The constitution of the Confederate States of American turned 150 yesterday. It’s the subject of my article appearing today on the Disunion blog of the New York Times. In particular, I look at what parts of the Confederate Constitution are better than our own, with a focus on Article II, Section 1.
Confederate Constitution, Article II, Section 1: “Th Executive power shall be vested in a President of the Confederate States of America. He and the Vice President shall hold their offices for the term of six years; but the President shall not be reeligible.”
U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1: “The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, taken together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term.”
My conclusion: “The founding fathers of the stillborn Confederacy may have had it right: Four years isn’t enough and two terms is too much.”