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President (7)

06 July 2012 - dalam Sistem Politik Amerika Serikat Oleh nurlaili-azizah-fisip11

"I have come to the conclusion that the 22nd Amendment [limiting the presidency to two terms] was a mistake. Shouldn't the people have the right to vote for someone as many times as they want to vote for him?"

(Ronald Reagan)

Written by: Nurlaili Azizah (071112001) 

Republican Ronald Reagan became the oldest President elected when he took office as the 40th President of the United States. He served two terms as President, from 1981 to 1989. (, accessed on June 5th, 2012). In Reagan's second term in office, the Iran-Contra Affair brought scandal to the presidency when it was discovered that the government had traded weapons for hostages. As those quote said, Reagan did not agree with 22nd Amendment, because according to him, US people has a right to vote for someone (candidate of president) as many times as they want to vote.

Those quote is so relevant with this weekly topic, President. The 22nd Amendment is one of its subtopic. It itself limits the presidency for two terms. Based on history, Franklin D. Roosevelt had lead US in four terms. The 22nd Amendment was created to protect the US government, so “the four terms presidency” would not happen for the second time.

Actually, I do agree with the 22nd Amendment. Why? Because I think the presidency need to be limited. If not, so the President can do everything as he want and abuse his position as President. Besides that, every single country needs the leader regeneration to improve its capability.

Indonesia had experienced a 32-year presidency (1966-1998), called “Orde Baru”. At that time, this republic was lead by Suharto. There were many demonstrations in this period, the most phenomenal was the tragedy of 12 May 1998 demanding the resignation of Suharto. It killed four college students. 32 years of Suharto presidency had caused the financial crisis and increased foreign debt. Finally on 21 May 1998, Suharto stepped down. After Orde Baru, there was “Reformasi” that limited the presidency to two terms. It done to avoid this nation from authoritarianism.

References: (accessed on June 5th, 2012) (accessed on June 5th, 2012)

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