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What happens when Marshal Law is declared?

What would need to happen before a President could declare Marshal Law?


What would happen to the elections if Marshal Law had been declared?

 
Dardenella

Asked by Dardenella at 12:00 PM on Apr. 2, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You know, I was originally going to say "Marshal Dillon!" But I wasn't sure if the name would ring bells.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:19 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • "Marshal" law would be "Gunsmoke."

    "Marshall Law" would be the Marshal Plan, which got Europe back on its feet after WWII.

    What you want is "martial law." And there have been incidents where it's been imposed:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_law#United_States_of_America

    Most recent incident was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 12:08 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • All hell would break loose. I don't know how to describe any other way.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 12:06 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • I agree, all hell would break loose. I think the President's cabinet, congress and senate would have to agree? Not entirely sure on that?
    txdaniella

    Answer by txdaniella at 12:07 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • Here is a the Executive Order---National Defense Resourses Preparedness 


    And this is the site...http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/03/16/executive-order-national-defense-resources-preparedness


    This was drafted in March 16th 2012 


     

    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:40 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • Prepare for the worst, but expect the best.

    If a 'national emergency' occurred which led the president to declare martial law, I think that he would have a gigantic mess on his hands. I think he would be surprised at the vast numbers of people who will not willingly submit to his declaration.

    But right now and always, I pray that he chooses to make decisions that are in our better interest and that God protects us.
    May-20

    Answer by May-20 at 1:49 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • Marshal" law would be "Gunsmoke."

    I think that Would be Marshall Dillon.

    But thanks for the heads up
    Dardenella

    Comment by Dardenella (original poster) at 12:18 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • "What would need to happen before a President could declare Marshal Law?"OP
    President Obama has given himself the powers to declare martial law especially if we went to war with Iran, and in doing so, he would possesses the potential powers of a dictator. He also can do this without the permission of Congress. But we had something similar to this back in Bush's presidency with Iraq cause of the potential collapse of our US military there. Its also been said the president can declare a national emergency, when there is no reason for doing so. And doing this he can freeze everything. Whether or not this is true, I do not know. I do know if Obama did decide to do something like this, it wouldn't be the 1st time he went around congress to get something he wants.
    "What would happen to the elections if Marshal Law had been declared?"OP
    They would be suspended until further notice.

    Michigan-Mom74

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 3:28 PM on Apr. 2, 2012

  • Marshall Dillon ---of course. I watched Gunsmoke when I was a teen/
    MARTIAL LAw? I bet the gun lovers are hoping they will have an excuse to lock and load and wait for some action. @@

    It is only necessary in a National Emergency such as Hurricane Katrina as someone just mentioned.
    I prefer to not worry about it and to lead a positve and producutive life.
    lga1965

    Answer by lga1965 at 1:09 PM on Apr. 2, 2012