There is a lot of debate going on right now about whether or not a four-year presidential term is a good idea. It has been this way for quite a long time. When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the president and was able to be elected four times, something that is astounding because he was able to do this while suffering from polio. It was his administration, during his presidency, that that many people to realize that limiting the four-year presidential term was necessary. However people are now thinking about having just one term, and extending it to a total of six years, and there are pros and cons to either side of this opinion.
Why Eliminate The Four-Year Presidential Term?
The main reason that people would like to remove this is the track record of presidents that have done more than one term. There tends to be a lack of motivation, not only on the part of the President but the people regarding their desire to have him in office. It is also something to consider just because it would open the door for more elections, allowing our country to be led by more people. This would not only add diversity to the possibilities of our country, but also enable people not to become disenchanted with the president during a term which would be two years shorter than before. This seems to be a good idea, but it only depends on how you look at the benefits, and also the drawbacks, of not allowing a second term presidency to occur any longer.
If you look at the statistics for presidents that have been able to do more than one term, you can see that Ronald Reagan had a very powerful presidency. He is regarded as one of the best presidents, second only to Lincoln, as a result of how he was able to improve relationships with other countries, put forward the Star Wars initiative, and deal with the Cold War. However, you never know what a president will be able to do with their second term, so maybe it is time for a change. Perhaps a six year one term presidency is what we need right now, and it is, at least, worth trying in the future.