Term Limits for Congressmen

In recent days, one thing should be apparent. Our “representatives” in Congress are snake-oil salesmen who will do whatever it takes to maintain the status quo for them not us. They will attempt to spin everything and anything as being responsive to the needs of their constituents. They simply do this in the hope they can get reelected.

I think that is something we need to change. Roosevelt had been reelected to his fourth term as president when he died. Shortly thereafter, a constitutional amendment was passed which said presidents can only be elected to two terms. The general idea is to prohibit one man, i.e. one party, from holding the reigns of power to long.

The question one must ask is why isn’t this same principle applied to members of Congress. Joe Biden was a senator for over 30 years before he became vice-president. John McCain, who just ran for president, has also been a senator for 22 years. Strom Thurmond served as a senator for South Carolina until he was 100 years old. I even took a political science class in college from a professor who was a former nine-term representative.

Does anyone think Thurmond was really doing senatorial work for his last term? I didn’t think so. So, why did he continue to run for relection? Simple, he wanted to continue to enjoy the power he had accumulated over the years, as well as untold benefits and perks that came with his political position. Also, to say that he was the only one who did so would be simply ludicrous.

Representatives are supposed to work on the behalf of the people they represent. So, we need to change the rules so those who run for Congress remember that very point. If service is limited to twelve years, only altruistic and idealistic individuals would seek to serve.

As the old saying goes: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Term limits would diminsh the corruption within the political system. Influence peddling would not work because politicians would be forced to retire before they could wreak too much havoc on the country, if they were inclined to do so. It would also severly limit, if not eliminate, the influence of lobbyist and special interests groups.

Reform the system. We need to install term limits for all members of Congress.


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