Repeal presidential term limits??????

Repeal presidential term limits?????

Washington Post op-ed: Repeal presidential term limits

 BY:   Tim Cavanaugh


As President Obama faces a small revolt within his own party, a Washington Post op-ed is calling for the  United States to end presidential term limits and allow him to run again in  2016.

“Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens  should be allowed to vote for — or against — him,” writes New York University  Jonathan Zimmerman professor of history and education. “Anything less diminishes  our leaders and ourselves.”

Zimmerman argues that the president would enjoy more deference on such  unpopular initiatives as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the  recent nuclear-arms deal with Iran if he had a legal opportunity to seek  additional terms in office.

“Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform  and from the president,” he writes. “Even former president Bill Clinton has said  that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance  they have.

“Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal,” Zimmerman continues.  “Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican  senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the  agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent  objections from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez  (D-N.J.)?”

Zimmerman is untroubled by the prospect that long-term control of executive  apparatus, along with the natural advantages  of incumbency, might smooth the way for continuing rule by a president  regardless of genuine popular will. The Obama Internal Revenue Service targeted  the president’s political enemies before the 2012 election. The history of  presidents for life in other nations shows ever-growing popular votes for the  incumbent that in most cases masked widespread popular discontent.

The Post op-ed also avoids an important pro-executive argument for term  limits — that a second-term president freed from electoral hurly burly can focus  on matters important to the nation. Obama made this argument explicitly to  Russia’s then-president Dmitri Medvedev in March 2012, saying that he would have  “more flexibility” to make concessions to Russia after his last election.

Nor does Zimmerman entertain the  possibility that Democrats may be fleeing Obama’s policies out of practical good  sense, a move that they are free to make when not under pressure support a  candidate for re-election. He notes correctly that George Washington established  the two-term precedent not out of political philosophy but because he thought  the republic was in good shape. But he does not specify what crises — other than  the ones of Obama’s own making — the country is now facing that would require a  third term.

Zimmerman blames a “large Republican majority” that “took over Congress” in 1947  for the passage of the 22nd Amendment in 1951. In fact an amendment to the U.S.  Constitution must be approved by the legislatures in three fourths of the  states. The presidential term limit was duly approved in this manner, and while  the Democrat Harry Truman was in office at the time, the first full presidency  under term limits was the administration of the exceedingly popular Republican  Dwight D. Eisenhower, under whom the nation enjoyed a lengthy period of peace  and prosperity.



You need to be a member of The Constitutional Conservatives to add comments!

Join The Constitutional Conservatives

Votes: 0
Email me when people reply –


  • Some professors don't have any "common sence."

  • Gee... like we didn't see this coming... the Tyrant would be king...

This reply was deleted.

Help Support TCC

This is a member-supported website. Your contribution is greatly appreciated!

Follow Us!

Not receiving your emails from us? Internet security continues to tighten in today's hacker world.

Be sure to ADD us to your email provider contacts list.

Don't Forget The Tags


Don't forget your tags.  Tags in an article are INCREDIBLY important!    They're the internets way of finding your post in a search.

Without tags - your article is INVISIBLE on the web!

Use keywords found within your post and/or use phrases which a person would enter *IF* they were searching your topic.

For examples click here.


Please don't be shy!

1. Read the Rules

2. Read "How To" Add Content/Discussions

TCC Wonders.....

Random, thought-provoking topics.  Take your pick and give us your Conservative view.


  • The "fundamental change" to Socialism/Communism?
  • Thoughts on Immigration
  •  TRUE and HONEST Voting
  • The Deep State
  • AOC and the Gang
  • Have any Summer rally plans?  Tell us about them.
  •  There is so much crazieness out there- take your pick- let's talk about it!!