Should Members of Congress Have Term Limits like the President?


On March 21, 1947, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Amendment was officially ratified and adopted on February 27, 1951. It states:

“No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this Article was proposed by Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.”

This was done due to Franklin Delano Roosevelt being elected to 4 terms as President of the United States. His tenure raised concerns about the ability of one person to be elected to so many terms in office that they become like a monarch or dictator. The question now being asked is whether or not members of Congress should also have term limits like the President. Under the current conditions of no term limits, we have career politicians who have been in Congress for 20-40 years. Generally, the longer someone holds office the less concerned they become for the people and more concerned they become about their own personal agendas and bank accounts like what we see with Sen. Harry Reid and the attempted Bundy Ranch takeover by the federal government. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is pushing for term limits for members of Congress. He is circulating a petition to gather enough signatures to force the issue through Congress. You know he is getting flak from both parties because his bill would force at least half of the members of Congress to go out and find a real job. Paul’s petition reads:

“Term Limits NOW Petition Help take our country back from the iron grip of career politicians in BOTH parties by signing your Term Limits NOW Petition. Whereas:   After years of raiding the national treasury to buy more votes for their re-elections, our federal government is saddled with over $17 TRILLION in debt; and Whereas:   We need fewer career politicians in Washington, D.C. and more citizen-statesmen if we’re going to solve our nation’s problems; and Whereas:   The Congressional Term Limits Amendment would limit House Members to three two-year terms, and Senators to two six-year terms; and Whereas:   Polls consistently show between 70%-80% of the American people support Congressional term limits. Therefore: I urge you to support Rand Paul’s Congressional Term Limits Amendment at every opportunity.”

If you support term limits for Congress to end the career politicians in Washington, click here to add your name. I signed it and I hope that you will too!

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