If I walked up to you on the street and told you we were being ruled by a legally authorized dictator, you’d probably laugh, call me a liar or hit me, right? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that potential already exists and the power is already possessed by the President of the United States (POTUS).
By writing or activating an Executive Order, a privilege awarded to POTUS, any POTUS can legally self-award the title and authority of a dictator for life. And there is nothing Congress or the public can do about it.
The president can cancel and revoke all civil rights granted to citizens under the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and all Constitutional Amendments, court decisions and privileges and protections resultant from those currently legal documents. And all the president must do is pretend there’s an emergency situation.
The government can take control of the Internet, banks and other financial institutions, energy companies and resources and suspend all civil rights, protections and privileges of citizens.
The president can cancel elections or disband Congress itself. The president can grant lifetime occupancy of the office, title, authority and self-determined rights. And once that happens, nobody can legally do a darned thing about it unless they succeed in revolting.
People can be rounded up, transported to undisclosed locations for undetermined durations of time, be forced to work without monetary compensation on “government programs and projects,” without the right to refuse, and the government can confiscate any and all private or corporate possessions “perceived” to be a threat to national security or during a “perceived” emergency situation of any nature whatsoever, including presidential whim. (Sorry, George W. Bush. You missed your chance to become the dictator of this country as you expressed a wish to become.) Thank goodness you’re not currently president.
The president can suspend for any duration term limits. All he has to “perceive” is that elections during a time of emergency would be disruptive. *click. *whoosh. There they go, those ashes blowing in the wind.
The president can legally disband Congress or rescind the Constitution, for if Da Prez has the legal right to determine what is legal and what is not — and without oversight, neither the Constitution, any legislative body or Congress itself has purpose. Save the money. We might hear,
“Fire ‘em, and close it down.”
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