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January 17, 2009

Hail King Obama: President for life ????

Hail King Obama: President for life

Move underway to repeal Constitution's term limits


As Inauguration Day approaches and Barack Obama prepares to assume his first term as president, some in Congress are hoping to make it possible for the Democrat to not only seek a second term in office, but a third and fourth as well.

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary is considering a bill that would repeal the Constitution's 22nd Amendment prohibiting a president from being elected to more than two terms in office.

Rep. Jose Serrano, D -N.Y., earlier this month introduced the bill, H. J. Res. 5, which, according to the bill's language, proposes "an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President."

In the past, some presidents have been critical of the 22nd Amendment, including Eisenhower, Clinton and Reagan.

In 1807 Thomas Jefferson, however, warned that presidents not bound by term limits could use their popularity and power to become kings.
"If some termination to the services of the chief magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution or supplied in practice," Jefferson wrote to the Legislature of Vermont, "his office, nominally for years, will in fact become for life; and history shows how easily that degenerates into an inheritance."

Presidential term limits, however, were not "fixed by the Constitution" until ratification of the 22nd Amendment. Congress passed the Amendment on March 21, 1947, shortly after the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first and only president to be elected to more than two terms – in Roosevelt's case, four. The Amendment was ratified by the required number of states on Feb. 26, 1951.

The 22nd Amendment states, "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once."

The Amendment limits presidents to a maximum of eight years in office – or, under unusual circumstances, such as succession following the death of a president, a maximum of ten years in office. Should Rep. Serrano succeed in repealing the Amendment, Obama would be cleared to run for an unlimited number of terms, restricted only by the vote of the electorate.

In order to achieve repeal of the 22nd Amendment, Serrano's proposal must be approved by a two-thirds vote of both houses of Congress and ratified by three-quarters of the states' legislatures.

H. J. Res. 5 is not the first attempt by Serrano to repeal the 22nd Amendment. In 2003, during the Clinton administration, Serrano introduced H. J. Res. 11 to the 108th Congress to accomplish the same purpose. A similar resolution, H.J. Res. 25, was also proposed the same year and received co-sponsorship from a bipartisan group of six other representatives. In 1987, during Reagan's term of office, Earl Michener, R-Mich., also proposed a repeal of the 22nd Amendment.

At the current time, H.J. Res. 5 has not tallied any cosponsors and has been referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Prior to Franklin Roosevelt, presidents honored the precedent established by George Washington, who – though widely popular – refused to run for a third term of office.

Thomas Jefferson, who became the second vice president of the U.S. after Washington declined to run for a third term and who then later became the third president, not only affirmed following the Washington's example, but also foresaw the eventual passage of the 22nd Amendment.
"General Washington set the example of voluntary retirement after eight years," Jefferson wrote in an 1805 letter to John Taylor. "I shall follow it, and a few more precedents will oppose the obstacle of habit to anyone after a while who shall endeavor to extend his term. Perhaps it may beget a disposition to establish it by an amendment of the Constitution."

In the same letter to the Legislature of Vermont where he warned of a presidential monarchy, Jefferson further explained why he refused to run for a third term.

"Believing that a representative government, responsible at short periods of election, is that which produces the greatest sum of happiness to mankind," Jefferson wrote, "I feel it a duty to do no act which shall essentially impair that principle; and I should unwillingly be the person who, disregarding the sound precedent set by an illustrious predecessor, should furnish the first example of prolongation beyond the second term of office."

Wild Thing's comment.........

The fraudulent illegal alien isn't eligible for one term.

I am a huge Reagan fan but even so I am glad it did not pass for his Presidency. We have to always remember there are times when the Democrats will win elections and then we would be stuck with for example like we are getting on the 20th of this month.

This is a bad idea and it darn well better not happen. HO-bama would be hard to kick out, a person would have to get passed all the fainters, chanters, his Black Panther body guards etc.

And then there would be Michelle Obama. I have to tell you. I would not be physically as afraid of Barack Obama as I would Michelle. She has a mean look in her eyes that creeps right across her face from the depths of her ugly America hating soul. She looks like she would not hesitate to throw a right upper cut or a hard punch from the left.
Look out Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko ( Ukrainian boxers) hahaaha

Posted by Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 05:48 AM


They better not overturn the 22nd! If they do that, they can use that as a weapon of mass destruction on all the other amendments, too!
Do you really want Malia and Sasha running the country after he's gone? And then his wastoid, uppity descendants? It really would be that future world of that movie I saw with Luke Wilson, who played a dumb guy who went for an experiment and awoke in the future and was smarter than everyone else and the President was a black guy who treated the office like professional wrestling! Very funny, but also very sad.
We have to fight for our rights and our very lives. Our world is ending in a way and a new one is beginning, for certain, but it's not going to be the world everyone was hoping for.

