Monday, January 19, 2009

President Obama, James "liar" Hansen, and extended terms

According to James Hansen, President Obama only has four years to save the Earth.
Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama's first administration, he added.

Luckily, James Hansen is a proven liar so we can dismiss his hysterical rantings as the contemptible, rent-seeking bullshit that they so obviously are.

Still, its always worth noting that Obama may not be able to achieve Change That We Can Believe In™ within his first term, or even his second, so (via Counting Cats) your humble Devil is delighted to note that Congressman José Serrano has put forward an eminently sensible piece of legislation. [Emphasis mine.]
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.

Your humble Devil notes that Congressman Serrano is, like Obama, a Democrat but he is sure that this has no bearing on the amendment that Congressman Serrano has proposed.

Your humble Devil would also like to point out that it is—"thank god!" as my American friend exclaimed—very difficult to change the US Constitution. Having said that, is it not true that all tiers of the US Executive—Congress, the House of Representatives and the Presidency—are now controlled by the Democrats?*

As such, I am willing to bet that they will have a very good try at it: after all, no measure is too insane when catering for the New Messiah, eh?

Fucking hellski...

* I know little of US politics (and am not massively interested) so I'm willing to be corrected on this.


Peter said...

Why would it be bad if an individual could serve more than 2 terms? If that's what the people want ...

Mitch said...

They are gonna be soooooo disappointed when this guy turns into the usual waste of skin politician.
How I will chuckle when his feet of clay are revealed for all to see.

How about a book on which 3rd world country he bombs first?

julymorning said...

Constitutional amendments have to be approved, not just by Congress, but by the states, many of which are Republican.

Anonymous said...

Congress = House of Representatives + Senate

(but yes, the Democrats control both houses of Congress)

To pass a constitutional amendment requires a two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress, and then approval by 75% of the states. It's deliberately difficult and there's absolutely no chance of this happening. In fact, I bet that Obama himself would be opposed to amending the Constitution in such a way.

Paul Lockett said...

I work on the principle that politicians are like nappies; even if they start out clean, you need to change them frequently because they invariably end up full of shit.

Scott Wichall said...

I have read a lot of what James Hansen has to say, and I have come to the conclusion that he is a self important retarded lying fuckwit.

Enough said about him otherwise I will have to start on that other lying greedy rancid shitbag Al Gore.

Kee Bird said...

Hansens no real scientist he a attention monger and a liberal wankos looking to climb up on a soap box and berate americans for not going further over this carbon footprints poppycock And frankly im glad he got arrested so we dont have to listen to his malarkey