Saturday, January 9, 2016

twenty-second amendment

There may be good reason for the twenty-second amendment, passed by Congress in 1947 and ratified by 36 out of 48 states in 1951, limiting a president to two terms. Or maybe that was all about republican fears that the New Deal coalition forged by FDR would extend itself in perpetuity.

I'd like to know more about the twelve states that did not ratify the twenty-second, and why, and may do due diligence to inform myself. In the meantime I'm sorry the twenty-second means that as of next year's election President Obama will no longer be in office.

It's absolutely crucial he be succeeded by a democrat — in re nominations to the Supreme Court; that peculiar predilection of his for peacemaking, when possible, over warmongering; health care; anti-racism; gay rights; overcoming the frozen grip of Cold War politics as with Cuba etc. — but none of the dems on tap have his stature.

Does he have limitations, weaknesses? Of course. I could name a few with ease. But I'd prefer to assert that his strengths grow stronger, along with his humanity, his genuine ability to express it, and his ability to learn on the job.

He's the smartest guy in the room — except, it need hardly be said, when Bill Clinton sits in, when it would take an Einstein — and it will be a shame to lose his hard-won know-how come November.

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