I really do not like the tradition of calling people by their political title after they’ve left office. It always seemed un-American to me, like they’ve got some special, noble status. And let’s face it – there’s little noble about politicians. Now I know I’ve got some basis for those feelings in the Federalist Papers:
Could any further proof be required of the republican complexion of this system, the most decisive one might be found in its absolute prohibition of titles of nobility, both under the federal and the State governments; and in its express guaranty of the republican form to each of the latter.
– Madison, Number 39
Nothing need be said to illustrate the importance of the prohibition of titles of nobility. This may truly be denominated the cornerstone of republican government; for so long as they are excluded there can never be serious danger that the government will be any other than that of the people.
– Hamilton, Number 84