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What if Donald Trump used emergency powers to at stay in power.

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    This is strictly a hypothetical question, not a realistic question. It also is not a conspiracy theory of what is likely to happen. It is a political War Game scenario, but instead of dealing with hostile foreign governments such as Russia, China, Turkey, or North Korea, the question is about dealing an domestic hostile takeover attempt by a political party, the GOP.

    Scenario: Before Jan 20th Donald Trump has a dead serious TV state-of-the-nation address (and world) where he states he is declaring Martial Law. As president he openly declares he is postponing indefinitely all elections and election results. Declares all branches and states are to report directly to him, including all law enforcement, and the entire military. Congress and the Supreme Court would be under his direct control and must seek his final approval on all issues.

    Justification: He would frame Martial Law as a "temporary state of emergency", but necessary because of COVID and because of election fraud. He would attempt to put people at easy by saying "It will only be for a very short period of time, not long, just long enough to make America great again" and he, Donald Trump, would decided when to it would be safe to lift Martial Law restrictions.... But of course, that day would never come while he remains in power.

    This hypothetical question is not about what Donald Trump can legally do, its about him attempting stay in power claiming his has authority and power as president to use emergency powers to stay in power. And the scenario questions how willingly the GOP would be to back him up because they would also stay in power with him. In this scenario, there would be 10's of millions of Americans that would would instantly support such move by Donald Trump, and support the increasing crack downs that would follow.

    Would the GOP go along with this scenario under the self-delusion that it is justified and just temporary?

    How long would the majority of Americans accept Donald Trump having complete authoritarian power over everything?
    Not a single day? A week? A month? Until COVID is under control? Until Donald Trump decides otherwise?

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    Sure , our "laws" are so terrible that indeed things like this can happen. It is time that they revise the system into an Parliamentary system, which "limits the "powers" of the President. But yeah I doubt if they ever will be cause all the "zillion" corrupt lawyers like our "messy" system as it is, in order to make hoards of money. The same applies to all the lobbyists and the rich with their PAC's. This country will stay ungovernable with the dangers as you describe, if nothing is done to "limit" the powers of Presidents and "others". (Like Mc Connell types and the "rich") If this country stays on this path it will follow all "has been" countries. Amen

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    Even pieces of shit like McConnell, McCarthy and Rand Paul would see that as a step too far, imo. We’re he to pull it they would likely invoke the 25th amendment. They are content with the lawsuits and recounts as it gives them cover.
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    Actually the "25th Amendment" should apply to the whole GOP as it looks now; they all belong in the "nut" house.

    Is n't time to write about a "hundred" or more "amendments" to fix our lousy Constitution? As well make an 2 party system workable (which is just about an impossible task)

    How about an "limit" to "free speech" as well "limits" for Presidents and "idiots" like Mc Connell who just does what he wants.

    Sorry, but this "island" has a lot to learn on how to "govern" and "how to structure the system of governing" without "power plays" in it. Europe had thousands of years to learn that, here they had barely 300 years time to "copy" that experience, but rather did it the "island" way, as Britain did. Yes such is bound to fail. Amen

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    MSM rumors of dropping a bomb on a nuclear generating station in Iran - I hope not.

    Pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq? Some GOP'ers are pissed off about that.

    There will probably be more rumors and propaganda to come, January 20, 2021 can't get here fast enough!

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    Dockadams Wrote:

    MSM rumors of dropping a bomb on a nuclear generating station in Iran - I hope not.

    Pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq? Some GOP'ers are pissed off about that.

    There will probably be more rumors and propaganda to come, January 20, 2021 can't get here fast enough!

    I am pretty sure that if Trump went that far to stay in power, far wiser, far more stable, far more professional military experts would intercede to prevent it from happening.

    What does not surprise me is that Trump is looking for non-election alternatives to stay in power. Creating "A crisis that the world has never seen" likely something that he considering.

    A key to understanding Donald Trump is that he is always looking to keep things unstable, confusing, scary, high risk, conflict, etc. because that is how he maintains control when people and leaders are confronted with a crisis they don't know how to handle. Bottomline, Trump has the advantage the worse things are (ie the worse COVID gets, the more he thrives). He thrives in chaos and destruction. It allows him to take advantage of people and situations when others are uncertain as to what to do. Donald Trump is pure cancer.

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    The only thing (read Mary Trump's book) what drives Trump is "revenge" on everyone who is against him or is not "loyal"

    So in this case because of his hate against Obama and therefore also Biden ( shown clearly with the impeachment), he will do everything to make life an hell for Biden. Therefore the stupidity of this country not to make solid "transfer laws", so that during any "transfer" the sitting President can only act if there is an danger to its people or the country, as well still has to follow due process as the law should describe, and can't act to undermine his replacement.

    In the first place there should be clearly be defined what the "limits" of Presidents are; which is totally missing in this country. I wrote many times about such. So the present "mess" is again an self inflicted wound.