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Congressional & Senatorial TERM LIMITS!

Ok first I have to give credit to 2 different blogs for bringing this light bulb to my mind:

1. Ace of Spades HQ
2. Commentary Magazine Blog

Ok after reading about Pelosi giving credit to Iran with “helping” the surge work, my brain almost exploded and I almost got fired for yelling you “traitor bitch!!”. After calming down I read a that someone left on the commentary magazine blog website. It clearly stated:

  1. David B. Says:
    May 29th, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    This is the perfect example of why this country needs Congressional & Senatorial TERM LIMITS!
    Enough is enough. Why hasn’t all the investigating commitees of Pelosi’s congress looked into her meddeling in world affairs?

Now I have brought this up with a few friends and even my wife, but I have never spoke about it out loud. Well now it is time to. How do we as Americans think that by electing the same people into office over and over and over again will change anything? I mean its like Congress is a permanent Groundhog Day.

I know there are a few in Congress that have done a wonderful job, but i still think that to be able to have a change and make some serious effects to this country, it is time that the government get back to being “by the people for the people”. Instead we have by the people until I die or get tired of being in Congress,or run for President and win/lose! Now i know that Senators do 6year terms and Congress does 2 years. But the President can only do 2, 4 year terms. Does anyone else see an issue with this?

In a perfect world, or at least one that can run efficiently, Senators should do a 4 year term and be limited to 2 to 4 max, set their elections on opposite years of the President. In other words, 2008 we elect the President, 2009 we elect new Senators. Now you can break that down to 50 one year and 50 the next, or all 100 at the same time.Either way after 8 to 16 years max you will have new Senators in office that can bring change to the system. My opinion they should be 2, 4 year terms like the President, and on the same years as the President. That way if a Senator decides to run for President and wins or loses their seat is given up for someone else, and in 4 years if they have another term they can win then they can run again.

As far as the House goes, it should be similar to the Senate, but with different amount of years and terms. Being as now they have an election every 2 years, lets change that to every 3. The term limits would be 4, meaning an even 12 years in the House. These elections can be broken up easily. The first batch would be the same year as a Presidential election, the next batch would be the next year when the Senators are running for office. So to follow the example above, in 2008 50% of the house would run for election, and 2009 the other 50% would run. Then in 2011 the first 50% would run again if they haven’t hit the term limit, then in 2012 the other 50% along with the Presidential and Senate races.

But the biggest thing that pisses me off is how Pelosi can go around and thank Iran for helping out with the surge and saying that because Iran decided to tell the insurgents not to fight, is why the surge worked. Saying shit like that, or going to Syria and meeting with their President after the President of the United States, your bass, tells you not to, should be grounds for Treason charges. Pelosi and the code pinkers, and any other left wing nut case that decides to help the United States enemy’s or the friends of our enemy’s then they should be charged with treason, tried and if found guilty be hung on the White House lawn, and televised around the world on Pay per view or HBO. Sorry for the rant, but there have been to many men and women who have died for this country over the last 200 plus years to give us the freedoms we all love to have a fucking idiot like Pelosi to say that Iran should be thanked, or to have her hanging out with the president of Syria. Not only is it a slap in the face to those men and women who died, currently serving,or have served, but it should be a slap in the face to every American. How can we expect to “change” the government if our hands are tied? Someone please tell me how??

Not I am not 100% sure but I believe that serving one’s country in the Senate or House isn’t something that was suppose to be a career, but something one does to give back to our country, and when that time is up, they go back home to whatever it is they were doing and go about their lives. If it was meant to be a lifelong venture they would not have put term limits on the President. before the 22nd Amendment in the Constitution, all of the President’s that came after George Washington only served 2 terms out of respect for Washington. Washington did not want to serve more then 2 terms because he was satisfied with the job he did and did not want to serve anymore terms. Because he was such a great man and leader every other President followed suit until FDR was elected to 4 terms in the 30’s and 40’s, and 2 years after his death did the 22nd pass Congress and ratifies in 1951. 6 years after FDR’s death. So why can’t Congress fall into this as well??

