A Calvinesque and Hobbesian look at a President becoming a Dictator

#6

Hey, “normalcy” is a perfectly cromulent around these parts :smiley:

19 Likes

#7

A million hearts to you if I could. Harding and normalcy are one of my biggest bugbears.

Possibly, though, that was a reference to historical presidential idiocy? Cheeto isnt the first prez to invent his own lexicon (bigly.) We might not be giving @euansmith enough credit…

5 Likes

#8

My sincerest contrafibularities.

17 Likes

#9

I remember cable news using the word normalcy after 9/11, as in returning to it. It didn’t sound right then either, at least to educated ears. I guess it’s people’s eternal drive to create buzzwords.

1 Like

#10

I don’t know why this seems relevant? But here it goes…

28 Likes

#11

It’s funny terrifying because it’s absolutely true!

12 Likes

#12

Apparently, Harding didn’t actually coin the word, but popularised it… or un-popularised it would appear. That’s according to that Merriam-Webster anyhow.

But, anyway, all words are “made-up” :smiley:

2 Likes

#13

Reminds me of this…

black-adder-1-ba

5 Likes

#14

Yep. Be ready.

6 Likes

#15

As exciting as it has been for his narcissism to be POTUS, he undoubtedly has urges for all sorts of dealings, both with business and with porn stars, that he can only really follow through with as a former POTUS. After 8 years of this confinement, he’ll be fine with leaving, as he says, “that dump” of a White House.

4 Likes

#16

Indeed.

3 Likes

#17

Just substitute ‘lawyers’ for ‘trump’ but of course still include lawyers.

3 Likes

#18

I hope that’s true, but there’s a whole lot of other stuff that very well may be done to him if he’s no longer POTUS.

1 Like

#19

Absolutely brilliant!!

Picture1

3 Likes

#20

In recent decades somebody somewhere is always harping on this alleged threat

5 Likes

#21

Well, the Bush Administration did consult with the judiciary of the possibility of cancelling the 2004 elections in case of terrorism concerns.

I was deeply troubled by this at the time. But it almost seems whimsical in the Trump era that the executive would actually ask if something like ending democratic electrons would be frowned upon instead of pretending like they had the power to do it all along and who cares what anyone thinks.

3 Likes

#22

Trump is old and unhealthy; he is unlikely to remain President for more than eight years even if he tries to.

The danger is not President-for-life Trump. The danger is permanent fascism, maintained by the systematic corruption of the American political system.

Trump is the symptom, not the disease.

13 Likes

#23

Unfortunately, there are people who believe that even a sinner such as Trump can be an instrument of the Lord’s will. God moves in mysterious ways, after all.

2 Likes

#24

“Mysterious”? Downright baffling.

2 Likes

#25

I saw Michael Moore on a talk show after Farenheit 11/9 came out. They pointed out that the movie’s name was a play on his previous movie’s name which was itself a play on a work of distopian fiction and implied that Bush et al were fascists. They kind of implied, “Hey, you said the fascists were taking over before and you were wrong, why do you think you are right this time?”

But the thing is, Moore was right the first time. It’s as if people think that successive talk about each president possibly refusing to leave power is normal. It should be literally unthinkable. With Bush it was something the government actually looked into. With Obama it was a fever dream, but it was a dream specifically sold to people to prep them for a president doing it in the future, so they can say, “Well, Obama did it!” and not worry about the fact that no, Obama did not do that.

Yeah, I think there is a real chance Trump is president for life, but that’s because he might not make it to 2021 (though obviously the odds of him doing so go up by the day).

7 Likes