This was written by Paul Jacob (who writes a political column called Common Sense).
"Harry Potter for Term Limits"
It's almost here. The fifth Harry Potter book.
I'm a big fan. My 11-year old read the books and loved them so much that she got me reading the series. It's about an orphaned wizard who leaves the world of muggles -- muggles are non-magical folks -- and goes to school to learn how to use his magical powers.
The fantasy created by Englishwoman J.K. Rowling has been a gigantic hit, selling millions of books and millions tickets to the Harry Potter movies, too. And now it seems that Harry Potter is a term limits supporter! Yes, you heard right: Harry Potter
supports term limits!
Oh, the books are not at all political, but power-hungry politicians are a problem even in Potter's fantasy world.
In the fourth and most recent book in the series, evil wizards have made a comeback and are threatening the good wizards. Albus Dumbledore, one of the most powerful of the good wizards, urges the senior-level government minister, Cornelius Fudge, to use his position to alert the wizard world to the danger they face.
But the politician Fudge cannot tell the truth because it could risk, as he says, "the end of my career."
"You are blinded," Dumbledore tells the minister, "by the love of the office you hold."
Ain't it the truth, Dumbledore . . . ain't it the truth.
Not only do we need term limits for merely mortal politicians, we even need them for the officeholders of the fantasy world of Harry Potter. Let's hope we get term limits in both worlds -- by book five, if not sooner.
This is Common Sense. I'm Paul Jacob.