Talk:United States Constitution

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term limits[edit]

From the mainspace:

Overview: Two-term limit for US Presidents. This had been an observed tradition established by George Washington way back at the outset, and so no-one really thought about it until FDR decided to just keep on going.

I don't think that's accurate. Or at least not wholly informative. I recall quite distinctly the Federalist Papers arguing against term limits as bad and stupid and unnecessary. That alone makes me quite wary about that claim. EnlightenmentLiberal (talk) 22:09, 18 April 2013 (UTC)

The 25th amendment[edit]

What happens if the President 'has mental health issues' that are not such as to fall obviously within the remit of the 25th amendment but are somewhat disruptive (or if the process happens slowly enough for the transition point not to be obvious)? 'Quirks, phobias and similar peculiarities' can be worked around (and a mild dose of paranoia is probably part of the job description). (talk) 16:20, 11 July 2013 (UTC)


Should we add how each amendment is important to protect the citizens of a democracy, just to make it a bit more missional? RoninMacbeth (talk) 21:36, 9 September 2017 (UTC)

17th Amendment[edit]

"Much hated by federalists and general anti-government people for taking the states out of the federal government." Don't you mean anti-federalists? (talk) 03:31, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

Gödel and the Constitution[edit]

(Copying over from Talk:Gödel's incompleteness theorems

From a mention in a magazine I was reading, came to [1] - with a link to the pdf. What was the flaw? Anna Livia (talk) 00:41, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

That is an excellent question, @Anna Livia. I ran into this story while reading a book about Albert Einstein a while ago. I searched for further information on what Godel thought was a flaw in the U.S. Constitution so serious the U.S. herself could become a dictatorship. I never succeeded. :-( Nerd (talk) 01:28, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
To clarify - the article mentioned G's comment - I looked for a link suitable for RW.
Given that KG was Austrian and into incompleteness (albeit of a different kind), and it was 'the time of the bellicose dictators' - could it have been that the US constitution did not provide a sufficiency of methods for containing or removing a President who was becoming dictatorial but #superficially# remaining within the apparent spirit of the constitution.
Should this exchange be copied over to the US Constitution talk page? Anna Livia (talk) 10:56, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
@Anna Livia Good idea! Please do! Nerd (talk) 16:25, 19 December 2018 (UTC)