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-Short Attention Span Theater-
End Presidential Term Limits
I suppose the author means by Congress, and three-fourths of the States, not by executive fiat.
In 1947, Sen. Harley Kilgore (D-W.Va.) condemned a proposed constitutional amendment that would restrict presidents to two terms. "The executive's effectiveness will be seriously impaired," Kilgore argued on the Senate floor, " as no one will obey and respect him if he knows that the executive cannot run again."
Why, he'd be a lame duck!
I've been thinking about Kilgore's comments as 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.
Clearly, he needs a third term to enact his progressive agenda!
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.)?
After all, those guys couldn't possibly think it's a bad deal - they're Democrats!
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.
If they're not brain dead, they fear The Chicago Way, whether Champ is one term or el Presidente for Life.
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?
Whoa. Somebody help me out here. Is this cognitive dissonance, or just academic stoopidity?
Those aren't mutually exclusive...
The first president to openly challenge the two-term tradition was Theodore Roosevelt, who ran for a third term as president in 1912 on the Bull Moose ticket. When he stepped down in 1908, Roosevelt pledged not to seek a third term; reminded of this promise in 1912, he said that he had meant he would not seek a "third consecutive term." The New York Times called Roosevelt's explanation a "pitiful sophistication," and the voters sent Woodrow Wilson to the White House.
In retrospect, clearly a bad omen.
Citing the outbreak of war overseas and the Depression at home, Democrats renominated Franklin D. Roosevelt. They pegged him for a fourth time in 1944 despite his health problems, which were serious enough to send him to his grave the following year.

To Republicans, these developments echoed the fascist trends enveloping Europe. "You will be serving under an American totalitarian government before the long third term is finished," warned Wendell Wilkie, Roosevelt's opponent in 1940. Once the two-term tradition was broken, Wilkie added, nobody could put it back together. "If this principle dies, it will be dead forever," he said.
So let's kill it in 2013!
That's why the GOP moved to codify it in the Constitution in 1947, when a large Republican majority took over Congress. Ratified by the states in 1951, the 22nd Amendment was an "undisguised slap at the memory of Franklin D. Roosevelt," wrote Clinton Rossiter, one of the era's leading political scientists. It also reflected "a shocking lack of faith in the common sense and good judgment of the people," Rossiter said.
Ratified by three-fourths of the states, right? I bet the elitists hated that.
He was right. Every Republican in Congress voted for the amendment, while its handful of Democratic supporters were mostly legislators who had broken with FDR and his New Deal. When they succeeded in limiting the presidency to two terms, they limited democracy itself.
That's right, bozo, they kept it a Republic!
"I think our people are to be safely trusted with their own destiny," Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) argued in 1947.
And the people spoke, Claude, in 1952, when they ratified the 22nd amendment, memorializing FDR, not "slapping" his memory.
"We do not need to protect the American people with a prohibition against a president whom they do not wish to elect; and if they wanted to elect him, have we the right to deny them the power?"

It's time to put that power back where it belongs. When Ronald Reagan was serving his second term, some Republicans briefly floated the idea of removing term limits so he could run again. The effort went nowhere, but it was right on principle.
Were you cheering for it then, Professor?
Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for -- or against -- him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.
Hoping he could steal the election again?
Jonathan Zimmerman is a professor of history and education at New York University. His books include "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory."
Posted by: Bobby || 11/29/2013 10:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Another attempt by Obama to stay, no matter who proposes it, you can be sure the goal is to extend Obama in office.

Won't work.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/29/2013 11:04 Comments || Top||

#2  Strange why these Lefties never brought this up when Reagen was in his second term. /sarc off

Note Well - it was a Constitutional amendment which required a super majority to submit and ratify. For a political movement that must employ widespread deception and corruption to just get a mere majority to sustain its existing power, the only means they have to overcome the process is by fiat. At which time, there is no law but power.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/29/2013 11:42 Comments || Top||

#3  Barack Obama should be allowed to stand for re election just as citizens should be allowed to vote for — or against — him. Anything less diminishes our leaders and ourselves.

