How do you tell a government body to limit themselves? One way to do it is at the voting box, but history has shown that incumbents have a much easier time getting reelected in America. The consolidation of power in Washington DC will continue to remain unchecked as long as we allow them to use Capitol Hill as their entry to the elite DC country club.
If it’s too hard to vote them out of office, can we compel them to limit themselves in other ways? Perhaps the only way to do it is to let them know we really, really want them to do so. Polls don’t work, as they invariably show support by the American people on both sides of the aisle for term limits. Therefore, we’re doing the only thing we know to do that can have the fastest results: a petition.
As of the writing of this article, the petition (which was started by our EIC) has over 35,000 signatures. The initial goal of 50,000 signatures will be met soon, but we need a lot more than that. We need millions. Why? Because until it’s able to get national recognition, it’s not going to make a real impact. Only when the press is going to politicians and asking them what they think of efforts by the people to call on them for term limits will they be forced to answer the question.
The biggest argument we’ve seen so far against term limits is that it harms the nation on the rare occasion someone good makes it into office. This is a valid argument, as we’ve highlighted some good long-time politicians here on many occasions. But the bad greatly outweighs the good when it comes to lifetime politicians. They are much more likely to be corrupted over time than to continue to do good, if ever they did good in the first place.
No, limits to terms forces them to get their jobs done in the time given or fade into the history books. One of the problems we have is with constant punting. The national debt gets punted. Spending cuts get punted. Addressing Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and abortion in general gets punted. Why would a lifetime politicians risk their careers with something as politically suicidal as budget cuts when they can punt? The answer: they don’t.
We need term limits as the only easy way to stop the rampant corruption in Washington DC. As long as they think they can stay there forever, they’ll continue to do things that are self-serving. We need them to do their jobs and serve us.
We are currently forming the American Conservative Movement. If you are interested in learning more, we will be sending out information in a few weeks.
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