Editor, Times-Union:

In order to further strengthen our democratic constitutional enhanced term limits and other reform measures should be enacted for all three branches of the federal government, this letter will focus on the executive branch more specifically the office of the presidency and creating a vote to retain in office referendum that allows voters to remove a sitting president during the Congressional midterm elections that occur at the half way point in a president’s term of office. This type of referendum would have occurred in 2018, 2014, 2010, 2006, 2002, 1998, etc. It would be occurring this coming November if it had been enacted by our republic years or even decades ago. Presidential term limits are also discussed with a mandatory retirement age for those in office. Proposed modifications to the criteria for removing a president from officer are also mentioned.

Proposed 28th Amendment - Vote to Retain in Office for President of the United States

The office of the presidency shall be subjected to a “vote to retain in office until end of term” referendum during the Congressional midterm elections in November. If a majority of voters nationwide vote to remove from office along with three-fifths of the Electoral College and the Senate. The president’s term in office shall end within 21 days with the vice president assuming office at noon of the day of departure.

22nd Amendment Modification - Presidential Term Limits

Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice in a row or three times overall and shall retire upon reaching the age of 79 if in office.

Article II Section 4. Removal from Office

The president, vice president and all civil officers of the United States shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, gross incompetence, outlandish and asinine behavior, autocratic rule, coup d’etats or other high crimes and misdemeanors by either Congress as outlined in Article 1 Sections 2 & 3 or a three-fourths majority of the state legislatures throughout the Union.

I would urge readers to contact their elected officials in Congress and urge adoption of these amendments.

Alexander Houze