John Conyers won 26 elections to retain his seat in the House of Representatives for nearly 53 years. He may be a member today if he hadn’t retired following the revelation his office paid a former staffer over sexual harassment claims. His career was pocked with scandals and alleged corruption, yet he was able to retain his seat because in America, incumbents tend to have a major advantage over their competitors.
A strong majority of Americans believe members of Congress should be held to a limited number of terms. Lifetime politicians have plagued Capitol Hill in recent decades as few seem willing to give up their membership in the DC country club. As we push to make DC listen to our demands, the petition we posted has now broken the 100,000 signature mark.
It needs a lot more than that if we’re going to really get their attention.
Some polls show term limits are desired by more than 70% of the American population. But the only two ways for this to happen is through a Constitutional amendment through an Article V Convention of States (which has never happened in our nation’s history) or if Congress themselves are willing to pass a law limiting their own terms. Despite attempts by lawmakers like Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX), most elected officials on Capitol Hill choose to ignore any legislation that would limit their own personal agendas.
One of the biggest arguments I’ve heard against term limits is that we are forced to lose the “good ones” that make it to The Hill. While there’s some truth to this, the “good ones” are few and far between and do not make up for the lost productivity, broken promises, and ineffective governance by most of our federal government representatives. Particularly in the House of Representatives, many members seem to spend half of their time campaigning for their reelection rather than finding solutions to the problems in this country, many of which they helped create in the first place.
Instead of lifetime politicians, we need representatives with purpose. We need them to get in there and act, knowing they have but a short time. They work for us, and most of us want term limits.
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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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
Thank you and God bless!
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