“Hail to the Chief” or “Hail to the King”? If the bill introduced in the House by Representative Jose Serrano (D-NY) to amend the Constitution by repealing the 22nd amendment is successful, the presidential theme song may very well become “Hail to the King” instead of “Hail to the Chief.” The 22nd amendment was put in place following FDR’s presidency that limits an individual to two terms as President. Representative Serrano’s bill is obviously an attempt to set the stage for President Obama to run (and be re-elected by the adoring masses) for additional terms once his second term is completed. Because of the high hurdles the founders installed within the Constitution concerning the amending process, the likelihood of this transpiring is slim. However, the greater concern ought to be the fact that a member of Congress (and others who are smitten with Obama) would want to see this accomplished and give Obama the opportunity to reign indefinitely. Of course, since he is “the chosen one” who will lead our nation into nirvana, this prospect is what we should desire! Serrano is a modern-day Alexander Hamilton, for during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, he argued for a lifetime appointment of the President. This was rebuffed by the other delegates as they had just won their independence from a tyrannical monarchy and were loathe to set up another one in its place. The practice of a president self-imposing a two-term limit on his service began with our first President, George Washington. When our Republic was founded, the nation needed one who was universally respected to be our first chief executive, and that man was Washington. He was reluctant to assume the position and had to be persuaded to allow his name to be placed into consideration for President. Following his first term, he determined to retire, but again, because of the frailty of the new nation, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison prevailed upon him to allow himself to be presented to the electorate for a second term. When it was completed, however, he refused to be considered for a third term and retired to his beloved Mt. Vernon and family. All presidents thereafter followed his example, until the reign of FDR. So to Barack Hussein Obama (and those who would like to see him indefinitely serving as President), I say (paraphrasing the late Senator Lloyd Benson): “I know George Washington (from studying and reading him); George Washington is a hero of mine; and Mr. President, You’re NO George Washington.” — Frank Kuchar ——————————————————————————– Follow Frank Keep up with Frank’s latest Constitutional writings:
I don’t think there has ever been a more appropriate statement for what we are facing from our government today.
“Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force! Like fire, it
is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!” – George Washington