On websites at the state and national level, pundits are bouncing around the idea that McCain will announce that if elected he would only serve one term. Those pundits are writing as if McCain would be the first Presidential candidate to ever do so.
In modern history, those pundits are correct. However, Presidents have made clear their desire to not serve beyond the term they sought. President James K. Polk, perhaps the most underrated President of the
At a turning point in American history, President Polk was free to be President first and have no worries about the next election, and history shows what he achieved for the country in one term outweighed what a potential four more years could have achieved.
Another President who got a lot done in his last promised term was Theodore Roosevelt. Though he had served three years filling out the term of slain President William McKinley,
Together the one term of Polk and the term of
Now, it can be argued that the
It would be a refreshing change from the politics we unfortunately have grown accustomed to in the
The only potential problem such a statement from a candidate could face comes from the vast majority of the media, bloggers and pundits. Far too many of them have a mindset that is ignorant of history. It is simply foreign to them that a candidate for President would not want to seek as much time with power as possible. Calling such a move “weak” or a “gimmick” would be easier for those press and pundits less inclined to do hard thinking and a little reading of history. Those folks just will not get it. They would more likely write about Mrs. McCain’s fashion or Mr. Obama’s church than they would about how a Presidential candidate was putting the Presidency and the country above himself. If it is their mindset that defines the country right now, then the turn we take at this crucial time in our country’s history might not turn out as well as other turning points did.
For if we really have become a country were we scoff at those who put country first and their self interests second, we are in deep trouble.