Giving congressmen term limits would keep the government active

Neil Craffey, Crier staff

Ah yes, it is that time of year when politicians up for re-election hit the campaign trail and ask their constituents to reelect them, even though it might be hard for most to name any accomplishment without the help of the incumbent.

In every election season, there is always that one person who runs with no accomplishments to their name and has forgotten about their constituents’ interests. He or she is funded with the help of lobbyists and big donors (on both sides of course) and becomes more entrenched with their special interests.

Yet, there is a solution to preventing the same people running down the nation day in and day out. That, of course, would be the addition of Congressional Term Limits as the 28th Amendment to our great Constitution.

When there is a great issue at stake that needs to be changed, our constitution allows us to change it to make it compatible with the times.

As an inherent to the original meaning of the Constitution, similar to Antonin Scalia or Neil Gorsuch, I believe that the American people should make changes to the Constitution, rather than allowing judges to do it.

The process to realize this is very tough to get through Congress, as career politicians are not going to like it and want to serve for life.

Not to mention, there would need to be a 2/3 approval of both chambers of Congress and 3/4 of the State Legislators.

However, there is another way to change. The Constitution Convention, by which a convention is called by 3/4 of the states and then an amendment is ratified by 3/4 of the delegates would likely be the better option, but there is no certainty that they could vote on term limits at the convention.

Anything could happen there, so it will be a tough challenge unless there is a civic engagement to promote this idea and reinforce this when selecting public officials.

If you hesitate at the idea of term limits since President Trump supports them, consider this: do you really want Mitch McConnell or Nancy Pelosi to run our government for life?

Do you want a government which does not gain ideas through lobbyists that they become more entrenched with overtime?

Do you like Barack Obama? He supports term limits as well. And if you support them, you are not alone.

Polls have shown strong bipartisan support, from Americans on both sides of the aisle. For example, a McLaughlin & Associates poll showed support from 89% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats and 83% of Independents.

Now you may be asking, “Aren’t elections supposed to be term limits?” Well, that is only the case for a very small percentage of incumbents each election cycle.

A Rasmussen article in Dec. 2016 showed that 98% of House incumbents were reelected in the general election and 93% of incumbent U.S. Senators were reelected. If Kelly Ayotte were reelected, the Senate percentage would be higher, but instead, Senator Ayotte was defeated by Democrat Maggie Hassan.

The underlying issue is simple: these incumbents gain so many resources over time that they can easily fundraise a campaign to crush any challenger.

As a citizen, it is frustrating that we have to deal with the same do-nothing idiots who have no bills that have become law to their name. They take their office for granted and think they do not have to do anything in Congress, as they can just get rubberstamped back to D.C.