By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo)
To the editor:
Years ago, when term limits were all the rage, Becky Caine, the national president of the League of Women Voters, said on one of the Sunday talk shows, “We have terms limits. They’re called elections.”
It is not the American way to allow anyone to continue to hold office forever. Despite few laws against it, this wise tradition of not serving too long prevails. Most office holders choose a time to retire voluntarily or accept defeat graciously when it comes.
Now Mayor Bill Euille is refusing to accept the results of a primary election that no one claims was fraudulent in any way. He says that he and he alone is capable of guiding the city; otherwise, ruin awaits us.
His diehard supporters write letters saying they just don’t understand why anyone objects to his running. The objection is that in America, we have never accepted the idea of the indispensable man. It is an undemocratic idea, foreign to basic ideas about good government that almost all of us hold regardless of our other political opinions.