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01/24/2009 01:20 PM ID: 76496 Permalink   

Bill Submitted To Remove Term Limits for Obama


New York Congressman Jose Serrano (D) has introduced a bill to abolish the 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution, which limits the maximum number of presidential terms to two consecutive terms or ten years in office.

The amendment which was added in 1951 has gone unchallenged since its introduction, leaving Franklin Delano Roosevelt the only US president to serve more than two terms. Roosevelt died shortly after winning his fourth election.

The 22nd Amendment was introduced under the suggestion that the president has too much power in order to be allowed to stay in office for too long a time.

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"...has gone unchallenged since its introduction..."

Uh, no.

This bill has been introduced by the same group of democrat and republican congresscritters every congressional session for the last couple decades. This is not an Obama-focused bill, just like it wasn't a Bush 43 bill, and wasn't a Clinton bill, and wasn't a Bush 41 bill.
  by: lafinjack   01/24/2009 04:24 PM     
  I wouldn't be surprised if this bill succeeds  
Obama is hugely popular at the moment - probably the most popular he will be as president because the people haven't yet had a chance to realise he's not the messiah.

But remember that this won't just apply to Mr. Popular, it will also apply for Mr. Sucessor, Mr. Successor II, and so on. The next time you have a G.B. in the presidential position, there won't be anything to stop from running for eternity.
  by: ofWolfandMan   01/24/2009 05:02 PM     
  I'm sure  
it must take Democrats and Republicans a lot of effort to repackage and sell the same product every 4-8 years. how inconvenient.
  by: Trevelyan   01/24/2009 05:05 PM     
i would hate to see another bush to go on for eternity..but.. Why limit a good thing, if you have a leader that is representing use well and is making the country run well why limit there term. Is this not limiting democracy, if you can't pick the leader you want because they have been the leader for too many years you have the potential to damage the performance of your country.
  by: shiftyfarker   01/24/2009 05:18 PM     
You make a fair point, but the reality exists (and trust me it's VERY real) for despots and tyrants to enter power.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that a tyrannical leader would have to have a silly moustache and shout a lot. Companies spend millions each day on advertising to make sure you see what they want you to see. Politics is no different.

When facism arrives in America, it will be waving the American flag and have a big smile on it's face.
  by: daniel2508     01/24/2009 06:04 PM     
  I like Obama  
But I have to say, that despite how good a president can be, the limit should be 2.
  by: Jediman3     01/24/2009 06:38 PM     
  George Washington  
had it right the first time. We don't want/need a king.
  by: walter3ca   01/24/2009 06:54 PM     
Let's put pressure on Congress to never try this silliness again. Two terms is more than long enough for any presidency.
  by: Ben_Reilly     01/24/2009 07:29 PM     
There are already exclusions that grant the president the ability to stay past his two terms during extraordinary times, abolishing the two term limit is NOT necessary and not needed. A near decade of a president is good enough.

When it's good and things get done I know there is feel-good feeling that you want to keep around presidents. But look: horrible presidents get re-elected too. Look at Bush. Would you *really* want a Bush in office for twenty or more years? NO!
  by: vash_the_stampede     01/24/2009 08:10 PM     
  2 Problems.  
First of all, this is not a bill that has arisen because of Barack Obama. This is not anything that he himself has even commented on, so this title is misleading and politically motivated.

Second of all I hope that this bill fails. I love Barack and will be voting democratic in the next election, either way, but the 22nd Amendment is correct in stating that 2 terms should be the maximum - to prevent a single person from getting too powerful. We need fresh ideas and people, and that won't be able to happen as easily.

If it were up to me, I'd allow the President to stay in power for a single 6 year period - this way he doesn't use the first four years to get re-elected the second term. He can hit the ground running and getting what needs to be done without having to kiss the asses of large corporations and ensure union votes and votes from the common person....

  by: NicPre     01/24/2009 09:24 PM     
No one - even the second coming - gets more than 2 terms.

