Vox: Obama can’t govern, so let’s repeal the 22nd Amendment

posted at 12:01 pm on August 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

It is a recurring theme among liberal opinion writers when Democratic presidents appear unable to effectively govern: It’s not them, but the unwieldy structure of the American political system which is to blame.

With the ceiling caving in on President Barack Obama nearly midway through his second term, this theme has returned with a vengeance.

The latest culprit to serve as a source of vexation for the president is, according to former Harvard University President and Obama advisor Larry Summers, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution which limits American presidents to just two terms in office.

From Roosevelt to Obama, Summers wrote, the start of a second term almost always marks the beginning of an American president’s least successful period in office. “This is why many scholars regard the current constitutional limit of two presidential terms as problematic,” he noted.

Summers does not, however, recommend the outright repeal of the 22nd Amendment. “[M]y guess is that problems caused by lame-duck effects are much smaller than those caused by a toxic combination of hubris and exhaustion after the extraordinary effort that a president and his team must exert to achieve reelection,” Summers noted.

This seems a more accurate conclusion, but Vox’s Matt Yglesias has a different take.

Summers flirted with the notion of amending the terms of the Constitution to allow for a single six-year term for the president, but Yglesias suggests that this is an impractical solution to the problem posed by Obama’s apparent lack of ability.

“The Confederate States of America operated under this plan, but didn’t have much success with it,” he noted on Wednesday. Indeed, the CSA didn’t enjoy much “success” in part because Jefferson Davis’s presidency was confined to a series of train cars forever evading the advancing Union Army by the middle of his fifth year in office.

“[G]overnors get better at governing when they’ve been in office longer,” he wrote. “But at the same time, governors who are eligible to run for reelection do better than governors who are ineligible.”

It could be that by rendering second-term presidents ineligible for future terms in office, the 22nd Amendment is slightly undermining the quality of governance by eliminating the basic mechanism of electoral accountability.

This is not entirely unreasonable, but ” the basic mechanism of electoral accountability” cannot apply eternally. Whether constitutionally or physically limited, a president will eventually determine for him or herself that another election is not going to be in the cards. Moreover, second terms are not wholly disastrous for presidents, even those who face strident opposition in the legislature.

“The recent history of two-term presidencies shows that things could be a lot better,” The New York Times was forced to concede in July of 2013 prior to a brief review of the legacies of the last four two-term administrations. “[A]ll four ultimately managed significant second-term accomplishments despite partisan opposition on Capitol Hill, leading historians to caution against predictions that the second Obama administration is doomed.”

Ronald Reagan passed both sweeping immigration and tax code reform in his second term. Bill Clinton struck a bipartisan agreement to balance the federal budget. It is at least possible to be a successful president in the second term in office, but that president almost always has to contend with a Congress stacked with members of the opposition party.

Some presidents are able to negotiate with their ideological opponents, and some are not. Obama is not, and all the excuses in the world for his failures are unlikely to reverse the looming verdict of history.


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Yo, that’s “rethuglicans”.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Now, you know, you can’t spell “RethugliKKKans” without KKK…

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 13, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I feel sick to my stomach.

Aizen on August 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Leave it to the lefty media to give it the redskin treatment.

Red Creek on August 13, 2014 at 2:14 PM

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I think the simpler explanation is that he doesn’t know how to do anything else. And anyway, he’s better at it than anyone he hires for it.

de rigueur on August 13, 2014 at 2:17 PM

He’s just in a sophomore slump. Let’s give him two more terms!!!

Marcola on August 13, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Oh sure, Obama’s two terms have been so spectacularly successful (not), let’s give him a third term. Jeebus, what planet do these people live on?

RebeccaH on August 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM

“This is why many scholars regard the current constitutional limit of two presidential terms as problematic,” he noted.

I note that George Washington didn’t find limiting himself to two presidential terms to be problematic!

However, there are several things which Washington did warn could be problematic, including the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion, or the supposition that our political prosperity could stand if the indispensable supports of religion and morality were to be removed.

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports.

In vain would that man claim the tribute of Patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great Pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of Men & citizens. The mere Politican, equally with the pious man ought to respect & to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private & public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the Oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in Courts of Justice?

