On the other hand, I have no business telling others who they can vote for or not.
There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
I don't have a problem with it. The bitch about democracy is that it's not intellectually honest, due to the fact that anyone with a double digit IQ can vote. If the people of a certain district want a specific politician to represent them for life, they should have that right. Congressmen are essentially trapped at the whims of their constituants.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I would support term limits for the Senate IF they were restored to being chosen by the State legislatures, I do not feel that the House members should be term limited as that body is elected more often and can better represent the changing whims of popular faction and opinion which by itself makes for its own self regulating term limits.
The question is more important than the answer!
No way. It's a job like any other. You do well, you keep your job (keep getting voted in). You do poorly, you get fired (get voted out). If I am doing a good job, why should I be told, "well, you've had the job long enough. We are going to let you go. Doesn't matter whether you were good or not." No. Use your right to vote to put in office who you want. That's why it's there. Asking for term limits is flat out lazy, IMO.
"Never fear. Him is here" - Captain Chaos (Dom DeLuise), Cannonball Run
Mace Windu: Then our worst fears have been realized. We must move quickly if the Jedi Order is to survive.
I do not support term limits. The reason why I do not support term limits is because it can take some time for our politicians to become experts in their field. What I mean by that is that it can take some time for politcians to understand how legislation affects things such as agriculture, the economy, defense policy, etc.
Also, Congressmen who become such experts form the pool from which the President can recruit to the executive. That is the Chairman or Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee is a prime candidate for being appointed as Secretary of Defense.
Such experience can only come from being in these positions in the long term. By having Congressmen and Senators serve for extended terms and then have them sit on the same House and Senate committees, we "professionalize" our political leadership and allow them to gain expertise in certain spheres of knowledge and law.
So no, I don't think term limits are a good idea.
However, what I am in favor of is age limits. I think that once Congressmen and Senators get older they get more and more out of touch with society as it currently is rather than how it used to be. They become less connected with their constituents and more reliant on the lesser number of lobbyists that they may be more personable with.
So I would have mandatory age limits, stating that nobody can run for Congress or for the Senate after their 66th birthday, the same age in which 1-star flag officers are required to retire.
That seems more fairer to me.
Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.
"Politicans and diapers need to be changed often for the same reason"
This is one of my main stances concerning politics
The tragedy is not that things are broken. The tragedy is that things are not mended again. - Alan Paton
Bach is the beginning and end of all music - Max Reger
It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us - Rorschach