The other day i was listening to the radio and heard an ad that said that “Obama and his cronies” were planning on destroying the constitution by throwing out the 22nd amendment, limiting presidents to two terms. My immediate reaction was “oh god, here they go again”. Couldn’t accept the the fact that he was re-elected and now they are deathly afraid that he is all set to start a dictatorship.
I did a little research and lo and behold, to my surprise there actually IS a joint house resolution proposing an amendment to abolish presidential term limits.
This bill was introduced by Representative Jose Serrano (D NY-15) on January 4, 2013 and was sent to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, which has jurisdiction on constitutional amendments. This subcommittee is headed by Representative Trent Franks (R AZ-08) and consists of 12 members, 7 Republicans and 5 Democrats. The current make up is shown below.
What is interesting is that this is not the first time this type of bill has been introduced, and not even the first time by this particular Representative. Representative Serrano has introduced this resolution during every session of congress since 1997. What is more interesting is that this has been during the tenure of presidents from both parties. Every time he has introduced this resolution, it has never made it passed the committee stage to reach a floor vote. I went to his website to see if he stated why is is so fascinated by repealing term limits for presidents but i could not find anything on this topic. I even searched for the resolution number in his site, and it came up with nothing.
According to Govtrack.us, the first legislation submitted to remove the term limits was sponsored by Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R MI) in 1986 that would have allowd President Regan to run for a third term. He sponsored similar resolutions in 1987, 1989, and 1991. Other congressmen did the same as well. A history of legislation repealing the 22nd amendment is listed below.
As can be seen, both parties of guilty of trying to “create dictatorships”. Why do they do this? I wish I knew.but my guess is that it may be their way of a pat on the back for a president the individual congressman (or senator) happens to particularly like or it may just be something to pad their “look what i have sponsored” list to his constituents. I mean, I took a look at Rep Serrano’s list of sponsorships, and found among others, a bill to allow members fo congress to administer the oath of allegiance to immigrants, a General Slocum Memorial Study Act, ( come on, this was a steamboat that blew up) I don’t mean to single him out, but he is the one who is sponsoring this these bills. I’m sure others are doing the same thing. The point is, though, is that this isn’t a first time attempt to repeal this amendment. So when these panic merchants come out with that Obama and his cronies are attempting to create a dictatorship, look at the number of times “dictatorships” have been attempted to be created, and how successful they have been, It is just part of a normal pattern of bills submitted. The 22nd amendment is still in force.
Another thing to keep in mind is that, since this legislation is to repeal and add an amendment to the constitution, the president would not sign the bill, even if it passed both houses. It would be submitted to the states for approval; a very difficult task. Secondly, this current bill is in a subcommittee controlled by Republicans. What are the chances of a bill that would be advantageous to arguably the most vilified (by his enemies) president in the history of the country, getting through this committee? Zilch.
The prognosis for this bill is obviously not good. According again to Govtrack.us, In 2011-2013 12 % of joint resolutions made it past committee and of that only 5% were enacted or passed from the period 2011-2013. It’s prognosis for this legislation is 0% getting through the committee and 0% being enacted or passed.
How do I feel about it personally? I am against repealing the 22nd. Two terms is enough for anybody. it’s good to get some fresh blood in there periodically.
I’m just convinced now that these people who are screeching and howling “coup de tat”, and a fascist is in office, a dictatorship is coming, etc are just telling the world that for whatever reason, they couldn’t (and can’t) accept the fact that Obama is president. To be against Obama is fine, but don’t question the legitimacy of his presidency.
SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL JUSTICE
|Mr. Chabot (R OH)||Mr. Nadler (D NY)|
|Mr. Forbes (R VA)||Mr. Conyers (D MI)|
|Mr. King (R IA)||Mr. Scott (D VA)|
|Mr. Gohmert (R TX)||Mr. Cohen (D TN)|
|Mr. DeSantis(R FL)||Mr. Deutch (D FL)|
HISTORY OF LEGISLATION TO REPEAL 22nd AMENDMENT
Sponsor: Rep. Guy Vander Jagt (R-MI)
1986 (99th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/99/hjres687(Pres. Ronald Reagan (R))
1987 (100th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/100/hjres156(Pres. Ronald Reagan (R))
1989 (101st Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/101/hr404(Pres. George H. W. Bush (R))
1989 (101st Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/101/hjres84(Pres. George H. W. Bush (R))
1991 (102nd Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/102/hjres61(Pres. George H. W. Bush (R))
Sponsor: Rep. Michael McNulty (D-NY)
1993 (103rd Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/103/hjres107(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
1995 (104th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/hjres71(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
1997 (105th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hjres39(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
Sponsor: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
1995 (104th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/hjres68(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
1997 (105th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hjres38(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
1999 (106th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hjres24(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
Sponsor: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD)
1997 (105th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hjres88(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
2005 (109th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hjres24(Pres. George W. Bush (R))
Sponsor: Rep. David Dreier (R-CA)
1997 (105th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hjres51(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
Sponsor: Rep. José Serrano (D-NY)
1997 (105th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/105/hjres19(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
1999 (106th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/106/hjres17(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))
2001 (107th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/107/hjres4(Pres. George W. Bush (R))
2003 (108th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/108/hjres11(Pres. George W. Bush (R))
2005 (109th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/109/hjres9(Pres. George W. Bush (R))
2007 (110th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/110/hjres8(Pres. George W. Bush (R))
2009 (111th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hjres5(Pres. Barack Obama (D))
2011 (112th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hjres17(Pres. Barack Obama (D))
2013 (113th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hjres15(Pres. Barack Obama (D))
Sponsor: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)
1989 (101st Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/101/sjres36(Pres. George H. W. Bush (R))
Sponsor: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
1995 (104th Congress): http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/104/sjres23(Pres. Bill Clinton (D))