I've been thinking about term limits over the past days, mostly because of this and I'm afraid to report to James that I don't have a very strong opinion about the topic. Term limits are essentially a regulation: We're too stupid to vote this clown out so let's make a law that does it for us.
Not too different from Bloomberg saying you're too stupid to stop yourself from guzzling down too much sugar water so I'll make a law that does it for you.
Granted, Bloomberg didn't have the electorate behind him. But here in Ohio, we voted to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. Plenty of people didn't like that even though it was democratic decision--and I mean people were red-hot spittin' mad. Hence my point is that even if an electorate agrees to instate term limits, that's fine--but it is still a regulation.
Let's face it: that same electorate is free to limit a politician's term by (ahem) voting accordingly.
Some people think we should have one 6-year presidential term. I disagree. I think the current two-term limit as determined by the 22nd Amendment is pretty good policy. It cultivates a shift in dynamics by tempering the first term and giving a certain freedom to the second term. It also imparts more gravitas to the idea of legacy than would one 6-year term.
Americans should also have the right to keep a guy in the Oval Office for a second go-around. Obama is a good example. The GOP had all the money in the world going in against an embattled candidate, yet Romney & Co. never had a chance. Obama earned his second term hands down.
Should senators be limited to two 6-year terms? House reps limited to four 2-year terms? America's architects didn't think so; and I'm unsure how I'd vote on such measures. I'd probably support them, but I'd have to read the arguments for and against and think it over. That's a lot of lame ducks and I'm not so sure much would change. After all, the lobbyists would still be playing the same profane games, just with a whole lot more resets.
Speaking of lobbyists, James, now there's a topic ...
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