WaPo Op-Ed Urges Letting Obama Run for a Third Term so Senate Will “Fear Him”


Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie.

The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing.

I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37 percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton has said that Americans should be allowed to keep the health insurance they have.

Or consider the reaction to the Iran nuclear deal. Regardless of his political approval ratings, Obama could expect Republican senators such as Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to attack the agreement. But if Obama could run again, would he be facing such fervent objections from Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)?

Probably not. Democratic lawmakers would worry about provoking the wrath of a president who could be reelected. Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.

So Zimmerman’s argument is for lifting term limits so that Obama can intimidate Senate Democrats with a third term?

Nor does Obama have to fear the voters, which might be the scariest problem of all. If he chooses, he could simply ignore their will. And if the people wanted him to serve another term, why shouldn’t they be allowed to award him one?

Zimmerman confuses the people with the billionaire donors who stuffed Obama’s pockets full of money twice. I’m sure they will be happy to do it a third time. And Obama will pay them back with more taxpayer money.

We don’t have some sort of pure democracy where voters choose from a blank slate. We have a political establishment which chooses the prospective winner and the people who work for a living don’t always get their way against the special interests who bring their own people like Obama to power.

That was the argument of our first president, who is often held up as the father of term limits. In fact, George Washington opposed them. “I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the service of any man who, in some great emergency, shall be deemed universally most capable of serving the public,” Washington wrote in a much-quoted letter to the Marquis de Lafayette.

That would be selectively quoted in the term limits debate. Let’s try quoting the whole paragraph instead.

As for instance, on the ineligibility of the same person for President, after he should have served a certain course of years. Guarded so effectually as the proposed Constitution is, in respect to the prevention of bribery and undue influence in the choice of President: I confess, I differ widely myself from Mr. Jefferson and you, as to the necessity or expediency of rotation in that appointment.

The matter was fairly discussed in the Convention, and to my full convictions; though I cannot have time or room to sum up the argument in this letter. There cannot, in my judgment, be the least danger that the President will by any practicable intrigue ever be able to continue himself one moment in office, much less perpetuate himself in it; but in the last stage of corrupted morals and political depravity: and even then there is as much danger that any other species of domination would prevail.

Though, when a people shall have become incapable of governing themselves and fit for a master, it is of little consequence from what quarter he comes. Under an extended view of this part of the subject, I can see no propriety in precluding ourselves from the services of any man, who on some great emergency shall be deemed universally, most capable of serving the Public.

Elections worked differently in George Washington’s time so he was talking about a somewhat different process. Not one that could lead to an Obama. Though it did nearly lead to Aaron Burr.

Washington was not anticipating direct popular elections of the president. That is why he speaks of bribery and undue influence.

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

This is the kind of thing they were worried about. Not that a corrupt political hack would give away and accept bribes like crazy to sections of the common people and to wealthy men.

There’s little doubt that George Washington would have considered the current state of affairs in the capital named after him to be the last stage of corrupted morals and political depravity where factions raise millions and hand out bribes from taxpayer monies in the trillions to win political office.

Washington’s final point is that if the country has gone so badly downhill that the people just want a ruler, rather than self-rule, term limits won’t make much of a difference.

It’s not much of an endorsement of a third term for Obama.

  • Lateen

    Bye bye USA…. Nice knowing ya….

  • Indiana Conservative

    22nd Amendment!

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Actually I already fear the U.S. Senate MORE than him!

    • DogmaelJones1

      You are right to fear the Senate more than you do Obama. The Senate is now ruled by the Demagogues — excuse me, the Democrats — and Harry Reid has campaigned assiduously to make it just an adjunct of the House. However, the Senate was established by the Founders to serve as a bulwark against populist legislation originating in the House, legislation that would obviate the government’s role in protecting individual rights. Of late, the Senate, controlled by statists, has simply rubber-stamped socialist and regulatory legislation that comes up from the House. It has rendered itself redundant and a farce.

  • Fifty Ville

    Future historians will look back at Obama’s third try for the presidency as the start of the Second American Revolution.

    • defcon 4

      I hope so, because who knows what alternative the corrupt scumbags in D.C. have planned if the zero seizes power?

  • phillyfanatic

    The media is now TASS, Pravda, and Goebbels all wrapped up in one.Only a braindead leftist progressive socialist group of elites who hate our American heritage, history and values could suggest a 3rd term for this naif in the WH. The worse Prez in my 75 years and worse than Grant, Buchan.,Harding and Carter put together, the WAPO should be ashamed of themselves for calling themselves democratic and fair as the 4th Estate.

    • defcon 4

      I don’t think the current occupant of the presidential palace (because it’s not the White House anymore, because US citizens aren’t allowed in without invitation of the sultan) the District of Corruptistan is naive in the slightest, he’s evil and corrupt, but not naive.

