Skip to comments.Washington Post Op-Ed Goes Viral: End Presidential Term Limits (With Poll to FReep)
Posted on 11/30/2013 7:35:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
An op-ed in the Washington Post went viral this week as it drew controversy advocating for an end to presidential term limits.
In the piece, bluntly titled End presidential term limits, New York University history professor Jonathan Zimmerman suggests that the 22nd Amendment limiting presidents to two terms of office should be repealed as a way to assuring a more effective presidency and protecting democracy from a leader without fear of voters wrath.
Citing the treatment of President Obama in the wake of his troubled Affordable Care Act rollout and a nuclear deal with Iran, Zimmerman argued that if Obama could run again, he might not be facing such fervent objections on the former from Democratic leaders like Bill Clinton; and, on the latter, from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ).
Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, theyve got little to fear, Zimmerman wrote, adding that a term-limited president does not have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all.
If he chooses, the professor continued, [a term-limited president] could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldnt they be allowed to award him one?
Ultimately, Zimmerman concluded:
Its time to put that power back where it belongs. When Ronald Reagan was serving his second term, some Republicans briefly floated the idea of removing term limits so he could run again. The effort went nowhere, but it was right on principle. Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for or against him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.
What do you think? Should the 22nd Amendment be repealed and presidential term limits be overturned? Take our poll below:
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I have been demanding for a long time that presidents be restricted to a single term Guess we can compromise and keep it at two.
To see the idiot’s favorability descend into the single digits...
Every second term of a Democrat we get the same story. It will not happen. Besides, pResident Cloward-Piven doesn’t need a third term to overwhelm the system. We have already gone past the point of no return.
I knew that this impostor would want a third term or probably a term for life if he can pull it off.
What this fool doesn’t realize is that if we did change the Constitution, then Bill Clinton would be reelected until his death by the blacks and women in this country. Had such a changed happened 14 years ago, Barack Obama would still be a “community organizer” in Chicago.(A silver lining? LOL)
But this is just my opinion about two voting groups in this country.
It sounds as though the commie piggies down at the WaPo are into kings, queens, emperors and dictators. They just can’t help themselves. What a bunch of fascist retards.
They could at least publish such an editorial when we have a President who isn’t a bucket of scum.
Not without repealing the 16th and 17th.
i’m for making EVERY elected office one-term only
Obama plans to never leave the WH while there’s anyone alive in the US. And his accomplices plan to help him.
What you need is millions of Daleks.
LOL, laugh ping!
Argues that Obama would be a better POTUS in his second term if he thought he would/could get a himself third term, and on and on.
Add this to the repeal 17th idea list.
Professional politicians are destroying the REPUBLIC.
Won’t happen because 8 years is more than enough. After the last 3 two-termers, one 6-year term and out looks better.
Obama fatigue (and he still has 3 years to go).
8 year is more than enough.
coulldn’t we ELIMINATE some of these offices?..
I’ll bet this guy’s quiet on the issue when a Republican’s in his second term.
This is like saying that a crimnal engaged in mugging and robbing you is only taking everything he can because he knows he wont be able to come back tomorrow for more.
Its your fault he takes it all at the first opportunity because your laws are restrictive and force him to get it while he can.
After all, the criminal wouldnt take everthing he could get his hands on if he had your assurances he could come back and rob you again, and again, and again without fear of being stopped.
Just like Obama has fake twitter followers this piece going ‘viral’ is probably more a function of some Dem war room antics paid for by George Soros.
Blacks are democrats largest voting block but they’re not techies... I don’t believe this went viral. Feels like a lie.
Or two terms at the most.
Why is it the dark side always want to tear down fairness. you never hear this mentioned with effective presidents, only the screw ups like BHO and Roosevelt.
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IMHO, the two-term amendment keeps this society from using more lethal means of removing a sitting politician. Just remember what goes around, comes around!
Who didn’t see this coming. And so it begins.
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Not only no, but hell no! Limit the senators too.
And the judges.
They always talk about perceived benefits. Never about the known problems.
Thanks - facts clear things up...
When I followed the link “YES” was already selected on the poll and there was no way to unselect it!
Vox populi checkmated by deus ex machina.
That is a lot of Obama worshipping
My thought, too.
How about one term for members of the House and Senate, also?
NYU has rapidly become one of the top universities to promote marxism and authoritarianism. Guess Prof. Zimmerman is the new kid on the “bloc”.
Hey, if you don’t like the Constitution, ignore it (Obama) or change it (Obama asskissers and worshippers).
Gee, it really looks like the Republicans/conservatives are the real defenders of the Constitution, which they have bothered to read (Plus the Federalist papers, Madison and Jefferson papers, etc).
Ask a Democrat what the Constitution is, and they reply, our daily workout to keep our bodies pure.
With a massive pool of low-education voters, Obama would be crowned king of the plantation ad infinitum. He won his victory almost before he was born when the communists decided, as one of their multi-pronged attacks on America, to infiltrate the schools and pervert and warp what children used to be taught about our country.
And they succeeded. When Bill the terrorist Ayers (and friend of the President) is looked upon by many major universities and foundations as a leader in education, then you know that something major is wrong with our system.
Those who were young children in the late 60’s and early 70’s are now low- education voters on the Democratic plantation. No Jim Crow anymore but a new slavemaster, the welfare/freebies Democratic Party led by its marxist wing.
And now you know some of the story.
“Who didnt see this coming. And so it begins.”
I think we ALL saw this coming. They will try anything to keep their lord commie guy in power. He is doing such a magnificent job of destroying America.
Op-Eds are like assholes - everybody’s got one ...
He’s not too bright.
I’m more surprised there is so LITTLE of this kind of talk.
Zimmerman is the poster boy for what’s wrong with the so-called “education system”.
I think presidents ought to have one six-year term.
Leaders who do not have fear of voters are normally termed dictators. But whatever.
The reason that the referenced WAPO article went viral is probably because low-information voters don’t understand that the federal government has no constitutional Article V authority to ratify proposed amendments to the Constitution, the states uniquely having such power.
And enthusiasm for repealing 22nd Amendement will probably die down, like it has before, because corrupt feds likely don’t want voters to understand the following. They don’t want voters to catch on to the idea that, since only the states can ratify proposed amendments, the states have absolute control over the feds, not vice versa as many low-info voters undoubtedly think. After all, if such knowledge became widespread then it would likely throw a monkey wrench into the Progressive Movement agenda to unconstitutionally centralize government power in DC.
FDR is the single best reason to keep the limit at two terms. Obozo is the best reason to limit it to one.
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