Please Consider this

Tyranny begins from the ground up

When it comes to community volunteers-on a grass roots level, people who refuse to let go of the reigns are a detriment to the organisation, to others and to themselves.

They are fairly easy to spot- the ones who stay back late at the footy club, insist on doing everything and believe that nothing would run without them-

When in reality it is all about team work and community. These people stand in the way of allowing others to get involved. Everyone needs a break, but no, not these people, they never take a holiday.

Ideally for ethical reasons people should only get two terms in any organisation, and then move on to another. This way they can assist another organisation with a new perspective, whilst at the same time they can give others the chance to learn the skills they ‘themselves’, learnt within that particular organisation. This has the capacity to build stronger communities, as it is more inclusive. The idea of limiting terms of leadership, is not a new one, in the United States this is common practice in organisations, including the presidential seat. The United States Constitution now has amendments which set such limits.

The United States Constitutional Amendment XXII solves this issue– known as the Twenty Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, provides a set requirement by limiting the term for presidential election, and the overall time of service the US president can hold office.

As per Section 1.

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.

And as held in Section 2.

This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several states within seven years from the date of its submission to the states by the Congress.

There was nothing in the original United States Constitutional drafter’s framework, which would have prevented a United States President, running for only two terms. The idea of limiting presidential terms was first suggested by President George Washington, when he chose not to run for a third term, he stressed two terms were sufficient in office for any president.

An Australian Prime Minister can stay in office for a lifetime, although we have had 5 Prime Ministers in as many years of recent; in reality there is nothing to stop a Prime Minister staying in office for as long as he is voted in

Perhaps we as Australians, need to consider limiting office to just two terms, as in the United States Constitutional XXII amendment, in light of the current despotic government’s stubborn tactics, and the underlying fact, if the current government are voted back in, or manage to sneak in, by way of preference vote, then Hon Malcolm Turnbull can be in office, as long as he chooses.

c/o https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxii and http://www.annenbergclassroom.org/page/twenty-second-amendment

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