Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Same Old Tired Issues
Today folks, who may or may not be waiting with bated breath for the next great piece of wisdom or stunning observation I have to impart, uh .... Where was....... Oh Yeah. Today, I have my panties in a bunch over "Term Limits".
No doubt there is nationwide disgust with Congress. I have not talked with anyone who thinks Congress as a whole is conducting business as it should. Matter of fact, I don't think I have ever talked with someone who thought everything was wonderful and trusted our legislators as stand up leaders of our country. And while we hold Congress as a whole in extreme contempt, when we are asked if that includes our state's specific Senator or Representative, there is an even chance we do not include them as part of the overall cluster fuck that is DC. It ain't "their guy or gal", it is all those other Bozos from away screwing things up.
Like the weather, Congress has always been a go to whine we pull out of our Complaing quiver when some inside the gulliwots emotion needs purging. Complaining is a national pastime. And when the complaint is regarding elected officials, one of the solutions used to alleviate the stress of complaining is term limits.
Somehow by instituting a limit on how long they can stay will magically make Congress work better? Hmm ............... Is there any real proof this would work? Or is it just wishful thinking? If indeed the latter, then I would say no to term limits. Too many laws based on wishful thinking have been passed that fell flat on their face. It is the system that needs changing, not the time frame of those who sit in Congress. Both parties have quite an extensive network of farm teams with players just waiting to replace those who have to leave because of term limits. They are eager to please those who run their particular political machine. The same political and economic interests will still be pulling the strings. Under term limits, they might wield more power I am thinking. It is often easier to control the rookie than the seasoned vet. Especially if they have come up through the party ranks.
An experienced politician, well liked among their electorate, should be allowed to continue as long as the electorate wants them. An experienced politician is more likely to garner goodies for their district than a rookie. Term limits would increase the power a larger populated region or state has over the less populated areas. And besides people, we already have friggin term limits. They are called elections. If we do not get off our butts to toss them out, then we get what we deserve.
Okay so say you don't agree with my take above. That's fine. There are other arguments I could field to defend my contempt for the notion of term limits. But I won't. It comes down to the responsibility of living in our so called free country. My mother ingrained in me the idea that if there was one key duty as an American, it was to vote. Term limits just make it easier to shirk that duty.
My distaste for term limits does not mean I would cast them aside completely. I think term limits tied to elected officials is a bad idea. But if we want to discuss the possibility of term limits for appointed officials not tied to administrations changing hands, uh like say SCOTUS, then I would gladly back a movement to limit the time a Supreme Court Justice can arbitrarily affect our lives. We could limit the terms to a length of time long enough to not be tied to the current party who was large and in charge. Make it a 15 year appointment and make sure it falls in an off election year. Or something like that.
Keep it 'tween the ditches ........................................