The 22nd Amendment to the US Constitution limits US Presidents to two terms in office. Since the Amendment’s ratification in 1951, US Presidents have left office quietly after their second term (or after losing their second term election bid). For normal folks, that’s the end of the story. For others, the unthinkable, like a modern third-term President, is always hiding in the wood pile.
Rush Limbaugh weighs in saying:
[Obama] has sympathy for dictators; he relates to them. He inherited his father’s Marxism. It’s not me saying this—it’s somebody from American Thinker, the Nigerian woman writing last week1, referring to Obama as an average African colonel. You have to wonder if Obama is just trying to lay a foundation for not being a hypocrite when he tries to serve beyond 2016. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if in the next number of years there is a move on the 22nd Amendment which term limits the President of the United States. He may not do it that way. He may not openly try to change the Constitution, but there might be this movement in the country from his cult-like followers to support the notion that a democratically elected leader, who is loved and adored, has carte blanche once elected, to just serve as long as he wants because the people demand it, because the people want it, because the people love it. And I wouldn’t put it past Obama to be plotting right now how to serve beyond 2016.
Well it would be nice if Obama did so well in his second term that everybody loved him and wanted him to stay on, but while on any given issue 20% of the population line up on the crazy side (whether it’s birtherism, climate change denial, belief in alien abductions or how 9/11 happened), there’s not enough of them to effect real change, like overruling the Constitution on a whim. Limbaugh, as usual, plays on the prejudices of his audience.
An investment consultant, Porter Stansberry, predicting ultimate doom that he can help you survive, says that there will be a huge financial boom during Obama’s second term and that so many will become so wealthy that they will want Obama to have a third term and happily surrender all their freedoms to him. In a pre-2012-election letter he writes:
It has to do with an unstoppable development that’s underway now. This event will usher in a new age of American prosperity, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. In fact, this upcoming event is nearly identical to events that happened in 1901 and 1930. Most Americans have forgotten how powerful these events can be. Most Americans would tell you that events like these can’t happen anymore…
According to Salon.com, a Stansberry-inspired email went out from Newt Gingrich including:
“The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It’s nearly impossible to beat an incumbent president,” wrote Porter Stansberry in the email. ”What’s actually at stake right now is whether or not he will have a third-term.”
Alex Jones, paranoid-styled radio host, had Stansberry on his Info Wars program hawking the theory (video).
Not to be left out of an anxiety-promotion opportunity, Joseph Farah, self-proclaimed creator of the birther movement, commented on an Obama third term, saying:
Listen, if you don’t believe in the Constitution and you’ve got a President who is not even eligible under the Constitution to serve, anything is possible, isn’t it? See the difference with the United States of America is that we’re supposed to be a country under the rule of law and that starts with the Constitution and that’s the most important law we have. And yet we ignore it every single day in Washington, every single day. Most acts of Congress are unconstitutional; we’ve gotten to that point. And the President has no—, he thinks we have a living Constitution that could mean whatever he wants it to mean. So hey, I wouldn’t rule it out.
Porter Stansberry claims to have predicted all sorts of events over the past decade (no word on how many he got wrong). A broken clock is right twice a day. Well here’s my prediction. Obama will not have, nor attempt to have, a third term as President. You heard it here first, folks.
1Actually, the American Thinker article by L. E. Ikenga, “Obama, the African colonel,” was not from last week, but from September of 2009.