John Adams said, “Without [term limits] every man in power becomes a ravenous beast of prey”. The Founding Fathers of our country never intended politics to become a lifetime career for any individual. The idea was that everyday citizens living in the United States, who knew firsthand the issues facing us, would serve Congress for an allotted amount of time. As one “Citizen Representative” stepped down, a new one would enter Congress.
Term limits will decrease the risk of corruption in Congress
While in theory people should be able to vote for whomever they wish no matter how long their previous service, in practice it has not turned out well for our country. Incumbents have such a huge advantage it is almost insurmountable even when the stench of corruption is palpable, as was the case with Senator Edward Kennedy, who died just short of 47 years as a Massachusetts senator. Term Limits can and will limit the cycle of corruption in Congress. A case study conducted by Brookings Institute in 2009, has show that the longer an individual stays in office, the more likely they are to stop serving the public and begin serving their own interests. Our country is being strangled by a professional political class, politicians who sometimes spend decades in office, long outliving their productive years and dying in office.
Americans support this change!
Term limits are needed to end the stranglehold these long-term parasites have on our political system. Poll after poll has consistently shown Americans would support term limits but the idea never seems to gain traction in Congress, and no wonder, as most politicians are unwilling to consider removing themselves from the power they prize so much. According to a Gallup poll in 2013 showed 75 percent of voters would support them. Thomas Jefferson wrote that rotating terms of office were important “to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress.”
There are no laws that say a member of Congress can only serve a certain amount of terms. Congress members are staying in office for years because of the pay raises, health and retirement benefits, and some say, the intoxication of power.This is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they established this country. The example of George Washington, who refused to serve more than two terms of office as president, set the precedent for the highest office in the land. Unfortunately, no such amendment exists for congressional offices.