Should a President be able to stay in office for more than 2 terms?

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  1. squeezewax

    squeezewax Black Belt

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    Has it always been only 2 terms in America, if not, when did it change?

    When a President finishes his term can he carry on being a politician?

    If he can, can he become President again?

    Here in Australia the leader of the Party that wins an election then automatically becomes the Prime Minister and he/she can serve unlimited terms as the PM. Also when he/she is no longer PM they generally stays in politics.

    Finally do you think 2 terms as President is too few or just the right amount? Personally i think it should be unlimited but if not i think 3 terms would be better than just the 2.
     
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  2. IGotAHugePeckah

    IGotAHugePeckah Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    I don't agree with the limit. I say if you can keep getting voted in and the American people want you to stay, you should be able to stay. Let the people decide.

    Because no matter how good you are, eventually people will get sick of seeing your face and vote someone else in.

    Or you might vote someone in who is God's gift to politics, a real dynamic leader... why limit that person to 8 years? Maybe they're young and can rule for 20 years.
     
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    GraveyardFilla Green Belt

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    I say yes but only for President Trump. It's been fantastic entertainment from the ridiculously idiotic shit he says to the absolute morons that still get extremely rustled by him.
     
  4. Watch Yo Hands

    Watch Yo Hands Orange Belt

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    I actually don't think there's any thing in the constitution that says only two terms but there's a law on the books that it can't happen. Laws can be changed though.
     
  5. Jew Jif Shoes

    Jew Jif Shoes Nullius in Verba

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    It's not always been two terms, and I believe it was changed because FDR served 4 terms as president. Although he turned out to be one of the greatest presidents our country has ever known, it was clear that allowing someone to occupy the highest office in all the land indefinitely would not be unlike having a monarch.

    I think two terms is enough.
     
  6. BKMMAFAN

    BKMMAFAN Silver Belt

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    It's the 22nd Amendment.


    "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 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."
     
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  7. Kafir-kun

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    At first serving only two terms was a norm set by George Washington who willingly limited himself to two terms. FDR is the one who broke that norm when he won a third and fourth term which led Congress to pass the 22nd amendment that limited a person to only two terms.

    I am fine with the limit but if we had to relax it I would say make the limit two consecutive terms, allowing an ex-president to run for election only after someone else has been in office. That's how it is in Brazil IIRC.
    Its not in the Bill of Rights but it was added as the 22nd amendment after FDR's run.
    One reason is because an incumbent has the advantage in an election and if an incumbent is allowed to stay in office indefinitely they can potentially stack the deck in their favor even more. If I'm not mistaken that's what Chavez and Erdogan did after winning a few elections fair and square.
     
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    HARRISON_3 Gold Belt

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    Trump should be President for life.
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    But he wants nothing!
     
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    Falsedawn Buttermilk Jesus Platinum Member

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    Two terms is fine, FDR notwithstanding.
     
  10. Phr3121

    Phr3121 Red Belt Platinum Member

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    No. 1951.
    Yes.
    No.
    There is a restriction by the 22nd amendment, but I believe if the person is doing a good job and the people re-elect him/her, they should have a third term.
     
  11. cincymma79

    cincymma79 Silver Belt

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    No
    Fuck that
    We broke off to not being a kingdom and people live too fucking long
    Two and out
    Senate should probably be fouR
    House six
    SCOTUS something like 20
     
  12. Pinyin

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    Just no. 8 years is more than enough. If anything they need to have more term limits. No reason someone should be serving 20-30+ years in Congress. I wouldn't oppose limits for the Supreme Court either.
     
  14. RoosterHucklebuck

    RoosterHucklebuck Brown Belt

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    It's all good. After Trump finishes in January 2024, Don Jr will take over for the next 8 years. It will be like it never ended.
     
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    It changed because JFK kept winning because he had the best policies and republicans had to invent term limits to win.
     
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  16. BKMMAFAN

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    No and it’s good thing.
     
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  18. Watch Yo Hands

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    Thanks for the correction!
     
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  19. cincymma79

    cincymma79 Silver Belt

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    Oh good then 8 more years of trump
     
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    Healthier for a country if there is a two term limit, IMO.
     

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