And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure–reason & experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

‘Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule indeed extends with more or less force to every species of Free Government. Who that is a sincere friend to it, can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

- President George Washington

Even 20th Century Democrats understood this:

The most important business in this Nation–or any other nation, for that matter-is raising and training children. If those children have the proper environment at home, and educationally, very, very few of them ever turn out wrong. I don’t think we put enough stress on the necessity of implanting in the child’s mind the moral code under which we live.

The fundamental basis of this Nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. I don’t think we emphasize that enough these days.

If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.

- President Harry S. Truman
February 15, 1950

ITguy on August 13, 2014 at 2:28 PM

O has nothing to do with the lies he told in order to get reelected. You remember the Benghazi video lie, where Romney beat Obama to the punch on addressing the nation. You remember the ObamaCare lie, which was ultimately brought to light last October. You remember the IRS and NSA lies, too.
This has nothing to do with history or second term Presidents. It has to do with the lies that have finally caught up with Obama after he was reelected. And the American citizens have had enough.

djaymick on August 13, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Either that, or he’s unaware that he’s limited to two four-year terms.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Well, so far he seems to be unaware of ANY laws that apply to him.
So, what makes the 22nd so special?

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Obama does have a kind of Zaphod Beeblebrox quality to him.

Well, at least like Zaphod Beeblebrox in the electronically generated universe that was built just for him, and therefore he was the most important person in the universe.

Unfortunately, Obama is in this universe.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

What hell no!! 2 more years of his reckless dithering is enough!

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Unfortunately, Obama is in this universe.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 13, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Ya – we need to find a way to ship him off to a different universe where he can be happy – and so can we….

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Maliki’s attempt to gain a third term led me to recently ponder the 21st century’s list of leaders who have succeeded in getting around their own countries’ two-term limits, the most prominent of whom have been Chavez, Putin, and Erdogan. Needless to say, the smaller this list remains, the better.

calbear on August 13, 2014 at 2:39 PM

The third term is rather unlikely now…given O blows at just about everything.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

The third term is rather unlikely now…given O blows at just about everything.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

I don’t think the amendment will be repealed, nor that the elites care that much who their figurehead is (as long as they get with the program). However, if Obama could run again, I think he would likely be reelected. 1) Polls are largely meaningless until right before an election. 2) Who’s going to beat him, Romney redux? 3) Illegal immigrant votes and 4) never underestimate the desire of the GOP to lose.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

“Problematic” is the word Leftists use in lieu of “inconvenient” or “obstructive.” Any time you see “problematic” you can mentally add in “to the Progressive agenda” in between the lines. I guarantee the 22nd Amendment wasn’t “problematic” when ol’ Dubya had the reigns. It was then a “bulwark” of Democracy.

These people make me sick.

TarasBulbous on August 13, 2014 at 2:48 PM

The third term is rather unlikely now…given O blows at just about everything.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

About the only debatable point left is – Does he blow or suck?
I’m just not sure……

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I don’t think the amendment will be repealed,
Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Irrelevant – King Putt has a pen and a phone, so he’ll just EO it away….

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

About the only debatable point left is – Does he blow or suck?
I’m just not sure……

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

as contrary as it seems, he sucks AND blows at the same time!

WaldoTJ on August 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

About the only debatable point left is – Does he blow or suck?
I’m just not sure……

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Why can’t it be both?

Irrelevant – King Putt has a pen and a phone, so he’ll just EO it away….

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I don’t know, he’s already sacrificed so much. Think of all the golf he could’ve played if not for his duties as CinC?

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

How about we repeal the 2008 and 2012 elections, Instead?

While we are at it, lets repeal the primaries for those elections, so we could have a choice that didn’t suck.

LegendHasIt on August 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

as contrary as it seems, he sucks AND blows at the same time!

WaldoTJ on August 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Why can’t it be both?

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

LOL.
You’re both right – he’s so incredibly talented (so we’ve been told) I’m sure that kind of multi-tasking is right up his alley… (uh, so to speak…)

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Think of all the golf he could’ve played if not for his duties as CinC?

