The Case For A One-Term Presidency
- Eliminating the evils of reelection -
"Our political system is subverted today by what has become a re-election syndrome - i.e., one producing careerist, conflicted, and money-dependent politicians more indebted to those who fund their campaigns and media exposure than the majorities responsible for their election. The dismal effects of this re-election circus are most pervasive, and significant in their impacts upon the people, within the race for the highest office in the land - the presidency of the United States."
The Case For A One-Term Presidency, 1988
"I will do what I have to do to be re-elected"
Pres. George Bush 41
"Politicians are always realistically maneuvering for the next election. They are obsolete as fundamentalproblem-solvers."
R. Buckminster Fuller
Nearly twenty-five years ago, while writing The Case for a One Term Presidency, I never expected to see such a perfect scenario to illustrate the need for this reform as the last election - in which the leader of the Republican party, Mitch McConnell, made it clear that the complete and total object of their endeavours is to deny President Obama a second term. So, forget the people and the issues. Meanwhile, the party in office will do everything it can to secure a second term.
In effect, every first term is an abomination, a cartel of corruption and disruption by both our corporate money-fed parties, all due to the fact a second presidential term is available. A constitutional amendment to secure a one-term presidency would be a very meaningful reform - one releasing both office holders and opposition parties from worry about the future. They will have their chance again in an election without an incumbent advantage. As a result of a guaranteed one-term, both parties can focus on the moment and the needs of the people. A second presidential term, however, prevents exactly that more productive political condition and fosters ever more corruption and delay.