Constitutional amendment would aim to prevent White House political dynasty
Conservative activist, Americans for Tax Reform founder and lobbyist Grover Norquist, reports The Sunday Times, is working on a constitutional amendment that would forbid succession of elected and appointed offices from one family member to another. Norquist seeks to warn the public, and create discourse, on the subject political dynasty and its increasing relevance in America's highest office.
The amendment would not apply to Sen. Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency in 2008, as the term is not immediately following that of her husband, and 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.
Were Senator Clinton elected to two terms as President, Bush and Clinton family members would have populated the White House for nearly 30 years.
The United States, however, considers itself to be a more mature democracy. Grover Norquist, one of America’s most influential Republican activists, aims to turn the question of dynasty into a campaign issue.
“It will be ridiculous to have Mr President and Madam President in the White House,” he said. “We’re the United States of America. How can we say to President Mubarak [of Egypt], ‘You can’t hand off the presidency to your son, it’s got to be your wife’ or, ‘Hey Syria and North Korea, you’ve got to knock this stuff off and be like us’.”
In Greenwood, some voters expressed enthusiasm for a “two-for-one” presidency, saying they liked the Clintons’ “package”. Others left the hall full of praise for Bill but with doubts about Hillary.
The entire Sunday Times article can be read HERE.