Our current political system is filled to the brim with career politicians. Individuals deeply embedded into the political framework, tied in with lobbyists and special interests, and fully entrenched in the partisan bickering and blocking across the aisle. According to research from U.S. Term Limits, there are currently 88 members of Congress who have served in their seats for at least two decades!
This lack of fresh ideas and personalities can lead to a situation where positions become intractable…and the work of government grinds to an excruciating halt. On the flip side of that coin, we have seen all too clearly the failures of a President who came to office with insufficient experience. President Obama failed to understand the inner workings of Washington power. And, as a result, the country as a whole suffered from that inexperience and inability to navigate in a complex environment.
Recently, leaders from across the spectrum, have again begun to speak of addressing term limits as one way to address what plagues our current political discourse. In January, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, proposed a constitutional amendment that would limit members of Congress to a maximum of three terms in the House of Representatives and two terms in the Senate. Throughout the campaign, Trump spoke about term limits including the following memo from his office.
“Decades of failure in Washington, and decades of special interest dealing, must come to an end. We have to break the cycle of corruption, and we have to give new voices a chance to go into government service. The time for Congressional term limits has arrived.”
As Government has become its own industry and economy we must wonder is it time to say to our lawmakers “you’re done.” Career politicians have become wealthy and cozy up to powerful lobbyists. For example Republican’s wish they could get rid of John McCain, he constantly disagrees with the younger Senators and doesn’t seem to have any new ideas. Same with the Democrats who have been trying to get rid of Nancy Pelosi for a few years, however, she is so powerful everyone is afraid to oppose her. Many of our lawmakers on both sides of the aisle go to Washington, see themselves as royalty, and look above the people.
Some might say that “We, the people, need to become more aware and engaged.” If our representatives are not serving our interests, then we should limit them at the ballot box. This election has been an example of what happens when the people vote. However, our collective failure to only vote in Presidential races speaks to the work that needs to continue to occur. So maybe it’s time for term limits and time for politicians to remember they are not “royalty” they are Americans.
Source: Term Limit Amendment