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.
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.