It is time to Modify our 22nd Amendment
Modify the 22nd Amendment
It seems to me that this country has come to a cross roads regarding our 22nd amendment. I am not going to pick on Obama, (I will save that for another hub) because he is just another POTUS. Another one that is in the position to where running the country has been consumed by having to spend a great deal of time, to run for a second term.
For the most part the first two years of any POTUS are spent trying to implement policies and plans. The second two years are spent on being re-elected. If they are successful in their attempt, they become for the most part, essentially, lame ducks for the last term. As it is, two years out of eight are only remotely resourceful.
George Washington set a great example of how it SHOULD be. He was reluctant to run a second term, and refused a third one. FDR, went the other way. Where, in my opinion, nearly ruined a good thing and nearly brought forth a dictatorship. He was actually in there for life, after succumbing to his death shortly after his fourth term. That was when the 22nd amendment was introduced to prevent such of an event from ever occurring again. I was introduced by the leadership of Harry Truman.
I say it is time to modify this amendment, I suggest that a POTUS should only be eligible to serve 1-term, but lets extend the term to 6 years.
This would allow the President to serve during three sessions of congress to fulfill all of his/her intended policies. I believe this would make it a more productive term, taking away the lame ducks and the “politics” of campaigning for a re-election. The POTUS could then be eligible to serve a second term, after two terms has passed. Bill Clinton for example would have been eligible in 2012 and George W. Bush if this plan was implemented, in 2018. Not that I would endorse either of these possibilities, but the potential opportunities would be permissible.
While we are at it, I say it is time to put term limits on our congress to three (3) two-year terms and senate to two (2) six-year terms. I would also suggest we do away with or at the minimum, reduce the pension plan for all of those serving elected terms. This alone would save the Nation billions of taxpayer dollars, and only those who decided to take on the task to serve would have more honorable intentions of serving this Country.