements, tRUMP has expressed the desire to not only get re-elected, but to serve more than two terms, and he has even expressed the desire to become President for life.

According to Reuters, in an article on March 3, 2018:

U.S. President Donald Trump praised Chinese President Xi Jinping after the ruling Communist party announced it was eliminating the two-term limit for the presidency, paving the way for Xi to serve indefinitely, according to audio aired by CNN.  “He’s now president for life, president for life. And he’s great,” Trump said, according to audio of excerpts of Trump’s remarks at a closed-door fundraiser in Florida aired by CNN. “And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot someday,” Trump said to cheers and applause from supporters.

U.S. Representative Ro Khanna, a Democrat, said on Twitter that “whether this was a joke or not, talking about being President for life like Xi Jinping is the most unAmerican sentiment expressed by an American President. George Washington would roll over in his grave.”

This was reported by several media outlets besides Reuters, and there was even a interview of tRUMP outside of, and in front of, the White House, with tRUMP expressing those very same sentiments.  I saw that interview myself on TV.

U.S. presidents by tradition originally served a maximum of two four-year terms until President Franklin Roosevelt was elected a record four times starting in 1932. An amendment to the U.S. Constitution approved in 1951 limits presidents to two terms in office.

In order to change the current prohibition, it would require initial support of two-thirds of both houses of Congress OR support of two-thirds of state legislatures - and then would need to be ratified by three-quarters of the states.

Can the US president suspend elections?

Article One of the Constitution provides that the privilege may not be suspended except during times of rebellion or invasion, but it does not specify who may suspend the privilege. The Supreme Court ruled that Congress may suspend the privilege if it deems it necessary.  Keep in mind that the current Supreme Court already consists of a majority of justices that are favorable to the President, and if tRUMP gets re-elected, the Supreme Court Justice situation could get even worse.

Can the president declare martial law?

On a federal level, only the President has the power to impose martial law. In each state the governor has the right to impose martial law within the borders of that particular state. ... In 1878, Congress passed the Posse Comitatus Act, which forbids military involvement in domestic law enforcement without congressional approval.

If a US President were to declare martial law, would he have the power to dissolve Congress and stay in office for more than two terms?

To start with, no President has the authority to declare martial law in any area of the country where an actual emergency does not exist, and any declaration that such a state of emergency does exist must clearly define the nature of the emergency and its anticipated duration.  A key element is that the operation of the courts must have been interrupted by the emergency.  As soon as the courts are back in operation, the emergency is de facto ended.  Unless the emergency was so large as to effect the widest range of territory and the vast majority of the people, thereby preventing an election from taking place, the imposition of nationwide martial law would not prevent a successor from being chosen, and the second term would end with the inauguration of the next President.  In any event, the office would still change hands, either to the President-elect (or to the Vice President or the Speaker of the House, in the case of no election having taken place due to the state of emergency).  In no event would the President stay in office past the end of his/her term.

The President has the authority to call a special session of Congress, but may not dismiss or dissolve a Congress that is in session.  Nor may the President stop Congress from convening.  This would also apply during any period of national emergency.  However, the Congress does have the authority to remove a President from office under certain circumstances clearly laid out in the Constitution.

So, in short, the answer is no, the President cannot dissolve Congress, and no, the President cannot be President any longer once he has fulfilled two elected terms in office.

That being said, I would not put ANYTHING past this President, and with the backing of the currently corrupt Senate with a tRUMPublican majority, I believe that they would try anything.  When you throw in the possibility of Russian interference in our elections, it would not be unreasonable to see that it could possibly happen.

One way that we COULD have a 46th President would be if tRUMP was to keel over dead or be incapacitated, and his successor would then take over.  Of course, the new President would most likely be just an extention of the current one, so there would not be much of a difference. 

It should be apparent to anyone who does NOT have their head up their ass, or up tRUMP's ass for that matter, that the tRUMPublican party has been so corrupted by both Russian influence or by big money, and since those same tRUMPublicans  don't have a backbone to stand up to him, I would not be the least bit surprised if any or all of what I am saying here becomes a reality.