Not only no but hell no. The current crop of lefties would like nothing better than to elect a basically incompetent who aspires to an executive branch dictatorship. The 22nd Amendment was passed by Congress and by the required number of States. It is a part of the Constitution. Those on the left are not fond of our Constitution but the people of our Republic have spoken.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/29/2013 12:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Testing, testing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 11/29/2013 13:16 Comments || Top||

#5  "The Shape of Things to Come" if the left has its way ?

Posted by: Au Auric || 11/29/2013 13:26 Comments || Top||

#6  When is Krystalnacht scheduled? I'm expecting some pretext, domestic or foreign, for this criminal claque to try a "martial law(less" decree.

When that happens the republic will have fallen and the minutemen will have to march again.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/29/2013 14:13 Comments || Top||

#7  File under I pray I'm wrong.
Vast allegations of fraud occur during the next election. Obama declares it a "Constitutional Crisis", A state of Emergency for our democracy and Stops the elections for DOJ to investigate. Both sides go to court. Investigation is partisan and finds fraud only on one side. They go after the right and Tea Party. More legal action. The only viable way is to register voters, ACLU has a stroke and files in every courthouse clogging the system. IRS goes after every republican on the accusation list bankrupting the republican party. Finally three years later the issue is resolved. The president decides to stay in power until the next election cycle, calls it a state of emergency action to restore democracy. The country is just as divided and riots.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 11/29/2013 14:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Bill Clinton approves.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/29/2013 14:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Actually, if it weren't for term.limits, Bill Clinton might have gone for extra terms.

Of course, if I could take over for one day, the first thing I would do is institute term limits for Congress. With no grandfather clause.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/29/2013 16:50 Comments || Top||

#10  Just for a gedanker thing, imagine a dropping of term limits and Bill being able to run. Think of the damn Democratic primaries! I would re-engage just for the damn hell of it. Think of Hillary under the largest damn bus you have ever seen in your nightmares....
Posted by: Shipman || 11/29/2013 18:15 Comments || Top||

#11  Screw term limits. These guys will just decalre a monarchy, regime or dictatorship and you wil learn to live with it.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 11/29/2013 22:13 Comments || Top||

Africa Horn
Somalia's Failure: A Broken System Or Lousy Leaders?
Those are not mutually exclusive choices...
In fact they might be interdependent.
Nonsense. There's been no confirmation report by a renowned think-tank yet.
Somalia's power-sharing system has failed.

In most of the world's parliamentary democracies, it's rare to see presidents and prime ministers bickering, since their roles and responsibilities are more or less distinct and rarely overlap. However, in many African governments, power struggles between presidents and prime ministers are quite common, even when the offices have clearly defined constitutional roles.

In Somalia, the president is the head of state. His powers include appointing a prime minister and serving as commander-in-chief of the armed forces, which includes the power to declare of a state of emergency or war. The prime minister is the chief of the cabinet, guiding and overseeing the work of the other ministers. However, despite these neatly separated roles and responsibilities, Somalia is once again having great difficulty in governing itself under a power sharing system.

Although it's designed to encourage collaboration between clans, the arrangement has yet to produce sustainable political stability, with a rift widening between President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. The real issue between them is unclear, but according to media reports, the president recently asked the prime minister to resign due to incompetence, while the prime minister claims that the president has no constitutional power to request his resignation. The prime minister has complained that the government cannot achieve its goals because of the slim cabinet that the president had imposed on him, which has resulted in each minister being in charge of three to four ministries.

After its independence, Somalia had a parliamentary system based on political parties. But a coup d'état in 1969 installed the Siad Barre military regime, disrupting the democratic process and eventually plunging the country into civil war. Since then, a number of power-sharing agreements aimed at resolving the crisis have crumbled.

In 2000, a Transitional National Government was established in Djibouti that ended up disintegrating due to a power struggle that began with President Abdiqasim Salad Hassan and Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galaydh. Similarly, in 2002, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development organized a reconciliation conference in Kenya that gave birth to a Transitional Federal Government and a parliamentary system without any political party presence. The party system was replaced with a clan-based power-sharing formula called the 4.5 system, which awarded an equal share of parliamentary seats to Somalia's four major clans, with a fifth retaining a half-share.