  • Patriot_ll

    With the Senate working in conjunction with the president they have now merged those two separate (supposedly) arms of government. They are kicking them selves that they didn’t do more a few years ago when they had the chance. Their focus is to ‘win’ back the House and control for two years at least what legislation gets done. How good is your imagination? More wealth redistribution (taxes), more IRS intimidation, continued acquiescence to threats from the Middle East, the DOJ imposing ‘social justice’ measures freely. The options are only as limited as your imagination.

  • David Govett

    Would the Washington Post remove “Washington” from their name.
    The paper besmirches George’s name daily, and evidently has no respect for him.

    • Itsy_bitsy

      Good idea! I think we should refer to it as the Stalin Post from here on out!

  • clayusmcret

    Chavez, and now Maduro, didn’t just wake up one day to to the sweeping presidential powers of ruling by decree in Venezuela. Lackeys, minions and political pawns first had to lay the foundation for overturning constitutional law. The author of the Op-Ed (Zimmerman) joins the obama team in laying the foundation for his declaration of ruler.

    But Zimmerman’s weren’t the first actions taken this month to do this. Harry Reid’s overturning filibuster rules, which set the stage for allowing brute majority vote to overturn rule of law, was the more important act to go unchallenged by the judiciary. Of course, this was led by obama himself simply changing parts of the obamacare law which he found “inconvenient” to his popularity.

    Folks, when people snickered because the tea party startedcomparing obama to a dictator, they shouldn’t have. What’s happening today are the simple steps that must occur first and the foundation to this capability may very well be underway. How many liberals (and illegal aliens) have called for obama to simply rule by executive order in the past two weeks?

    Which reminds me, remember that Korean illegal alien allowed to stand behind obama? obama didn’t allow it – the Secret Service did. Think any of us non-believers would have been cleared to stand there?

    • Sherice Thomas

      Americans aren’t allowed to protest within 2 blocks of the President when speaking…somehow, this illegal alien (known for speaking out during things like this) was given the ‘greenlight’ to stand ‘behind’ O???….Me thinks this was staged…..at the very least this shows how much he hates Americans who do not think just like he does. This is wrong. In this nation, we have freedoms that allow us to think, live and act individually if we chose to do so.

      • clayusmcret

        Of course it was staged, with the Secret Service supporting the scam by approving of him standing within 40′ of the POTUS.

  • ghark729

    If the man had a shred of leadership ability he wouldn’t need a third term to command the respect of Congress.

  • Itsy_bitsy

    Here we go! Is anybody really surprised? I have always known that a “movement” to undo the “2 terms only” would raise it’s hideous head and now it has!! Sure we really want the worst President this country has ever been SADDLED with to have ANOTHER TERM!! My god, hasn’t this country suffered enough of these egotistical fools who play at governing? Maybe we should kick the fool out now and settle the whole question!

  • zombietimeshare

    Barry is probably wondering why he can’t amend the Constitution by executive order.

    Zimmerman, however, is making a compelling argument or the elimination of tenure.

  • frankstclair

    Just make him King, disband the Congress, and start executing dissidents. That’s what all communist dictators do anyway. And it would be a lot more honest than this current arrangement.

    • defcon 4

      Not only Communist dictators — it’s what the Ayatollah and his fellow islam0nazis did when they seized power in Iran — and Iranian Communists disappeared as well. I’m sure the same thing has happened in Libya and Yemen as well.

  • v

    Like I said before, if that happens, it is time for 1776 all over again, or an Egyptian style revolution. It appears that the Egyptian people have more courage than we do. What a shame to watch the destruction of a beautiful country.

    • Sherice Thomas

      Like it or not, if that did happen, this (storming the house) is exactly what would happen….causing the whole world to rise up against their oppressive governments….and the people would win.

  • m4253y

    “Thanks to term limits, though, they’ve got little to fear.”

    “So Zimmerman’s argument is for lifting term limits so that Obama can intimidate Senate Democrats with a third term?”

    Daniel, it would appear to me that the writer believes the people don’t matter. That this is some game of thrones, people be damned. Thank God for term limits.

    • tatave

      Since when under Obama did the people matter?Could not care less about the people and the country

      • m4253y

        yes, that was a given. but my point is that the lame stream media also could care less of the people and the country.

  • http://tattoodesignspro.com/ Chris Martin

    I think the commie WaPo………needs to GO GO …………I think a few of us Americans may have a “problem” should this occur ……….actually…….at this point , probably more than a few ……….. Not so sure “I would try that at home” ……. Just sayin ……..

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  • Bookhunter

    This regime and the sycophants of the left sicken me.

    Bad enough they took an incompetent dope head from the gay bathhouses of Chicago and put him in the White House to follow a Marxist agenda, now they want to make him dictator.

  • Sherice Thomas

    Speaking on behalf of the majority of ALL Americans (most assuredly, the sane ones out of the Matrix Hypnobot)……”No thanks. We’re just not that stupid.”

  • defcon 4

    Why not a lifetime term for the zero? After all Mugabe, Stalin, Hitler and Idi Amin sought lifetime terms why not the zero?

  • popseal

    W/O the Constitution, why not? The very idea suggests there are people that would elect KING PINOCCHIO forever. Messiahs rue for 1000 years don’t they?