Democrats Dream of Permanent Obama White House
Military dictatorship more likely than Democrats repealing 22nd Amendment
May 11, 2013
Now that Benghazi appears to be destroying the political career of Hillary Clinton and taking air out of the Clinton dynasty, we are beginning to hear rumblings once again about a third Obama term.
Liberals unabashedly throw this prospect out every couple years. They try to get traction on the effort to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment limiting the president to two terms. Democrats pine for the days of FDR and his interminable presidency. If not for a cerebral hemorrhage, Roosevelt would have served an unprecedented fourth term. Republican nominee Thomas Dewey announced support of an amendment in 1944 limiting future presidents to two terms. The Twenty-second Amendment was passed in 1947 and ratified by the states in 1951.
George Washington did not seek a third term – he saw term limitation as a bulwark against monarchy – and Thomas Jefferson railed against the prospect of life-long presidents. In 1807 he wrote, “if some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life.” Madison and Monroe followed the two term limit, although later presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant and Woodrow Wilson, flirted with the idea.
New York Democrat Rep. Jose Serrano has once again floated an effort to kill the Twenty-second Amendment, undeterred by past failures stretching back to 1997. His bill has zero sponsors and is unlikely to go forward, but it reveals a dogged determination by Democrats and some Republicans – including one sold as a libertarian, Ronald Reagan – to install a president for life.