How do I respond to a claim by my colleauge that Obama will not leave office in 2017?

She claims when the Democrats win in the midterms in 2014 the House and Senate will pass laws either giving Obama the option of running again in 2016 or declaring elections invalid from now on for president. She is a Republican. She previously claimed Obama was born in Kenya and lied about his grandmother's death in 2008 to get sympathy votes (she says the grandmother died several years earlier).

So how should I respond to this claim of Obama's 3rd term? This lady is a nutty Republican and makes good Republicans look bad.

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  • Riles
    Lv 5
    7 years ago
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    For Obama to win a 3rd term, an Amendment to the US Constitution must pass through the Senate and House with a 2/3 vote, which would be hard to get even if the Democrats won both parts of Congress. Then, it would have to go to the states, where 38 states would have to approve it. I can name 13 states right now that'd never pass that (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraksa, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming), and even if it did, it's unlikely to occur within the one and a half years following the 2014 elections, and therefore wouldn't even affect President Obama.

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Dealing with conspiracy theorists is almost impossible.

    The reality is for the past twenty years there has been a bill submitted by at least one member of Congress seeking to repeal the 22nd Amendment. One member, admittedly a Democrat, has filed this bill since George W. Bush was president. Per Congressional procedure, bills are automatically referred to committee. This bill has not ever gotten a hearing, and there is no reason to expect it to get a hearing in the next Congress. Even if it somehow managed to get a two-third vote in both houses (and the Democrats would have to win every Senate seat on the ballot in 2014 to get to two-thirds), it would still need to be ratified by three-quarters of the states.

    Elections are run by the states. While Congress can pass law regulating federal elections, it is still up to state officials to carry out most of those rules. Any law cancelling elections would be clearly unconstitutional. Every state would still proceed with their election preparations, and the courts would quickly strike down such a law.

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  • 7 years ago

    >>>the House and Senate will pass laws either giving Obama the option of running again in 2016

    Irrelevant, this would require a constitutional change and that simply won't happen. The 22nd amendment is clear. "No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice.."

    >>or declaring elections invalid from now on for president.

    Even less likely than the first, we've been electing for 270+ years.

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  • 7 years ago

    people said the same about bush in 2008. saying he would use another terrorist attack or use the war on terror or declare martial law to cancel the election. people oddly said the the same about Clinton except I think it for him had something to do with the UN. the next president will have the same thing said about them. as for getting rid of term limits.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/termlimits.as...

    it has been going on for 20+ years with no traction on either side of the isle.

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  • 7 years ago

    "Please! Don't be ridiculous! He's no more going to have a 3rd term than Bush declared marshal law when the Democrats insisted he would to stay in office back in 2008." Then shake your head and walk away.

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  • 7 years ago

    You can't talk sense to these people. They believe they are right. Just nod and let it go.

    No one will vote for a third term. It won't happen. Congress and the Senate don't like him that much!! I can guarantee that!

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    A person without reason is a person that you can't have an intelligent conversation with. The best thing to do is not converse with her about politics.

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  • Pasune
    Lv 6
    7 years ago

    Just back away slowly heading for the nearest exit, don't make eye contact because they perceive that as a threat. Once you are out the door, close it, and get as far away as possible.

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  • 3 years ago

    Ask her to read the constitution

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  • 7 years ago

    Give her a large giftwrapped box of exlax because she really needs it.

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