A shrinking government is the best kind of government. Unfortunately, the U.S. government isn’t shrinking, it’s growing. And the task of just controlling that growth is daunting. But what would happen if we shrunk the presidency? How might that put the federal government on a better course?

A University of Tennessee law professor has a few ideas. Noting the horrendous state of politics today as Americans are faced with two terrible choices for president, Glenn Harlan Reynolds makes the case that if the president had less power and celebrity, maybe a different kind of leader would emerge.

He writes for USA Today:

It’s hard to look at Clinton and Trump and seriously believe that, out of a nation of more than 300 million people, these are the very best two people to lead the country….

Trump and Clinton — like every presidential candidate before them in my lifetime — are products of a grueling and demanding multistate, multimonth evaluation process.  And yet it’s hard to say that this process, for all its demands, is doing a good job at finding good presidents. Instead, it filters for people who are good at winning primary elections, which doesn’t have much to do with actually governing as chief executive.

The next question is how. There are many options but which one would really work? Reynolds makes a few suggestions: limit the presidency to governors only, who’ve actually had a chance to serve in an executive capacity in government. Eliminate the popular vote and let the Electoral College interview the applicants instead of them embarking on national campaigns. Or just draw straws, lottery style.

But as Reynolds points out, none of those truly addresses the problem.

“The presidency as it exists today is a mess,” he writes. “Presidents have too much power, too little accountability and too high a public profile. That makes the job attract the wrong sort of people, and then ensures they’re not up to it.”

I agree…  and I guess you won’t be surprised that I’ll add this: The true solution is the Convention of States.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.