Term limits

Washington DC - Capitol Hill: United States Ca...

Washington DC – Capitol Hill: United States Capitol – East front (Photo credit: wallyg)

Our Federal government has three branches, executive, legislative and judicial, and two of the three are elected periodically. Only the judicial branch is not elected and enjoys lifetime tenure. I think that it is time to end the lifetime tenure of the Federal judiciary, especially the US Supreme Court, which tends to lag behind necessary change by years or decades.

This is what I propose to put all three branches of the Federal government on an equal footing; limit all Federal elected offices and the Federal bench to serving a maximum of 12 years. Judges would continue to be nominated and confirmed, but they would serve only for 12 years. Judges are expected to be non-political, but some try to game the system, timing their retirements to when their party is in the White House. That must stop.

For the other two branches, I would also limit their terms to 12 years.
Six 2-year terms for members of the House
Two 6-year terms for Senators
Three 4-year terms for Presidents.
Under the present two-term limit for Presidents, speculation begins immediately about the next election after a President is-re-elected. That reduces a President’s ability to enact needed reforms during his/her second term. The possibility of a third term would give an incumbent President more time to accomplish the will of the people who elected him/her.


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A banner outside of the 2008 Republican National Convention. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Part of the DNA of the GOP is the belief that only the GOP are fit to govern and stealing elections is permissible to achieve that end. In fact, the GOP will do anything to achieve their goal. In their view the ends do justify any means.

The GOP began stealing elections way back in 1876 in the disputed Tilden-Hayes contest for president. Hayes was declared the victor under a set of very dubious circumstances. The GOP continued to dominate national elections for 52 years from 1860 to 1912 with the single exception of the two split Cleveland terms. Cleveland managed to win his first term because the GOP were split, and the Democrats did not win the White House again until Wilson won in 1912 because of another GOP split.

Another facet of the GOP DNA is that they hate/hated any Democratic President who defeated them.
They hate/hated Wilson.
They hate/hated FDR.
They hate/hated LBJ.
They hate/hated both Clintons,
and they hate both Obamas.

As I see it, the GOP DNA compels them to be a cancer on the US body politic. If they cannot/will not mutate into a harmless form, then the GOP must be exorcised from our democracy or they will kill the host.

Presidential hair

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Both Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are considering a race for the White House in 2016. And both men lack two of Mitt’s 2012 advantages, vast personal wealth and presidential hair. We shall see if either or both can overcome those handicaps and win the nomination.

Class warfare

English: Seal of the President of the United S...

English: Seal of the President of the United States Español: Escudo del Presidente de los Estados Unidos Македонски: Печат на Претседателот на Соединетите Американски Држави. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On the day Barack Obama was inaugurated, January 20, 2009, leaders of the GOP met in secret to declare war on the President and since he represents all Americans, on all of us. They are waging an economic war of obstruction to prolong the Great Recession and to force a weary electorate to elect a Republican president in 2012. According to the GOP, only a Republican is a legitimate occupant of the White House.

The artificial prolongation of the Great Recession by the GOP has caused suffering by millions in the US and around the world. It is also causing the early deaths of thousands who lack the income to purchase adequate food, shelter and medical care. Some on the Left are labelling the GOP class warfare as treason. I would not go so far as to agree with that assessment. I do believe that the authors of the GOP strategy deserve to serve time in prison. If Mitt loses in November and if the GOP continue their class warfare, then I would be open to reconsidering my decision on whether or not their acts meet the definition of treason.

On a personal note, when I see a GOP spokesperson on TV telling lies about the President and Democrats in general, his/her smug, self-satisfied demeanor causes my blood pressure to spike. This is not good for my health.

Karl Rove

Cover of "Courage and Consequence: My Lif...

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Courage and Consequence, My life as a Conservative in the Fight by Karl Rove. One thing that I noted repeatedly throughout this book is that Rove chooses his words very carefully when he describes dirty tricks that he has been accused of. Rather than say that he is innocent, he will say that there is no proof. In my personal opinion, in helping to elect George W. Bush and then re-elect him, Karl Rove has the suffering and deaths of millions of people to answer for. I would not want to have the burden of his conscience, if any.

During his White House years, Rove was privy to Bush’s plans to privatize Social Security. In Bush’s first term, 9-11 intervened to divert the nation’s attention from Social Security reform and Katrina had the same effect in Bush’s second term. The Bush plan included raising the full retirement age from 67 to 70 years.

In summary, this book is an interesting read that must be read carefully to decipher what Rove is really saying. It is 520 pages long, of which Rove devotes 515 pages to justifying his and Bush’s actions. He devotes 5 pages at the end to bashing Barack Obama.