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Old 2020-08-14, 12:46   #1229
Dr Sardonicus
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Originally Posted by rogue View Post
Actually, his crowning achievement would be a constitutional amendment to overturn the 22nd amendment on term limits, thus allowing him to become a de facto king.
I would rate the chances of this happening as slim to none.

Amending the Constitution requires

1) Either a two-thirds vote in both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives, or application by the legislatures of two-thirds of the States (at least 34 states);

and then,

2) Ratification by three-fourths of the State Legislatures or by conventions in three-fourths of the States (at least 38 states).

If the 28th Amendment, repealing the 22nd were enacted, it would IMO signal the complete subversion of our democratic institutions, and that subversion would be Il Duce's crowning achievement.

I note that the Equal Rights Amendment proposed in 1972 failed because (1) there was a deadline (seven years) for its ratification, and (2) some states which had ratified it withdrew their ratification before the deadline. At the time the deadline passed, it had the approval of 37 states, one fewer than required.

The prime mover in the STOP ERA movement was Phyllis Schlafly, who had previously been instrumental in scuttling Nelson Rockefeller's 1964 presidential campaign.

With regard to 1964, it is an oft-told tale that it was Rockefeller's divorce and remarriage that did in his candidacy. However, a convincing case can be made that it was, rather, his support for civil rights, and Barry Goldwater's opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, that propelled the latter to the nomination.

In 2016, Phyllis Schlafly endorsed Il Duce for president. Then she died of cancer.
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