We may still have one saving grace to save our collective asses.  Any idiot can see for themselves that the tRUMPublican party and their supporters consist ALMOST entirely of old, grey-haired, white males.  Any non-whites, or non-males that make up the party or it's supporters, are so low in number that they can be dismissed out-of-hand as non-existent.  Over time, these old, grey-haired men are decreasing in number, and it would be hard to imagine that they are not aware of this.  As such, they must act quickly, before time catches up with them.

As I see it, any supporters of tRUMP fall in the following categories:

1.  Almost exclusively heterosexual white males.  Whenever you see a gathering of tRUMPublicans in meetings or official government groups, you would be hard pressed to see anything OTHER than white males.  I always find it interesting that whenever you see the official government gatherings about women's reproductive rights, you almost NEVER see any females among those making those decisions.

2.  Racists.  Chances are the same males mentioned in the previous statement are most likely more than just white, they are invariably racist.  tRUMP has made it quite clear that he has very little love for non-whites.

3.  Misogynists.  Since it seems that most tRUMPsters either can't read, or they don't like to read, probably because the concept of actually learning something new does not appeal to them, I will define what a misogynist is:  A person who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.  Translation:  They hate women.  tRUMP has made it quite clear that he has no respect for women.

4.  Religious extremists, or more likely, evangelicals.  One of the biggest and most loyal groups of supporters fall in this category.  The reasons for this can vary, but I find it rather hypocritical if they REALLY think that tRUMP is religious.  He was asked what his favorite Bible verse was.  He couldn't think of one.  As I suspect that these same evangelicals are not stupid or illiterate, I can only conclude that they are using tRUMP as a pawn for them, as a means to an end.  As it happens, the vast majority of the evangelicals are white and male.  Do you see the pattern?  I also suspect that most, if not all of them, do not practice, and they probably do not believe, what they themselves are preaching.  I suspect that they see how gullible their parishoners or followers are, and they are just using them for power and money.

As an added note:  I suspect that there are, in fact, many religious types that truly DO believe what they preach or what they read from the bible.  Unfortunately, that means that they may subscribe to the notion of the second coming of Christ, and, they may see tRUMP as the anti-Christ, and if they are not aware of it, at least they might be aware of it at a sub-conscious level.  As such, they might be seeing it as a way to hasten the path to the end times, and they just can't wait for judgement day.  As far as tRUMPsters go in relation to this, if they cannot read or have an aversion to reading, then most likely they have not read the Bible for themselves, and as a result they can only go by what they are spoon-fed by whoever their local pastor or preacher is, or whovever their favorite TV evangelist is.  Either way, since they are not learning it themselves, they are susceptible to whatever flavor of Bible knowledge they are being fed.

As a result, I find it quite disturbing to see a few trends.

"I would rather be Russian than Democrat" - As the image below shows, tTRUMPsters evidently have no problem preferring Russia over America.

The way that tRUMP and the tRUMPublicans defied congressional subpoenas, you would think they had something to hide.  It would appear that tRUMPsters don't seem to be worried about how tRUMP would rather rule by tyranny than by a legally elected president.  They seem to have no problem when tRUMP claims to have people who could testify as to his innocence, but he would prevent them from testifying before congress.

They evidently have no problem being governed by an oligarchy.  Again, for the benefit of tRUMPsters, an oligarcy is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people.  These people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, education or corporate, religious, political, or military control. Such states are often controlled by families who pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition of oligarchy.  Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist.

I have one last thing to say about what I mentioned before, and this how so many white heterosexual(supposedly) males seem to be the ones in charge.  It seems to me that if white males have been in charge so much, they made a pretty bad mess of things.  With all the environmental problems, and political problems, and economical problems throughout the world, I wouldn't be bragging about the state of things.  I am a white, straight, older male, and I think that it is time to give the reins to non-white, non-male, non-straight people.  Give them a shot, they couldn't do any worse.  Give younger people a shot.  Anyone who has seen mixed-race children can see how beautiful they are.  Only through diversity can we, as humans, take adavantage of the strong points of all persuasions.

The intense desire of all of those white, older males to hold on to their power can lead them to do anything, including abuse of power, possibly to the extent of sending this country down the river, rather than do what is right.

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