Wow, I must have missed this op-ed back last fall, but it really is stunning.
Obviously there are some who would actually support removing presidential term limits. The idea sounds as bad as it really is.
“End presidential term limits” By Jonathan Zimmerman November 28, 2013
“Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one?”
What preposterous thinking. Obama would somehow be accountable to people if he could run again, when he was never accountable for the last 6 years. He ignored the will of people in his first term.
Oh right, he feared the voters so much in 2012 that they made up a story that Benghazi was caused by a video — all for an election. More of that, you say? You want more?
Right: more crony appointments, more fundraising bonanzas, and more feeble promises from a compulsive liar so he can run again? What nonsense. Obama wanted a Camelot presidency, and instead gave us a Carter nightmare on steroids, and a residency of pain. This would be better or fixed if he could just run again?
Oh, bad enough that we have Hillary in the breach for 2016. Just to suffer through her candidacy will be torture. It will suck the oxygen out of every corner of the country. But this guy advocates Obama 3.0.
Hold your horses because he went on to say:
“That was the argument of our first president, who is often held up as the father of term limits. In fact, George Washington opposed them. “I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public,” Washington wrote in a much-quoted letter to the Marquis de Lafayette.”
A couple problems with that: this is a guy who caused more scandal and problems than any of the others. He repeatedly put us in intentional emergency situations, to inject or force his solution. I doubt Washington was referring to that. He did not foresee our inability to throw out a guy for ignoring the Constitution and abusing his power. And he presumes good men honor ethics and consider the good of the country. In that scenario he would step down for another. We don’t have either. This particular man is not “deemed universally most capable of serving the public.” He never was – people ignored that too. He added:
“Washington stepped down after two terms, establishing a pattern that would stand for more than a century. But he made clear that he was doing so because the young republic was on solid footing, not because his service should be limited in any way.”
Precisely. We don’t have that situation. And he is not leaving us better off. That’s the point. He wants to make us worse off and force himself as the only cure. I don’t think Washington correctly factored in the abuse of that power. An honorable man would know when to walk away. And at least Nixon resigned. Unfortunately, what we have here is the poster boy for term limits. (much how they thought of it when they passed it)
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