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Except – then he would have actually had to PAY for it with his own money – now I’d say (or Binkly would say) that’s one gonzo whopper of a moral dilemma.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

This is actually the appropriate operating mechanism of the government as devised – diffuse power so that it cannot easily accumulate in one place – and therefore make sure the govt cannot quickly marshal resources except in the most pressing emergency.

So what you are saying is that you do not defend the constitution of the US.

Zomcon JEM on August 13, 2014 at 3:05 PM

If he tries to EO the election away well people would want his head then.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Except – then he would have actually had to PAY for it with his own money – now I’d say (or Binkly would say) that’s one gonzo whopper of a moral dilemma.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I’m sure there will be plenty of suckers willing to pony up a few bucks to hear him read a teleprompter. He’ll probably get more than Hillary.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

It’s all a matter of what you deem “success” to be.

These jackals see it as implementing popular policy. Which would be, in effect, mob rule by proxy. Anyone interested in limiting the role of government would actually argue for a 1-term limit for all office, because you would then ONLY get those who seek to genuinely serve – not seek a protracted period of power.

CycloneCDB on August 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

I’m sure there will be plenty of suckers willing to pony up a few bucks to hear him read a teleprompter. He’ll probably get more than Hillary.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Oh ya – once he’s been pried out of the WH I’m sure plenty of money will roll in from leftist idiots – just like how they’ve paid for Bubba’s travels, mansions, and hookers interns.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:13 PM

What piece of leglslation has he proposed that the Democrats have passed that the Republicans have refused to pass?

Hypothetical legislation doesn’t count.

If he has any interest in governing through legal means he has to have a talk with Harry Reid.

talkingpoints on August 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM

What piece of leglslation has he proposed that the Democrats have passed that the Republicans have refused to pass?
Hypothetical legislation doesn’t count.
If he has any interest in governing through legal means he has to have a talk with Harry Reid.
talkingpoints on August 13, 2014 at 3:14 PM
Obama is so narcissistic he even shuns his own party leaders. His EO are lazy ways of not having to work with congress.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

No.

Laura Castellano on August 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

The 22nd is fine the way it is. For my money the 17th has done more damage to the political process and should be the one to go.

cpomustang on August 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

The 22nd is fine the way it is.
cpomustang on August 13, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I’d make it a 1 term limit instead of 2, but – ya.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Sure, because a guy like Obama, who at every opportunity takes shots at those who oppose his views, deserves another chance to dig deeper. Yeah right. It seems impossible for Obama to deal with those right of center without some way of screwing them. I don’t particularly look forward to what follows this experiment either, depending on his replacement, from either party. I guess the lesser of two evils will hopefully be someone with the sense to turn the company around. If the last election showed that we are counting on many who equate voting for the president on the same level as an American Idol contestant, we’re screwed again.

monster_man on August 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

I’d make it a 1 term limit instead of 2, but – ya.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

How about a 4 year limit on working for the government in general. After a couple decades they might not be able to find enough new people willing to do their dirty work anymore.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Anything that would allow Obama more time in office should be resoundingly denounced and killed.

flataffect on August 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

to suggest that obama cant govern is at the very least mildly racist. it is more accurate to say that he is being obstructed from governing properly by congressional repuglicans who do not want to live inside our system. and since they keep getting away with it, maybe our system should be modified..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Precisely, I mean it’s not like there are 200+ bills that Harry Reid blocked after passing the House last year and 100+ this year; this is all the…

Oh… there are? But he’s not “obstructionist”?

Oh, the liberals love the (D) so much that they’ll accept anything to get it; and only attack people when they don’t have that magical mystical (D).

Well good for you, not everyone will proclaim their open love of the (D) like this.

OOO III AAA RRR TTT DDD NNN MMM CCC KKK PPP LL WWW GGG HHH.

Feel free to borrow those capital letters since your keyboard seems to have run out of them. When you need more let me know.

gekkobear on August 13, 2014 at 3:46 PM

How about a 4 year limit on working for the government in general. After a couple decades they might not be able to find enough new people willing to do their dirty work anymore.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

That sounds like a great idea as well.
We might be able to actually eliminate a lot of bureaucracy if people weren’t spending their whole career accumulating power and building empires.

Just one little example: I’m temporarily doing a daily report that used to be done by a GS guy. This one report took him almost the whole day every day to produce. I’m having trouble stretching it to 5 minutes total each day.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Funny how many liberals try to frame the Constitution and our founding as some type of quaint, nostalgic and outdated notion.

