Claim: A proposal before Congress would repeal the 22nd amendment to allow Barack Obama to serve as “President for life.”
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Is THIS really what America wants or needs? If the just introduced
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America wanted change! Boy is it coming!
A Democrat has now introduced legislation that would repeal the
Just like the Nazis, the Communists, and the Fascists, Obama and the Democratic Party are moving to posture the
Wake up America ! Contact your congressional representative and make it VERY clear that you oppose this proposed legislation.
H. J. Res. 5 – Repealing 22nd Amendment bill was referred to the House Committee on Judiciary on 1/6/09 and then referred to the Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties on 2/9/09.
Earlier this year, Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y. introduced
“Will George W. Bush end up being the last true U.S. President?” asked Sher Zieve, writing for the Canadian Free Press on
Obama is elected, we won’t be able to get rid of him.’ Tragically, this warning is now being realized. Not only has Obama established his election-fraud organization ACORN nationwide, his adherents have now begun the process to repeal the U.S. Constitution’s
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Origins: The framers of the Constitution of the United States of America created the executive office of President of the United States and designated that the holders of this office should be officials elected to serve four-year terms. They did not, however, prescribe any limits on how many terms any one person could serve in the office of president.
Nonetheless, when the first U.S. president, George Washington, voluntarily stepped down after having served two terms, he established a pattern that held for the next
U.S. president serve more than two terms.
Roosevelt died shortly after beginning his fourth term in 1945, and two years later Congress passed a bill to amend the Constitution to establish a two-term limit on the presidency. Four years later, this amendment was ratified by the requisite number of states and was enacted as the
In the several decades since the passage of the
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.
If passed by both houses of Congress and ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures (an exceedingly unlikely possibility), such an amendment would allow any president to serve an unlimited number of terms in office. It would not, however, establish anyone as “President for life,” because it would not remove the requirement that the president be elected to office every four years.
Although Rep. Serrano may be a Democrat, the rhetoric quoted above stating that the purpose of his proposal for repealing the
Likewise, another Democrat, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, introduced a similar proposal six times in recent years, also regardless of which party was currently occupying the White House. Hoyer introduced such proposals in 1995, 1997, and 1999 (all during the presidency of Bill Clinton), and again in 2001, 2003, and 2005 (all during the presidency of
Other members of Congress who have offered similar proposals in the last twenty years include the following:
- Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts (Democrat): 1995, 1997, and 1999 (all during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
- Rep. David Dreier of California (Republican): 1997 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
- Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York (Democrat): 1995 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
- Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (Republican): 1995 (during the presidency of Bill Clinton).
- Rep. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan (Republican): 1991 (during the presidency of
- Rep. Martin Sabo of Minnesota (Democratic-Farmer-Labor): 1991 (during the presidency of
According to our survey, not a single one of these proposals was ever so much as brought to a vote before Congress (they were all referred to committee and languished there), much less passed and sent to the states for ratification.
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