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Incumbents Forever

Dr_Zinj Wrote: Nov 19, 2012 9:19 AM
The United States was supposed to be a Republic that was represented by the people. Professional politicians are NOT the people. The system needs to be overhauled to encourage far greter turnover. Yes, we lose an occasional great man to limits, but that just moves him to another position. It also prevents homesteading and empire building by the perpetual incumbents.

AS A CANDIDATE for lieutenant governor in 1982, John Kerry assured the voters of Massachusetts that he wasn't seeking the position as a mere "stepping-stone" to higher office. But just one year into his four-year term, he announced his candidacy for the US Senate seat that Paul Tsongas was vacating because of illness.

Few people held Kerry's broken commitment against him. In part that was because nobody had believed it in the first place (all candidates for lieutenant governor seek the position as a stepping-stone). But it was also because everyone knew what Kerry knew: If he passed up...