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22nd Amendment

The Grete Gazette

Special Report: Presidential Term Limits

March 4, 1951

The new 22nd amendment was ratified just 5 days ago on February 27th after being approved by Congress on March 31, 1947. It states that no president, or someone who has acted a president may serve more than two terms in the position. President Truman took over office from former president Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed on. Now he has served two terms and has elected to not run for a third term as the new amendment states that it is unconstitutional.

New Amendment!

Congress' Concerns

After the late FDR was elected four consecutive terms in the presidency, congress started to worry that other presidents would also break the unspoken two term limit that our first president, George Washington, created after he stepped down from office despite being offered a chance to campaign for a third term. They wanted to make sure that no president would gain to much power again.

"In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity. There is a lure in power. It can get in any man's blood just as gambling or lust for money have been known to do." - President Harry S. Truman

The late President Roosevelt was originally elected in 1932 and reelected in 1936. By the time the next election came around, the second world war had started and he ran and won in 1940. The mostly republican Congress was and still is not pleased by his power back then. He had led the country through the Depression and when 1944 rolled around and the US had joined the war, a change did not seem like the smartest decision. FDR was elected for the fourth time. Less than 100 days into office he passed on. Though he had led us through so much, Congress was unmoved on the decision of the new amendment.

FDR - The Reason Behind

This new Amendment is by far the most contriversal. In the future could they limit Congress too? Is it to restricting? As far as the staff here at the Grete Gazette know, it will not be broken, only challenged by senators. Our resident gypsy predicts that it will be challenged by both democrats and republicans later on. As we know, his relation Theodore Roosevelt was the only other president who debated running a third term. Maybe it ran in the family. Overall, this amendment could go many different ways in the future.

This year current president Harry S. Truman has decided not to run a third term as he has acted as president of our great nation since the beloved FDR passed on his 83rd day of his fourth term. Technically, Truman has been in charge for two terms, but has only been officially elected once meaning that it is against the new amendment. He was fully behind Congress for this amentment as well, and is not fighting for more power. He is honoring the amendment as every good man should do.

Dear Grete Gazette, I firmly oppose this Amendment. It restricts an individuals and a groups choice for whe is best to run the country. Also, is it fair for us just to limit the president. If we are imposing term limits, shouldn't it be all or nothing with Congress in there too? This amendment should not be in effect. I mean yes, it does keep us safe from many people who want to be in office forever, but would parties not see that and vote someone else to run insted of that person. What if there is another World War and we need another strong leader but they have served two terms. Would the protection for the country come first or would the amendment remain set in stone. Sincerely, Mr. Smith

Honoring the Amendment

Editorial

The Future


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