But something's not working. Somalia's three most recent presidents have each appointed three prime ministers, a rapid turnover rate indicating ongoing infighting between representatives ofcompeting clans who are loathe to cede power to each other. As a result, Somalia has been plagued by a political process that is based on competition rather than cooperation and compromise. The current fallout between the president and the prime minister is a continuation of the political stalemate that has hampered Somalia's progress for decades.

Meanwhile, precious time is being wasted on political brinkmanship rather than dealing with the innumerable challenges facing the country. Security, reconciliation, the economy, education, infrastructure, and healthcare are a few of the many issues that do not get addressed so long as the president and prime minister are locked in a power struggle. Consequently, many Somalis have lost faith in their leaders' ability to unite the nation, which may lead the country towards another civil war and away from economic prosperity.

Therefore, the time has come for Somalia to try a different system of governance. Somali constitutional experts should review and amend the constitution from a power sharing system back to political party system in which a president and vice president from the same party are elected on the same platform.

The clan-based system has had its chance. Only through a party system, overseen by an electoral commission, can Somalia put together a government with the capacity to solve the country's unique challenges--and bring about the political stability that has eluded it for the last two decades.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Same, same...African micro - African macro. No change reported since Blombos cave writings. Thirty to 40,000 years best we can tell. Gaia'a priests indicate more evidence needed for genetic link.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/29/2013 10:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Plate tectonics. Not much you can do really.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/29/2013 18:27 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm sure Gondwanaland was a mess back in the day. Thank gawd Australia got away as quick as it did.
Posted by: SteveS || 11/29/2013 18:56 Comments || Top||

Tableeghi Jamaat: reason for the rise of religious intolerance -- Syed Kamran Hashmi
[Pak Daily Times] You know exactly who he is when you see him. A man with a long scruffy beard, a trimmed down mustache, a long shirt and a short shalwar, a taqiyah cap on his head, a prayer rug in one hand and a lota in the other is easy to recognise as a member of the Tableeghi Jamaat in Pakistain.

Nowadays, he is present everywhere: in the remote towns of southern Punjab, in the interior districts of Sindh, the affluent neighbourhoods of Lahore, the cantonment areas of Rawalpindi and obviously in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
. His presence cannot be ignored, even if you try, not because he is so noteworthy and impressive, but only because if he finds you ignoring him, he will come after you to preach his Islamic values and make you a better Musselmen. No, he is not rude, bossy or condescending, nor is he intimidating or aggressive; actually, he is just the opposite: humble, down to earth and gentle. He will never argue with you over any issue nor will he confront you on any subject; rather he would listen to you. Yet, in his own unique style he will just keep on insisting that you join his hands to teach ordinary Musselmens the true path of Islam -- the Musselmens who, in his opinion, have lost contact with their Creator and have deviated far from their religious duties. He thinks Islam has been kept on the shelf for a long time instead of being practiced in every day life. "They need help to be reintroduced to their faith and, with your assistance, they can get back on the right track," he will insist.

Trust me, once glued he is impossible to get rid of, until you have given him some indication that you will join him on his three day trip, which I call a three day trap, to invite others to the education, learning, preaching and the implementation of Islam in their lives. For immediate confirmation he may even ask you for a short walk with like-minded brothers to get acquainted with the 'right' path and to step away from the charms of this mundane life -- which may include your wife, children, parents and your job.

It usually happens after the Asr prayers when Tableeghi Jamaat members divide themselves up into small groups of twos, threes and fours to take a walk around the surrounding neighbourhood. During these trips, they knock on every door in the street to preach Islam and help those residing within to acquire a more 'religious' lifestyle, an action that can be considered a direct attack on the faith of non-Musselmens or non-Sunnis and a step to further make insecure the religious minorities. The evangelists do not care; why should they? They are convinced that they are on the road that follows the sunnah (ways) of the prophet (PTUI!) and are acting upon the will of God even though most Musselmens throughout the world and throughout history refuse to accept this as the rightful way to preach.

