“American children of many ethnic backgrounds” celebrate July 4th. (No “send her back” here…)
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We celebrated July 4th over two weeks ago.
But any time is a good time to recall the reason why we celebrate that day. (When the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.)
And to recall the Declaration’s “self-evident” truths: 1) that all men (and women) are created equal, 2) that all Americans have a God-given right to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, 3) that governments – especially American governments – get their power from and by “the consent of the governed,*” and 4) that when any American administration tries to destroy those ends, the Sovereign People have the right – if not the duty – to alter or abolish that administration.
And “institute new Government,” in the form of a new administration.
Which brings up the 22d Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. And with it the subject of term limits for the president – the chief executive – of these ostensibly-united states:
Prior to the ratification of the amendment, the president had not been subject to term limits, but George Washington had established a two-term tradition that many other presidents had followed. [However, in] the 1940 presidential election, Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first president to win a third (and later fourth) term, giving rise to concerns about the potential issues involved with a president serving an unlimited number of terms.
And what are those “potential issues?” As Thomas Jefferson said over 200 years ago: “If some termination to the services of the chief magistrate [the president] be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally for years, will in fact, become for life; and history shows how easily that degenerates into an inheritance.”
Which is another way of saying that limiting the number of presidential terms is a “vital check against any one person, or the presidency as a whole, accumulating too much power.” Or as James Madison (at left) added, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judicial in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self–appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
Which brings up a 2009 attempt to repeal the 22d Amendment. The effect was – according to conservatives – to allow “Barack Obama to serve as ‘President for life.'” See FACT CHECK: Bill to Repeal the 22nd Amendment. It was introduced by New York representative Jose Serrano, and was the same bill he’d introduced nine times since 1997. The response from conservatives?
Is THIS really what America wants or needs? If the just introduced H.J. Res 15 passes, Barack Obama will LEGALLY be able to be our dictator for the remainder of his life. I surely hope that all liberty loving patriots speak up to their Congressmen and women that 4 years of Barack Obama has been bad enough, we surely don’t need him around running America into the ground for another 40 years.
Another comment compared the Democratic Party with “the Nazis, the Communists, and the Fascists,” because they were ostensibly “moving to posture the U.S. Presidency for succession by one President.” (But see Trump hints U.S. should nix term limits.) The writer added, “That’s how Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini became ‘Leaders for Life.’” Then another voice added:
“Will George W. Bush end up being the last true U.S. President?” asked Sher Zieve… ”As I warned you on multiple times prior to the 2008 General Election, ‘Once Obama is elected, we won’t be able to get rid of him.’ Tragically, this warning is now being realized. Not only has Obama established his election-fraud organization ACORN nationwide*, his adherents have now begun the process to repeal the U.S. Constitution’s 22nd Amendment.”
Which brings up the irony of the same lawmakers [being] slow to reintroduce presidential term limit repeal under Trump. (“Trump has joked about repealing the 22nd Amendment, including while humorously suggesting that he likes the idea of being ‘president for life,’ a term used to describe Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently consolidated power in the authoritarian country.”)
See also Do you think Trump will try to repeal the 22nd Amendment? (The answer? No, not effectively anyway.) My point? The shoe is on the other foot, metaphorically speaking.
Conservatives wish – and liberals dread – that without the 22d Amendment Donald Trump might well end up “our dictator for the remainder of his life.” (As he himself has “joked.” See Trump Jokes About Being President for 16 Years. Or Google “trump joke president for life.”)
Which isn’t going to happen. Whether by vote in 2020 or operation of law in 2024, Trump will end up leaving the White House. What happens then? Aside from the cheering, the dancing in the streets, the fireworks and parades, a new nightmare will begin – for Donald Trump.
Aside from likely fraud prosecutions in states like New York and California, he will no longer automatically be the center of attention. He will no longer be able to have his face on the “front pages” of American media. Eventually he’ll simply be ignored, a harsh punishment – for him – in and of itself. Then there is Trump’s desire to be a part of the “elite.”
Trump doesn’t just have a problem with those in the exclusive club of elites. It sounds as if he’s expressing frustration that he is not a part of that select group. His boasts about his residence, bank account and intelligence sound like someone who wants membership in a club that has repeatedly rejected him.
So by either 2021 or 2025, Donald Trump will no longer have the protection of the White House. He will no longer be part of the “ruling elite.” He will be – simply – just one more ex-president. And he’ll then have to face the reality that a great many Americans loathe him. More to the point, a great many Americans will no longer see him as “a winner.”
Trump and many of his supporters believe that winning isn’t all that matters. It matters that you be viewed as a winner. And for a president who has been quick to lob the label “loser” at those with whom he didn’t find favor, knowing that there are many Americans who don’t want him in their club is a great source of anger.
And that anger may well be returned by the very “deplorables” who ardently support him now. Like, when they finally realize how little he has actually done for them. “Trump and his family may be mining this anti-elite anger, but they … also aren’t proposing anything that could make life better for the people who actually live in small towns or in ‘flyover’ states.”
People might even say, “and great was the fall thereof.” (But the Republic will live on…)
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The upper image is courtesy of Independence Day (United States) – Wikipedia. I borrowed it from the 2017 post July 4th: “God save the Queen?” It noted that Puck magazine was noted for its satire, “which is another way of saying that any real American will always retain his or her sense of humor, up to and including the ability to laugh at himself. (Or herself.) And that’s another way of saying that no real American will ever be too thin-skinned to do his job. (Or hers.)
“Not that that observation applies to current events or anything…”
The full text of the Preamble to the United States Declaration of Independence (Wikipedia):
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation upon such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” (E.A.)
Re: “Consent of the governed.” See also Popular sovereignty – Wikipedia.
Re: “Chief executive.” See SparkNotes: The Presidency: The President’s Roles: The president is “head of the executive branch and is responsible for running the federal bureaucracy and enforcing the laws passed by Congress.” He – or she, eventually – has the appointment power to nominate members of the cabinet, along with “heads of agencies, federal judges, and about 2,000 lesser jobs. The Senate must approve these nominations.”
Re: Accumulation of power quote. See Separation of Powers: A System of Checks and Balances. See also, TOP 25 TYRANNY FOUNDING FATHERS QUOTES. Another relevant quote from Madison: “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
Re: “Acorn nationwide.” See ACORN 2009 undercover videos controversy – Wikipedia. In 2009, conservative activists Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe secretly recorded activities at the offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a non-profit which – for nearly 40 years – had been involved in “voter registration, community organizing and advocacy for low- and moderate-income people.” After much media ballyhoo one federal investigation found ACORN hadn’t violated “any federal regulations in the past five years,” but that O’Keefe and Giles “may have violated Maryland and California laws banning the recording of face-to-face conversations without consent of both parties.” In 2010 the Brooklyn District Attorney‘s office found the videos were “‘heavily edited’ to give a misleading impression,” and that there was no criminal wrongdoing by the ACORN Brooklyn staff. A law enforcement source added, “They edited the tape to meet their agenda.”
Re: “And great was the fall thereof.” See Matthew 7:27, according to the Douay-Rheims and English Revised Version of the Bible. Which leads to the lower image, courtesy of House Built On Sand – Image Results. See also Parable of the Wise and the Foolish Builders – Wikipedia, which “illustrates the importance of building one’s life on obedience to the teachings and example of Jesus.”