If we are going to change the way the country is lead and how the government is ran we need to get rid of all the shit that is in Congress and start new every 4 years. Then maybe then we might actually see some sort of change for once

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  1. Congress will never let us change their terms, so we have to do it for them and to them, as follows:

    AMERICA, WANT CHANGE? TRY THIS…

    (Note: Only 40-50% of our citizens vote in any given Federal election. This piece is directed to the millions of Americans who don’t vote because they’ve given up on our crummy politics):

    The most repeated word this political season is “Change!” The trouble is that it is only being applied to the presidential races, where change is going to happen anyway, thanks to term limits, no matter who wins.

    Where “Change” REALLY needs to happen is in Congress, where things never change, regardless of who wins or loses, on either side of the aisle.

    Do you realize that the reelection rate in the House is over 98%? In the Senate it is over 90%, and it has been that way for years. Kennedy(MA) and Dingle(MI) have both been there for over 50 years! 50 years! And many of their colleagues are catching up with them in tenure. Nowadays, getting reelected just a couple of times paves the way toward lifetime tenure. Who said that lifetime tenure was just for Supreme Court Justices? Or lousy college professors?

    And to make matters worse, Congress refuses to let anyone propose term limits on Congress, even tho’ 80% of the American people favor term limits on Congress.

    Some people oppose term limits, saying that “We already have limits, they are called elections!” OK, I say, let’s use elections to do it. Simply NEVER REELECT anyone in Congress. Don’t let anyone serve more than ONE term!

    We can only get a citizen Congress and fresh ideas, and solutions, AFTER we get rid of the career politicians in Congress. Career politicians will finally disappear when voters allow only one term in Congress. Is this too drastic a step? Got a better idea for real change? Well, a voter’s gotta do what a voter’s gotta do!

    So how do we make “Change” happen in Congress? Simple! Just NEVER REELECT any Congressman or Senator. Never reelect ANYONE in Congress. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Throw the bums out after one term!

    And how do we make that happen? Simple! Always vote, in every election, but always vote for challengers . Never, never vote for incumbents. Regardless of promises, platforms, or who will have the majority. Remember, to get rid of the alligators, we must first drain the swamp!

    If you don’t have a challenger in your regular party, vote for the next best challenger in any other party. Even if you have to hold your nose while doing it. Just NEVER REELECT any incumbent Senator or Congressman. Never!

    After 3 or 4 election cycles, when Congress notices that election turnout is UP, but reelection rates are DOWN, they’ll get the message, and maybe give us term limits, just so that they can serve more than one term!

    You can help by sending this message to all your friends and acquaintances. Frequently. (Repetition is the key!) We need everybody to vote in every election, BUT… they must always vote for challengers. Never vote for incumbents! No matter how much it hurts! NEVER REELECT anyone!

    I’m Nelson Lee Walker of tenurecorrupts.com

    Comment by Nelson Lee Walker | May 30, 2008 | Reply

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  3. We don’t have to change the system too much. Just set it so everyone can serve a max of 12 years — 3 terms for President, 6 for Representative, and 2 for Senator.

    Of course, that requires an Amendment and the people in Washington to actually vote to limit their power.

    What we need is an organized, well-funded 3rd party that is an option to the current Republican feckless leadership and an option to the corrupt powermongering Democrats. Just require a pledge of all candidates that say they will follow some tenets of the party or face immediate recall.

    It shouldn’t be so hard. Most 1st-timers are heavy on ideals rather than party values, so getting them to embrace some real change would probably be easy to apply. Getting them to defeat an incumbent who’s been in their seat for 24 years may be a little harder.

    Nice blog, btw. I’ve added you to my blogroll.

    Doc

    Comment by docattheautopsy | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hey Do what blog would that be?

    Comment by sappercookie | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  5. The autopsy, it’s here: http://theautopsy.wordpress.com

    Comment by docattheautopsy | August 28, 2008 | Reply

  6. Not only do we need term limits but we also are in desparate need of independent drawing of congressional districts to avoid gerrymandering, annual tax audits of all congress members and a fine for NOT voting if you are an eligible voter.

    Comment by Hopenjoy | February 11, 2009 | Reply


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