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Can Obama Still Be the President in 2016 and Beyond?
Can President Barack Obama count on becoming President of the United States of America again in 2016? After all, that would be against the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, right?
The 22nd Amendment states that an American president can only serve two terms in office. It was put in effect after the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected to be President for four terms. After Roosevelt died during his final term, the 22nd amendment was proposed to limit the power of an individual president, which many believed to be in tune with the ideals of American democracy.
President Barack Obama and Martial Law
Despite the 22nd Amendment, it is possible for Obama to stay in office. Obama has signed more executive orders than any other American president in history. One of those is Executive Order 13603, which he signed on March 16, 2012. EO 13603 also goes by the National Defense Resources Preparedness Order. it gives the President power over many things in case of an emergency. For example, if there is an earthquake, the president would have the power to decide how much food people could buy and be given power over civil transport and the military.
Under Executive Order 13603, Barack Obama can also stay in office as President of the United States if an emergency occurs. If Obama declares martial law in the event of an emergency, then he can stay in office as long as he wishes.
Under martial law no election is needed, and political power is handed over to the executive branch and the military, rather than being shared among a balance of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches as laid out in the Constitution.
This Has Happened Before
This is not the first time that the United States government has tried to circumvent the 22nd Amendment. The most recent proposition came from Congress, in the form of H.J. Resolution 15 to repeal the 22nd Amendment, proposed by Democratic Representative Jose E. Serrano of New York.
If passed by both houses of Congress, and ratified by three-fourths of state legislatures, H.J Resolution 15 would allow anyone to be president for as long as possible. However, this person would still have to be elected every four years.
Rep. Serrano has not only done this for Obama, but proposed the same Resolution under the administrations of former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Both both times it failed. Al told, Serrano has attempted to repeal the 22nd amendment nine times,. However, none of these proposals have even ever gotten close to being voted on by Congress.
What Will Obama Do in 2016?
Obama is on a slippery slope, and seems to be going downhill pretty fast. He has made some pretty serious mistakes and has not been able to hide them. Here are a few:
- Benghazi - To be honest, there so many different versions of this one, it's hard to tell which ones are true. Still, a few things are clear. The United States' Ambassador the United Nations has stated that the attack was part of a street protest, not a terrorist attack. That is not true. It was a terrorist attack. The truth was not told to the citizens of the United States until it was exposed through an investigation led by Republican members of Congress.
- The IRS - The Internal Revenue Service has been targeting conservative political groups. The IRS stated that the high-level officials knew nothing about it, and blamed it on low-level employees who oversee the taxes of most Americans. It was only after being investigated that a high-level IRS official apologized for it.
- Phone Tapping - The Associated Press had their phone records taken by the US Department of Justice. That is interesting: Why would the Department of Justice want their phone records? It seems unlikely that the AP is trying to hide the identity of terrorists. So, why is the Department of Justice targeting them?
To Sum It All Up...
Based on these egregious actions by the executive branch under the Obama Administration, many people feel that Obama is going to declare martial law in order to stay in power for as long as possible, beginning in 2016.