During the time of the founding of our country, there was a general dislike of career politicians, much like today.
The framers of our Constitution envisioned citizens serving the country temporarily as politicians, and then returning to their normal lives as businessmen, doctors, lawyers, military men, farmers, bankers, etc. Although it was discussed at the time, nothing about term limits was written into the Constitution or amended to it later.
It appears now that term limits for members of Congress needs to be discussed again. It took a President abusing the office, turning the Presidency into a career by serving into a fourth term, for Congress to pass an amendment limiting the President to only two terms. How many career Congressmen shall we allow to abuse their office by serving numerous consecutive terms before we limit them as well?
Senator Rand Paul wants to have that conversation about term limits, and wants to amend the Constitution to implement term limits on members of Congress. He has a plan that would take the power in Washington DC from the career politicians and give it back to citizen statesmen, as the founders originally envisioned, by limiting Senators to two six-year terms and House Representatives to three two-year terms.
Senator Paul sent out an email explaining his plan, along with a petition for people to sign showing their support for Congressional term limits.
I can already tell you, my colleagues here in Washington, D.C. are going to FIGHT my Congressional Term Limits Amendment every step of the way. For them, politics as usual is just fine. But for virtually everyone else I talk to across our country, it’s clear career politicians have FAILED. After years of raiding the national treasury to buy more votes for their next elections, our federal government is saddled with over $17 TRILLION in debt. Yet cutting spending is barely even mentioned in Washington, D.C. Instead, my colleagues are falling all over themselves to find solutions to allow them to keep up the Big Government, big spending gravy train for just a little longer.
As with any Constitutional Amendment, once passed by Congress it has to be sent to the states. But realistically, the real fight is in Congress where my colleagues will do virtually anything to keep my amendment from passing. But they’ll do it behind the scenes and in the shadows where they know they won’t get their hands dirty in front of American voters’ watchful eyes.
Senator Paul knows that he will face heavy opposition from his colleagues in Congress, which is why he is seeking citizen support and pressure to help him convince his fellow Congressmen to put the interests of the country ahead of their careers. He has a three-part plan to do just that:
- Contacting up to 12 million patriots from all over the country via mail, email and phones to mobilize them to this fight
- Working the talk radio shows and TV news shows to advocate for term limits
- Launching a hard-hitting internet, radio, newspaper and TV ad blitz to “encourage” my colleagues to vote to pass my Congressional Term Limits Amendment
Polls have consistently shown that the American people support the idea of Congressional term limits by 70-80%. The people have grown tired of the corrupt career politicians that have moved to DC and forgotten their home district, state and constituents.
It is time to get rid of politicians like Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi, and John Boehner, among many, many others. Please take a moment to sign the petition and support Rand Paul’s efforts to limit the number of terms served and damage that future politicians can do.