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"I will be leader just long enough to institute the necessary reforms" has led to lifelong dictatorships in other countries. Lessig doesn't seem the dictator type, but that particular promise should scare students of history.



That would matter if the US had unlimited presidency terms but it doesn't and there's 0 threat of that happening.

The only prior example of this in America is when George Washington stepped down as Commander and Chief when he felt his service was finished.




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