If people think that Congress is talking about it then they don’t have to force the issue. WRONG!
An old approach to draining the Washington swamp has become new again as members of Congress push for congressional term limits.
Term limits were one of the items proposed in the 1994 Contract with America, developed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Although the issue was widely debated at the time, and term limits were imposed on some local and state elected positions, the bid to create term limits at the federal level never succeeded. Although some states sought to limit congressional terms, The Washington Post noted that a court rejected those efforts. Instead, imposing congressional term limits requires a constitutional amendment, which would require two-thirds passage in the bitterly divided houses of Congress and then ratification by 36 states.
Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania said he told Trump that there is a connection between length of service and corruption, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I made clear to the president that, as a former FBI special agent who oversaw the FBI’s Political Corruption Unit for the entire nation, I witnessed firsthand an undeniable correlation between the length of time in office and the instances of corruption,” Fitzpatrick said. “The lines that were very bright for elected officials on day one in office were not so bright in year seven or eight, and even less so in years 15 or 20.”
It is clear that if we wait for Congress to get around to doing this themselves, the proverbial hot place will freeze over first. Those that are currently riding the establishment of power in Congress will always come up with the one vote not to allow something to curtail their power or cut off the millions they receive in office for doing something the highest bidder will pay for. That folks, will not be what you voted for them to do.
If you do any research, you will see that what they have made over their years in elected public service far exceeds what they are actually paid for. With this, there are a few that say they are not making enough. Is that after they just bought their second or third beach house?
A constitutional amendment for congressional term limits could never achieve the blessing of Congress; it could be initiated only by the states. Dwight D. Eisenhower
To get anything done in this way will require that every state place it on the ballot and force a Constitutional Convention. This would be a very steep hill to walk and a hard fight against the established political power and the media giants to return us to the original democratic republic we are supposed to be. What former President Dwight D. Eisenhower was trying to say is that it is up to the people who cast the ballots to collect the signatures and force the issue. It is not enough to just stand and be counted. It is up to all of us to get the conversation started and ram it past the elected establishment, the media, the judges, and the naysayers.
In states that have passed term limits, there have been large changes in the diversity of those elected to office and a greater discussion of what really to be done within the state.