With a Historic Vote to Abolish Presidential Term Limits, China’s Xi Jinping Can Now Rule for Life
This is “only I can” thinking from Xi Jinping and China is headed towards yet another leader for life dictatorship rationalized by “only I” good intentions. The bad guys always think that they are doing good.
This is why it should raise the hair on the back of your American neck every time Trump says “only I…” It’s why the GOP is attacking democracy whenever and where ever they can, they don’t trust anyone else to lead, and in their pitifully fearful minds they constantly plot means to subvert our democracy. It’s why you see those memes about “We are a constitutional republic” floating around Facebook in order to depress democracy and voting rights even though they are headed straight down the path of Xi.
BEIJING — Xi Jinping, already China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, received a vastly expanded mandate Sunday as lawmakers abolished presidential term limits that have been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country’s constitution.
In one swift vote, the rubber-stamp legislature opened up the possibility of Xi serving as president for life, returning China to the one-man-rule system that prevailed during the era of Mao and the emperors who came before him.
Sunday’s constitutional amendments marked a victory not just for Xi’s own ambitions — his second term ends in 2023 — but also for his quest to entrench himself and the Communist Party at the heart of politics, society and the economy as China ascends globally.