Originally posted by Symbiote
Maybe BushCo will nuke Congress while it is in session, and blame it on Muslims, or Russians, or Iranians, and thus take out the Democratic opposition
at the same time that martial law is declared and the election is suspended.
Far fetched? I would like to think so.
Ok, I'm up due to insomnia, so I want to apologize first off for anything that is missaid or spelled wrong. i will try to come back to this when I
get a few hours of sleep.
It occurs to me that there are only a precious few scenarios that Bush could EXTEND his 2nd term. I say extend because as other posters have said
there is no way for him to get all the work done to be able to run for this election (even if they did...no one would vote for him, I think even the
majority of the sheeple wouldn't).
Ok, what I'm playing off of is a crisis that occurred in 1876 with Rutherford Hayes' election. Not so much what happened, but the time line. The
electoral college vote was too close, with no majority, so as per the Constitution the decision was left to the House, which couldn't make a decision
until a private meeting between Hayes and some others negotiated a settlement and the withdrawal of troops from some of the controversial areas in the
South, but this is unimportant here. With days left, a new president was chosen, but there were plans for Grant to continue sitting in until the
decision was made.
The ONLY ways I see that Bush could extend the term is 1)The House of Representitives is disbanded/destroyed in its entirety (as long as there is a
quorum of the House they could probably certify the election results as per its responsibilities), or 2) Happen to have both candidates (and their VP
choices if they are made at that time) in the same area and have the city mysteriously get nuked by "terrorists" (plays into the missing nuke I saw
someone talk about earlier), finally 3) (least likely IMO) Nuclear war devastates the country, leaving insufficient infrastructure for a vote that the
House would be able to certify in "good faith in representation".
I'm not saying it will happen, I'm also not saying it won't. I have seen some people say that we need to look at our Constitution and the Civics
books, and I have done so, both in recent classes and on my own time. These are the legal ways that it could be done, and Bush would be accepted
(unhappily) to be President for the next year (two max) to get the country/House rebuilt and to hold elections.
Some people (after reading this over myself) may have a problem with #2, because there are more than 2 candidates. But I must remind readers that the
people are not as...open to things as we are. I talk with people with their Master's and Ph.D.'s all the time and even they sometimes have some
wool over their eyes. Others are not going to be as investigative as us, nor as interested in the news (my roommate for example will not watch the
news unless I force her, and even then its only half-hearted on her part), so third party candidates get knocked off. The only one's I've heard
about at all are Ron Paul and Nader, and that's been a while. Make the "event" happen a day or two before the election in a controversial state
like oh say Ohio or Florida, and the election has to be postponed, because people would still vote along party lines for dead people to be president
(Don't believe it wouldn't happen? Look up Mel Carnahan, who was elected to the Senate in 2000 against John Ascroft, and had died during the
campaign because of an airplane crash).
Am I worried? Sure I'll go with that, but I'm not going to go stocking up on the 3-month supply of emergency rations people have been talking about
on ATS. No I'm going to make sure to help people keep their heads on their shoulders, because if we let conspiracy take hold of us instead of us
taking it on, we become nothing more than an alarmist trying to throw water on a fire that doesn't exist at that time, and may inadvertantly start
the fire they are fearing. Right now Bush has no real reason (that can be supported by Congress in any way) to suspend the elections or do anything
that would get him more time in office. Let's not give him one by inciting fear in the populace. Thank you for your time.