Two-Term Limit on Presidency
Why did the government decide to put a limit on presidency terms? How did they come up with a 2 term limit?
The History Behind the 22nd Amdendment
George Washington was asked to be president for a third term. However, he did not want to be president for a third term. He thought an orderly transition of power was in need. Thomas Jefferson did the same thing. According to historians this indicates that the Founding Fathers were trying to imply that U.S. presidents should only be allowed to serve 2 terms. As a result of this, before the 22nd Amendment, most presidents chose to only serve 2 terms on their own account. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president to serve more than 2 terms. The people did not want a change in power during war. Soon after President Roosevelt's death the 22nd Amendment was proposed. The Republicans demanded a change to the Constitution. It was passed by Congress on March 21, 1947 and ratified on Febraury 27, 1951.
The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution says that no person shall be elected president more than twice, meaning no president can run for more than 2 terms. A president can get elected for one term which is 4 years. After this term they can get re-elected for another 4 year term. If the president is finishing out an initial term longer than 2 years then they can only run for one additional term. The longest time a president can be in office is 10 years.
The Complete Amendment is Shown Below
"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 President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by 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."
"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."
Many people want to repeal the 22nd Amendment. For many presidents the start of their second term is rough. The second term is usually the most unsuccessful term for presidents. However, what if the current president was a good one? Term limits don't allow successful presidents to get re-elected. If the current president pleased the people, the people should have the right to keep that president in office as long as they want. Term limits cause more problems than they do benefits. On the other hand, getting rid of the 22nd amendment would allow presidents to use their power to stay in office for a long time. The president is in charge of media, he would be able to get as much money and contacts as he wanted to get re-elected.Without the 22nd amendment certain presidents would have been able to run for a third term and cause a lot of problems for the U.S. Most second terms go down-hill for presidents, a third term would probably only make things worse. A new president has fresh, new ideas, having the same president for too long would be hard to get new perspectives on problems in the country.
How to Remember the 22nd Amendment
Remember your 3 2s! The 22nd amendment limits presidents for 2 terms.