WHEN POLITICIANS STICK AROUND TOO LONG

More politicians need to follow the examples of George Washington and Calvin Coolidge.  Washington could have been President of the United States for life.  In fact he could have been king of the United States.  But instead Washington set the precedent of serving two terms and then voluntarily stepping down from the presidency, a precedent that has since been codified in law.  Washington saw himself as a citizen first and a public servant second.  Many years later, Calvin Coolidge was the odds on favorite to easily win re-election, but instead he proclaimed: “I do not choose to run.”  Like Washington, Coolidge saw himself as a citizen first and a public servant second.  Neither Washington nor Coolidge was comfortable with the idea of a lifetime in politics.  It is too bad that more of today’s politicians don’t see things this way.

Presidents, of course, cannot serve more than two consecutive terms in our nation’s highest office, but members of Congress can stick around forever if they can manage to get re-elected, and many do.  Unfortunately, it seems that the longer an individual serves in Congress the more attached he or she becomes to the perquisites of office.  Politicians arrive in Washington, D.C. full of high-minded idealism, or at least some of them do.  But if they stick around long enough, it seems that even the best of them are stricken with Potomac Fever, a disease of the ego characterized by an addiction to power, status, special treatment, and money.  Once a politician is stricken by this disease, a transformation takes place and in the words of Thomas Sowell, public servants become public masters.  Americans do not send politicians to Washington, D.C. to rule.  We send them to our nation’s capital to serve.
Read more at http://patriotupdate.com/articles/politicians-stick-around-long/#uTLbqZCHT4KiVOHs.99

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