The Heat for Congressional Term Limits

There has been a push since our founding to require congressional term limits. Due to the log jam in congress and their deafness when it comes to listening to the people (rulers) for decades, the heat is back on high for term limits.

Benjamin Franklin on term limits: Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power and the love of money. (From Mark Levin’s book: The Liberty Amendments: Restoring The American Republic)

Franklin and others were very concerned about not adding term limits to the constitution for congress. That given time it would consist of men bent on power and money that would hold an office in congress for as long as they could. That even with their low pay, they would soon remedy that situation.

Mark Levin served in the Reagan Administration under Attorney General Edwin Meese III. He is President of Landmark Legal Foundation. He has his own proposal for Congressional Term Limits. Levin indicated that his proposals are just that, his proposals. However, it does start the conversation.

Levin:

Section 1: No person may serve more than twelve years as a member of Congress, whether such service is exclusively in the House or the Senate or combined in both Houses.

Section 2: Upon ratification of this Article, any incumbent member of Congress whose term exceeds the twelve-year limit shall complete the current term, but thereafter shall be ineligible for further service as a member of Congress.

Levin’s proposals for congressional term limits seem to be a good basis for further discussion. Twelve years total appears to be a good number. However, maybe a shorter period would be better, possibly six years total.

Some good points concerning term limits for congress would be that they would be less likely to lay unpopular laws on the American people. Congress may be less likely to spend money on pork projects that would help them to be re-elected while working towards shrinking the federal government. In fact they may even do the peoples Will for once, instead of bending to lobbyist groups.

It may be the key to turning our nation around while getting the government off our backs and destroy that “career country club” of members helping other members in the election cycle after election cycle.

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United We Stand – Divided We Will Fall

Though there are varying opinions on “What, Where How and When” about America’s dilemma on liberty we have to…like the Beatles song touts…”come together right now, over me” (Let’s call “me” America…shall we?): Must get us old folk in the right mood.

Conservatives of all strips must come together and stop sweating the “small stuff” while in some circles many call it the “big stuff”. However, it is good to have polite debate on varying levels of disagreement. But, make no mistake the more we are divided the weaker, as a whole, we become when it comes to winning our country back. Lefty loves it and for sure will “stir the pot”. Lefty will keep the division going as much as possible and so will progressive republicans.

At the end of the day “we have to come together” as one, our liberty depends on it! No more “it’s not my guy and I will not give a penny or vote for him or her” and the non-conservative wins!

The 2014 election season is just around the corner and new and incumbent candidates will be popping up all across this great landscape.  It is time now to start watching and listening for those that don’t fall into the “progressive category” of big government. Remember, many republicans have fallen into the progressive line-up of potentials and it is those so-called conservatives that must be exposed and avoided.

Mr. Karl Rove and his gang of progressives are busy as bees collecting information from voters to plant in the platforms of so-called conservative candidates they will be funding in 2014. With beautiful “song” for the conservative ear to listen to and fall in love to a trap; beware.

In the 2012 recall election effort of Governor Scott Walker, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and a column by Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal believed it was the RNC that saved Walker from losing his seat. However, it was the Tea Party Patriots of Wisconsin that pulled this save off. (It’s the Tea Party Brainless!).

Put the differences aside and concentrate your efforts working towards a more limited government. Then after conservatives have it all, at least at the federal level, we can work towards the problems that face us as a nation.


 

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The Political Paradigm is Shifting

As always we hope our government will do the right thing; we depend on it. The democrats are doing “their” right thing for the party of big government with lavish tax and spend patterns, but the republicans seem to crumble when it comes to sticking to conservative common core principles. Only a handful of republicans have drawn a line in the sand over the years, sticking to their conservative values and principles of a smaller limited government.

Why do the majority of republicans think the democrats have them over a “barrel” and cave into pressure? Could it be it’s because the democrats are all about taking from the mouth of one and giving to the other?  The democrats in Washington are all about re-distributing taxpayer money and this is the corner-stone of their platform which garners (buys) them votes. Something is about to be given away to the people and republicans erroneously believe they must go along to stay in power.

