In his Dec. 6 letter [“Presidents set their own term limits”], Michael Smith observed that the “second-term curse” suffered by so many modern-day presidents obviates a rationale for reconsidering the 22nd Amendment. But maybe it’s the other way around. Could it be that facing and working within a guaranteed “last” term is itself the cause of the hex on second-term presidents?
On the one hand, the two-term limit injects a degree of artificial urgency that negatively affects priorities and decision-making. On the other hand, it places time on the side of obstructive political opponents and encourages them to redouble efforts to block solutions rather than seek cooperation and accommodation.
Maybe we have more, not less, reason to return to unlimited presidential terms.
Jack Fretwell, Reston