President For Life? The Twenty-Second Amendment

Were you aware that until 1951, a President could stay in office for his entire life, as long as he can convince you to vote for him? Why the two-terms then, through most of American History, before the Amendment? Story has it, that President George Washington was offered the chance to be President for life, and he said, we’ve already had on king, we don’t need another. The two terms was traditional.

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. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress.

On the Hoover Commission’s recommendations, President Truman pushed for this amendment. Apparently the four terms of FDR’s tyranny scared the country. The Amendment only allows for two terms, consecutive or separated. Or if a Vice President is sworn in with more than two years left from the previous President’s terms, he can only run  for re-election once. If he’s sworn in with 17 months left, he can run twice.

FDR was the only one who served more than twice, though Ulysses Grant and Teddy Roosevelt tried. This Amendment isn’t that popular among the shepherds(politicians) because it limits how long they can rule as President. A few times, politicians such as Harry Reid, and Barney Frank have tried to get rid of it. Too bad the Amendment doesn’t apply to Congress. Hmmm, theirs a idea, a 28th Amendment to limit Congress’s terms. That will clear the dead wood.

Remember that just societies have a  check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!

Another essay to follow on the Twenty-Third Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.


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