(Archive - Week of August 21, 2004)

Let's have a 28th Amendment

I think we need to update Amendments in our Constitution giving the elected president one five-year term. A president is not providing leadership while chasing the rich folks for money so he can be reelected. It's not leadership when he goes to every part of our country making speeches promising things that will be forgotten when elected. A one-term president would not do that. Some would say that a one 5-year term president would spend the last year campaigning for others in his party. I don't buy that argument, because I think all presidents want to go down in history having achieved noteworthy accomplishments benefiting citizens of our country.

On Feb. 27, 1951, The Twenty-second Amendment was ratified by three-fourths of the states. This Amendment limited the president to no more than two terms. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the only president who served more than two terms; he was elected four times and died during his fourth term in office.

We now have 27 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Let's make it 28. It will cost the American taxpayers several million dollars for the security of the Republican National Convention, and the streets, bridges and tunnels, etc. will be out of bounds for most citizens. That money would go a long way toward feeding and providing shelter for the hungry and disadvantaged children of America.

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