Congress Watch: Repeal the 22nd Amendment?

Interesting that as our new President call for change, that the Democrat controlled 111th Congress puts forth House Resolution 5, which calls for the repealing of the 22nd Amendment:

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

The 22nd Amendment limits the time in office for the president and was ratified after it was felt FDR had been in office to long a period of time. There was a long history dating back to Washington of Presidents choosing to maintain the traditional (if unofficial) policy of only serving two terms prior to the amendment.

The question is why did Rep José Serrano introduce HJ Res 5 now? Why the sudden rush to push for something that I suspect most, if not all, Americans oppose? Lessen constraint on a government rife with fiscal irresponsibility, insider politics, elitism, and corruption? I think not. There is no legitimate reason I can see for this. It’s as inane as the attempt that was made with Ronald Reagan.

Yes, Mr Serrrano has pushed for the repeal numerous times since 1997 but I have to wonder at his reasoning. It’s not like he’s the most fiscally responsible member of congress being known for his pork. Politically he is considered extremely liberal, even by congressional standards.

Will this attempt to repeal the amendment pass muster? Probably not given previous failures. The fact remains the most recent attempt to remove the amendment were championed by such people as Sen Harry Reid and Congressman Barney Frank, not exactly shining examples of ethics and responsibility as history has shown us all in the last few years.


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