I realize that this single change in the United States political system is a fantasy, a 'mind game' as one scientist called them. However, perhaps there may be a chord that can be struck for further analysis, resonating later in another idea. So, here goes.
It seems that to go forward with ideas and applying ones energy to beliefs is a continuous tone of political candidates. These promised changes would rectify given situations and give feedback to the voters that 'they' have indeed made a difference by voting for such a wonderful candidate.
Yet during their elected term, there is a clock ticking: "Re-election, Re-election, Re-election", subliminally at first and then with ferocity. The candidates promises were harder to keep than expected. Voter perception becomes a large elephant in the room, tilting the floor of decisions in ways that the elected official hopes will prove beneficial at next election time. Favors to return, lobbying pressures under which concession is often necessary for reelection, political blackmail from angry focus groups, personal laundry drying on the media racks.
Stumping from the heart during election time, mimicking teleprompters from another's speech in office. Sounds like a white collar prison.
So much energy looking backward and sideways, the elected official has made the error of choosing a 'career' instead of a service to their constituents. If making the correct, yet politically unfavorable, decision was possible from the incumbents's views, it is rarely spoken about again once elected. Let's face it, they live in a catch 22 situation.
Rule Suggestion Change:
Every elected official is only allowed one term for that position, under any circumstance. City, County, State, Nation. That's it! Perhaps the length of terms might need adjustment for the duties required, but only one term.
• Could this actually assist those persons who truly wish to add their acumen into public service?
* How much money would I spend to get elected on a one term position since I am prevented from making a career in politics?
• What if public, elected positions were publicly funded?
• There would be NO pressure to concede to lobbying efforts that try to dissuade the official from the voter's wishes.
* We could have a negative effect where those elected take as much payola as possible since they can't be reelected.
• How would we amend the odorous 2 party system so that there would be a larger option of candidates from which to choose?
* Candidate credential testing would aid in supporting those who chose to enter public service and eliminating those who have not properly prepared.
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