Senator Jim Demint (R-SC) says he’ll be introducing a new Constitutional amendment that aims to impose term limits on US senators and representatives.
One of the more unfortunate things Iâ€™ve come to realize is that Congress has the power to corrupt even those with the most honorable intentions. Too often, Iâ€˜ve seen good, honest citizen legislators come to Washington only to realize that in Congress, you either conform to the system or find yourself on the outside looking in. As a result, the American people are left with more â€œcareer politiciansâ€ who go along to get along in Congress, and end up beholden to special interests, lobbyists, and big government policies.
Though there is no simple solution to this trend, there is a clear place to start: term limits. With term limits, we can put an end to the â€œif you canâ€™t beat them, join themâ€ approach to legislating, and begin enacting responsible legislation that is in the best interest of our nation. As a result, I will soon be introducing a constitutional amendment limiting current and future members of Congress to serving three terms (six years) in the House and two terms (12 years) in the Senate.
Letâ€™s face it, Washington has become far more powerful than any one person or party. If we want to change the policies, we must first change the process. By imposing term limits, we can ensure frequent turnover which allows for new ideas and fresh perspectives in Congress. Additionally, term limits will keep politicians in-tune with their constituents and less focused on pleasing those who promise to help get them re-elected.
While some Libertarians may disagree with this, here at SHTFplan.com, we think it may be a very powerful tool in curbing government corruption. 99% (or more?!) of Congress has been bought and paid for by special interests. With term limits, we can at least put some power back to the people and reboot the legislative branch every few years.
To ratify a new amendment to the consitution, we would need two-thirds of the House and Senate to approve, and the states to sign. Let’s be honest, this is about as likely to occur as Ben Bernanke landing his money printing helicopter, so we may have to take the alternate route, which would be for State legislators to call a Constitutional Convention. I suspect, however, that the State legislators may also have a problem with this, because if Federal term limits are imposed, it would eventually filter down to the state level, and this would mean that thousands of unskilled politicians would be unemployed.
Inquiring minds want to know if these unemployed legislators would be added to official Bureau of Labor and Statistics unemployment numbers and allowed to collect unemployment benefits. Of course, we are in a recession depression, and by opposing something like this Congress and the Obama administration can claim that they are actually saving hundreds of jobs.