A Democratic congressman Jose Serrano on Friday introduced a resolution seeking to repeal the 22nd Amendment and thus remove the limit on how many terms a US president may serve in office.
Although some websites are reporting the move as evidence in support of Obama-conspiracy theories, reports say that the Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) has introduced similar legislation every Congress since 2001.
According to The Blaze, the 22nd Amendment which prohibits any US president from serving more than two full terms in office was passed by Congress in 1947 and was ratified in 1951 after Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms.
Although Serrano’s bill has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, it is not expected to go far. The resolution has no cosponsors and it would require the approval of both the House and Senate and three-fourths of the states to amend the Constitution.
According to The Blaze, this is not the first time that effort has been made to repeal the 22nd Amendment. The late Rep. Guy Vander Jagt, who was then the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, introduced a bill to repeal the Amendment in 1986 and allow President Ronald Reagan a third term. Vander Jagt said: "The 22nd Amendment is an insult to American voters who are wise and well-informed."
A similar resolution introduced by Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 1989 also did not pass. In 2005, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) attempted an unsuccessful bipartisan move cosponsored by Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).
Several presidents have, understandably, expressed support of allowing presidents to serve more than two terms. Reagan reportedly supported Jagt's move. He said the 22nd Amendment violated the right of Americans to “vote for someone as often as they want to do.”
The Blaze reports that former President Bill Clinton also spoke in support of presidents serving more than two terms.
The fact that Serrano's resolution is a yearly tradition has not prevented a few speculations on Twitter that Obama is pushing to be "Imperial President." Twitchy:
chaselindley Washington’s tradition & the 22nd Amendment were put in place for a reason: to discourage would-be dictators. Obama is a would-be dictator.
WMDOwl @RepJoseSerrano Why do you want to repeal the 22nd Amendment and install an Imperial President?
cjgrisham @RepJoseSerrano wants to turn US into another Venezuela or Cuba & repeal the 22nd Amendment giving Obama a 3rd term.
TruthAboutObama Here we go again, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) again proposed to repeal 22nd amendment in an effort to get #DictatorObama a 3rd term.
freetarian Blind as a bat -> RT @fputch: HORSESHIT!“@ValVenisEnt: Obama pushing to become a dictator. TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA ->