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 (@ReaganBattalion) March 4, 2018
With Trump now ruminating on how great it would be to be a dictator, re-upping my column from today. The right is in decline. Their morally decrepit president and State Party are proof. https://t.co/ylBJzz3G8P via @thedailybeast
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 4, 2018
Italy seems to be a case study of why Nationalism is ill-suited for the globalized world-economy.
It is a case study that Trump will fail to learn from. Hungary, Poland & Brexit are others.
Trump strongly prefers the Putin and Xi Jinping models of government, absolute dictator.
— Nuke Submariner (@subsalr) March 5, 2018
Trump has always had fantasies about being a dictator-for-life: he wants power without accountability to constituents, doesn’t want to work for it, and wants it to last indefinitely with no effort on his part.
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) March 4, 2018
Trump desperately wants to be a dictator but the sad truth is he doesn’t have the hands for it
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) March 4, 2018
“President for life?”
READ THIS and let it sink in. There is no longer any speculation whether Trump fancies himself a dictator. Time to topple this tryant and secure our democracy!
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) March 4, 2018
If you still support Trump and the NRA, I would move to another Country.
I fully expect that Trump supporters will be considered lepers very soon and your continued support of a wannabe dictator will make you shunned.
— Pesach ‘Pace’ Lattin ⏺ (@pacelattin) March 5, 2018
Why does President Donald Trump always criticize US allies, always praise or never criticize Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin & Rodrigo Duterte But has no time for Nicolás Maduro? Is is that he’s a Closet Dictator & sees European leaders as weak & Maduro as not being like Hugo Chavez?
— Donald B Kipkorir (@DonaldBKipkorir) March 5, 2018
Trump’s secret reaction to the Chinese communist dictator changing the rules to serve for life:“Maybe we’ll try that here someday.“ You mean, suspend the constitution and make you a permanent tyrant? I don’t think so. https://t.co/bjvQEQcAOc
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) March 4, 2018
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 to be a dictator?
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) March 4, 2018