I note heavy traffic to this 2009 post recently. Please note that the actual date on this post is February 16 2009, not January 2013, with the update including Rep. Serrano’s personal statement to us in our comment section on the same day. as shown below.
Rep. Serrano has been submitting this legislation at the beginning of every new Congressional session since he has been a Congressman. This is NOT a new 2013 legislative submission. I don’t agree with this idea and am not thrilled seeing Serrano rubbing elbows with Chavez below, but I have to repeat that this legislation is NOT new and has NOT been written specificially for Barack Obama. Any inference that this legislation or this post is new for 2013 is simply untrue.
Regards, Uppity, January 7, 2013
***I just have to update this post, because even though I think this is a very bad idea, Congressman Serrano actually took the time to respond to this post. I mean, let’s face it, most of them couldn’t care less what anybody thinks.
So here’s his answer:
Post by Congressman Serrano
Just for the record, I have introduced the same bill all through the Bush years. In other words, I don’t like term limits at any level of government. The people should decide.
All the bloggers are saying that this was introduced for President Obama. Not true, check the congressional record.
Congressman Jose E. Serrano
In 2007, Hugo Chavez, Poster Boy for Socialism, decided that a great leader such as himself should not be restricted to term limits. A great man such as himself should be able to be president indefinitely.
So Hugo set about changing Venezuela’s Constitution to repeal that annoying little restriction that kept him from being re-elected for as many terms as his perfect self would like.
Unfortunately for Hugo, his attempt was narrowly defeated by a 2 point margin. Apparently Mr. Chavez didn’t have ACORN helping him out.
He conceded, but he didn’t quit. Dictators never quit. They have to be run out of town, and even then, you can’t be sure.
Not to worry though, Comrades. Presidente Chavez didn’t give up. No sir. The Glorious Cause is very important to Glorious Him. After all, he’s a Great Man. All you need to do is ask him. He just needed to whip a few butts into place is all, or maybe he just rounded up that 2 percent or rented ACORN or something. He vowed in his Great Mind to try again.
And try again he did. I’ll bet he threw a lot of cookies at the poor to pull this off. That’s how Socialists hook those votes before they become nasty. By then it’s too late. In any event, Hugo Chavez has just become Venezuela’s Dear Leader.
CARACAS, Venezuela – term limits Sunday and vowed to remain in power for at least another decade to complete his socialist revolution. Opponents accepted defeat but said Chavez is becoming a dictator.won a referendum to eliminate
Fireworks exploded in the sky and caravans of supporters celebrated in the streets, waving red flags and honking horns. Thousands of people gathered outside Miraflores Palace, where the former paratroop commander appeared on a balcony to sing the national anthem and address the crowd.
“Those who voted ‘yes’ today voted for socialism, for revolution,” Chavez said. He called the victory — which allows all public officials to run for re-election indefinitely — a mandate to speed his transformation of Venezuela into a socialist state.
“Today we opened wide the gates of the future,” he said. “In 2012 there will be, and unless God decides otherwise, unless the people decide otherwise, this soldier is already a candidate.”
Don’t you just love a humble guy?
So what’s that got to do with Barack Obama and a practically unknown Congressman named Jose Serrano? A lot. You might even say, Hugo is a role model.
On January 6, 2009, before Barack Obama was even inaugurated–Rep Jose Serrano (D, Closet Socialist-NY) had already decided that Barack Obama was a great President, even though he wasn’t even President yet. I think it may have been a psychic hotline thing or something. Or maybe it was the psychic Socialists’ hotline.
As a result of his grand I-hate-Democracy revelation, Rep. Serrano submitted H.J.Res.5 to the Congressional Judiciary Committee for consideration. Instead of them making a call to the nearest mental hospital to come cart the man away, this bill actually sits in Committee, folks.
H.J.Res.5 isn’t anything all that important though, really. Just a bill to repeal the 22nd Amendment, which sets the limits as to how many times a President may run for re-election. Nothing to see here. Run along. American Idol is on TeeVee.
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:
‘The twenty-second article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.’.
No kidding. You can’t make this shit up. This guy actually wants to repeal the 22nd Amendment and turn the USA into Hugo Chavez’ idea of a personal Nirvana.
Now why would a rather obscure Congressman and lesser-known member of the Regressive Progressive Caucus be submitting this kind of bill? Is he channeling Hugo? Why not, he likes him a a lot. And the feeling seems mutual. See?
Here’s Jose and BFF Hugo. Can you feel the love?
Oh, and one more thing:
In 2005, while the Venezuelan President was in New York City speaking before the United Nations, the congressman invited him to his district to speak to his constituency.
So it’s not hard to see who this Congressman’s hero is. No wonder he wants Barack Obama to be just like him. He’s channeling Hugo all right. But the question is: Is he channeling Hugo for Barack? Just asking. Thank God that changes to the Constitution in OUR country have to be ratified by States. But then again, there’s always ACORN to help out.
I think Mr. Serrano would fit in really well in Hugo’s Assembly, don’t you? I mean, look how cute they are together. In the meantime, somebody needs to remind Mr. Serrano that millions of people escaped countries with leaders like Hugo Chavez to come to America and its Democracy–and most of us would kind of like to keep it that way.
So the guess is yours. Did Mr. Serrano submit this bill because obscure- him just loves Hugo Chavez and wants America to be ruled just like Hugo does it? Or did he submit the Bill in coordination with somebody more important, like maybe Nancy, Rahm, Barack and other assorted members of the Congressional Socialist Progressive Caucus? You pick. Then you can run along.
Nothing to see here, Comrades. Fist pumps all around.