Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary, a journalist and political scientist, is a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Right Against America: Trump and the Authoritarian Threat.

Recent Articles

Time's Up

I n the aftermath of September 11, a writer to The New York Times spoke for many New Yorkers when he wrote, "There is no more eloquent testimony to the mindlessness of term limits than the performance of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani during this time of crisis. We mistake change for improvement, and New York City will be the poorer because of our unwillingness to let the voters decide when a leader should depart." An extraordinary crisis coupled with a gifted leader is a powerful argument against arbitrary limits in the executive branch. It was fortunate for the nation that President Lincoln could run for a second term in 1864 and President Roosevelt could run for a third term in 1940 and then a fourth in 1944. The nation's state legislatures present an even stronger argument against term limits. There, the pluses--greater diversity, more members with local government experience--can't make up for the damage done. The damage wouldn't be so great if the United States had a parliamentary...