H.J.Res.5 - 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.

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  • Official: 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. as introduced.

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Anonymous 01/09/2009 6:17pm
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The Congress should be term limited to 4 years and salary cut to the volunteer median income.

BWSorensen 01/29/2009 10:52am
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in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 6:17pm

I agree, this shouldn’t be an amendment, there should be an amendment to limit the amount of term for all federal officials.

jdbrackett5 02/14/2009 5:28am
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in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 6:17pm

RIGHT ON! All government ‘officials’ are acting as if they are royalty and we are too stupid to be citizens—we are the serfs of their kingdom.

parlezlibrement 01/12/2009 7:20am
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The reason Congress even proposed and passed the 22nd Amendment was to uphold the traditions/teachings of Our Founding Fathers to prevent any one person from attaining the status and/or power of a king. This is a republic, from latin ‘res publica’ which means the ‘public thing’ (where thing translates to the law), where we live by the “rule of law”. Given the right circumstances, it would be very easy for one person to become a dictator. FDR had four terms because he was popular, and had been successful in restoring the nation during the Depression (if not for WW2 he may have only gotten two terms). This legislation will be like a can of worms, and will only lead our country astray towards a democracy (majority rule) from what it truly is and meant to be… A Republic!

kgotjesus2001 02/17/2009 4:44am
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in reply to jdbrackett5 Feb 14, 2009 5:28am

I totally agree with you! That is exactly what they want: serfs and lords!! We don’t need this bill to make them our king or dictator!!!!

Tylervw 01/16/2009 5:05am
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Agreed I believe in term limits for everyone. Our forefathers did not intend for politicians to hold office for 20 or 30 years passing legislation that would make them rich. Most of these people who serve in office now are very wealthy and only a few were that way when they started. Kind of makes you wonder huh?

Anonymous 01/18/2009 4:14am
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The incredible disregard for the wisdom of the founding fathers in this bill astounds me. Given the timing and the sponsor’s party affiliation, it is a clear attempt to consolidate power and establish a Democratic party Kingdom led by Barack Obama for the next 20+ years.

jfbyers 02/17/2009 7:29am
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in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 6:17pm

Jefferson said, We did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction.
I believe that the House should be non-elected picked from the tax payers as you are when you are on a jury. Senators should be elected to no more than 4 (5 year terms). The President should be elected to no more than 2 (4 year terms) and the Vice President should be the person he/she ran against.

daringone 03/31/2009 3:08am
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in reply to csledbetter Feb 27, 2009 10:39pm

No, the problem here is more that without House and Senate term limits, we create career politicians. If a representative is voted out, they can go run for another position elsewhere simply by moving their residence. If we have term limits, it allows us to get fresh representation from ALL parties and prevents 10 term House members.

iammatt 01/21/2009 8:52am
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The simple fact that this piece of legislation was even drafted is ridiculous. Congress should also have a term limit, as well as all representative salaries abolished. You are representing the American people, not politicizing to keep your job.

Anonymous 02/23/2009 7:56am
in reply to parlezlibrement Jan 12, 2009 7:20am

Actually, FDR was elected the first time in 1932, he was elected to his third term in 1940, one year prior to our involvement in WWII. Also, he wasn’t really that successful in restoring the nation during the depression. There were several members of his cabinet that complained that after all the money they had spent, all they had succeeded in doing was extending the drepression. But you are right that the 22nd Amendment was about preventing a fiasco like that from happening again by returning to the principles of the Founding Fathers.

cwduchene 01/22/2009 6:31am

Ah! Here it is AGAIN!!! It has been proposed over and over again. Quit wasting money and time on this. The people do not want this!

Anonymous 01/20/2009 11:16am

Re: The previous commenter. No, the Constitution says right up front that no state religion shall be established.

However I agree with limiting each president to 2 4-yr terms, and simplifying the tax code, and Congressional salary raises should be voted on by their constituents.

