Serving in Congress Is an Honor, Not a Career

Posted: 12/18/2009 by Lynn Dartez in 2011

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, to serve their term(s), then go home back to work as an ordinary citizen. So, what happen to this original design? Well it could be a number of reasons voters’ lack of knowledge of how our government runs, viewing candidates as their saviors and re-electing incompetent candidates, government handout promises, lack of qualified candidates to oppose incumbent candidates, and these are just a few reasons. My favorite is NO constitutional amendment regarding “Term Limits” for our Representatives and Senators. By allowing our elected representatives to run amok without any limitations is like allowing a child to continue to put their hand on a lit burner. We have “Term Limits” for presidents since it was ratified in 1951 by the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution. Even our founders had the wisdom to see that “Term Limits” were a necessity, Thomas Jefferson; also contributed to the convention of a two-term limit; in 1807 he wrote, “if some termination to the services of the chief Magistrate be not fixed by the Constitution, or supplied by practice, his office, nominally four years, will in fact become for life.” Jefferson’s immediate successors, James Madison and James Monroe, also adhered to the two-term principle (they didn’t want a King). Prior to FDR presidents only served two terms except for Ulysses Grant who lost his third term bid. I guess we will never know why our founders didn’t address “Term Limits” in the Constitution for the President but, at least we have them now. We can ask the same question of the founders why no “Term Limits” for Congress, we will never know exactly what their reasoning was to not apply them in the Constitution.

Well, now it is time to amend the Constitution with “Term Limits” for ALL of Congress! This is the ONLY way to uproot career politicians such as current and past politicians Ted Kennedy, Robert Byrd and Strom Thurmond to name a few. Now some will say “Term Limits” will remove good politicians as well as the bad. That is not necessarily a bad idea, this will allow the good ones to avoid the corrupt influences in Washington and keep their principals of why they wanted to serve the people. It is a crucial time in our history to follow the original intent our founders had planned for this country. This will stop the deal making special interest suck ups from honoring the almighty campaign donor and start doing the business of the PEOPLE.

The following is my proposal for congressional “Term Limits”:

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: options below.
Two Six year Senate terms
Three Two year House terms
One Six year Senate term and Three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.


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