Joshua Abraham Norton understood that the Union was in disrepair in 1859, and realized that he alone could save the United States of America from certain catastrophe. He also understood that an Englishman such as himself was barred from running for President via The US Constitution, so for legitimate reasons he unselfishly declared himself Emperor Norton the First.
Via Wiki: In accordance with his self-appointed role of emperor, Norton issued numerous decrees on matters of the state. After assuming absolute control over the country, he saw no further need for a legislature, and on October 12, 1859, he issued a decree that formally “dissolved” the United States Congress. In the decree, Norton observed:
“…fraud and corruption prevent a fair and proper expression of the public voice; that open violation of the laws are constantly occurring, caused by mobs, parties, factions and undue influence of political sects; that the citizen has not that protection of person and property which he is entitled.”
He was humored and tolerated at the time. Meanwhile I’ve put in an order for more Joshua Nortons. Any and all may apply via the comments section, here on
The Overnight Open Thread.