Today there are many political dynasties which wield great power either by inheritance as in monarchies or through political influence through elections. The most famous political dynasties are those in the
The Bush family has grown into a dynasty. After Bush Sr came Bush Jr. The son hasn’t inherited from his father just the presidency after a lapse by Pt Clinton, but also key staff like vice president Dick Cheney and the former secretary of states Collin Powel who also served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when Bush Sr declared war on Saddam after his invasion of
If Roosevelt stayed in power for four terms as an exception to the constitution as drafted by the Founding Father not to allow power to be perpetuated in the hands of the few, it won’t be surprising if the succession to the presidency by another Bush will make him the third Bush president of the US – provided the Republicans make convincing campaigns to make him ascend the presidential throne.
The difference is that in democratic countries, such dynasties can be challenged through electoral campaigns. In
It can be natural that the best have the best positions in power. But power shouldn’t turn into a dictatorship. For the survival of dynasties, democratic spirit should govern. A dynasty seeking power just claiming it is its right to do so without popular support or without swaying with time is bound to become a piece of history remembered with disgrace.