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Goodheart

(5,620 posts)
Sat Jul 22, 2017, 08:26 PM Jul 2017

Just imagine if a President's power to pardon is absolute, as Orange Buffoon says...

even to the point of pardoning himself.

I don't think you'll have to guess what that amounts to.... a dictatorship.

Don't like a particular political rival? Have him killed... you won't even have to be secretive about it... just pardon yourself and even brag about it if you like. And stay in office, too, while you're at it because if you threaten enough people with the same fate they probably won't have the stomach to impeach you.

Just what James Madison would have wanted!

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Just imagine if a President's power to pardon is absolute, as Orange Buffoon says... (Original Post) Goodheart Jul 2017 OP
Of course it is a dictatorship. sharedvalues Jul 2017 #1
Trump could shoot someone in the Oval Office and sign himself a pardon dalton99a Jul 2017 #2
Democrats win Congress, and it takes care of itself MiddleClass Jul 2017 #3
Only works on federal crimes. He can still be prosecuted by States. Shrike47 Jul 2017 #4
Well luckily it is NOT absolute. So *45 can spew fantasy all day long,but it won't make it a reality MedusaX Jul 2017 #5

sharedvalues

(6,916 posts)
1. Of course it is a dictatorship.
Sat Jul 22, 2017, 08:31 PM
Jul 2017

Kasparov and Gessen and Frum and Ornstein have been warning us for months.
45 is a would be autocrat.

MedusaX

(1,129 posts)
5. Well luckily it is NOT absolute. So *45 can spew fantasy all day long,but it won't make it a reality
Sun Jul 23, 2017, 04:46 AM
Jul 2017

As someone pointed out (don't remember who exactly)
Even the pope confesses to another priest...
not to himself.

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