Because of what the republicans have done to themselves Romney lost in the 2012 presidential election.  Their disillusioned electorate stayed home and didn’t vote. The people who normally vote for republicans are tired of weak and spineless lawmakers that continue to fail them.

Presently the House is wrangling with the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” (S.744) from the Senate, the House republicans are crumbling while listening and reading from one-sided media outlets. Toss in Progressive (big government) republican consultants along with lobbyists and one can see why the weak ones jump on-board.  Big business with bags of money that could end up in re-election coffers “if only…if only you would just… hint”.

Something has happened and the political paradigm started its shift in 2010 after the current President proceeded to tear the country apart with massive destructive policies after he was elected in 2008. His big government reckless spending policies along with a complicit congress in his corner have put America in the poor house.  The American people responded back in 2010 with a large seat win in the House, making the republicans the majority; largest one time increase in 70 years. Not because the electorate loves republicans, but because the massive bleeding has to be stopped.

During the next election cycle of 2012 the republicans maintained their majority in the House. Again not a love fest for republicans from the electorate but the ship is sinking and the American people needed damage control. However, the republicans will still cave on some issues, worrying about their image; what image?

The political paradigm is shifting and is attributed to a more engaged electorate, something that has been missing for decades. No longer can the people vote and go back to work without worrying what is scurrying behind their backs. The old model of getting information through liberal media channels of radio and television has been usurped by obtaining information via internet sources. Politicians that lie to the electorate and then do the opposite are now suffering the consequences of their actions by being caught.

The political paradigm is shifting and congress has been put on notice.

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Public Access to Congressional Research Reports HR 110

This little known bill that the public may not be widely aware of is one by Representative Leonard Lance of NJ. Back in March of 2013 he reintroduced H.R. 110 (Congressional Research Service Electronic Accessibility Resolution of 2013) and it is to mandate the Clerk of the House to:

…establish and maintain a centralized, searchable, bulk downloadable, electronic database consisting of: (1) CRS Issue Briefs, Reports, Authorization of Appropriations Products and Appropriations Products, and other materials intended or available for general congressional distribution through the CRS website; and (2) an index of such information

…Directs the Clerk, in addition to the database, to establish and maintain contemporaneously a website containing a searchable, sortable index of all of the information in the database in both human and machine-readable formats (such as Extensible Markup Language [XML]).

Presently the Congressional Research Service consists of 700 employees that search the library of congress for information that is of interest and related to pending or proposed legislation, these researchers:

including lawyers, economists, reference librarians, and social, natural, and physical scientists, are governed by requirements for accuracy, objectivity, balance, and nonpartisanship

…The Congressional Research Service has a responsibility to ensure that Members of Congress have available the best possible information and analysis on which to base the policy decisions the American people have elected them to make.

This research information is to be made available via a centralized CRS website for the public in a “one stop” fashion and would be a leap forward in public access to the same information that Congress gets.

If H.R. 110 comes to fruition it will save the public a great deal of time doing research through many periodicals in the library of congress or through other sources. The public will have available to them the best information researched for their use:

…Allowing public access to CRS will empower citizens and enable Members of Congress to become even more effective “representatives” of the public’s concerns and goals.

One may think this is not an idea you can sink your teeth into, but just think what you can do when an issue comes up and you engage your representative beyond a previous limited knowledge of the subject. You may find that from what you can obtain from public access to a CRS data base will dwarf other sources, especially when you throw your support for or against a proposed piece of legislation.

This bill currently has 8 co-sponsors with 6 Democrats and 2 Republicans. It will be interesting if this bill makes it out of committee and if it does, will it make it to the floor and will it pass?

To notify your representative that you support this bill: click here

Source: HR 110

Hat Tip to opensecrets.org

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