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Presidential Term Limits? Meh.

That this post is even necessary is mildly troubling. Yes, it's true. Congressman Serrano of New York's 15th district wasted no time introducing a bill to repeal the twenty second amendement. The bill reads: 

Proposing 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.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification.


The twenty-second amendment, the one that established term limits on the office of the presidency was ratified in February of 1951. It was customary for presidents to serve two terms before retiring from the Executive.  The two term practice started with George Washington, who reluctantly ran for a second term and outright refused to run for a third.

Following the death of FDR, who was in his fourth presidential term, Congress introduced the twenty-second amendment. Almost four years later, it was ratified and is now part of our great Constitution.

The term limit argument will always be part of our Constitutional discussion. One side maintains term limits are anti-democratic and that it's for the people, not a document, to determine the duration of public service. The other contingent sees term limits as a check on unmitigated power and control. 

Recently freed from the constraints of monarchical rule, our founders were wary of any practice that would enable political entrenchment. Jefferson often made the case for set terms of office as opposed to lifetime appointments. “Nothing so strongly impels a man to regard the interest of his constituents, as the certainty of returning to the general mass of the people, from whence he was taken, where he must participate in their burdens,” George Mason posited. Politicians have little fear even now of their votes and deeds affecting their political futures.  If we remove the one power we have over them; the power to vote them out, can you even imagine what they'll attempt? 

Not being deterred by the will of the people, Rep. Serrano will likely continue to introduce a bill to repeal the twenty-second amendment just as he's done at the beginning of every session since 1997.  Fortunately, with the current make up of the House, it has very little chance of making it even to committee. 

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Alex Maynard

The 22nd Amendment does more than just limit one mans term in office. It also protects us from one party siezing too much power. What is done by one can be undone by another. Especially if it is deemed harmful to the country. Which he has done plenty of. He and the Democratic Party have stirred a pot that had finally started to cool after such a long time. They have played every dirty card in the deck without hesitation. He has started us down the fast track to Socialism and I fear eventally Communism. Which is why I refer to him as "Communist Comrad Obama" instead of "President."

We can not give up the fight!

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Gloria Pronesti

I have been wrong on every issue from 2007 on, I never thought Obama would be elected to begin with.
I have an ancestor that fought in the first revolution, imagine what he would be thinking now.

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Neal Dorris

Lets hope we can keep it that way for however long this nation of ours stays together.