At a time when the nation is sodivided on politics, there is one topic that seems to resonate with mostAmericas, and that is the idea of term limits. Nearly 75% of all voters agreethat Congress should have sometime of term limits, “A new Rasmussen Reportsnational telephone survey finds that 74% of Likely U.S. Voters favorestablishing term limits for all members of Congress.” As the Rasmussen reportshows, the idea of term limits is supported by a majority of Americans, and itseems only the governing class disagrees with term limits. The Declaration of Independencesstates, “Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.”Without term limits, it is starting to seem that the leaders of government arethinking they have a right to their power and forget the power of thegovernment comes from the voters.
If we look at a recent Gallup poll fromSeptember 2017, we see that Congress has an overall approval rating of 16percent. The American people are obviously disgruntled with the work ofCongress and it shows in their approval rating. While the low approval ratingcould be skewed since people usually have a favorable view of theirrepresentative and think it is the other guys in Congress who are bad.
But sadly,this is not the case, these politicians are not listening to the needs andwants of the America public and term limits would be a step in the rightdirection to getting Congress to realize that they gain power from those whoare governed. While term limits sound good inprinciple, but would they create a more responsible and responsive government,one that answers to the people. I believe that term limits will create aresponsible and responsive government. In an article on The Hill, we see REP.MIKE GALLAGHER (R-WIS.) speak on why he thinks term limits are good, he recallson his time as a Marine and seeing how Men and Women on deployments would goout and make great things happens. He states that he thinks that a term limitis almost like a deployment, it should be short and sweet, but allow the newfaces and ideas of America come around.
He mentions that without term limits,we have only seen the “swamp” grow larger and deeper with each passing year.There is no such thing as draining swamp, when the only solution is to destroythe “swamp” with term limits. Thomas Jefferson argued, politicians should laydown their private endeavors for a season of service and then “return into themass of the people and become the governed instead of the governors.” Our FoundingFathers understand that government could become bogged down, when you have politiciansmaking policy but not living the consequences then the government is no longerfor the people.
We must find a way to correct the issue of life-long