Because things are going so swimmingly, and because, well, forward!
And let’s be realistic here: sometimes in order to go forward, you have to redefine it to mean backward — be it with de-industrialization policies, the tearing down of damns, the suppression of oil and gas exploration, the return to a race- and sex- and orientation-based system of special pleading and governmental dispensation, the desire to secure a steady economic class system by destroying the middle class bourgeoisie and coopting the big industrialists to form a de facto fascist framework of government regulated crony capitalism, and, of course, the push for populist dictatorships and a permanent ruling class, which is what Rep Jose Serrano evidently has in mind, and has had in mind for the last decade plus. What makes it so chilling now — other Presidents of both parties, including Reagan, have supported similar repeal efforts of the 22nd Amendment — is that, well, we have in place a Chief Executive who I have no doubt believes such a move would be a step in the right direction for this country, not because he believes in the wisdom of the voters, but rather because fundamental transformation is a time-consuming undertaking and all, and elections can be massaged and managed if needs be, as is evidenced by certain Philly precincts where Obama won 99% of the vote, or other precincts in which he received more votes than there were registered voters:
A Democratic congressman Jose Serrano on Friday introduced a resolution seeking to repeal the 22nd Amendment and thus remove the limit on how many terms a US president may serve in office.
Although some websites are reporting the move as evidence in support of Obama-conspiracy theories, reports say that the Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) has introduced similar legislation every Congress since 2001.
According to The Blaze, the 22nd Amendment which prohibits any US president from serving more than two full terms in office was passed by Congress in 1947 and was ratified in 1951 after Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms.
Although Serrano’s bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, it is not expected to go far. The resolution has no cosponsors and it would require the approval of both the House and Senate and three-fourths of the states to amend the Constitution.
According to The Blaze, this is not the first time that effort has been made to repeal the 22nd Amendment. The late Rep. Guy Vander Jagt, who was then the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, introduced a bill to repeal the Amendment in 1986 and allow President Ronald Reagan a third term. Vander Jagt said: “The 22nd Amendment is an insult to American voters who are wise and well-informed.”
A similar resolution introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 1989 also did not pass. In 2005, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) attempted an unsuccessful bipartisan move cosponsored by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).
Several presidents have, understandably, expressed support of allowing presidents to serve more than two terms. Reagan reportedly supported Jagt’s move. He said the 22nd Amendment violated the right of Americans to “vote for someone as often as they want to do.” The Blaze reports that former President Bill Clinton also spoke in support of presidents serving more than two terms.
First, and in all seriousness, let me applaud Rep Serrano for at least going about this the right way: he recognizes that a repeal of the 22nd Amendment is necessary to re-create a system in which a permanent political class can gather favors, clients, power, and the monied infrastructure to set up long-running political dynasties (as we’ve seen them do in Congress or at the state level), and so he has introduced the appropriate legislation. Whereas most progressives have decided that regulatory back-door repeals of certain Constitutional protections are the way to go — including the current and longstanding push to erode the second amendment.
In short, I feel like Rep Serrano at least decided to buy me dinner and a few cocktails before trying to bend me over the couch and have his way with me. And that at least makes him a gentlemen rapist.
The rest comes down to the question of intent: and I’m of the opinion that the left pushes for a repeal of the 22nd Amendment because it figures it can work the system in such a way that it can bring Chicago- / Tammany Hall-style politics to the national level, whereby the illusion of representative government is maintained, while in fact the cards are all carefully stacked in the electoral deck to give them the game always and forever. Whereas for their part, (most of) those on the right who have supported similar challenges to term limiting — and for many years I was with them — believe in the principle that underlies the position: that a free people need not be limited in their choices arbitrarily. Others, of course, are just as power-hungry and douchey as the left, but those kind are easy to spot. Many of them, for example, come in orange and weep a lot.
But I digress.
Sadly, the presupposition for such a principled anti-term limit position is that, as Vander Jagt noted, it requires “American voters who are wise and well-informed.” And in this post-modern age, where “reality” is what the activist media manages to package into soundbites narratives and distribute through carefully crafted memes, and an electoral consensus is nothing more than a coalition of special interest client groups willing to join together temporarily in order to secure a system wherein the government spigot is open to them in exchange for their votes, American voters who are “wise and well-informed” beyond their own immediate self-interests are few and far between.
So as filthy as it makes me feel, I not only oppose a repeal of the 22nd Amendment, but I now support term-limiting every single politician. The only way to change the culture in politics is to change the culture of politics. And the only way to do that is to return political office into a public servant paradigm, not professionalize it and allow destructive, liberty-stealing con artists to keep voting themselves more “revenue” and giving themselves raises and exemptions, even as they hold us, their subjects, to a different standard.
The emphasis of politics must be returned to the states and localities. Were it up to me, I’d wait until everyone in DC had left to go home for the evening, then pour bronze over the whole edifice.
It would be like creating a giant trophy to the re-assertion of our individual liberties and the salvation of the American experiment. Plus, it would look really boss from space, should we ever go back up there.