I’m assuming Summers has some knowledge of the fact that our Framers wanted a President, not a king. Providing unlimited terms to a single individual, especially given the current abuses of our Constitution and law would only end in further tyranny.

By the way, what does it say when people are so vested in a particular person as president, especially when that person has practically zero accomplishments over 6 years? As perspective, scan the accomplishments of other presidents during that period. You will find Mr. Obama not overwhelming, but rightly unpopular with a large majority of the electorate.

We can do much better than Mr. Obama or career political gadfly’s like Mrs. Clinton. Believe it or not Mr. Summers, there is a fountain of talented people who could fulfill the role of president much better.

Marcus Traianus on August 13, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Just one little example: I’m temporarily doing a daily report that used to be done by a GS guy. This one report took him almost the whole day every day to produce. I’m having trouble stretching it to 5 minutes total each day.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

It happens everywhere. But, of course, in the private sector businesses that keep on doing that go out of business. No such mechanism with the government, which is why the government needs to be as small as possible, or else it inevitably becomes too big to allow a free people to exist. Guess I’m preaching to the choir here though.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Here is a thought:
We know that Republicans in Congress should not try to impeach him.

But.

Can we, the little people, demand Obama’s resignation???

ktrelski on August 13, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Obama’s already ignoring the parts of the Constitution that say he’s supposed to let Congress do the legislating. It really wouldn’t surprise me to see him ignoring the 22nd Amendment (with the support of the Democratic Party and the media — and very possibly the “fix Obamacare, don’t repeal it” GOP).

Aitch748 on August 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

It happens everywhere. But, of course, in the private sector businesses that keep on doing that go out of business. No such mechanism with the government, which is why the government needs to be as small as possible, or else it inevitably becomes too big to allow a free people to exist. Guess I’m preaching to the choir here though.

Fenris on August 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Yup – as small as possible and limited time for each person.
Government work, of ANY kind, should not be a lifelong career.
If we made that one change, the bureaucracy would shrivel and disappear because there would be no long term incentive for people to build petty empires, and guard rice bowls to justify their existence. People COULD be honest as the end of their term comes up and say “my position is no longer required – save some money and don’t backfill it”.

I know – nothing but a utopian dream…..

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 4:03 PM

It is a recurring theme among liberal opinion writers …

Still refusing to use the proper term “leftists”, and not “liberal”, Noah? Maybe it is because you are a leftist and still want to hide behind words.

Some presidents are able to negotiate with their ideological opponents, and some are not. Obama is not, and all the excuses in the world for his failures are unlikely to reverse the looming verdict of history.

Not true. It isn’t that odumbass can’t negotiate with his ideological opponents, it is that HE WON’T negotiate with his ideological opponents because he is a small-minded fascist prick.

earlgrey on August 13, 2014 at 4:08 PM

I think its just a Vox ploy to see Hillary Clinton FINALLY win against Obama.

And being an AA hire leads to horrid results, not the term.

Odie1941 on August 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I think its just a Vox ploy to see Hillary Clinton FINALLY win against Obama.

And being an AA hire leads to horrid results, not the term.

Odie1941 on August 13, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Hillary will effectively be an AA hire, as well – partly due to ‘lady parts’, but also due to lefty nostalgia for Bill.

*None* of it will have anything to do with *her*, her stunning ‘qualifications’, etc.

Midas on August 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Bulls – -t. That would just be a ticket to perpetual incompetence. From which orifice do these idiots pull such insane ideas.

rplat on August 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Irrelevant – King Putt has a pen and a phone, so he’ll just EO it away….

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I figured this was going to come around sooner or later, but thought it would be much closer to the 2016 election.
Maybe it’s a trial balloon, will get no support, and he will, like you say, EO himself into King.
Or else create find a good crisis, where the elections would necessarily need to be “postponed”.

leftamark on August 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

He is the worse president in US history–why would we be stupid enough to elect him AGAIN?

Armyspouse on August 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I seem to remember folks saying that when Romney ran against him…and look what happened.

To be fair, there was massive voter fraud so maybe at least a slim majority of American voters aren’t that deluded after all?

