Hugo Chavez, ¡El Presidente para siempre!… oh wait, I meant Barack Obama.

Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez

¡Amigos para siempre! (Means you'll always be my friend.)

[Thanks to Don Shaolin in the comments for the assistance with my Spanish.]


As predictable as Michelle Bachmann introducing a complete Obamacare repeal, über-liberal representative José Serrano of New York introduced a repeal of the 22nd Amendment, the one that instituted presidential term limits.

Now, to be sure, as SooperMexican notes, Serrano’s repeal has less chance of passing than Bachmann’s, which has none in the current Congress, because a constitutional amendment needs two-thirds of the House and the Senate plus ratification from three quarters of the states—thirty-eight of them. Bachmann’s measure, however, would merely need majorities in both houses plus the president’s signature or an override of his veto. Bachmann’s repeal could get a majority in the House before it dies in the Senate. Serrano’s repeal of the 22nd Amendment would be hard-pressed to get the necessary 67 senators, if it got there. It won’t: it’ll die in committee in the House, like it did in 2011.

So neither is mathematically possible at this point.

But one would be good for America. The other would allow Barack Obama to run for president again and again.

But if we’re looking for amendments relating to term limits, let’s limit terms for senators and representatives as well.

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Tom Crowe is a cradle Catholic with a deep love for and commitment to Holy Mother the Church, colored by a rather interesting life-long relationship with her. Born during the great liturgical upheaval of the 1970s, Crowe was brought up in a parish that continued using the Missal of 1962—the Traditional Latin Mass—for which he developed a love. Crowe learned the faith as a child from the Baltimore Catechism, and didn’t stop learning and wrestling with the Church’s teachings at his Confirmation. Through reading and many conversations with friends and converts far smarter than he, Crowe came to know, accept, and love the Church and what she proposes far more intimately. For three years these conversation took place in seminary before Crowe, with the blessing of the formation team, determined that seminary was not right for him. In the wild and humorous ways of God, Crowe landed on his feet in Steubenville, Ohio, where he manages the online presence for Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also trains altar servers and is the head master of ceremonies for the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on campus.

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