Term Limits are Possible
We can do this.
We control Term Limits
Most of us are aware of some of our elected representatives who have been sitting in their chairs for far too long. We are also aware that term limits would prevent this from happening in the future, but are told they would be impossible to enact.
Many accept this statement about term limits being impossible, and sighs a little "Oh well" and forget about it.
My whole life, I have heard the saying, "There is more than one way to skin a cat." I happen to like cats, and have never seriously considered skinning a cat, so this saying didn't mean much to me.
When I take a hard look at many of our politicians who have overstayed their welcome in Washington, my first thought is term limits. Yet, I have been told it would take a constitutional amendment to put term limits in place for Congress. Most of us are smart enough to know this is most likely never going to happen. We are stuck with some of these guys and gals occupying that chair for 50 or more years of their lives, and our lives.
Well, it is we voters who keep putting them back in those chairs even though they have become less than useful for representing the wishes of "we the people."
Go back to skinning the cat and it now starts to make sense to me.
We can't get an amendment to the constitution to put term limits in place, but as voters we can skin that cat another way.
THE PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTING TERM LIMITS:
When you receive your pre-election voting material in the mail, your first job will be to read it and draw a line through every incumbent in the book. That's right, every one of them has to go that is up for re-election the first time around. This will accomplish a few things in just one election.
The next step will be to take a hard look at those candidates who would like to fill that position. Don't just look at the "D" or "R" in front of their name, but really look at whom they are and what they have accomplished in their private lives. If they have served in public office, check their voting records to see if it agrees with what their lips are spouting in their campaign promises.
We will clean out the deadwood and replace them with people willing to do the job.
With term limits, only those who are sincere about giving up a few years of their life to serve the citizens of this country will apply for the job. These candidates will not view the job as their new career or a get rich quick scheme. They know when they are elected the job is temporary, and they will be returning to their real life at the end of their term.
We will effectively cut at least some of the corruption out of government. The lobbyist's will not be as anxious to wine and dine or bribe an individual they know is only going to be there for a relatively short time. If they can't own them, they will leave them alone.
We will get some fresh blood with new ideas sitting in those chairs. The world is changing, but the thoughts in the heads of our career politicians remain the same.
Questions and Answers:
Q. What about my party loyalty doesn't that count?
A. It is party loyalty that has gotten us into the mess we are in today. If you love this country and want to save her, it is time to put your party loyalty aside and vote with your head for a change.
Q. What if I like my representative, I don't want to lose him or her?
A. Your representative would be free to run for any vacancy in another branch of government. If he or she did a good job representing the people, they would have no problem getting elected into a new position. They would also be eligible to run for their old job again after sitting out one term in office.
Q. What if my Union is pushing me to vote for the candidate they are supporting this year?
A. If you have to ask this question, perhaps it is time you grow up and take a look at what has happened to our country by letting others make the choice for you. Letting others buy or steal your precious vote is partly responsible for the sad state our government is in today.
We don't need official term limits in place to decide when it is time for any elected representative to pack their bags and go home. As voters, we have this power within our grasp right now, today, and far into the future.
Does the person you have continued to vote for so many terms in office have you, or your children, or grandchildren in mind when they make their decisions? After one term in office, their primary focus is on staying in that chair for as long as they can, and little or nothing else.
Based on our recent government shutdown, and the inability of our representatives to come to some form of compromise; it is apparent they are not doing their jobs. They are far more concerned with keeping that chair under their butt than they are in solving any of the problems we face today.
We are alarmed at the rapidly rising National Debt, yet we haven't had a budget for years. The only solution our representatives can arrive at is to borrow more money rather than looking at ways to reduce spending. That actually sounds like something a spoiled child would come up with for a solution.
We have the power to clean up this mess of a government, let's use it and see what happens. I can't see anything but positive results coming from a thorough house cleaning. It is time for us to let our elected representatives know we are taking back control of our future.
They had their chance and failed miserably, now it will be our turn.