posted on Nov, 10 2016 @ 02:28 PM
Greetings ATS Community,
I wanted to bring up the topic of congressional term limits just to see what folks might think.
Trump proposed term limits toward the end of his campaign (I believe) as a part of his 'drain the swamp' approach to reform in Washington.
In my opinion, term limits are a great idea because they're an excellent check on cronyism and the good old boy club.
If politicians know they have a finite amount of time to actually get something meaningful done for their constituents (I know, novel idea right?),
maybe they'll do more than just vote the election cycle and bow to party-line pressure.
Moreover, it limits the amount of time they can squat in their pet committees and pedal influence to the PACs and big-money special interests that
feed the corruption.
Finally, term limits would ensure a steady stream of fresh faces and ideas in congress, which might have the nice effect of dialing back the
hyperpartisanship that seems to keep them in a constant state of collective constipation.
However, if term limits are indeed a part of the 'drain the swamp' strategy, the current makeup of congress would suggest there are a lot of
politicians from his own party presently basking in the warm slime of those dank waters. Something tells me they aren't going to like the notion of
being part of the drainage.
Indeed, one of the weasely faces of the establishment himself, Mitch McConnell, mentioned just yesterday that term limits are a "nonstarter."
Historically, the establishment loathes the idea. In Idaho, one of the reddest states in the union, the people passed congressional terms limits in a
citizens ballot initiative. But the Republican good old boy club still found a way to undo it. The voice of the people was completely ignored and
summarily dismissed by the public 'servants' who are supposed to represent their interests. Go figure.
SO, what do you think:
Are term limits a good idea?
Would term limits help 'drain the swamp'?
Will the GOP even consider the notion?
If not, does that represent the first defeat of the Trump agenda and everything he needs to make good on for the people he promised it to?