I Want To Be WrongDavid Richardson
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
would rather be Russian than Democrat" - As the image below shows,
tTRUMPsters evidently have no problem preferring Russia over America.
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.
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.
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.
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.