There seems to be a big problem with the presidency these days. Once upon a time the president’s term used to be a lot different. They spent four years doing what they could to fix the nation and in the meantime they would campaign and hope to be re-elected. These days the office is much different. They spend the first two years trying to complete their parties agenda and the next two years looking to win another election.
With this is mind it has been suggested recently that the president only get one term in office. In France the president is given one six year term and they cannot be re-elected. This is a wonderful idea in the United States for a multitude of reasons.
No Election Worries
This is the biggest problem with a president. Every president in their first terms spends half the term trying to keep his office. If you are fortunate enough to catch a president in their second term that is the time when the real work begins. Having a one term and done rule would allow them to spend the entire term worrying about the issues that face the country and nothing else.
Real Work To Be Done
Don’t underestimate this as a real problem with the current structure. Presidents are always more productive in the second term because they realize there is nothing left to lose. They can offend or stand on a wall and no matter what they will be find because they weren’t coming back anyway. Let them do their thing but do it for one term and you might be surprised at the progress that can be made.
Having one term might sound like a novel concept but it has real possibility. Making it happen could provide long term solutions to the problems the country faces.