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Will we see the demise of the 22nd Amendment

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All the signing statements and the White House’s insistence we stay on course in Iraq, Afghanistan, and where ever else we are at the moment have me concerned.  Actually very concerned about the survival of the 22nd Amendment.

Of course, we are talking about a White House who has called the constitution “a goddamn piece of paper”, and we have an Attorney General who has indicated that the Constitution is a little more than outmoded.  

No one likes to give up power – it’s is a highly infectious disease that takes over a person’s mind, body and soul.  A classic symptom that was displayed at the Bush ranch – reporters said that his eyes were bulged out and he hit his chest three times while adamantly screaming he was the president of the United States – rage is a classic symptom the pervasive nature of the illness.

Absolute power diminishes one’s grip on reality also.  When one perceives themselves as omnipotent, one loses sight, and the plight, of those under them.  

Those in power fear losing that power and declining into irrelevance.  No more spot light, no more press coverage and becoming subordinate to someone else in return is object lesson in learning how to survive night sweats.  Withdrawal from narcissism is too painful, too lasting, and completely devastating.  

Power is addictive – it consumes us in ways we don’t see and the shear adrenaline rush of making decisions that will affect millions must be something that feels like one is moving the earth for ones own common good.

We have a White House that is on psychotropic medications to control well documented outbursts that have no definable cause.  Or are we watching a 61 year old man having three year old temper tantrums?  Either way, it was time to hit the pill bottles.

Those in power have lost all perspective, for to lead, one must draw a pyramid and at the apex write the word me upside down and backwards – then go to a mirror and turn that piece of paper over and read it with full attention.   

We have replaced leadership with Feudalism as of late.  America cannot really say that it did away with a monarchy; because in the year 2000 we just altered it a bit.  

An absolute monarch cannot comprehend what others are saying to them.  Take for example the last speech made at the U.N. when there was a very tempered response from the world, and delegates leaving the room before the speech was even delivered. I wonder if we were scoffed at behind closed doors, which would not surprise me.  Everyone mocks a bully.

We have a controlling party that is distancing itself from King George the W – an even clearer signal that things are grossly amiss. Either that or the King’s court is becoming more compact or downsizing as we like to say in America.

England signed the Magna Carta in the 13th century and our course of action goes in the opposite direction towards an absolute monarchy. What makes this a very real possibility is because the White House has said that a dictatorship would be easier as long as the White House is the dictator – the frightening reality is that he was not laughing when he made that statement.

The prevalence of the signing statements and the assertion by the White House that it will obey the laws as it interprets them to be and that leaves too much obscured by a haze.  So my question becomes what if I interpret the laws governing the speed I can drive my car to be irrelevant – I suspect I would have a hard time trying to convince a judge in traffic court that I was obeying the spirit of the law.   

The voting scandals of 2004, revelation of a software switch in the electronic balloting software that allows vote flipping, the Diebold e-mails promising a hand over of Ohio, and the Electoral College might give us a real reason to believe the 22nd Amendment will lose all relevance in the very foreseeable future – say, November 2008, or do we just assume that there has been a signing statement already made nullifying the amendment completely?  

The last seven years have taught us to assume the worst, and that is looking at all things pragmatically.  Our dollar is being driven down, our inflation and financial crisis have driven the price of oil up and our social programs are being driven to the financial breaking point and the cost of medical care going through the stratosphere, we can blindly and gleefully turn to the White House and hear reassurances that everything is simply wonderful in these United States.  He pats us on our heads and our heads bob up and down like some collective bubble head.

Our 100 year war, sans McCain, will end at its appointed hour, the expansion of Nafta will afford us more leisure time (i.e. unemployment), and credit card companies will be forced to charge only 30% interest as we move towards a cashless economy.   

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I have a degree in theology and a Masters in Holocaust History.
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