Essay talk:Needed Constitutional Amendments (Meshakhad)

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Eugen V Debbs[edit]

Ran for the presidency from prison. He did not do too bad for himself Avengerofthe BoN (talk) 22:39, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

A necessary amendment …[edit]

… for prospective changes of term limits or qualifications for office.

Amendment:

Amendments to this Constitution that have the effect of removing or extending term limits for the Presidency or Congressional elected offices shall have no effect on any individual office until the first time, after the amendment's ratification, that a new holder of the office has been elected. Amendments that shorten existing term limits, or impose new ones on offices that do not already have them, shall have full effect upon ratification.

Amendments to the Constitution that alter the qualifications for the Presidency, once ratified, shall not take effect until the Presidency has changed hands, whether by election or succession, twice.

Commentary:

This amendment is intended to put the kibosh on attempts to alter term limits or qualifications by Constitutional amendment with a particular individual in mind — in short, to forestall making permanent alterations to the system of government in order to accomplish transient political goals.