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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. —THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1788

NY congressman introduces bill to remove presidential term limits

Barack Obama has been compared with Franklin D. Roosevelt, and indeed similarities abound. Both presided over the government during grim economies, and both believed the path to righting the ship of state was to increase its size and scope.

On Friday, New York Democratic Rep. José Serrano sought to add another commonality to FDR and BHO by introducing H.J.Res. 15, a proposal to repeal the Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution. This is of course the amendment — passed in 1947 and ratified by the states three years later — that established term limits on the presidency. If passed, the resolution would be the first salvo in a lengthy battle that would effectively pave the way for a third Obama term and beyond.

This resolution is not a first, not even for Serrano, who proposed an identical resolution in 2009, though this one is almost certainly destined to enjoy the same unhappy fate. It is nevertheless fascinating for what it reveals about the degree to which Washington is, to borrow the president’s analogy, “broken,” and the extent of the disconnect between the left and right.

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Howard Portnoy has written for HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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