posted on Jul, 6 2006 @ 10:53 AM
If Bush's approval ratings were higher I might worry about this, but only a little.
First of all, there is no legal provision in the U.S. for imposing "martial law," i.e. complete suspension of the Constitution and rule by the
military. The closest approach to that is Article I, Section 9, Clause 2, which states: "The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be
suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it."
Abraham Lincoln suspended that privilege during the Civil War, but he still had to stand for reelection in 1864 in the normal way. If Bush were to
try to assert that the so-called "War on Terror" is as serious a national crisis as the Civil War, and if Congress were to swallow such drivel from
him and pass suspension of Habeas Corpus, that would still leave other provisions of the Constitution in effect, including the 22nd Amendment limiting
presidential terms. There is no way around this under current law.
For Bush to act completely outside the law, and impose true martial law, suspending the entire Constitution and placing the country under a
dictatorship, he would need a lot more popular support than he currently enjoys, and complete command of the military. I don't believe he's capable
of doing it, however much he might want to.