Also Roosevelt did not end the Depression, his policies prolonged it. Very good argument for term limits. Read Amity Schlaes “The Forgotten Man.”

rgmoon 07/02/2009 7:48am
in reply to kgotjesus2001 Feb 17, 2009 4:44am

Exactly!!! Tighter limits and less salary and benefits!! How can they serve us if they don’t live like us?

Anonymous 01/18/2009 4:34pm

What a foolish piece of legislation… no matter what your politics, Obama has not even taken office…

milehifreedom 02/20/2009 9:49am
in reply to Anonymous Jan 18, 2009 4:14am

You’re exactly right…we are closer now than we should be to the Democrat Party Kingdom of the Inner City of the United States of America. We need to preserve a few of the checks and balances against a monarchy or dictatorship that our founding fathers gave us.

mrpolitico 01/18/2009 4:48pm

do not pass this bill. the founding fathers were and continue to be smarter and right with the CONSTITUTION of the U.S.A. all polititians of now and recent memory should not try to mess with that. how foolish to initiate this bill. you get a -

johntudor 02/13/2009 3:43pm
in reply to kenj0418 Feb 11, 2009 11:45am

Perhaps some history would help me understand this discussion. Didn’t one of our founding fathers who served as president decline to serve another term because he felt no one man should hold himself higher than the republic he represented?

Anonymous 01/22/2009 4:40pm

2 terms for any president is enuff already!

starfrosts 01/22/2009 7:46am

I can’t believe this either. If this bill passes, its because of the representatives and not the people.

Tony1980 02/09/2009 9:15am
in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 6:17pm

AMEN!!

Anonymous 01/22/2009 6:19am

This is absolutely insane…why is this even on the table???

glr 01/21/2009 3:47am

Not only should the limit not be removed there should be term limits on congress. It shouldn’t be possible for someone to be in office for 15, 20 or 25 years. They loose site of what they are there for. This is why we have some of the problems we have today. The average citizen’s voice no longer counts which was proven by all the bailouts. We couldn’t vote someone out of congress if we wanted too. Look what Murtha said about his own constituents and still was re-elected!

jazz836062 03/25/2009 9:01am
in reply to Anonymous Jan 09, 2009 6:17pm

I completely agree and am willing to put a number on it. $7,200 a year. That is how much the Texas State Congress makes. Oklahoma has enacted term limits of 12 years and according to the governor, The state is doing much better than it had previously.

kenj0418 02/11/2009 11:48am
in reply to mrpolitico Jan 18, 2009 4:48pm

Again – not the founding fathers that put this in the constitution. That was the 20th century congress that did that.

bcm04 07/26/2009 3:33pm
in reply to daringone Mar 31, 2009 3:08am

I agree, all elected officials should have term limits, max 2 terms, no more.

ktmusa8 03/19/2010 10:15pm
in reply to BWSorensen Jan 29, 2009 10:52am

here here. i agree. how can any congressman be serious about proposing this bill. just curious, but isn’t this how Julius Caesar became the Proconsul/dictator of Rome?

kenj0418 02/16/2009 6:51pm
in reply to johntudor Feb 13, 2009 3:43pm

Well all of them stopped at two (or less) terms. The only exception was FDR who was elected for 4 (although only served a tiny bit of the 4th one). Washington refused to run for a third term (although he almost certainly would have won) – that set the precedent for 2 terms.

Anonymous 01/24/2009 11:54am

The 22nd ammendment has actually only been around since 1967 but was previously enforced under the Presidential Sucession Act of 1947 after FDR. I do not think they 22nd ammendment should be repealed. I am curious if this bill made it to the House for debate because Obama is president or would this bill still exist if McCain had won.

Brandbla8 01/21/2009 4:43pm

The terms of the constitution are there for a reason so as to not have a dictatorship that we see in other countries. Allowing unlimited terms would only put us in that type of situation.


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