Originally Posted by FordGT90Concept
Don't you think other members of Congress would cry foul? Look at what happened to Nixon when he got greedy.
People expect results from an election. If they don't get results, they rebel, leave, or bend over and take it. We find out if a republic has dictator rule from people that leave the country: the consistent stories of family members leaving permanently, guards saying they were required to act inhumanely by superiors, the leadership practically being turned into a religion, etc. I have yet to see any indication that the Palestine National Authority has a dictatorship-like control over the nation especially from Arab sources.
The U.S. could easily become a dictatorship. It takes a very simple set of circumstances to make a republic become a dictatorship with the consent of the people. In moments of extreme national crisis people are extremely susceptible to the ideas of charismatic leaders. In fact, with our ailing economy which has yet to see it's low point, the proper event at the proper time could easily allow for the installation of a dictator. With the fear of terrorism so deeply impeded in the public's psyche the proper terrorist attack at the correct time would be ideal. Economic crisis, and external threat are how Hitler and Caesar were able to dissolve their respective representative bodies. Just think of how many people in the U.S. are willing to sacrifice their freedom for security. Those people wouldn't protest much if a dictator promised to protect them in the case of a national emergency.