[KB] Grammar of Motives 381

Phillip Tompkins tompkinp at Colorado.EDU
Thu Nov 17 11:49:19 EST 2016


What if, in times of emergency, the Congress is evenly divided and cannot
take action on any item, including Supreme Court appointments.  Could the
Constitution be construed so as to allow the President to call special
elections in order to break the logjam and take action?

Phil Tompkins

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Hi all,

In Finland the elections were suspended twice (or postponed) during the
Continuation War 1941-44. The law was based on a state of exception, but
I'll have to look more into the debate to tell you about the arguments pro
et contra.

Cheers,
Jouni Tilli

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Aihe: [KB] Grammar of Motives 381

Burkeans,

Page 381 of the Grammar has always interested me as an example of how the
unthinkable can become thinkable. Burke recounts an effort early in WWII to
suspend the 1942 elections on the grounds that campaign divisions would
impede the unity needed for the war effort. This effort failed, but that it
got far enough to become newsworthy is notable. The unthinkable can become
thinkable.

Has anyone ever studied this WWII effort in any detail?

It may sometimes help to reflect in advance on how the unthinkable can
become thinkable.

Bob

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