posted on 22 July 2015
Written by Frank Li
The most essential part of my solution is to limit the American Presidency to one term (e.g. six years). The key reason: America can simply no longer afford to have a President who, throughout the first term, works solely towards his (or her) own re-election, while causing tremendous damage to America!
1. Term limit for the American Presidency
There was no term limit for the American Presidency until 1947, when Congress passed the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting the American Presidency to two terms.
What was the trigger for that amendment? FDR managed to get himself elected to the American Presidency four times! Before FDR, no American President served for more than eight years, thanks to the excellent example set by George Washington!
It has become obvious that two terms are one term too many! Why? Because most Presidents have been too self-serving throughout their first terms! More specifically, too many Presidents have caused too much damage to America throughout their first terms, thanks to efforts devoted to getting re-elected ad nauseam!
2. The accountability of the American Presidency
Few American Presidents, so far, have been accountable to America (vs. themselves) throughout their first terms! Two main reasons:
One obvious way to align these two interests is to eliminate the second term from the American Presidency! Any doubt? Just look at the damage "getting re-elected ad nauseam" has done to America, by the American Presidents!
3. Getting re-elected ad nauseam by the American Presidents
All American Presidents, after reaching the pinnacle of power, work for one purpose only: legacy, of which one key criterion has been to get re-elected, at any price for most!
In a previous post (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)), I highlighted three examples: JFK, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, in terms of getting re-elected ad nauseam.
More bad news for America: These three Presidents represent the "rules", not the exceptions - They have just been the worst, so far!
Any doubt? Let me highlight all of the post-WWII American Presidents, in terms of getting re-elected ad nauseam:
As you may have noticed already, the steps taken by the American Presidents for the sole purpose of getting re-elected ad nauseam have become more apparent and much more destructive to America over time, with even starting or perpetuating foreign wars among the tactics being used over the past 15 years!
Why is that? The rise of BRICS as formidable economic competitors to the West! Because of that, America is no longer the economic monopoly in the world, as it was throughout the second half of the 20th century. As a result, the flaws of our political system have become more and more apparent and ominous!
In short, it's time to amend the 22nd Amendment with another amendment, limiting the American Presidency to one term, preferably six years!
Why six years? That's another subject for another day, because it is related to a big subject: raising the statutory requirements for the American Presidency, such as the minimum age to 55 and only after having served as a state governor for one full term, at least. All of the related subjects will be specifically addressed in my future posts ...
America, reform our political system as I have suggested (Solution for America (Version 3)), or become an also-ran, second to China!
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