If you join them in these local congregations, you are encouraged, often times to an embarrassing extent, to plan a three-day course, which is followed by a week long trip and then that is then extended to a 40-day tour to the remote areas of Pakistain to spread the message. After one cycle, you will be requested to repeat these self-financed excursions after every few months or at least once a year to get your own faith revitalised. These expeditions get so addictive that my cousin went on a six-month long visit. On his way out, he reassured his ailing father, who had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, in these words, "I am leaving my mobile phone behind but I will be in touch with you and will call you as soon as I get an opportunity."

Even then, he did not forget to advise him, "Our group will pray for your health every day; just ascertain that, meanwhile, you will compensate for all of your missed prayers, fast for your lost months of Ramzan and pay off your zakat in full." It turned out that his father passed away within the next 30 days and my cousin was never able to attend his own father's funeral.

With the passage of time, as you make these volunteer trips, you will adopt a new lifestyle, the one that has been recommended mostly by one sect as the righteous way of living. Your attire will be more 'compliant' and more representative of that particular faction, your accent will adapt to new rules, your vocabulary will evolve and, above all, your attitude towards your family will change. Surrounded by a number of new friends, either you will avoid your old associates or they, after failing to find their old pal in you, will start circumventing you. Fashion becomes a curse word and your admiration for the arts and literature will evaporate as part of history. With these changes, you will emerge as a 'reformed' Musselmen who is ready for his three-day trip every weekend.

You are also convinced that your denomination is the only rightly guided one and that every other faction is either a non-Musselmen or, in the best case scenario, a sinful Musselmen, an attitude that has helped religious intolerance and fanaticism grow in society, and has not helped bring religious harmony and plurality in Pakistain. If I am wrong, just imagine if a tableeghi group from a Shia community knocked on your door and asked you to join them in their imambargah every week. Now imagine that this happens every other day!

No, you are not going to be violent, nor do I think that you will condone it. I am also confident that you are not going to support any form of torture, bloodshed or terrorist activity as long as you stay with the tableegh. However,
you can observe a lot just by watching...
this is the boundary where non-aggression ends and one step further towards the right will take you to an entirely different world, a world of active jihad to establish Islamic sharia in the country.
Posted by: Fred || 11/29/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Tablighi Jamaat

Champ Chamberlain's Iranian Deal Not So Hot - WaPo
THE FACT sheet distributed by the Obama administration about the nuclear agreement with Iran is notable for its omissions.
Not unusual, but what is uncommon is that this is the WaPo house editorial, and it strikes me as critical of el Presidente.
The 2,000-word document, like President Obama's televised statement Saturday night about the deal, stresses Iran's pledge to cap its enrichment of uranium, delay the completion of a plutonium-producing reactor and accept additional inspections -- measures that will guard against an attempt to produce a bomb while negotiations continue.
I guess this is the statement the Mullahs flagged as erroneous.
What the White House didn't report is that the text of the accord makes several major concessions to Tehran on the terms of a planned second-stage agreement.
For the children, you know?
Though White House officials and Secretary of State John F. Kerry repeatedly said that Iran's assertion of a "right to enrich" uranium would not be recognized in an interim deal, the text says the "comprehensive solution" will "involve a mutually defined enrichment program with mutually agreed parameters." In other words, the United States and its partners have already agreed that Iranian enrichment activity will continue indefinitely. In contrast, a long-standing U.S. demand that an underground enrichment facility be closed is not mentioned.
O.K., so a couple of minor details were overlooked by our ace negotiating team. Waitaminute....Didn't I see something that said the Champ was heavily invested in the negotiations?
Unexpectedly Those resolutions order Iran to suspend uranium enrichment, but the agreement does not say whether those demands will be enforced.
I'm sure there will be a red line drawn. Soon. Very soon.
The most troubling part of the document provides for what amounts to a sunset clause in the comprehensive agreement. It says the final deal will "have a specified long-term duration to be agreed upon," and that once that time period is complete, "the Iranian nuclear program will be treated in the same manner as that of any non-nuclear weapon state party" to the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
And if the parties happen to not agree on the timeframe? Oh, wait - the WaPo explains why it don't really matter.
Iran thus could look forward to a time when there would be no sanctions and no special restrictions on its nuclear capacity; it could install an unlimited number of centrifuges and produce plutonium without violating any international accord.
Just like any other country, except all those other countries have intelligent life forms in charge.
Administration officials say they regard Iran's agreement to the words "long-term" in the sunset clause as a significant concession. In theory, this might mean 15 to 20 years. Iran, however, has proposed a far shorter period; we are told it was three to five years.
Great! A three-to-five year extension on the nation of Israel. Assuming the Mullahs choose to follow any of the agreement's restrictions.
Whatever the final compromise, if any, it would be dangerous to allow this Iranian regime to have an unrestricted nuclear program at any time -- and it surely would be unacceptable to Israel and Iran's Arab neighbors.
Right. Didn't Champ say that once? Iran having the bomb was a red line?
The United States should retain the ability to block the expiration of controls with its veto in the U.N. Security Council.
Oh, I feel better now!
The interim arrangement, as we have said, is worthy because it theoretically checks Iran's progress toward a bomb and is far preferable to the military action that otherwise might have been hypothetically necessary. But the agreement leaves the United States and its partners at a disadvantage in negotiating the comprehensive settlement. The concessions made to Iran will have to be balanced by a major rollback of Iran's nuclear infrastructure -- with no automatic expiration date.
You gonna lead the negotiations, Ms. Graham?
Posted by: Bobby || 11/29/2013 08:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So why can I see this article, with its pithy comments, but none of the other 60-odd articles, and none of the comments?
Posted by: Bobby || 11/29/2013 8:38 Comments || Top||

