Rotation In Office Is Mark Of Democracy

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The recent election for US Senator in Massachusetts has some lessons. Andrew Jackson was the first President to say “rotation in office” is the mark of democracy. Inheriting a political position or keeping it for life is a mark of aristocracy, which is anti-democratic.

The lesson is that a political position should never become the property of a political party, it belongs to the voters. Nominating candidates by petition is better than by a caucus, and both are superior to a nomination by the bosses in a back room.

If Massachusetts and other states had a term limit for Senator the recent election would not be necessary. There is a minimum age limit but not a retirement age for Congress or the President. What would happen to this country if someone became President because his or her father was President?

Ronald A. Sobieraj
Perth Amboy


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