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WHEN MARCH 4 WAS INAUGURATION DAY

WHEN MARCH 4 WAS INAUGURATION DAY
by JAMES A. MARPLES
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When America’s Constitution was written, Presidents swore their Oath of Office of March 4th after an election year. That ended when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressured congress to pass a Constitutional Amendment moving it up to January 20th. Hence, FDR’s first inauguration was March 4, 1933; but his second inauguration was January 20, 1937. It still remains January 20th. The supposed rationale was to enable a President-elect to get a jump-start on the nation’s business. If that were true, our even faster-paced world would almost crave an inauguration to be even more timely. Perhaps, Presidential terms ought to start on January 1 after an election year and be a single term of six years. That would cut down on the endless campaigning, fundraising, and incentivize a President to work hard during that proscribed time, with no uncertainty.  U.S. Senators should be limited to one six-year term. House of Representatives members should be limited to three, 2-year terms for a cumulative six year total, also.  In short, I believe that we cannot (and should not) live in antiquated voting conditions that were made even more confusing in the 1930’s. The time is NOW for change.

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