Why do we need Term Limits?

In the 1940’s, the American people, though they continued to vote for him, expressed concern about a President for life, Roosevelt having been elected four times. Until Roosevelt, Presidents had followed the example of George Washington and served only two terms. This was a fundamental concern of the Founders. They rejected the idea of a King. And so, the nation rallied to pass the 22nd Amendment, limiting the term of President to two elected terms. This was a missed opportunity.

In the year 2010, it is time to complete the process started by the citizens of the 20th century. By term limiting Senators and Representatives to twelve years, we can solve a multitude of problems.

First, we can eliminate the corruption of long service in the Congress building inappropriate seniority. Second, we can return the Representative Branch to a better “people-representing” body since the people will constantly be looking for new blood in the congress. Third, stirring the pot this often will increase the visibility of what these people are doing. Fourth, they will be unable to build huge lobbying constituencies, because the lobbyists will not be able to spend money and get long-term benefits.

The real benefit to the people is that Term Limits will run off the scoundrels looking to permanently ensconce themselves in the seat of power. It will be impossible to get too comfortable because you won’t be in any place too long. If twelve years sounds too long, remember Ted Kennedy was in his seat for forty-eight years, and Robert Byrd has been in his for more than fifty years. We The People have control over this. Those who will not vote for this on the federal or state level we can ditch. Make them declare now. I declare it! Term Limits forever!

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3 Responses to “Why do we need Term Limits?”

  1. Tim Clay Says:

    I actually prefer the idea of completely changing the terms for the House. With campaigns starting so soon, our congressmen essentially legislate for one year then start campaigning almost immediately thereafter. I propose extending the House term to four years, and limiting both the house and Senate to two terms.

    • Jeff Hartline Says:

      The Founders put the term of the House at 2 years precisely to keep the pot stirred. It was intended to be the representative group closest to the people. They were supposed to be immediately accountable to the people since all spending bills are supposed to start in the House. It is an unconstitutional oxymoron that the President hasa a budget. The House should be startung this process.

  2. Wes Says:

    Term Limits will end up being the “Tipping Point” for our government. When candidates are required to produce a result in a short amount of time, I can only imagine the amount of work that would potentially be accomplished…

    We need legislators heading to D.C. that will do the right thing for the American people. Term limits are the right thing. Anyone opposing Term Limits had better be able to provide a good reason we shouldn’t have them, and as far as I am concerned, there is no good reason NOT to have them.

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