Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Spirit of the Constitution

The 22nd amendment:

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

What gives? Is this a rant against the possibility of another 4 years of King George? lol no. That aint gonna happen. Or is it? See, technically, we're in the 11th year of George Bush. Sure, there's 8 years of Clinton inbetween the two, but does that really matter? And it is very possible that we're looking at another 8 years of a Clinton! To summarize:

Bush
Clinton
Clinton
Bush
Bush
Clinton (possible/probable)
Clinton (possible/probable)
Bush (Jeb) (possible/probable)

omg just what the HELL is going on here?

Now the 22nd amendment was not designed to prevent this exact scenario, but isn't it true that the 22nd amendment was designed to prevent something very much like this from occuring?

I'm not pushing for a new amendment, but I do think we need to consider interpreting the constitution a wee bit less literally, and start looking more at the spirit of the document. The intention. If you believe that term limits are a good thing, then you should also be against what is going on here with this Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton nonsense.

It's a foregone conclusion that the republicans are gonna pick some yammering sack of jelly (with a hard candy shell) to be their candidate, which means that Hillary would end up being the lesser of two evils if she wins the nomination. So if you really believe in the spirit of term limits, then the real battle is going to be fought in the democratic primaries.

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