A Case for Congressional Term Limits
No more American politics as usual is the cry of @FedUpWithPolitics and the @ResignNotRetire when it comes to lifetime politicians. Has anyone looked at their Senators or Representatives? I mean really looked closely at their political background with a microscopic magnifying glass? How many members of the 115th Congress have been in office longer than 2 terms? How many went from State Congress to U.S. Congress? How many switch parties/districts or both in order to continue “serving” the voters of their state? How many climbed the political ladder from a locally elected office to Congress?
We in America have a political dilemma in that young Americans go through law school and straight into politics but never leave. Once they get on the state ballot, they seem to continue until they decide to “retire” from Congress and leave with a pension for life!
Members of Congress have the constitutional authority to create law, yet their apparent taste of political power blinds them to the danger of extended “public service”, which in actuality is really “selfish service” in American politics.
One need only to look around at the loudest “squeaky wheels” in Congress to see that they are often the members with the longest seniority, while others seek to stay quietly beneath the radar, working behind the scenes.
Let’s look at Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) was born in 1940 to a politically active Democratic family. She graduated from the Institute of Notre Dame in Baltimore and from Trinity College in Washington D.D. in 1962 with a B.A. in political science. She interned for Senator Daniel Brewster (D-Maryland). She married in 1963, moved to San Francisco where her brother-in-law was on the City and County of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. She worked her way up in Democratic politics and was elected as a member of the Democratic National Committee from California 1976. She was elected as party chair for Northern California in 1977 and for the California Democratic Party which she held from 1981 until 1983. She left her post as DSCC finance chair in 1986. She was picked as the designated successor to U.S. Representative Sala Burton who died of cancer on February 1, 1987, just a month after being sworn in for a second full term. Pelosi won the special election on April 7, 1987 and won the election of June 2, 1987 and took office a week later. She has been reelected 10 more times with 80% of the vote. Nancy Pelosi is a perfect example of a career “life-time” politician and why term limits should be enacted in Congress.
It is my contention that Representatives and Senators who remain in political office become emboldened by the accumulation of political power and become less effective for America due to their own self-importance and feels they are invincible and above the law. This was the same reasoning that the Congress enacted the Twenty-Second Amendment limiting presidents to two terms in office, a total of eight years. – I am the Real Truckmaster!