Term limits

A commentary by Norman Solomon in Salon summarizes calls for Joe Biden to announce he isn’t running for re-election: “Don’t run, Joe: After beating Trump, Biden can do the nation one more big favor.” I understand why Biden didn’t, but to get us past the prior four years, I hoped he would make that announcement in his inaugural address. My response to Solomon’s article is this: It’s refreshing for a political party to have an honest, open conversation about what’s best for the nation, rather than kowtowing to a party leader‘s desire for power.

To be fair, historian Heather Cox Richardson asserts that Biden has accomplished more than his critics admit: When he took office, Democratic president Joe Biden recognized that his role in this moment was to prove that democracy is still a viable form of government. … Biden has defended democracy across the globe, accomplishing more in foreign diplomacy than any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

Before COVID, the conventional wisdom in the financial and political community was that Donald Trump would win a second term. He was confident that he would win big based on the strength of the economy. One of my many “double-takes” during his years in the White House was when he first said he deserved not just two terms, but three.

After a cerebral hemorrhage ended FDR’s fourth term on day 83, the nation codified the tradition begun by George Washington of not seeking a third term. Jonathan Swan’s July 22, 2022 Axios article is a chilling account of Trump’s plans should he win in 2024: “A radical plan for Trump’s second term.”

Washington’s Farewell Address has been read in the US Senate annually since 1862. Alabama’s Donald W. Stewart was asked to read the farewell address to the Senate in 1980.

2 thoughts on “Term limits”

  1. I started reading the Axios article but it was too long to finish. I do hope the Democratic Party finds someone they can be excited about to run for the 2024 election.


    1. Yes, Swan is thorough. Now it’s a reference point for future use. Hopefully, Trump will fade and it will be a moot point for him, but there are always people waiting in the wings who want to seek power. The playbook Swan describes will be adopted by Trump protégés.

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