Title

Twenty-Second Amendment: Let it Be

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2017

Center/Program

Center for Constitutional Governance

Abstract

It is hard to have strong feelings about the Twenty-Second Amendment. Much of the debate over presidential term limits is speculative, with little real evidence of their effect and arguments pro-and-con in equipoise. The convention of two-term presidencies that long-predated the Amendment complicates any effort to assess the measure. On balance, enacting the Twenty-Second Amendment may well have been a mistake, but repealing it now would be worse.

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