Prog Canon (today’s reading: FDRalism)


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  1. If anything is going to fix what’s wrong with Washington it’s going to be the imposition of term limits across the board. 12 years max, any way you choose. It can be 2 terms in the Senate or 6 in the Congress and any time spent in the other house counts in case you want to switch.

    If that means I have to give up an Orrin Hatch for a Ted Kennedy or Chris Dodd that’s fine by me.

    Comment by Zipser — January 6, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  2. Let me make sure I have this straight…Rep. Jose Serrano here would be all cool with the idea of 24 or 30 years continuous of President Tom Tancredo?

    Comment by Holger — January 6, 2013 @ 10:21 am

  3. Bingo Holger. They’d be scrambling like cockroaches in the kitchen light to remove a law that allowed an opponent to retain their power for life.

    Comment by Jess — January 6, 2013 @ 10:47 am

  4. Oh good, that will fix things, career professional politicians!

    Comment by Steve Skubinna — January 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am

  5. Was that Richard Davi? I love that guy.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 6, 2013 @ 11:09 am

  6. Wow. Attempted Arse-kiss gone worng.
    [ya really think Obobo wants to be POTUS some more? Seems to me he'd rather be a free-range irritant supported by ...well, yanno, than hafta actually show up to "work" on a regular basis. Probably Just Me™]

    Comment by Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause* — January 6, 2013 @ 11:41 am

  7. Has anyone noticed that during all the froofraw about guns,
    no legislator has introduced an act to repeal the Second Amendment?
    Heck, that would give ‘em all the legitimacy they’d need to confiscate everything.
    It’s as if they’re sure they’d, you know … fail.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 6, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

  8. The Capital of America would be changed to Hawaii, or Venezuela. From what I hear Chavez isn’t long for this world and they’ll need a new Dick—tator.

    Comment by geezerette — January 6, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

  9. Guess we should speak to our contacts about any stray meteors in the neighborhood about the time of the coronation. . .

    When teh termites go too far, a can of raid just doesn’t do the trick.

    Comment by mech — January 6, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

  10. This sorta thing creeps up during a lot of POTUS’ second term. Most recently Clinton and Reagan. Doesn’t stand a snowman’s chance in hell though. The constitution was made hard to amend on purpose.

    Comment by MikeG — January 6, 2013 @ 1:10 pm

  11. While we’re suggesting repeals, let’s repeal the 17th Amendment. Prior to that, most states appointed their senators; this amendment turned it into popular elections.

    30 states are currently in Republican hands. If it weren’t for the 17th Amendment, we’d have 60 GOP senators right now.

    Comment by Fat Baxter — January 6, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

  12. I think Uhbama would love a third term or even King for Life if he could rule by dictate without having to deal with nuisances like the Constitution, budgets and Congress, hire any flunkies he wanted without approval to do the actual work (which is where he nearly is now) and change the world to his vision without constraints.
    I really think he would be happy in a fiefdom with forced adulation like North Korea, unlimited powers and the perks that go with it, as long as his fiefdom was the big dog on the block.
    He would not be happy as king of a relatively powerless fiefdom like Luxembourg or Zimbabwe.
    Beware, he may try it by executive order of a ‘national emergency’ type. Amending that pesky Constitutiion the lawful way is too much trouble. We’re still stuck with the Constitution busting Patriot Act and the TSA 12 years after 9-11 with no end in sight. Why would an emergency third term or more be any different?

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 6, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

  13. Well they watched a megalomaniac like Bloomberg side-step term limits so I guess this is just a natural progression.

    Comment by Spin — January 7, 2013 @ 1:14 am

  14. The would be really cool if Sarah Palin was president. :)

    Comment by tctsunami — January 7, 2013 @ 11:21 am

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