Term Limits: Even Congress Should Have a “Best Bought By” Date
Term limits. We need them now. At the federal, state and local levels. Without limiting terms of publicly elected officials, the corruption, graft and wholly inefficient operation of the federal government will continue unabated.
No senator or congressman/woman should serve for more than two terms. Elected office is a corrupting influence, transforming well-meaning public servants into megalomaniacal, profit-seeking scoundrels. Senators and congressmen/women spend half their time in office fundraising for their next reelection campaign. That doesn’t leave much time for the doing the will of the American People.
America’s original congressional representatives came to the federal capital for two weeks per year to tend to the country’s lawmaking needs. Many of them paid for their own travel expenses and lodging. They were farmers, businessmen, tradesmen and other workers who were first and foremost, hardworking citizens and part-time legislators. Public office for them was a necessary burden to ensure the survival of our fledgling country; it was NOT a license to live large and perpetually profit at the expense of those they served. In 1789, members of Congress were paid $6 a day.
While today’s complex world necessitates full-time federal legislators, it does not require that these elected officials be given an open-ended run pending reelection. The House and Senate are rife with multi-term elected officials and the results – or, more precisely, the lack thereof - can be seen in the absolute legislative clusterf**k of the past three decades.
For those of you who decry term limits as undemocratic, think about it for a moment. What’s more democratic than a majority of voters opting to impose term limits – a true reflection of the will of the People?
America can no longer sustain a legislative system that is at its very core corrupt and which encourages elected officials to remain far past their fresh dates through seductive salaries, lifelong benefits, perks, and access to power.
We must act quickly before our country terms out.