Posted by: Lynn at January 17, 2009 07:54 AM

I will be contacting my congresswoman to vote against this try to usurp the constitution.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 17, 2009 08:19 AM

Scariest thing I have seen in a long, long time. Pres. B. Hussein O. forever.

Stock tip: Textiles.

Women are going to be putting black abayas on much sooner than we ever anticipated if we don't start fighting back now - with whatever it takes. We are going to under up under the rule of a dictatorship and it is going to be governed by sharia law.

Posted by: BT in SA at January 17, 2009 08:39 AM

I can't see this bill being ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures. If the Congress should pass this bill and it applied to the sitting president rather than starting with his successor, I could see another Republican revolution like 1994.

All in all, this is a bad idea. I want term limits for all Federally elected seats.

Posted by: TomR at January 17, 2009 09:13 AM

I also want term limits on Congress. Six years for Representatives and 12 years for Senators. What we have now in Congress is professional politicians, not representatives of the people.

Posted by: BobF at January 17, 2009 09:59 AM

You know I think this will piss so many people off it will fail like last time I hope it does.

I also find it sad an internet cartoon character has it down better than most people do. Enter "Foamy the Squirrel" a very unusual cartoon whose comedy comes from a lot of angry ranting and a lot very dark themes. I'm a bit of a fan. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have a very dark sense of humor, but these links are funny and make a few good points IMO. Consider yourselves warned.

P.S. A New Decalaration of Independence WTF?!?!?!

Fine Barry.

In Congress, January 17, 2009. By a Unanimous Decision of the True Patriots of the Fifty United States of America do herby Declare our Independence from the empire of left wing idealism and return to Original American Principles Cemented in the Constitution of the United States.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at January 17, 2009 10:33 AM

We will fly our Lone Star 3' x 5' state flag on Monday & Tuesday to tick off our pathetic Marxist blue state of liberal lunes! Laura and the OLD W will be missed...

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 17, 2009 04:00 PM

This country has take a sharp LEFT turn by the Stupid. Just look at the Inauguration Day Messiah worship by the masses and the Gestapo tactics of Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama for immediate passage of a huge socialist spending bill and this Hail King Obama: President for life movement may very well get it's way. We are not far from a Constitutional Convention and this mass hysteria that we are in can easily make it happen.

U.S. now only 2 states away from rewriting Constitution

Posted by: Les at January 17, 2009 04:44 PM

Hi Bob F.
I agree and no pensions. No Medical benefits and other gratuities after leaving office. This they will say will discourage the best people for office. (that is what they say about corporate executive compensation and look where we are. In a big fiscal mess brought about by incompetency by the "best") I say they only go there for the golden handout. The best would go without it. That goes for president and vp also.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 17, 2009 05:47 PM

Lynn, AMEN and a big Ditto to what you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:05 PM

Bob A.,. me too and thank you Bob. One thing we still have and that is we can write to tell them how we feel about things. Thanks again.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:07 PM

BT in SA, very scary. Our hope is that it never passed before so I pray it won't this time either.
It makes me sick to hear all the fawning for Obama on the TV. It turns my stomach.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:10 PM

Tom, that is my hope, that it will be shot down by Republicans and they get enough dems to see the light too what a bad idea this is.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:13 PM

Bob F., I agree, and I will even make it for every single one.

I want term limits on all of them, any politician, any job, any appointment all of it. I want them all to have to be good or they know they days are numbered when they have to get out no matter what.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:16 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, LOL he is cute and he is good too. Thank you JohnE. Those were great.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:22 PM

Darth, I sure will miss them.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:24 PM

Les, whew it is really getting to me. I keep taking breaks more then ever just not to feel sick. Thanks for the links Les.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 06:28 PM

Darth's 'Obama Top 10 Comparisons?'
(According to left-wing lunes)
10. Jackie Robinson (Brooklyn Dodgers)
9. Joe Louis
8. Tiger Woods
7. Michael Jordan
6. Simba
5. Malcom X
4. Abe Lincoln
3. James Brown
2. MLK
1. The Messiah
Note: I am not joking!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at January 17, 2009 09:32 PM

Darth, you forgot Cassius Clay, or what was his Muzzie name.

Posted by: Mark at January 17, 2009 10:30 PM

Darth good list.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 11:49 PM

Mark, yes that one too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 17, 2009 11:51 PM