Óscar Reyes-Matute
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Episode II: We will come back!

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I must confess that due to the events in full swing and with the rush of the case, I did not correctly read the XXIIth Amendment of the United States Constitution that rules the presidential re-election.

That is why in the previous article I fell into the more, into the customary law (or rather into the habit), and I said that Trump could not run again for President if he lost the immediate re-election.

It was because no one that I can remember has tried (not Gerald Ford, not Jimmy Carter, not George Bush Sr.) after the XXIIth amendment, which Congress passed on March the 21th, in 1947, and was ratified by the necessary number of states on February the 27th, in 1951. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

Before that amendment, the only President who has served during non-consecutive terms was Grover Cleveland, from 1884 to 1888. He then lost re-election to Benjamin Harrison, but returned to the White House in 1892.

In my defense, I must confess that I was grossly tired, in another mental state because I am writing a comedy called “Despechados” (Love Sick) for my friend, producer Joe Sandia, which could explain the boutade tone of the article, although it does not excuse the misinterpretation, that I publicly recognize before someone corrects me.

My old habits of researcher made me re-read the amendment carefully, and it turns out that the legislators once again left a loophole, a mockery, for a candidate to insist and insist, like any Rafael Caldera from the north.

Section 1.
No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

As an impediment of constitutional rank does not appear verbatim, it can be perfectly interpreted that nothing prevents someone from running four years after having left the Oval Room.

And since Trump is stubborn as a mule, has money, has his own plane and got a few million votes, he can perfectly go to the road, and start a holy crusade to be re-elected in 2024.

By far, he could be the best candidate that the Republicans would have on hand, and if he is running in a team with senator Marco Rubio for Vice President, they will tie up the Hispanic vote, and they can surprise in California, where the largest amount of electoral colleges are located, and where the Democrats always win, for now. The Biden-Harris-Clinton-Obama empire could tremble.

Not a misstep guys, because the blonde Terminator isn’t dead! The slightest mistake in the Biden-Harris management, and the tiger will eat them in 2024.

That is healthy for democracy, that they do not trust too much themselves, and that they do the best they can to unblock the economy before China steals the whole world, that they approve, finance and distribute vaccines and treatments against COVID (the old and the new mutant one), not only in the USA, but all over the planet.

If they want to overcome Trump’s America First, of course, the vaccine and the treatments first at home, but simultaneously for all Humanity, because works are loves, as the Jesuits say. It is going to cost them a lot to differentiate themselves from Trump, but that would be good for us all.

This miniseries gets macabre, brutal. There could be a second season! Standing ovation to these US political screenwriters.

In the final chapter of the first season, Trump never recognizes the triumph of Biden, insists before the Supreme Court where the Republicans have a supermajority, and the action and emotion go to the limit, lawyers, magistrates, telephone espionage, blackmail, pressure, the press is crazy (always), all this to put a little stress on Biden’s allies who were celebrating perhaps too early in the streets, and suddenly someone yells at them:

-He’s alive!

Finally, after pleading, crying, insults in bulk, backsliding from the presidents and prime ministers of other countries, Trump finally agrees to leave, but does not even attend the formal ceremony, because he considers that it is erratic, that it has been stolen.

And since they will have vetoed him in all the formal communication media, he will turn to social networks, the dark brotherhoods, to the Mr. Robot kind networks, who will publish his message when leaving the White House, similar to the one that Mc Arthur pronounced in 1942 and Rómulo Betancourt in 1968:

-We will come back!

And if he does return, he would enjoy his remaining four years, in a monumental and unforeseen dramatic turn of American politics.

After that, in 2028, he would have to leave and pass the baton on to Vice President Rubio. Then, for him, will begin to apply the aforementioned categories of planned obsolescence, in the case of a President.

But for now, this story is not over yet.

To be continued…

About the Author
Óscar Reyes-Matute (Matu / מאתו), lives in Caracas. He's a philosopher graduated at Andrés Bello Catholic University, with a Master in Political Science at USB. He has been Fulbright Visiting Scholar at NYU on American Studies, and professor of political philosophy at UCAB and UCV. He has published academic papers in universities of Venezuela and Europe, and articles in several newspapers. Since 2008, he is dedicated to study Kabbalah at the Bnei Baruch Institute in Petaj Tikva, while works as writer of cinema and television screenplays. He's liryc tenor. Be aware, after a glass of wine, he suddenly can start to sing "Nessun Dorma!"
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