We don’t need term limits. And if we do, then we sure don’t put much faith in ourselves.
This excludes our president, of course. We don’t want a single ruler for life who could build such a power base that he or she could dictate our lives for us.
But here again, if we truly believe in majority rule and the democratic process, presidential term limits aren’t essential for a strong republic.
We the people have the power to remove anyone in office regardless of their political machine, clout or money. If they fail to do their job, we can fire them!
Granted, some politicians are well entrenched and for some unknown reason we continue to vote for them regardless of their pathetic politics and unethical behavior ... but we can still pull the plug if we’ve had enough.
Term limits actually go against the majority’s will. At times an elected official comes along who actually attempts to do what’s right. Of course that’s a relative statement since we all have different definitions on what’s right. But if the majority holds the politician in a favorable light, because of his actions or the influence he has developed during his tenure, then it should have the option to keep him in office, forever if so desired.
Years ago, politicians in the Panhandle of Florida had much influence and power over the state because they had longevity in the legislature. They ruled all the committees and controlled both houses of state government. The region basically felt good about this because it gave the Panhandle enough clout to hold its own with its larger South Florida brethren. But term limits, and, yes, population growth and redistricting, put a halt to that. The Panhandle hasn’t been represented the same since. Of course, to not sound hypocritical, this flies in the face of statewide majority rule, but it’s reality-politics (those with the power, rule) and Panhandle voters still had the option of voting their representatives in or out of office.
Maybe I’m naive and have more faith in the American voter than most, but I believe people have the good sense, or at the least a selfish reason, to vote for the person who best represents them whether it’s a first-termer or a career politician. Likewise, I feel voters will eventually oust useless, unscrupulous elected officials who aren’t doing their job.