“I have the absolute right to pardon myself” is the latest ridiculous statement emanating from the Casa Blanca.
Who would possibly “pardon“ himself? A deity? And isn’t this a blatant admission of guilt?
This is not the first time that a president is subject to delusions. Nixon (with disastrous results) followed the same line of reasoning.
“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” Richard Nixon in an interview with David Frost in 1977
Could it be possible that power (like the locoweed) produce intoxicating side effects? Psychologists seem to agree.
Emperor Caligula (37–41 AD) after a smooth beginning seemed to lose control of the situation and declared that he was a living god. To the dismay of his entourage, he also planned to make his favorite horse Incitatus a consul. Needless to say that his eccentricities did not end well.
A powerful man (or woman) is always surrounded by acquiescing minions. Fearing for their jobs, none of these flunkies have the nerves to disagree with the big cheese giving him the impression of omnipotence.
This, in turn, reinforces the man’s conviction that when you are in power, you become a godlike figure with unlimited authority and the ability to pardon anybody at will.
He might also be tempted like Mobutu to change his name to “The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake.”
Zeus (the top God) was always jealous of his authority and did not pardon easily. He could be very vindictive and transform the most powerful man into a toad in the blink of an eye.
Zeus who has been napping for a while could suddenly awaken and chastise the usurper. He could hit the “Fake God” below the belt and leave him penniless… a fate worse than death for a showy operator.
“I am the punishment of God… If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” Genghis Khan.
While POTUS is unconcernedly playing golf in Mar-a-Lago, the world is anxiously scrutinizing the horizon for a sign of the Golden Horde.