“It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may always expect the most efficient service.” —The Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant
Thought experiment: If we were free to remake the office of the presidency today, how would we proceed?
Imagine that Article II of the Constitution along with 12th, 20th, 22nd, and 25th Amendments were suddenly unlocked. How would you want delegates to a new constitutional convention to reimagine the presidency?
On this observance of Washington’s birthday, we find that the office created for him and defined by his two terms in very poor repair in the eyes of voters. And could you blame them?