You let anyone break that rule - Bush-Jr-Jr will make use of it. Where're you with your moral highground then.
  by: redstain   01/24/2009 11:30 PM     
Ronald Reagan wouldn't had and issue getting re-elected to a 3rd or 4th term... he was THAT popular!
  by: FreakKeeper     01/25/2009 05:29 AM     
Too bad term limits have nothing to do with whether these men act as kings, because they do.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   01/25/2009 11:47 AM     
  sounds familier  
Wasn't something similar to that done in a South American country recently? Didn't the Venezuelan National Assembly vote in favor of lifting term limits for elected officials.....

Its curious how that one went unreported here.
  by: monstrddg   01/25/2009 12:06 PM     
  let's not build a mountain out of a molehill  
- Its' a kooky bill,
- the only ones paying attention are the ones ridiculing it
- Obama hasn't even commented on it
- National TV is ignoring this
- no one's committed a crime.
  by: redstain   01/25/2009 12:13 PM     
Because Obama is not saying anything. Or the Media isnt saying anything - is not a reason to judge something's importance.

For the plain fact that an elected official has the lack of common sense and judgement to put something forward like this, crazy.

The real story should be the revolt in this persons state.

BTW - Representative Jose Serrano - democrat of New York. Maybe he is freinds with Hillary?
  by: ronpaul   01/25/2009 10:21 PM     
  Power Corrupts  
As much as I like Obama I believe he will not be unblemished at the end of a possible eight years.

The United States must remain in a state of revolution to survive, term limits on the presidency insure this. I would also support term limits on the congress.
  by: ichi     01/25/2009 10:24 PM     
  Dumbs & Dumbers  
Make the bill succeed to a popular president, so next time Bush Jr. Jr. is back, he can enjoy the seat a little longer.
  by: kmazzawi     01/25/2009 10:39 PM     
  I'm all for changing the constitution...  
to add term limits for congressmen.
  by: erasedgod   01/29/2009 08:55 PM     
  and yet  
and yet only 1 person out of more than a dozen has acknowledge that the limiting terms is infact undemocratic... under a good leader i'd take term after term after term... the probleme with corrupt is not actually corruption but complacency... america allowed bush to stay in office they allowed him to get re-elected, the problem isn't with more than two term limits (and why two... why not 1 if where imposing limits) it'ss with democracy being broke by complacency, the people are often completely irresponsible when it come to keeping their leaders inline; which is vital in democracy... otherwise its not democracy as the people aren't the ones with the power.
  by: HAVOC666     01/29/2009 09:24 PM     
  I just have to say...  
You can really tell that someone is not willing to take in any other viewpoints, when the only thing they bring up is that Obama did not have anything to do with this, and didnt comment on it, and they tried to pass it with other presidents....yada yada yada... No Fricken duh. But he is the president, so it would affect him, and that is why his name was used. Hugo did not misreprent anything.
  by: jOnO_oRiGiNaL     01/29/2009 09:32 PM     
  @ronpaul: disagree, it's just lunacy.  
You're right, his state should be outraged. But it's a momentary lapse in his career.

Cleveland firefighter John Coleman's wink to President Obama gets drum major tossed from band

Yes, before you all jump on my neck, there's a major differnce between lack of decorum and betraying the constitution you swore to uphold.

But people do silly things sometimes, drive drunk, go to war with Nations to line the pockets of their Companies.

Yes, there was sarcasm in that last comment.
  by: redstain   01/29/2009 09:53 PM     
If you really don't think there's anything wrong with it I suggest you take good hard look at Russia during the Stalin reighn.


That is a fact.

Obama is no better than any of the other presidents. Also, I fail to see the good he's done. Bush started the stimulus package deal, but all of a sudden because Obama wants to do it, it's a wonderful idea.

You people had better wake up and smell what he's shoveling.
  by: republicanblkfemale   03/18/2009 07:45 PM     
Say what's really on your mind...
  by: crosimoto     03/18/2009 07:52 PM     
Hello, and welcome to two months ago.
  by: lafinjack   03/18/2009 07:56 PM     
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