Two days ago on the way from school, my brother asked me who is your favorite American president. I say, George Washington, the first president of the United States. Because he left office after serving two terms and went home. At that time, there were many calls for him to continue, but he refused. To this day, many Americans are grateful for the precedent set by George Washington, who served no more than two terms as president of the United States. Then my brother asked me again: Who do you think is the worst American president. I say Franklin Roosevelt. Because he was president for 4 terms. Frankly speaking, Roosevelt was not the only president who wanted to continue after serving two terms. Before him, several presidents had tried and failed. Roosevelt looked too ugly. He broke the tradition of “U.S. presidents can serve two terms at most”, which has lasted for more than 100 years since Washington. Many Americans were terrified of this. They felt that Roosevelt’s bad move would lead America to dictatorship and autocracy. Therefore, the United States quickly passed the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution after the war, which clearly stipulated that “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”. It’s also amazing to say that in the century and a half between the Philadelphia Conference in 1787 and the passage of the 22nd Amendment after World War II, the U.S. Constitution only stipulated that each president’s term should be four years, but not the maximum. Can do several times. The legal provisions are so lax, and there are no such basic and important provisions. I don’t think the United States is a country ruled by law at all. It is very basic to use the law to clarify the presidential term and the maximum number of terms. Once written, it can be changed, how to change it, what program to change it through, and what it looks like, it’s easy to say. But at least not completely. There was more to Roosevelt’s ugly food than that. The “court packing” he engaged in is also ugly. Court packing simply means that he wants to stuff people to the US Supreme Court. When Roosevelt launched the New Deal, many moves were rejected by the Supreme Court. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court are for life, and unless they are impeached, the president can’t do anything even if he doesn’t like the judge’s decision. The solution Roosevelt came up with was to plug people into the Supreme Court. Originally the Supreme Court had nine members, but he proposed to increase it to 15. With the 6 extra vacancies, he can nominate 6 judges who support him at once. Thus the majority of judges who support his “New Deal”. This is too ugly to see, and it is hard to see that Roosevelt’s own Democratic senators do not support it. Of the 96 seats in the Senate at the time, 74 were Democrats. But the Senate voted 70 to 20 to revise the proposal, and court packing has since been put on hold. History keeps repeating itself. Last year, another Democratic president, started court packing again. The motivation this time is very similar to that of Roosevelt: the US Supreme Court now has six justices on the right, and only three on the left. And Clarence Thomas, the oldest of the six right-leaning justices, is only 73, while left-leaning Stephen Breyer is 83. Seeing that the imbalance of 6-3 cannot be changed in the short term, there is only court packing. Fortunately, most of the American people have a good memory, and their stance is still firm, and they can put aside partisan differences before making a big difference. The court packing this time soon died down. //the end
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