#2  Thankfully I can see this one article. My mind was going numb. I started to shake. I had to have an info fix. I was getting desperate enough to consider checking out CNN. I had to start visualizing hog butchering to keep from imaging the horrors of their 15 minute 'news' loop.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 11/29/2013 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Same symptoms here BR. What are you taking for it ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/29/2013 8:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The rug merchants rolled an all too willing President.
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/29/2013 12:48 Comments || Top||

#5  Perhaps the deal is exactly what the real power in the White House, ValJar, wanted. The fact sheet is for the rubes who actually think that the dribble and lies posted for domestic consumption has any relationship to the truth.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 11/29/2013 13:28 Comments || Top||

#6  In other words, the United States and its partners have already agreed that Iranian enrichment activity will continue indefinitely. In contrast, a long-standing U.S. demand that an underground enrichment facility be closed is not mentioned.

It gets better. There's a cap on the number of centrifuges the Iranians can have. However it doesn't prohibit repair or rebuilding existing ones. I suspect the Iranians have a few inoperative ones lying about.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/29/2013 16:51 Comments || Top||

#7  What's to prevent the Iranians from farming out to the Norks the parts of their program they agreed to limit?
Posted by: JohnQC || 11/29/2013 17:57 Comments || Top||

#8  Man with Mom-jeans goes to the Souk, wins prize.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/29/2013 18:30 Comments || Top||

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Fri 2013-11-29
  Air base blast near Sebha kills at least ten
Thu 2013-11-28
  15 Islamists with suicide belts detained in Moscow
Wed 2013-11-27
  US warns Karzai it may leave no troops in Afghanistan
Tue 2013-11-26
  Libyan Militiamen Battle Government Forces in Benghazi
Mon 2013-11-25
  More than 160 killed as Syrian rebels try to break siege
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  Nuclear deal reached with Mad Mullahs™
Sat 2013-11-23
  Belmokhtar deputy killed in Mali
Fri 2013-11-22
  Militias pull out of Libya's capital, Tripoli
Thu 2013-11-21
  20 killed in assault on Police Station by Shaboobs
Wed 2013-11-20
  Yemen Drone Strike Kills Three 'Qaida' Suspects
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  At least 18 killed in explosions targeting Iranian embassy in Beirut
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  Syria Rebels Bomb Government Building, Kill 31
Sun 2013-11-17
  Hezbollah commander killed in Syria
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  Militias attack Libyan protesters, killing 31
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  Iraq Bombers Kill 43 as Millions Mark Shiite Holiday

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