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'Worm in the Constitution'

August 12, 1986

Repeal the 22nd Amendment? You are jesting, right?

The 22nd Amendment is one of our few protections in a country where anybody can become President, given the tendency of the American public to select Presidents the way they do dishwashers and brands of instant coffee--by preferring what looks best on television.

This time we were lucky, it was only Ronald Reagan.

I cannot think of a single President, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose third term would have been of overwhelming benefit to the nation.

Wasting a second half-term thinking exclusively of ways to be selected for a third one is not the most effective way of running a country.

M.F. MEYLAN

Santa Monica

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