Term limits for the office of President of the United States are a tradition created by the first president, George Washington. The limitation of serving only 2 terms, or one term and not more than half of someone else's term, became part of the constitution with the 22nd Amendment. But it appears not everyone thinks that limiting the presidency is a good idea.
He’s now president for life. President for life. No, he’s great. And look, he was able to do that. I think it’s great. Maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.”
But when writing on why he would not seek a 3rd term as president, George Washington stated:
“The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism."
A just estimate of that love of power, and proneness to abuse it, which predominates in the human heart is sufficient to satisfy us of the truth of this position.”
Washington spoke of the concept of the nature of power and corruption. Lord Acton famously said, "Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely."
In 1947 Congress formally made limitations on the presidency part of the US Constitution through the addition of the 22nd Amendment. The states ratified the amendment in 1951.
American history contains countless stories of fighting against despots and tyrants, beginning with the very revolution against a remote monarch that gained Washington his acclaim. In their editorial, the New York Times maintains supporting the concept of a president for life is the opposite of the American ideals of freedom and liberty.
And people from all ranges of the political spectrum agreed, and let the president know via Twitter.
What Trump said about China’s dictator is no joke, what he said about his own aspirations, is horrifying.— The Reagan Battalion (@The Reagan Battalion)1520125252.0
With Trump now ruminating on how great it would be to be a dictator, re-upping my column from today. The right is i… https://t.co/gNyhk1tJgH— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1520126672.0
Italy seems to be a case study of why Nationalism is ill-suited for the globalized world-economy. It is a case stu… https://t.co/n9qM5IqenR— Nuke Submariner (@Nuke Submariner)1520254721.0
Trump has always had fantasies about being a dictator-for-life: he wants power without accountability to constituen… https://t.co/hUSlkisr1u— Elizabeth Spiers (@Elizabeth Spiers)1520126423.0
Trump desperately wants to be a dictator but the sad truth is he doesn’t have the hands for it— Roland Scahill (@Roland Scahill)1520124885.0
“President for life?” READ THIS and let it sink in. There is no longer any speculation whether Trump fancies himse… https://t.co/YkCclA8dRM— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1520123789.0
Why does President Donald Trump always criticize US allies, always praise or never criticize Xi Jinping, Vladimir P… https://t.co/bWYV1c2UZ3— Donald B Kipkorir (@Donald B Kipkorir)1520248818.0
Trump’s secret reaction to the Chinese communist dictator changing the rules to serve for life:“Maybe we’ll try tha… https://t.co/bR5iH0ke9j— Norm Eisen (@Norm Eisen)1520125110.0
Either he’s losing it, or we’re losing it if we let him stay on after this. How many hints do we need that he wants… https://t.co/CT9YRj7TLK— Richard W. Painter (@Richard W. Painter)1520133752.0