Posted by politicalpartypooper on November 17, 2009

Would you believe we have several Congresspeople who have held their elected seat for more than forty years?  Forty years!.  Yet, we hold our executive branch, the President of the United States, to two terms.  Furthermore, neither a bill nor an actual vote has ever been introduced in the House requiring term limits.  It was just too scary after FDR won four consecutive terms to the White House.  The United States Congress had to do something about this outrage, so they introduced term limits, for the executive branch.  Somehow, they believe it’s no problem at all to cultivate a ruling class in the House, who stays in Washington until they die.

Had they been young enough, we’d still have two or three members who participated in that vote still in office today.  Former Ku Klux Klan member Robert Byrd missed that distinction by only a few years.  He has served in the House since 1952, first as a Congressman, then as a Senator for the state of West Virginia.  He’s been in office for fifty-seven years!  It’s almost as if he was born there.  Part of the trouble with our system today is that there seems to be a ruling class who never, ever leaves Washington once they are there.  They look at Government “service” as their personal jobs program, and rarely do they ever wander back into the private world to get a real job.  I think I can safely say that many Americans feel as though our elected officials in Washington have lost touch with real America.

Furthermore, they have become corrupted by the way they do business in Washington.  Is it a mistruth to say that legislation is for sale to the highest bidders?  If you followed Lobbyist contributions and PAC money, you might believe, as I do, that there are no House members left who are not corrupted in some way.  We need to change that, and limiting their terms to two might be one way to solve this mess.  More and more Americans are coming to the conclusion that Washington smells funny.  More and more people are starting to believe that they have no real representation there, and that voting the incumbents out of office is not nearly as easy as it sounds.

True, we can limit the terms of our elected officials through the ballot box, but incumbents in the two major parties are very difficult to beat.  First, they have name recognition, and secondly, they have the financial and verbal backing of their party, which, oftentimes, uses lies and halftruths when fighting tooth-and-nail to hold onto every seat they own.  Removing an incumbent from power shouldn’t be a popularity contest.  It should be a mandate, and our elected officials should see it for what it really is; a method of forcing them to stay honest.


One Response to “TERM LIMITS”

  1. Mumphrey said

    Well, jeez, I don’t know. Out of 100 senators, 47 have been in office for less than 10 years. 63 have been there for less than 15. There are only 2 who’ve been there more than 40 years, and only 5 more who have been there between 30 and 40 years. There are 3 more who are a year away from their 30 year mark, so let’s be generous and throw those guys in, too, so let’s say there are 10 out of 100 who have been there for 30 years. There are 14 more who’ve been there between 20 and 30 years, 15 if you count one guy who had a gap between some of his terms.
    So all told, there are 25 senators out of 100 who have had 20 years or more in the U.S. Senate. That’s 1 out of 4. Almost half of them have been there less than 10 years. This hardly seems like a problem to me.
    And really, if you think that it’s so bad that Byrd has been inCongress for 57 years, then move to West Virginia and vote against him. Or run against him yourself and make your case that it’s bad that he’s been there that long. Otherwise, what business is it of yours that West Virginians have chosen to have him represent them for that long?
    The reason we amended the Constitution to hold presidents to 2 terms is that they hold a great deal of power while they’re in office. 1 senator out of 100, or 1 congressman out of 435 hardly wields this kind of power, so Byrd’s 40 years in office don’t give him disproportionate or dangerous sway over this country’s political life.

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