Skip to comments.Could a Constitutional Amendment for Term Limits get passed, and would you support it?
Posted on 02/12/2013 8:51:43 AM PST by goodnesswins
OK....is it time, finally, for Term Limits? It seems the only way we can BEGIN to get some control over our "public servants." Here is a Gallup poll (FWIW) that says 75% of Americans would approve Term Limits.
Could we make it happen? Would you support it?
Not in favor of anything that puts restrictions or limitations on who I can vote for - outside of the limitations already in the Constitution (age, residency etc.)
And end electoral college?
One term in office
Second term in prison.
Congress is slime.
Term limits-reluctantly yes (because the voters are so stupid)
Eliminate the Electoral College-No (most low information and some who think they are informed, have no clue as to the sound reasoning behind this)
yes—i would support term limits... but the power-hungry hypocrites would never pass it... not setting limits on the Congress is one thing our Founding Fathers—for whom i have the highest esteem—got wrong...
you have a poll and i have an opinion. Living here in NYC and having seen how Bloomberg circumvented term limits and oh just this once and only for him because hey the water won’t flow without him. Forgive me if i don’t trust term limits to actually work.
One term in office, Two terms in Jail.
List of members of the United States Congress by longevity of service
I never suggested ending the Electoral College....just term limit idea.
Also, I think we could self-term-limit Congress if all Federal buildings in DC did not have air-conditioning like it was for the first 100+ years...
Yes, I worry about the reshuffling of the deck chairs too, although it WOULD put a major crimp in their style, AND, also challenge the bureaucracy. I would think it would allow for more challenges from newcomers...eh?
I LIKE the way you think! And, you have an excellent point about the retirement benefits, however, that may be harder to get rid of than getting term limits, I’m afraid.
I doubt term-limits would work.
Term limits would just create a more entrenched class of behind-the-scenes DC careerists, whose stock-and-trade would be knowledge of the vast Federal bureaucracy (and corporations) in their area of expertise. They would become the “brains” behind a politician who could never become as expert in their limited time.
Politicians would cycle in and out, but these people would remain the same - indeed, they would become indispensable to new representatives who know little about how the Empire operates at the center.
As we saw with Obamacare, no politicians wrote that monstrosity. All, or most of it, was sitting there already prepared beforehand, created by long-time party and policy wonks and lobbying groups. Term limits would just give them more power.
ideally yes but i have trust issues with politicians.
I am in favor of term limits. I don’t feel any person has a right to be elected over and again. Let’s be honest here. Incumbents have unusually high chances of being re-elected because they have a political machine behind them. I realize that some will argue COL Allen West against this, but he’d have been easily re-elected had his first district not been redistricted...and it appears that some within the party did it on purpose.
Our founders did not envision career politicians. They envisioned the people having a representative government where anybody that was not a felon could run for office. They envisioned that people would serve and go back to their homes as citizens. We have a group that feels threatened and pulls out all the stops, regardless of how ugly it gets, to maintain their power. And this is why we need term limits. These people take more power away from us every time they are elected. Look how long it takes to get some of these people out? Some will never be voted out. (Pelosi, Boxer, Reid, Feinstein, et al) We need term limits. If we had a perfect society, or even a more polite one, we’d not need them so much. But those days are LONG past. We need to face that.
Term limits would rein in the “lion of the Senate” mentality, where we honor people for service who have done more to destroy the country, have NO MORALS, and win on their family name and the power they hold over a segment of the population. This MUST stop if we are to redeem our society.
Actually I’d rather do away with the election of senators by popular vote. I’d rather that senators were elected by a system like the electoral college within their states. A set number of votes per state with the winner getting most.
I’m sick of Detroit and Flint choosing our senators and president.
There is a two term limit for the president now. It is not the federal governments business to say how a state chooses it’s representatives. If you want term limits in your state go for it, but leave the choices up to the other states. It gives the federal government more power. Is that what you want to do?
Six terms for a Representative, two terms for a Senator [or combination thereof - 3 in the House, 1 in the Senate]. Twelve years total each.
In order to pass, it would have to be by Constitutional Convention - you’re never going to get the votes from Congress to then send to the states.
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