The logic around the resolution for legislative appointment of a one term, seven year president was that popular election was risky and some filter in Presidential selection was prudent. Most State Governors were appointed by, and were subservient to their legislatures, so why not the President? Weak State executives were a response to our revolt against England, where a powerful King made war on his subjects. While the legislative mode of selection was acceptable at the National level, an executive as weak as most State Governors was not. The answer at this point was to retain legislative election, but isolate his performance from the influence and machinations of Congress. That is why the Framers went for a single term of reasonable length. With a single term, the President would not have to constantly look over his shoulder at Congress or allow it to influence his decisions.
Notice also the power to impeach, convict and remove the President from office. That peaceful avenue to seek relief from oppression, to impeach and remove the King of England was not available to the American Colonists. It just did not exist in a legal system that was designed to secure the prerogatives of the Crown. So, our Framers provided nonviolent means of relief. Instead of revolt, instead of storming the White House to behead the President and his family, we expected to peacefully remove criminal Presidents.
Unfortunately that route, the nonviolent removal of felonious Presidents, as a practical matter, no longer exists.
Wilson said it well when he spoke of them making a Constitution for the ages — not for the moment.Now we have a power in Washington D.C.removed form the people it purports to represent and give voice to -where deals are done in secret -and laws passed just so we can find out what’s in them and an executive who has held our Constitution,Laws, and way of life in contempt since the first day he spent in public office.Yet the Congress purporting to maintain power of Impeachment is rushing about watching the brush fires set by the domestic terrorist and not deploying any to catch and stop the firebug.