Not, that I think that even a president as venal and incompetent as Obama would try such a move, but I cannot help but find it rather troubling that we should begin hearing such proposals out of Democrat leaders.
Speaking to a Cary rotary club today, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue suggested suspending Congressional elections for two years so that Congress can focus on economic recovery and not the next election.
"I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years and just tell them we won't hold it against them, whatever decisions they make, to just let them help this country recover. I really hope that someone can agree with me on that," Perdue said. "You want people who don't worry about the next election."
Frankly, I'm confident that such a move by this or any other president would be met with immediate intervention by the US military to take the perpetrators into custody, followed by a court martial and the immediate imposition of the sentence. It wouldn't be long before the top selling book in the country would be titled Sic Semper Tyrannis: The Arrest, Trial, and Execution of an American Dictator.
Unfortunately, Gov. Perdue's unwise and thoroughly seditious words will have the effect of confirming conspiracy theories believed by a small fringe on the extreme right about an Obama plot to do something along the line of what Perdue proposed here. After all, the outliers who truly believe such a thing is imminent heard for years from the fringe left that Bush and Cheney were planning something similar in 2002, 2004, 2006, or 2008, and therefore believe that the Left finds such a plan to be plausible -- despite the fact that 98% of Americans recognize that not only do American presidents lack the constitutional power to make such a move, but they would also not be supported by the overwhelming majority of the people. Even more to the point, they if such an extreme measure was not found appropriate during the Civil War or World War II -- or, in a situation that more closely parallels today's troubles, during the great Depression -- then it is certainly not warranted today.
But on the other hand, Think Progress likes the idea -- so maybe George Soros will find a way to pay to make it happen.