[ExI] Presidential overstep

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Thu Mar 7 06:45:22 UTC 2019

On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 8:54 PM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
> From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of John Clark
> >…declare the election null and void, lock up his political opponent who won …
> US presidents don’t have the power to do that.  That’s why it has never happened.

That's not the suggestion.  The suggestion is that he would say it,
and expect his opinion to be enforced by the rest of the government -
and that enough of the government would do so, that that would
effectively become legal, regardless of what the laws actually say.

> >…and justify it all with a fiery speech… John K Clarke
> He could make fiery speeches.  POTUSes can’t get someone arrested.

Yeah they can.  If the president says he has cause to believe that a
given person is a terrorist, but can't give details in public because
it's classified, any cop can claim that as probable cause and arrest
said person.  Even Trump (probably) knows this much, and thus could
say it with the intent of causing said person to be arrested.

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