Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Time to Repeal Term Limits?

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As we welcome 44 to the White House, the thought crosses my mind on what to do about Presidential term limits. Is it time to repeal the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which limits a person to two terms as President? Passed in reaction to Franklin Roosevelt's unprecedented 4 terms, the 22nd Amendment effectively makes a second term President a "lame duck" on day 1 of his second term. We've seen over the years that much mischief results during this lame duck Presidency, especially if the incumbent won in a landslide or similar overwhelming majority. It seems that the prospect of having to be re-elected to a second term keeps most first term Presidents "honest" therefore it could be reasoned that eliminating any term limits on a President would keep his feet to the fire and thus more "honest" throughout his Presidency - for however long such a Presidency may last.

About 10 years or so ago, the idea of term limits for Senators and Representatives gained some traction but eventually died off. Perhaps it's time to reverse course and limit our Representatives and unshackle our President?

What are you thoughts? Is it time to revisit the 22nd Amendment? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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