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Term Limits, Where Do We Stop?

Term Limits, Where Do We Stop?

Nancy Pelosi came out yesterday and agreed to term limits for the Speaker, but is this enough? When we have people like her, Waters, others on both sides of the Isle that are serving 30 and 40 years in the same position, but was this the intent of our founding fathers? Are term limits needed?

What our founders wanted

We have lost sight of what our founding fathers wanted, citizen legislators, people that would come to do their civic duty and then bow out for the next generation. They thought citizens would follow a term limit of sorts, it is obvious that they didn’t. 
The continuation of this practice has turned both houses in corrupt institutions, representatives that are brought in to represent the people they are elected by soon lose sight of these people, start to find their allegiances to special interests who give them kickbacks, trips, gifts, and donate millions to their campaigns.
I need this to be understood, I am not saying just the Left is guilty of needing term limits, both sides of the Isle are in need of this, having entrenched leaders who forget about us except when they need our votes, then come back, make huge promises, while throwing a token bone to say they tried to fulfill this promise, and what do we do?

We elect them for another term and wonder why things are not getting better. The reason for this is very basic, they don’t care about the people they represent.
So, what happens? We the people after a while when the representatives ignore us too much, we vote them out, the political world is shocked, but soon their take the new member, bring them under their corrupting influence, soon they are as corrupt as the rest.

How Do We Stop This? 

First, term limits.

I think the only way to combat this is to put in place term limits, not something silly, but say 12 years, and the only way this can be extended is if one of the people are voted in for a leadership role, then that only stands for one term in the Senate, would give the same time period, 6 years for the house, then they have to bow out.

What if the Representatives don’t agree to this?

That is the easiest thing to fix, force a commitment or vote them out, put in people that will agree to this.
There is a reason I think 12 years is long enough, simply put, most elected officials first come in with excitement to represent their constituents, they find after their first two years that many don’t share their views, but they still try to push for this. If they win another election, as a rule, they start to settle down, they look more at what is needed to deal, understand that all deals come with compromises, this usually carries on for two terms, then the corruption starts to slowly sink in.
It is after this that the people see the need to gain money from special interests, maybe why representatives that come in broke leave multi-millionaires, all on less than $200,000 a year. The reason I said 12 years is simple, the ones that are entrenched, they have been there 15 to 25 years, you get rid of these players, you may reduce the amount of corruption, but in the end the old adage holds true, power corrupts, we can see this, that is why 12 years is long enough.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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