Vox: Obama can’t govern, so let’s repeal the 22nd Amendment

The Left keeps testing the waters with this idea every now and again…makes me feel uncomfortable.

I’m sure many of them would argue that this amendment has only been around for 70 years, so is so very far removed from the Founding Fathers as to be expendable. But, they want to add a brand new Equal Rights Amendment…but that’s different.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

I figured this was going to come around sooner or later, but thought it would be much closer to the 2016 election.
Maybe it’s a trial balloon, will get no support, and he will, like you say, EO himself into King.
Or else create find a good crisis, where the elections would necessarily need to be “postponed”.

leftamark on August 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It would not surprise me if something happened somewhere (Ferguson, Missouri??) for them to try to declare martial law, along with mass gun confiscations, and suspension of elections.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

As if he did a better job before his reelection.

applebutter on August 13, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Obama has not been able to negotiate with anyone, let alone republicans, because he has demonstrated beyond any doubt that he is NOT trustworthy. To all you hispanics out there screaming for immigration reform, it will never happen because nobody trusts o to abey the law or legislation as enacted. He has nullified almost every legal control over immigration there is, even to opening our borders to terrorists. Of course, with dhimocraptic trial lawyers and ambulance chasers, and the feckless courts, it will soon be the entitlement of every terrorist with the endowment of 500 pounds of composition C with his green card.

Old Country Boy on August 13, 2014 at 5:20 PM

It would not surprise me if something happened somewhere (Ferguson, Missouri??) for them to try to declare martial law, along with mass gun confiscations, and suspension of elections.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

And it would not surprise me to see the 22nd repealed, at least temporarily. Either way, it’s getting to be time to lock and load.

leftamark on August 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Either way, it’s getting to be time to lock and load.

leftamark on August 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Let me look into my crystal ball…they’ll pick up the most ardent, vocal Patriots one by one, probably when they’re away from home. Their names will appear in the local paper the next day along with the charges against them including burglary, rape, child molestation, etc.

Other Patriots will cringe and say “tsk tsk…he seemed like a decent sort” and be glad the police are taking out the trash.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

That clicking noise you hear is the sound of millions of safeties switching off all at once.

crrr6 on August 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

I heard it. I Hear It. I LOVE IT!!

Tard on August 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

That also wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
But they will not be able to do that as easily in all parts of this country. there are locl police forces in some places that will not go along with it.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Obama was NEVER successful as a President.

Even when his party controlled Congress with a filibuster-proof 60 votes in the Senate, he couldn’t get his key policies passed into law. NOTHING happened on carbon taxes, cap ‘n’ trade, immigration reform, reforming the VA, or even health care – it was not until the death of Teddy K, whose baby socialized medicine had been since 1972, that Reid used a parliamentary trick to pass PPACA without a single Republican vote.

Everything the guy touches turns straight to crap, and it always has, because he is nowhere near qualified for the job, and neither are his closest advisers.

Adjoran on August 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Vox: Obama can’t govern, so let’s repeal the 22nd Amendment

We have the joke, but where’s the punchline?

Newtie and the Beauty on August 13, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Vox clearly exists only to troll.

Red Cloud on August 13, 2014 at 6:36 PM

to suggest that special snowflakes like obama cant govern is at the very least mildly racist according to my recent talking points delivered simultaneously from the dnc, mmfa and stinkprogress. it is more accurate to say that he is being obstructed reined in from governing properly completely destroying out country by congressional repuglicans patriotic americans in the republican party who do not want to live inside our system in a failed communist utopia. and since they keep getting away with it throwing a monkeywrench into the special snowflakes’ agenda, maybe our system should be modified appears to be working as it should be..
ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

fify…

Newtie and the Beauty on August 13, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 5:38 PM

That also wouldn’t surprise me in the least.
But they will not be able to do that as easily in all parts of this country. there are locl police forces in some places that will not go along with it.

dentarthurdent on August 13, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I would hope so…but when threatened with losing their precious jobs and threatened with audits from the IRS, most will buckle.

Don’t forget how much easier it is to cow people in a weak economy. Gee, you’d almost think that was the plan all along!

