As a general principle, internet petitions aren’t worth the 1 calorie it takes to left-click “Sign!” (or whatever), but there’s always an exception to every rule.
If you have time ― and of course you do, because you’re reading the Huffington Post right now ― visit the White House’s self-parody “We the People” e-petition website and sign this bad boy:
We call for disqualification and removal of Hillary Clinton from the presidential ballot as dynastic succession of the Clinton family in American politics breaches the core democratic principles laid out by our Founding Fathers.
A president from the same self-perpetuating dynasty will further rupture the American political system, putting our nation at risk.
Politicians with familiar names enjoy ‘name recognition advantages’ while providing no chance for reforms, turning American democracy into a monarchy.
The petition is specifically addressing the Clinton dynasty, but honestly, the ideal here would be to ban all political dynasties from a revolving door occupation of the White House.
The 22nd Amendment states that “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice”, but political dynasties are a clear loophole to this unambiguous rule. If the idea of the 22nd Amendment was to make our democratic institutions more representative, then political dynasties have shown themselves to be far more damaging than a 3-term president. (The Bushes have had four terms. And god help us if another Bush somehow sneaks back into the Oval Office.)
But can America survive another four years of neo-liberal Clinton awfulness? Let’s not wait to find out.
The Clintons have shown, time and time again, that they are above the law. They’re political royalty.
I know it’s naive, but we were always under the childish impression that a core American value was “no kings” and “if there is a king, throw his tea off the boat”.
Taking money out of politics will only go so far. We need to de-throne America’s political dynasties, and make our democracy more, well, democratic.
Sign the petition. If it receives 100,000 signatures, a White House intern will be obliged to respond to it. Hey, it’s a start.