The 22nd Amendment

In 1944, Thomas Dewey, the Republican nominee for President, has this to say about a multi-term President:

“Four terms, or sixteen years, is the most dangerous threat to our freedom ever proposed.” (1)

Dewey was referring to Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bid for a fourth term for President.  FDR ended up winning in ’44, but he died early in the first year of that term.  The support that Dewey and others gave to term limiting the President did not go unnoticed.  Limiting the President to two terms passed both houses of Congress in 1947.  In 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified by enough states for its official passage.  Since FDR, no President (with the exception of Harry Truman who was exempt from the Amendment) has been able to serve for more than two terms.

What do you think?  Should there be term limits on a President?  

— (1) For more information about the Election of 1944, you can find it here.

2 responses to “The 22nd Amendment

  1. Tiffany McLaughlin

    While the two term limit gives opportunity for new people to take turns in leading the country, it also takes away from future presidents we may want to keep in office for more than eight years. Referring back to Dewey’s quote, sixteen years is indeed a long time, but I don’t think it jeopardizes our “freedom”. If the majority kept voting for the same candidate every four years, theoretically beyond two terms and successfully electing them each time, one would assume that president is doing something right to keep getting the vote. The two term limit, in my eyes, almost forces us to choose between candidates every 4-8 years when the majority might have wanted to keep the previous person in office. We should be allowed to vote for either a new president or the same one again, therefore, candidates should be given the opportunity to run as many terms as they choose.

  2. Yes, i believe two terms are a good amount. If a president can serve more then two terms that means the president can be President for more then twelve years. Also, a president can make a big difference’s with only two terms. A lot of Presidents made a big changes in office with only two terms in office.

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