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 7:40 PM

I call for legislation to include a bill allowing the congress to vote funds for the buy-out of Obama’s remaining contract. Call it the Re-allocating Human Resource fund. Buy him out and send him on his way back home to Kenya Hawaii.

partsnlabor on August 13, 2014 at 7:58 PM

No way in hell should that be repealed. It should be amended to include limits for Congressmen and judges too. Convention of the States!

J.B. Say on August 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Prezzy’s major problem is that his minions strapped him with a major piece of legislation that continues to drag him deeper into the abyss. And as the press cannot see in the dark, they don’t realize the lights have gone out.

I don’t think anyone will be finished reading that legislation before the 2017 repeal, or the program just goes defunct.

Willys on August 13, 2014 at 9:28 PM

No way in hell should that be repealed. It should be amended to include limits for Congressmen and judges too. Convention of the States!

J.B. Say on August 13, 2014 at 9:09 PM

We were spoiled by George Washington early on. That says much about his character. FDR running for four terms, on the other hand, says much about his lack of character.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

The only reason Barack Obama is in the shape he’s in is because of Barack Obama. Rather than recognize he was very inexperienced he decided his way was best. The result is a divided country, an economy in shambles, and a porous border where, with the enemies we have, there could be terrorists crossing right now and we wouldn’t know it.

Now, they want to blame the 22nd Amendment for this disaster of a President? Someone, with a modicum of people skills, wouldn’t be in the shape he’s in. Someone with a reasonable amount of ability to surround himself with knowledgeable people, wouldn’t be in the shape he’s in. TO cut to the chase, when this is all over, and Barack Obama wants to blame someone else for all his troubles, all he has to do is look in the mirror.

bflat879 on August 13, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Obama’s not interested in a third term…He’s already lined up a job working for Al Sharpton.

abester on August 13, 2014 at 10:39 PM

to suggest that obama cant govern is at the very least mildly racist. it is more accurate to say that he is being obstructed from governing properly by congressional repuglicans who do not want to live inside our system. and since they keep getting away with it, maybe our system should be modified..

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on August 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

According to a FB page where these things are being counted:

As of August 5, 2014, 352 bills that passed the House are awaiting action on Harry Reid’s desk.
– 98% passed with bipartisan support
– Nearly 70% passed with 2/3rds support or more
– Over 50% passed with no opposition at all
– And 55 were introduced by Democrats

Harry Reid, the Senate ‘gatekeeper,’ refuses to bring them up for a vote

So it seems the obstruction is not occurring on the Republican side. Who is it again you were saying who doesn’t want to “live inside our system?” Here’s a thought: If you — the left, any elected law maker — doesn’t like a bill? Put it to a vote and vote NO! Off the wall imaginative tactic, I know. {bows} That would be ‘living in our system,’ yes?

Unless of course, by writing that the Republicans “do not want to live in our system” you mean “do not want to live in the Democrats-Obama-Call-All-the Shots” system. That sir, is not the US Constitution and you can keep your hands off it.

Congress has “all legislative power” (pesky Constitution again). So it seems clear that your president and the Senate majority leader are the ones who are not living in the American Constitutional Republic system. (And all the supporting cast of character with D after their names.)

So how much are you getting paid? Is it worth living with your brain off? Speaking of which, you do know that the Koch brothers are libertarians who support gay marriage and marijuana legalization? Not Republicans. They give a ton of money to PBS, too. Think about it.

JAL on August 13, 2014 at 11:34 PM

If we were to repeal the 22nd Amendment, then Ronald Reagan could run again.
I’m sure Democrats who don’t mind the dead voting will complain about the dead running for office.
Even a dead Ronald Reagan would be better than a live Mr. Obama.

J_Crater on August 14, 2014 at 1:35 AM

The third term is rather unlikely now…given O blows at just about everything.

sorrowen on August 13, 2014 at 2:41 PM

You underestimate the Democrat’s power of self-deception, sir. Even now, the base is revving up memes and sound bites declaring Obama’s great successes at saving the economy and fixing health care. I kid you not.

philwynk on August 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Sounds like Mr. Summers would be ok with a 3rd Bush term, that is if he really believes his own crapola.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Yeah sure hats a great idea! Tyranny will be a blast!

MCGIRV on August 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

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