On January 4, 2013, Representative Jose Serrano, a Democrat of New York, did indeed bring forth a resolution to a congressional committee designed to remove the term limits on the office of President of the United States. The resolution, labeled H.J. Res. 15, proposes that the Constitution should be amended with the new amendment repealing the 22nd one. That is the one that imposes the term limits that we currently have which excludes any one person from serving more than two four-year terms as president.
As you might imagine, there is plenty of chatter in conspiracy circles about the resolution. There is a school of thought that President Obama would like to continue to “rule” America and it has long been rumored that if he won a second term, such legislation may be introduced and passed. A lot of this is tied into theories that the same people propose that Obama is a Socialist leader and wishes to plunge America into that type of situation. Then, there’s the crowd that think he is a Muslim. Throw all of that in a bowl and toss it around like salad, and you get an idea of where the panic comes from. Here’s Common Sense Conspiracy’s dose of reality on this matter…
The same people that say that Obama seeks to be dictator-like leader of America are the same ones that made the same cries about George W. Bush. If you look back further, it’s pretty common during any presidency, especially those that last into a second term. Back in Bush’s reign, people said that martial law in the streets of New Orleans after devastating Hurricane Katrina was practice for when Bush installed himself as dictator and brought martial law to the nation as a whole until uprisings were flushed out. Of course, that didn’t happen. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even close and there is absolutely no evidence that it was ever on the table. Bush actually left office as one of the most unpopular presidents of all time and if a third term had been available and was still voted on by the people, it is a virtual certainty that President Obama would still be President Obama right now in 2013.
But many point to the resolution as proof? Well, this is not the first time that the resolution has come up either. And then there’s more facts to consider. Many Americans don’t even realize that the concept of infinite terms was the law of the land all the way until 1947. That is when the 22nd amendment was proposed and ratified. Before then, any president could seek a third term if they wished, but with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt, no one attempted it. Roosevelt was thought to have only went after a third term for the first time in American history because of World War II. He actually went on to successfully secure a fourth term, but he died in office before it could be completed. Resolutions to repeal started in Ronald Reagan’s two-term presidency were underway in the 1980s. As you might expect, there were conspiracy theories that Reagan would try to install himself as a permanent president as well. The resolution has been introduced several times, some by prominent politicians on either side of the political aisle. At the end of the day, not one of these resolutions ever actually made it past its committee to even be put in front of either house of Congress to be considered for ratification. There is absolutely no reason to think that H.J. Res. 15 will be any different. And if you think Jose Serrano has some clout, consider this. He has proposed this same resolution every two years since 1997. That was including when Republicans controlled the White House. Serrano is a Democrat and obviously wants the law passed in general for the good of our country, not because any particular administration should stay in power.
So, the final word on the matter: it’s just a silly resolution that will have zero support from the people or Congress itself. In due time, the committee will choose to quash it and it will never enter Congress in any way, shape, or form. It has absolutely nothing to do with Barack Obama himself, and is not even something that has been conjured up by one party or the other. Both sides have raised the resolution, and both sides have failed miserably. If President Obama has some desire to make a third term a possibility for himself and others, he certainly has not taken any steps to make it a reality.