No More Political Monopolies
I support term limits. The Founding Fathers did not intend for elected officials to make it an occupation for life. It was intended to bring people together to make government work efficiently for the citizens, then return to their real jobs when not in session. The present system allows for bills to be dragged on for years, since the politicians know they can keep campaigning for their positions. If there were term limits, free ideas could be brought into the system and there would be more of a sense of urgency to complete their work and less chance of cronyism with contracts. Term limits provides for more transparency to the public they serve.
Term limits curb the potential of a political monopoly and prevent stagnation. Typically, the longer a politician is distanced from the life of their constituents, the less likely they are to appropriately represent the current state of affairs.
- FDR was the first and only president to serve more than two terms. Passed by Congress in 1947, and ratified by the states on February 27, 1951, the Twenty-Second Amendment limits an elected president to two terms in office, a total of eight years.
- Currently, only 15 legislatures in the United States have term limits. The longest term limit being 16 years total in the House or the Senate, enacted by the Arkansas General Assembly, after the 2014 election.