One of my favorite cartoon characters is Bugs Bunny. That "What's up Doc?" and carrot appetite of his cracks me up every time. Bugs used one phrase numerous times to describe how he got to a wrong destination... "I shoulda taken that left turn at Albuquerque". Well, today's blog isn't about Albuquerque, but not getting to the proper destination is...
Whether you are left, right, centered, or some other place out there politically, you have to admit most people are unhappy with the government the majority of voters elected in one way or another. Who did what to who, who didn't, who is to blame, and why it isn't my fault are just some of the political dialog we endure on a daily basis. Ethics charges and counter charges bombard the air waves, newspapers, magazines, and especially the Internet. Influence peddling charges, special "gifts" and considerations... the list goes on and on, and we the people continue to let the political class run amok with the purse strings of our country, and our national security left hanging on what at times seems like a thread.
It wasn't so many years ago that term limits were being passed by the states in an effort to get control of the federal government. Things seemed to be going along pretty well with 23 states passing congressional term limit legislation, Nebraska being one of them by 1995. The Supreme Court steps in and ruled it was up to Congress to set elected representative limits, or through a congressional amendment... end of story?
We see the results. Over half of us think the country is headed in the wrong direction. We hear the same stories of political corruption we heard 30 years ago. There are grassroots movements today trying to get us to vote out all congressional incumbents so perhaps congress will start to represent the people again. The TEA Party is doing its thing, the rhetoric is starting to be ramped up by the candidates, and only November will silence the election BS floating around the airwaves and Internet.
Term limits should be considered again for the US Senate and Congress. Here are some pros and cons for you to consider from http://tenurecorrupts.com/arguments.html... please feel free to add your thoughts!
1. Overwhelmingly, voters prefer term limits.
2. Term limits downgrades seniority, favors meritocracy.
3. Increases competition, encourages new challengers.
4. Builds a 'citizen' Congress, drives out career politicians.
5. Breaks ties to special interests.
6. Improves tendency to vote on principle.
7. Introduces fresh thinking, new ideas, eliminates 'old bulls'.
8. Reduces power of staff, bureaucracy, lobbies.
9. It will create a natural reduction in wasteful federal spending.
11. There are more reasons in favor of term limits than reasons against.
12. Gets reelection rates back to near 50%, versus the current 99%.
1. Terminates the good politicians along with the bad.
2. Instead of term limits, a reform of Congress' procedures would be easier.
3. Reduces range of voter choice.
4. Loss of knowledge and experience.
5. Increases the power of staff, lobbies, and bureaucracy.
I believe our country needs a term limit amendment to the Constitution. I think congressional term limits can help us more than the TEA Party, the Republicans, Democrats, Greens, Progressives, and any other political faction. Get people to represent the people from the people instead of the political class we've allowed to develop. It's never too late to take that left turn at Albuquerque.